Advanced Software Testing - Vol. 1: Guide to the ISTQB Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Analyst Paperback – Nov 7 2008
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About the Author
With a quarter-century of software and systems engineering experience, Rex Black is President of RBCS (www.rbcs-us.com), a leader in software, hardware, and systems testing. For over a dozen years, RBCS has delivered services in consulting, outsourcing, and training for software and hardware testing. Employing the industry ™s most experienced and recognized consultants, RBCS conducts product testing; builds and improves testing groups; and hires testing staff for hundreds of clients worldwide. Ranging from Fortune 20 companies to start-ups, RBCS ™s clients save time and money through improved product development, decreased tech support calls, improved corporate reputation, and more.
As the leader of RBCS, Rex is the most prolific author practicing in the field of software testing today. His popular first book, Managing the Testing Process, has sold over 30,000 copies around the world, including Japanese, Chinese, and Indian releases. His three other books on testing, Critical Testing Processes, Foundations of Software Testing, and Pragmatic Software Testing, have also sold tens of thousands of copies, including Hebrew, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian editions. He has written over twenty-five articles, presented hundreds of papers, workshops, and seminars, and given about thirty keynote speeches at conferences and events around the world. Rex is the President of both the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB).
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Not only have these books proven to be valuable guides to the ISTQB exams, they have become references for my work; many of the real-life examples are relevant to my tasks as a Testing consultant, similar in addressing situation and needs that I encounter on the job on a daily basis.
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Chapters 1 and 2 are quite ok (however, experienced testers will not find anything relevant here).
Chapter 3 (Test and Risk management) is quite acceptable however there are too many repetitions from ISTQB Foundation on every page.
Chapter 4 (Test techniques) is much too long, there are some errors in the examples (the same one through the whole book - this is irritating and too schematic) and the reader needs to go through a lot of information that are very subjective and specific only to the writer's company experience. Despite that I think that certain techniques (like cause-effect graphing or boundary value analysis) have been shown quite well and are quite easy to understand even for the novice.
The rest of chapters is acceptable but the way the book is written makes it very user unfriendly.
The examples on which the author tries to explain testing techniques are too 'heavy' - no one on the exam will generate state-transition table with 78 rows or a classification tree with 43 combinations simply because each exam question is given 3 minutes on average to answer.
The book is worth buying mainly for the sample exam questions that come along at the end of each chapter.
I wouldn't have bought this book if I had had a chance to browse through it.
This book follows the new ISTQB advanced syllabus closely. If you are studying on your own, you will find this book covers all the topics that will be on the exam. I used this book to prepare for the advanced test analyst exam and credit it for helping me pass.
I have over 20 years software testing experience, have written over 50 training courses in software testing, and am the co-author of Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing: A People-Oriented Approach. Yet, I still needed the ISTQB perspective on boundary value analysis, state-transition testing and defect management. I could have taken the test cold, but due to the slight variations in terminology understanding and other subtle details, I probably would have failed.
Rex was closely involved in the creation of the new advanced syllabus, so the information is about as close to the source as you can get.
The sample exam questions were also helpful. I liked the readability of the book and frankly didn't see the negatives the other reviewers wrote about.
I don't think any testing book is perfect, but this one will get you where you want to be in preparing for the ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst exam.
The book is well organized and laid out graphically, so that it is easy to pick out the parts that can be skimmed, the tough parts to spend time working through, and the glossary terms and lists to memorize. The examples are very relevant (this person writes the actual test, folks), and give good feedback as to whether the reader is ready or not to pass the exam. All relevant analysis methods are covered complete with diagrams, tables and matrices, and narratives.
Personal experience verified that Mr. Black was accessible when I had issues with the book. The email address he provided on the copyright page of the book was used to contact him, and he responded promptly, having looked into the issue and resolved it within half a day. Bravo! I would not expect this type of response from anyone running a business, serving on international boards, and producing multiple, lengthy, technical books each year.
Rex Black's books provide us professionals who want to take the ISTQB exams a great value. Thank you for writing them. The syllabus does not provide enough to study from and courses are inconvenient and cost too much money. Rex Black's books are just what we needed! They are also well written and easy to follow, and well organized.
Oh, there IS a way you can go wrong. If you try to reconcile what is in this book--this "bible"--to what you to on the job, you will be sorely disappointed when it comes exam time. Do yourself a favor and FORGET what you do at work. Focus on the book--there is only the book. Take the exam from that perspective and you'll do fine.
No, I am not related to Rex Black, nor am I his friend. I've never even seen the man. But his books really are gospel in the world of software testing. If you haven't read his works, you are no software tester.
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