AU Certified Specialist in Agile Testing


Agile United - Certified Specialis in Agile Testing  (AU - CSAT) is a three-day intensive, hands-on and interactive training for those who have successfully taken the AU-CPAT course or have passed the AU-CPAT exam and are looking for more in-depth knowledge and experience working in an agile environment. ​

This training is designed to help you develop skills and knowledge to flourish as a tester in an Agile context and grow your career in the testing & quality field. In this course, we focus this on the skills required to lead or manage a team (Leadership). In this course, we'll also dive into the concept of "damage" and how to deal with any potential damage. We'll also go through the values and risks associated with a "bug hunt", for example, when are they most beneficial and when should they be done. We'll also dive into the world of exploratory testing to gain a better understanding of sequences and interactions.

Together we will also explore the importance of visualization and when and why it's most beneficial. ​ We also explore the interpersonal relations and the concept of "bias" and "internal reality biases". Being aware of the different forms of biases and how they influence our thoughts and therefore decisions, helps us to actively work towards working environments and even products that are not in some way prejudice or built from an unfavorable perspective. These also lead into the part of the course about negotiations where we can analyze behaviors and stances which can be used to avoid larger issues which can be detrimental to a team.

Target Audience

Agile United - Certified Specialist in Agile Testing  (AU - CSAT)  has been designed for anyone how has successfully passed the AU-CPAT exam and is looking to further improve their knowledge, people skills, agile skills, testing skills and technology skills by taking a hands-on and interactive training course. This course is geared towards someone in a leadership role, or someone who is going to be responsible for a team in the future - or simply wants to understand what it means to be an agile leader. 


In order to be successful throughout this course and in your exam, it is highly recommended that you already hold the AU-CPAT certificate or have at least 3 years of experience working in an agile envorinment. For this course it is important also to have first experience in a leadership rote or interest in becoming a leader, as we will focus a lot on the softskills required to successfully run a productive agile team.

Just as a reminder from the AU-CPAT requirements, it is highly recommended that you also hold the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level (CTFL) and potentially as well the ISTQB CTFL-Agile Tester Certificates - as this course will not cover the fundamentals and terminology of Testing and Agile. Other recommendations are another Agile or Scrum certificate like PSM or CSM or ASF or at least reading through the Scrum guide. Check out the syllabus for more ideas and literature recommendations. 

If you do not hold any of the certifications mentioned above, you may still join the course; however, to get the most out of the experience you should have at least read through the above mentioned syllabi and taken note of the important relavant terms. 

Chapter 1 – Leadership

  • On motivation
  • Improving yourself
  • Improving the team
  • Learning to know one another

Chapter 2 – Damage

  • Introducing damage
  • Known Potential Damage Analysis (PDA)
  • Dealing with unknown damage
  • Overview

Chapter 3 – Bug hunt

  • Definition and perspective of a bug hunt
  • How does a bug hunt work?
  • The value and risks of bug hunts

Chapter 4 – Biases

  • The What and Why of biases
  • External reality biases
  • Anchoring bias
  • Framing bias
  • Internal reality biases
  • How to overcome biases

Chapter 5 – Exploratory Testing

  • Models
  • Positioning of Exploratory Testing
  • Dimensions of Exploratory Testing

Chapter 6 – Negotiations

  • The definition of negotiation and our positional behavior
  • Principled negotiation
  • The limitations of a principled negotiation
  • Negotiating with humans

Chapter 7 – Visualization

  • Why do people need visualization
  • When do people need visualization
  • How do people visualize

Download the syllabi for this certification or see sample exams.

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