Fundamentals of Software Testing

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Software systems are increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of our lives. Failures in these systems can be costly in terms of money, time, and business reputation. Some software failures can even result in personal injury or death. Effective software testing is integral to mitigating harm caused by software failures and providing confidence in software systems. This course introduces software testing methodology and principles. It explores why testing is necessary, the basic testing process, and the psychology behind testing. This course is one of a series intended to align with the Certified Tester Foundations Level Syllabus (the "Syllabus").  The authors, Thomas Muller (chair), Dorothy Graham, Debra Friedenberg and Erik van Veendendal, and the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB®) are the source and copyright owners of the Syllabus.  The course is intended to help learners prepare for the Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam (BH0-010) which is provided by the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), a globally-recognized testing body providing software testing certification. SkillSoft makes no claim to any approval or endorsement of this course by any of the aforementioned parties or other third party.

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Software developers, technical and user acceptance testers, test analysts, test engineers, test consultants, test managers, project managers, quality managers; anyone with an interest in testing.

Working experience with computers; prior experience in either software testing or the software development cycle would be beneficial.

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Fundamentals of Software Testing

  • recognize different types of software errors
  • recognize how testing can improve quality in software development
  • recognize the different goals in testing
  • recognize how software testing meets different test objectives
  • recognize the fundamental principles in testing
  • recognize the applied software testing principles
  • recognize the fundamentals of software testing
  • recognize the test process in a given project
  • identify the component steps in the test process
  • identify the two final steps of the test process in a given scenario
  • identify levels of independence in testing
  • recognize the role of communication in the psychology of software testing
  • recognize the different mindsets of a tester and developer in a test situation
  • organize a test team
  • organize test activities
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