‘Mastering Agile Testing’ – Join the CP-MAT certification batches by ATA

CP-MAT training and certification batch held at Bangalore was a huge success. With wonderful participation by the delegates, intriguing questions and enthusiastic response, it was a pleasure training and interacting with them!

CP-MAT is a wonderfully interactive course designed specifically for agile test practitioners.

CP-MAT stands for “Certified Professional – Master Agile Testing” certification prepared and honored by “Agile Testing Alliance” & “Universiti Teknologi Malaysia”.

The course is applicable for all roles and not just “testers”. Knowledge, experience & certification is consciously designed to focus on “agile testing” and not on “agile testers”.

CP-MAT helps the participants get into the testing mindset in an agile project. It helps you utilise your testing experience in learning hands on Agile testing. It instils the “Quality is everyone’s responsibility” concept in the minds of the participants.

For complete course agenda , please visit — http://agiletestingalliance.org/mat.html

It is useful for even to an experienced tester to apply the “regular” testing techniques to an Agile project. The concepts of Agile process with context to testing are covered during the course along with the associated best practices for Testing in an Agile Project. The course takes a hands-on approach while covering Release Planning, User Stories Review, Estimation, Sprint Planning, Agile Test Strategy, Testing debt, Testing DoD, Test Reporting and Metrics. This also introduces the participants to the concepts of TDD, ATDD, BDD and Continuous Integration (which are covered in detailed in the next level course CP-AAT).

Here is sneak peek into the training room–

Enrol now to master the art of agile testing!

Happy Learning!


Queries from Agile Testing perspective?

Agile has been a buzz word for some time now. Everyone feels they know agile and they are already doing agile. Still, some times while working in our agile testing world we get into a situation where we get a breather to have a peaceful morning coffee or an afternoon break. While having that cup of coffee or just relaxing on our own..  the thoughts sometime linger on back to work and we tend to have too many questions than answers..  Worrying indeed


  1. My client is asking me to increase the testing speed and also reduce the testing resources at the same time – has he gone nuts ?
  2. If I think differently, I start getting a feel that may be my client is right. Me and my testing team can do things much better, specially with so much time pressure and cost pressures. Is there a way out ?
  3. I always feel that there is an urgent need for the team to learn and innovate new things in testing? Should I give them more time to learn and participate in the community events and some training programs even though the time lines don’t allow me such liberty
  4. We have improved much from last year, our testing now is not one sprint behind: what can be done next.. In sprint Automation ?
  5. How can we scale up to the next level of testing ?
  6. Given the increased workload, Is there really a way to maintain the velocity and still increase testing coverage and overall quality ?
  7. Is DevOps the way for me and my team?
  8. Should I make my entire testing team learn coding ?
  9. …..

I am trying to bring some of the queries out here and want your help in commenting with your queries. Please bring out your worries and queries.

Let us see what is bothering todays teams (Testing and Agile Testing teams).


Dinosaurs! Extinction or Survival for today’s testers and QA Professionals – Is there a choice?

(image credits - A supplied image of Aboriginal elder and Goolarabooloo Law Boss Richard Hunter alongside a 1.75m sauropod dinosaur track in the Lower Cretaceous Broome Sandstone of Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia on 26 March 2017. Photo: Reuters http://www.livemint.com/Science/Ex9B1MRatHF6H6piNe61oL/Scientists-uncover-dinosaur-footprint-that-may-be-worlds-la.html))

Whenever I read any article about Dinosaur I always get intrigued about Dinosaur’s extinction. While reading through the article about uncovering of largest foot print of Dinosaurs in todays LiveMint article similar thoughts came to my mind, is there something Dinosaur’s could have done to save themselves? Was it their fault or was it destiny? I believe that it was nothing much that Dinosaurs could have done. It was sudden, too swift a change for them to adapt or evolve.

But in our professionals life can organizations and individuals go extinct (become less or no more relevant in the market) ? Do organizations and individuals get time to adapt or the change is too swift for them to handle?

In a recent, very large global conference, #ATAGTR2017 one of the most interesting keynote was given by Mr. Tarun Sharma.

Tarun brought about the classic examples of Nokia v/s Blackberry v/s Android smart phone story in his keynote. Question here is could Blackberry or Nokia would have done things differently for them to not become Dinosaurs of the mobile space. Here I feel that even though the warnings were clear and straight they were not able to manage it properly. There could be potential so many other examples where large organizations are not able to evolve and they get extinct not because the change is swift but due to their large size and their inability to adapt.

This is more than true in today’s changing IT landscape. With DevOps, Agile and new age technologies like BigData, Analytics, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, IoT, RPA all around us can large IT Service organizations who are not able to adapt fast be the new Dinosaurs.

Is this true for individuals as well?

Someone who was expert in Cobol language in y2K era, if they did not pick up new skills wouldn’t they would have gone out of market soon after y2k was over?

The biggest worry according to me is the QA and testing professionals, more than 90% are not comfortable with coding or they get scared by seeing few lines of code.

Going back to Global Testing Retreat #ATAGTR2017, this fact was highlighted during the panel discussions. Brijesh Prabhakar who is head of L&T Infotech Testing services, highlighted his initiative where the entire population of manual QA and testing professionals are being groomed and coached in Java and Selenium. 

Kudos to this initiative and Kudos to the entire testing population to get over the fear and take the challenge of learning automation skills.

Agile Testing Alliance also ran #TesterBhiCoder initiative where every tester was given free selenium training and exams for CP-SAT were conducted for more than 300 professionals during November, December 2016

I would request all the IT Professionals specially QA and Testing professionals to start looking at avenues for their own upskilling and not wait for their organizations to nominate them for trainings and workshops. The warning signs are loud and clear. Look for your own benefits. The changes are happening. We have time to adapt. We have time to learn and go one up, lest we go extinct.

For every tester, test lead or test managers acquiring more technical skills is really a must.

Look for Java boot camps, look for selenium training programs. Also do not miss a chance to showcase your new skills by acquiring new age certifications like CP-SAT and CP-SAT advanced or CP-MAT and CP-AAT and definitely not miss a chance to be a part of conferences like #ATAGTR2017.

Also look out for DevOps++ Alliance. If you want to be part of these great initiatives individually or at corporate level do let us know.

This post was first published on my linkedin post.


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