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1 Top Ten Myths of Certification SWOSQG Meeting May SWOSQG Webinar

2 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 2 Top Ten Myths Based on my experience and conversations with people I have tried to capture the most frequent and extreme comments Counting down from 10 to 1

3 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 3 Myth Number 10 Certification is not worth the effort

4 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 4 Number 10 Well it depends on why you would want it in the first place –Job requirement –Personal achievement –Wanting to get a new job and this will assist If you are not clear why you want this, then any amount of effort will be seen as too much

5 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 5 Myth Number 9 You have to take an expensive, tedious course to get certified.

6 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 6 Number 9 This will depend on the Certification The QAI certifications do not require you to take a certification prep course They are offered for those that think they might help them, but not a requirement In general, be wary of certifications that require you to take expensive courses

7 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 7 Myth Number 8 Certification can only be achieved by someone who has read dozens of books on the subject

8 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 8 Number 8 Being well read is always an asset It is not, however, a requirement. If you have no practical experience, passing these tests will be hard – book smarts will only get you so far On the other hand, having read a couple key books will be useful

9 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 9 Myth Number 7 Certification requires you to have a decade or more of experience in testing

10 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 10 Number 7 Experience, like being well read is an asset – in this case, the more experience the better, Requirement for QAI is 6 years experience in IT if you have no education relevant to IT –Some of the new Certifications require less experience There is a requirement for some experience, since some of the questions are geared towards real world answers

11 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 11 Myth Number 6 Certification means more work for me before and after.

12 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 12 Number 6 The only additional work I have found is the re- certification paperwork There are a variety of ways to get re-certified credits, to the point that gaining these points should be part of your professional routine If you are not doing any of this, then it will be hard to remain current in your field regardless Attending meetings, conference, reading, courses

13 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 13 Myth Number 5 The exam is full of trick questions and designed to ensure people fail

14 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 14 Number 5 The exam has no trick questions It is designed to be difficult – but the questions are hard, not tricky – although some do put these two together The design is to ensure people who are experienced and knowledgeable, will likely pass – those who are not, will likely fail

15 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 15 Myth Number 4 Retaining your certification is difficult and have to take a vendor (like QAI) course to retain it

16 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 16 Number 4 False again No mandated courses are required, and most vendors that I am aware of do not require you to take vendor courses to remain current Taking a QAI course or attending a QAI conference gains you points, but you can get re- certified without ever taking a QAI course

17 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 17 Myth Number 3 Obtaining your certification proves nothing about your ability as a tester.

18 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 18 Number 3 I would disagree. Getting your certification proves you have some knowledge and experiences about the Common Book of Knowledge (Or Subject Matter) the certification covers It does not prove you are elite, or more knowledgeable than someone without certification, but it does prove you have some knowledge

19 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 19 Myth Number 2 Certification will make no difference in how I perform my day to day job

20 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 20 Number 2 Well this one is trickier. It is literally true that the day before I get the certification and the day after I get certified, I will not likely do my job differently However, if I am committed to the certification and believe in the CBOK, then I will see things in relation to that, both positive and negative

21 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 21 Myth Number 1 Certification means I now know everything there is to know about testing!

22 Thursday, November 07, 2013 South Western Ontario Software Quality Group 22 Number 1 Well, for me, this is certainly false. One of the things I found going through the certification, is within the CBOK, how much I did not know. After that, I continued to dig and I now know that there is more that I still have to learn than I currently know!

23 23 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge THE DISCIPLINES or PRACTICES COMMON BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE (CBOKS) Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

24 24 New TechNew Tech Software Quality Assurance – Common Body of Knowledge Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

25 25 Software Quality Assurance – Common Body of Knowledge QAIs CSQA CBOK SQA1Quality Principles and Concepts SQA2Quality Leadership SQA3Quality Baselines SQA4Quality Assurance SQA5Quality Planning SQA6 Define, Build, Implement and Improve Work Processes SQA7Quality Control Practices SQA8Metrics and Measurement SQA9Internal Control and Security SQA10Outsourcing, COTS, and Contracting Quality Top Ten Myths – The BOKS South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

26 26 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge Software Testing – Common Body of Knowledge Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

27 27 Software Testing – Common Body of Knowledge QAIs CSTE CBOK STE1Software Testing Principles and Concepts STE2Building the Test Environment STE3Managing the Test Project STE4Test Planning STE5Executing the Test Plan STE6Test Reporting Process STE7User Acceptance Testing STE8Testing Software Developed by Contractors STE9Testing Internal Control & Security STE10Testing New Technologies Top Ten Myths – The BOKS South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

28 28 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge Software Project Management – Common Body of Knowledge Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

