Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)
PAQ is a practically focused accelerated learning agile certification. It is designed to allow people with current agile knowledge to take their skills to a practitioner level in an intensive learning environment.PAQ immerses participants in agile practices with an emphasis on the essential competencies needed within high performing agile teams focussed on enhancing value to the business and the customer. A Practitioner in Agile Quality can use agile as an effective pathway to accelerate the delivery of quality software.Agile quality is the collective and equal responsibility of the whole team. PAQ certification is not just for testers but anyone, and everyone, in the team who needs to continuously deliver better products, services and user experiences using agile.
The course builds on existing testing, software quality management and agile theory. It is designed to inspire and instil confidence in participants through practical application, experiential and collaborative learning.
The course supports participants to prepare for the PAQ practical assessment (certification exam) which is aligned to the PAQ Competency Framework.
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How do I obtain this certification?
To be certified you must attend a PAQ training course and pass the Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ) practical assessment (certification exam). The assessment will be on-line with a duration of 2.5 hours and consists of 2 parts:* Hands on: In the form of a product backlog release which includes user stories, associated design documentation plus a ‘multi-drop’ application seeded with defects.* Scenario questions: there will be 1 or 2 scenarios with questions associated with each (up to 5 questions in total across the scenarios). Note: these are not multiple choice but written answers.
The assessment credits will be as follows:* Practical credits: 90* Scenario based questions credits: 10* Total credits: 100* Number of credits to pass: 60 (60%)
Soft skills will be evaluated during the course by the trainer.
The PAQ assessment is currently in English. Candidates may apply for an additional 25% extra time if English is not their native or usual business language.
What are the entry requirements?
This is a practitioner’s course. Candidates are expected to have met one of the agile knowledge pre-requisites such as iSQI® Certified Agile Essentials (CAE), iSQI® Certified Scrum Master Pro, ISTQB® Foundation Level Agile Tester OR have 2 years professional experience working in Agile. Due to the practical experiential learning approach to this course, there is assumed knowledge which, if not met, will make it difficult for candidates to complete the course and assessments within the timeboxed course.Candidates are expected to be able to already apply basic practices and techniques, such as:* Knowledge of Test Design – EP / BVA / State Transition / Decision tables / Exploratory* Basic test terminology* Understand the difference between functional and non-functional testing including the basic concepts of Performance and Usability testing* Perform all the activities associated with the fundamental test process
How does this certification benefit me?
After taking the course and passing the assessment, you will have demonstrated you align with the PAQ Competency Framework:* Agile Mindset - Prove that they can put into practice all the soft skills appropriate to the agile mindset aligned to the agile manifesto and principles* Faster Delivery - Optimise delivery through implementing efficiencies and effective practices, maximising the work not done* Build Quality In - Implement the team activities to ensure the product quality objectives for each persona are met from inception throughout the product lifecycle* Engineering principles - Build the right product, right first time maximising Business value using repeatable, auditable and adaptable processes, whilst minimising technical debt* Continuous testing - Support the integration of code by iterating through plan, build, test multiple times per day, in order to complete committed items aligned to acceptance criteria and the iteration definition of done* Scalability - Identify additional risks and changes required to effectively scale processes based on team size and/or distribution
Who is this certification for?
This course is designed for anyone wanting to improve their Agile skills and ensure accelerated quality delivery of working software including testers, developers, Business Analysts, Project Managers, Team Leaders, Scrum Masters and all other members of an Agile delivery team.
What other certifications can you recommend?
Other certifications that may be of interest:* ISTQB® Certified Tester Foundation Level – Agile Tester* Certified Agile Essentials* Certified Agile Business Analysis