ISTQB Advanced Test Manager in Software Testing

ISTQB Advanced Test Manager in Software Testing
Start Date11th September 2017
Course CodeSS17-53
Full Fee
Fee Includes
Includes exam and certification fee
Duration5 Days
ProviderInspire Quality Services
Network Member Subsidised Fee€1,600.00
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Programme Overview
The 5 day tutor led software testing training course has been designed to enable participants understand, apply and analyse key testing principles and processes. It addresses key test management topics such as risk-based testing, estimation and planning, process improvement, people skills and team composition amongst others.

Following on from the ISTQB Foundation Certificate, the Advanced Test Manager Certificate provides the next level of knowledge and practical expertise in the ISTQB Advanced Certification

It is one of three certified software testing training courses at Advanced level (the other two being Advanced Test Analyst and Advanced Technical Test Analyst).
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:


  • Manage a testing project by implementing the mission, goals and testing processes established for the testing organization.
  • Organize and lead risk identification and risk analysis sessions and use the results of such sessions for test estimation, planning, monitoring and control.
  • Create and implement test plans consistent with organizational policies and test strategies.
  • Continuously monitor and control the test activities to achieve project objectives.
  • Assess and report relevant and timely test status to project stakeholders.
  • Identify skills and resource gaps in their test team and participate in sourcing adequate resources.
  • Identify and plan necessary skills development within their test team.
  • Propose a business case for test activities which outlines the costs and benefits expected.
  • Ensure proper communication within the test team and with other project stakeholders.
  • Participate in and lead test process improvement initiatives.
Who should attend
Successful completion of the ISTQB Foundation Certificate is a pre- requisite to taking the ISTQB Advanced Certificate examination.
Course Content

The course follows the ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Manager 2012 syllabus and covers the following:


 1.            Testing Processes

  • Test planning & Control
  • Project Retrospectives

 2.            Test Management

  • Test Management Tasks
  • Risk based testing
  • Test documentation & Standards
  • Estimation
  • Distributed, outsourced and insourced forms of test organizations

 3.            Reviews

  • Planning reviews, leading review
  • Review Metrics

4.            Defect Management

  • Defect Lifecycle Tailoring
  • Process capability evaluation based on defect report analysis

5.            Improving the Test Process

  • Generic steps in a process improvement initiative
  • Process improvement planning
  • Test process improvement models TMMi, TPI Next, CTP and STEP

 6.            Test Tool Automation

  • Planning and implementing tool selection
  • Tools for metrics collection and evaluation

 7.            People Skills – Team Composition

  • Assessing skills availability (soft, technical, business, etc) required for a test team
  • Defining growth plan for skills development
  • Team Motivation
  • Communication skills

Handout Materials

  • Presentation Slides
  • Syllabus
  • Glossary
  • Exercises and model answers
  • Sample Exam Paper and Answers

Reference Material

  • ISTQB Syllabus
  • ISTQB Glossary

The full Syllabus and Glossary can be downloaded from the ISTQB website: All references can be found in the syllabus.

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The Examination


The examination will be run on Tuesday the 27th of September at 10am to allow participants to revise. It is a three hour exam, consisting of 60 multiple choice questions.

To gain the Advanced Level – Test Manager Certification, a delegate must get at least 65%.
About the Trainer

Fran O’Hara has 30 years experience in the software industry having worked in development, test, management and now consulting. Fran specialises in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, software process improvement, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 8 years, his main focus has been providing agile/lean coaching, training and advisory support to organisations transitioning to agile with a particular emphasis on testing.


He is a regular speaker at international conferences and seminars. Fran is a Certified/Professional ScrumMaster, Professional Product Owner, an ISTQB testing tutor at advanced level, a CMMI lead assessor, a fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a director of the TMMi Foundation, a member of the Irish Software Testing Board (ISTB) and co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing - SoftTest.