Testing Basics

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London, EC

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As a new tester, an individual needs to understand why we test software, what is software testing and some of the key terms & principles of software testing.
This course aims to address the key issues for a person who is new to software testing or who is going to be involved with software testing.


There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of software testing.

Delegates will learn how to

  • Be able to explain why we test software and the risks of not doing so
  • Be able to describe the benefits that structured, planned testing can provide to an organisation
  • Understand the software development life cycle, the points at which bugs can be introduced and how testing can help us identify bugs and even prevent bugs from occurring
  • Be able to describe the main steps in the fundamental test process
  • Understand the various levels and types of testing and how they can identify existing bugs and even prevent bugs
  • Understand key testing terminology

Course Outline.

The need for testing

Why do we need to test software and what happens if we don’t do it?
What is software testing?
The benefits of testing and when we should start testing for maximum efficiency
Why we can’t test everything
Testing and quality – two sides of the same coin?
Key testing terms – error, fault and failure
The software under test

How software is built – understanding the software development life cycle
Why are mistakes made during development and how can they be prevented?
The test process

Why planning is key to the success of a testing project
Defining the test objectives and when to stop testing
Estimating the task ahead
Prioritising and risk management and what part they play in the test process
Deciding what to test
Writing test cases
Running tests and recording the results
Monitoring the progress of testing
The different types and phases of testing
The test team – roles and responsibilities
What to test

Identifying the things we want to test and which will make the most difference to the testing project
Test cases – what are they?
Testing in different development environments

The V-Model
What is agile testing

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