We set the focus on the most important element in agile projects: YOU.

Hands-on, Pragmatic Soft Skills Focused



Agile is flexible and adaptive with frequent feedback loops, far different from the traditional regimented methodologies. Agile testing is different, so we made the iSQI® CAT Certified Agile Tester different. It centers on the most important element in agile projects: You!


Theory is the foundation of any certification; however, iSQI® CAT Certified Agile Tester goes above and beyond, focusing mainly on hands on situations which help to ensure the mandatory soft skills required when working in an agile environment. Two of the most important skills of any successful agile tester are the ability to collaborate with your team and maintaining the self-discipline to properly manage your time. This certification has been proudly created by testers for testers!


4-day Course Outline:


Further Information & Downloads:


CAT exam information - Concept of 3 phases:


Agile Projects strongly rely on the individuals – their knowledge, their ability to interact constantly with the team as well as the discipline to produce working software in agreed time frames. Therefore, the examination to become a Certified Agile Tester is separated into three different parts:

- A practical section where the examinee’s testing skills are put to the test.
- An open questions exam to demonstrate profound theoretical knowledge
- A soft skills assessment on capacity for teamwork (during training)

Whereas the soft skills will be assessed throughout the five training days, the written as well as the practical examination will take place on the last of the five days.


CAT exam conditions:

- The four day training is mandatory to take the CAT exam
- Answers can be given in English, German, Dutch and Spanish language

- Practical exam 2 hours
- Theoretical exam 2.5 hours
- Time extension for non-native speakers (30 minutes) on request possible.
- Pass mark is 65%.


Further Information & Download:



Agile Manifesto

In February 2001, 17 software developers met to discuss lightweight development methods. They published the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, in which they said that by "uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it," they have come to


Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

Responding to change over following a plan



Videos from CAT Training Providers:

iSQI® Certified Agile Tester - Content

iSQI® Certified Agile Tester - Training

iSQI® Certified Agile Tester - Training

iSQI® Certified Agile Tester - Transition to agile testing

iSQI® Certified Agile Tester - Exam



Videos from iSQI®:

iSQI® Car build session at the Agile Testings Days


Reading list (recommendations):

More Agile Testing - Learning Journeys for the Whole Team by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory

Agile Testing – A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum by Mike Cohn

Agile Testing: Der Agile Weg zur Qualität by Manfred Baumgartner, Martin Klonk, Helmut Pichler, Richard Seidl, Siegfried Tanczos

Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide by Craig Larman

Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen

User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development  by Mike Cohn

The Deadline by Tom de Marco

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom de Marco & Timothy Lister

Kanban by David J. Anderson

eXtreme Programming explained: Embrace Change by Kent Beck


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Business Outcomes:

Understand the principles behind the agile approach to software development

Differentiate between the testing role in agile projects compared with the role of testers in non-agile projects

Positively contribute as an agile team member focused on testing

Appreciate the challenges and difficulties associated with the non-testing activities performed in an agile team

Demonstrate a range of soft skills required by agile team members and how to contribute to continuous improvement through retrospectives


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