Test Process Improvement

Practical Guidelines for Small and Large Test Organizations

Learn to baseline current practices against industry practices and identify the most logical and valuable areas for measurable changes in your organization. Explore several industry process improvement models, then dive deeply into the TPI® model and learn how to use it for improving your testing.

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Description
  • Baseline your current testing practices using a standard process model
  • Benchmark current practices against industry practices
  • Identify high payback process improvement opportunities
  • Develop measurable objectives and milestones for improvement
  • Avoid killer process improvement pitfalls

Get a Realistic Picture of—and a Plan to Improve—Your Testing
To become a great test team you not only need great testers but also a process that is optimized for your environment—business, development lifecycle, company culture, software applications, and more. Whether your test group consists of two people or two hundred, this highly interactive course delivers a practical, systematic approach to assess your current test processes and chart a course for measurable improvements. You’ll leave with new insights into how your testing compares to others and take back a customizable, step-by-step roadmap for getting better.

Implementing process improvement is a difficult task and—without its own process in place—often yields nothing more than frustration for those participating. Test Process Improvement provides an excellent outline for the entire improvement process and reveals the most common “gotcha’s” that can kill the whole thing.

The Approach
You’ll learn how to baseline current practices against industry practices and identify the most logical and valuable areas for measurable changes within your organization. After exploring several industry process improvement models—CMMI®, TMMi®, TPI®, and TPI® Next—you’ll dive deeply into the TPI® model and learn how to use it for improving your testing.

Find out when it is best to do a full-blown assessment, a less formal one, or even a self-assessment. Explore and practice data collection methods to build a baseline of current processes. Every student leaves with an understanding of exactly how to use the TPI® model and with the knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. The class explores strategies for successfully implementing changes and making them permanent.

Who Should Attend?
This course equips test managers, QA managers, test team leads, software managers, test consultants, and IT improvement specialists with the tools and skills they need to plan for and conduct a structured test process assessment and improvement initiative.

Take-Home Bonus
Each public course participant receives a copy of the book, Test Process Improvement: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Structured Testing, by Tim Koomen and Martin Pol. Valid for public courses only.

Course Outline

Introduction
Typical complaints about testing
Improving the testing process
Position and scope of test process improvement
The process of change

Improvement Process
Awareness
Goal, scope, and approach
Develop the assessment tool
Define improvement actions
Plan the improvement project
Implement change
Evaluate results and adjust

The Test Process Improvement (TPI®) Model
Relationship to CMMI®
Relationship to TPI® Next
Assessment
Twenty key areas
Maturity levels
Checkpoints
Improvement suggestions
Test Maturity Matrix explained
Order of improvements

Improvement Actions
Objectives
Findings
Recommendations

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Dates
Mode
Location
Event
Venue
Call to Schedule
Anytime
Virtual Classroom
Your Location
Anywhere
Course Duration: 1 Day
Description
  • Baseline your current testing practices using a standard process model
  • Benchmark current practices against industry practices
  • Identify high payback process improvement opportunities
  • Develop measurable objectives and milestones for improvement
  • Avoid killer process improvement pitfalls

Get a Realistic Picture of—and a Plan to Improve—Your Testing
To become a great test team you not only need great testers but also a process that is optimized for your environment—business, development lifecycle, company culture, software applications, and more. Whether your test group consists of two people or two hundred, this highly interactive course delivers a practical, systematic approach to assess your current test processes and chart a course for measurable improvements. You’ll leave with new insights into how your testing compares to others and take back a customizable, step-by-step roadmap for getting better.

Implementing process improvement is a difficult task and—without its own process in place—often yields nothing more than frustration for those participating. Test Process Improvement provides an excellent outline for the entire improvement process and reveals the most common “gotcha’s” that can kill the whole thing.

The Approach
You’ll learn how to baseline current practices against industry practices and identify the most logical and valuable areas for measurable changes within your organization. After exploring several industry process improvement models—CMMI®, TMMi®, TPI®, and TPI® Next—you’ll dive deeply into the TPI® model and learn how to use it for improving your testing.

Find out when it is best to do a full-blown assessment, a less formal one, or even a self-assessment. Explore and practice data collection methods to build a baseline of current processes. Every student leaves with an understanding of exactly how to use the TPI® model and with the knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses. The class explores strategies for successfully implementing changes and making them permanent.

Who Should Attend
This course equips test managers, QA managers, test team leads, software managers, test consultants, and IT improvement specialists with the tools and skills they need to plan for and conduct a structured test process assessment and improvement initiative.

Take-Home Bonus
Each public course participant receives a copy of the book, Test Process Improvement: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Structured Testing, by Tim Koomen and Martin Pol. Valid for public courses only.

Course Outline

Introduction
Typical complaints about testing
Improving the testing process
Position and scope of test process improvement
The process of change

Improvement Process
Awareness
Goal, scope, and approach
Develop the assessment tool
Define improvement actions
Plan the improvement project
Implement change
Evaluate results and adjust

The Test Process Improvement (TPI®) Model
Relationship to CMMI®
Relationship to TPI® Next
Assessment
Twenty key areas
Maturity levels
Checkpoints
Improvement suggestions
Test Maturity Matrix explained
Order of improvements

Improvement Actions
Objectives
Findings
Recommendations

Class Schedule
Sign-In/Registration 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Morning Session 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Class Fee Includes
• Tuition
• Course notebook
• Letter of completion
Instructors
Rick Craig
TechWell Corp.
Lee Copeland
TechWell Corp.

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