29 29 Software Project Management – Common Body of Knowledge PMIs PMBOK and QAIs SPM CBOK PMB1Project Integration Management PMB2Project Scope Management PMB3Project Time Management PMB4Project Cost Management PMB5Project Quality Management PMB6Project Human Resource Management PMB7 Project Communications Management PMB8Project Risk Management PMB9Project Procurement Management SPM1SPM Principles and Concepts SPM2Risk Management SPM3Managing the Project Staff SPM4Managing the Schedule and Budget SPM5Software Project Control SPM6Defining Software Requirements SPM7Measurement and Status Reporting SPM8 Processes for Software Development and Deployment SPM9Software Testing SPM10Configuration Management

30 30 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge Software Engineering – Common Body of Knowledge Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

31 31 Software Engineering – Common Body of Knowledge IEEEs SWEBOK SWE1Software requirements SWE2Software design SWE3Software construction SWE4Software testing SWE5Software maintenance SWE6Software configuration management SWE7Software engineering management SWE8Software engineering process SWE9Software engineering tools and methods SWE10Software quality Top Ten Myths – The BOKS South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

32 32 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge Software Business Analyst – Common Body of Knowledge Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

33 33 Software Business Analyst – Common Body of Knowledge QAIs SBA CBOK and IIBAs BABOK SBA1Quality & Security Basics SBA2Management and Communication SBA3Processes and Process Management SBA4Business Basics SBA5Requirements SBA6Software Development Processes SBA7Acceptance Testing SBA8COTS Software and Performance Based Contracting SBA9 Business Partner and Customer Implementation Support BAB1Enterprise Analysis BAB2Requirements Planning and Management BAB3Requirements Elicitation BAB4Requirements Analysis and Documentation BAB5Requirements Communication BAB6Solution Assessment and Validation Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

34 34 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge Safety & Security Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

35 Safety & Security Safety and Security extension for integrated CMMs 1.Ensure Safety and Security Competency 2.Establish Qualified Work Environment 3.Ensure Integrity of Safety and Security Information 4.Monitor Operations and Report Incidents 5.Ensure Business Continuity 6.Identify Safety and Security Risks 7.Analyze and Prioritize Risks 8.Determine, Implement, and Monitor Risk Mitigation Plan 9.Determine Regulatory Requirements, Laws, and Standards 10.Develop and Deploy Safe and Secure Products and Services 11.Objectively Evaluate Products 12.Establish Safety and Security Assurance Arguments 13.Establish Independent Safety and Security Reporting 14.Establish a Safety and Security Plan 15.Select and Manage Suppliers, Products, and Services 16.Monitor and Control Activities and Products 35 Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

36 Process Engineering Quantitative Software Process Management 36 Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

37 Process Engineering QAIs CSPE / CQSPE CBOK Principles and Concepts of Quantitative Process Management Software process, software process improvement and how to implement it in an organization Measurement action plan for the quantitative management Collection, verification, and organization of the process data Apply statistical tools to organize, analyze, and interpret process data Analyze and control of the performance of a process and sustain the controlled state of the process Initiate and sustain process improvement activities 37 Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

38 38 Software Quality Assurance Body of Knowledge CBOKs Define the Professional Practices Top Ten Myths – The BOKS

39 39 Process Engineering Project Mgt Software Business Analysis Software Engineering Quality Control (Testing) Quality Assurance Top Ten Myths – The BOKS South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

40 40 Process Engineering Project Mgt Software Business Analysis Software Engineering Quality Control (Testing) Quality Assurance Critical Communications Top Ten Myths – The BOKS South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

41 Software Testing BOK 41 ConceptsConcepts ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS IC&SecurityIC&Security New TechNew Tech Quality Assurance BOK Testing BOK Test Engineer BOK The FOUNDATION certification (from the Software Certifications division of QAI) for the software testing profession is the Certified Associate in Software Testing (CAST). ConceptsConcepts EnvironmentEnvironment ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS IC&SecurityIC&Security New TechNew Tech CAST Exam Top Ten Myths – Certification Levels South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

42 Software Testing BOK 42 ConceptsConcepts ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS New TechNew Tech Quality Assurance BOK Testing BOK Test Engineer BOK Evaluating your testing competencies using the international standard CSTE examination. Passing the CSTE exam states that you not only know what to do, but how to do it. ConceptsConcepts EnvironmentEnvironment ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS IC&SecurityIC&Security New TechNew Tech CSTE Exam Top Ten Myths – Certification Levels South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

43 Software Testing BOK 43 ConceptsConcepts ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS IC&SecurityIC&Security New TechNew Tech Quality Assurance BOK Testing BOK Test Engineer BOK As you grow in your career and reach management level, you can access yourself against the software test management world class standard by applying to the Certified Manager of Software Testing (CMST) program. ConceptsConcepts EnvironmentEnvironment ManagingManaging PlanningPlanning ExecutionExecution ReportingReporting UATUAT COTSCOTS IC&SecurityIC&Security New TechNew Tech CMST Exam Top Ten Myths – Certification Levels South Western Ontario Software Quality GroupThursday, November 07, 2013

44 Thursday, November 07, Discussion and Questions Top Ten Myths


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