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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (7 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952245
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952246
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Bath ™s experience in testing spans over 25 years and has covered a wide array of domains and technologies. As a test manager, he has been responsible for the testing of mission-critical systems in spaceflight, telecommunications, and police incident-control. Graham has designed tests to the highest levels of rigor within real-time aerospace systems such as the Tornado and Eurofighter military aircraft.

As a principal consultant for the T-Systems Test Factory he has mastered the Quality Improvement Programs of several major companies, primarily in the financial and government sectors. In his current position, Graham is responsible for the company ™s training program and for introducing innovative testing solutions to Test Factory ™s large staff of testing professionals.

Graham is co-author of the new ISTQB Advanced Level Certified Tester syllabus. He is a long-standing member of the German Testing Board and chairman of their Working Party on the advanced syllabus.

Judy McKay has spent the last 20 years working in the high tech industry with particular focus on software quality assurance. She has managed departments encompassing all aspects of the software lifecycle including requirements design and analysis, software development, database design, software quality assurance, software testing, technical support, professional services, configuration management, technical publications, and software licensing. Her career has spanned across commercial software companies, aerospace, foreign-owned R&D, networking, and various Internet companies.

Judy has been conducting training seminars nationwide for seven years. Her informative courses are based on the real world application of practical data. Her courses cover the spectrum of software quality assurance, including creating and maintaining a world class quality assurance team, designing and implementing quality assurance and effective testing, and creating and implementing useful test documentation and metrics.


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By Tran on 3 Sep 2014
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The essentials for approaching ISTQB standard.
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Suitable for ISTQB Advanced exams; not as self study. 19 Dec 2008
By Mr P R Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The first edition of this volume has `ISTQB' on the front cover, but apparently is not sanctioned by the International Software Testing Qualification Board. Don't let that put you off, as the volume is closely aligned to the exam syllabus for two of the three advanced level testing qualifications administered by this board. Books tightly aligned to a syllabus can lose readability, but that has not happened here. However, it is fair to say that this is only for testers or those with a serious interest in testing, and being an advanced book, the audience may be a little limited.

There is a wealth of experience combined in the pages, and a rich vein of real-life stories ("war stories"). That is what makes this very readable. The chapters are identified with one of the two authors (apart from chapter 1 - both), so it is clear immediately who the `I' is in a particular chapter. There is also a long-running testing project which works well, with the requirements being clarified as the book progresses - just as happens in real life. With regard to the `Marathon' testing project, I am not too sure what the authors know about marathons. Bear this in mind as you read; an observation, not necessarily a criticism.

The authors' style is chatty and engaging, and both are well aware of the nuances of the syllabus, being members of the international core team that produced it. This volume brings life to the document that covers the advanced level qualification for Test Manager (not covered in this book), Test Analyst and Technical test Analyst (both of which are covered). Syllabus coverage may be patchy in parts (orthogonal arrays, the Classification Tree Method, Risk Based Testing, the defect process and people issues could be covered in more detail). However, there is a small glossary, and details of books / web-sites to obtain more information on these and other topics

This is a good buy, and I would recommend it, not just for a person studying for the examination, but as a sound second-level testing book. It is NOT specialised, but does have good coverage of some of the less well defined areas, especially non-functional testing (performance, usability, security - although the jury is out as to whether `security' is functional or non-functional).

If intending to sit one of the two exams for which it is intended, note that there are no sample exam-style questions, but sample exercises. There are not generally any answers to these - at this level of testing maybe there are no longer any answers, but just opinions. That is hard when contemplating a multiple-choice exam. For those intending to take either exam, buy the book. But do not use it as your sole source of information as you study, and it will probably need more than this book alone for self-study.

Peter Morgan (morganp@supanet.com)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Tests illustrated 2 July 2010
By L. S. Hoogenboom - Published on Amazon.com
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This book aims to help people prepare for the test analyst and technical test analyst exams from the ISTQB. As such it is one of the few that discusses both functional and non-funtional techniques for testing systems. Throughout the book a single case was used to illustrate the theory. This single relatively large case feels more realistic then several artificially small cases. Which I found to be a nice feature (not a defect ;-). Sample questions were also provided at the end of each chapter. So the basic building blocks of a decent study guide were present. The only drawback being that the sample questions didn't resemble the questions posed on the exam.
What I found particularly interesting were the personal experiences of the authors. Memorable anecdotes from the military, aviation and financial industry were scattered throughout the book. This added to making the book an interesting and fun read.
Wealth of Information at a Great Value 5 Dec 2013
By Science Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is well-written and thorough. It provides practical information and guidance useful to a practitioner as well as those who plan to sit for the ISTQB certification test.
Good book to prepare for ISTQB TTA and TA 14 Sep 2013
By Ilia - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers almost all ISTQB syllabus. But now handbook is a little bit obsolete since there is new ISTQB syllabus.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Using an Example Application to Teach the Tester 29 Sep 2008
By Tester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Using the sample application going through all the steps that a test analyst or technical test would have to go through is a great way fro explaining the steps and emphasising the points to remember and then at the end of each chapter there is a Learning Check to see what you got frm that chapter.
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