A4Q/iSQI® Practitioner in Agile Quality 2.0

Short description

PAQ 2.0 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, since Agile quality is the collective and equal responsibility of the whole team.

The course is designed to inspire and instil confidence in participants through practical application, experiential and collaborative learning. It supports participants to prepare for the PAQ practical assessment (certification exam) which is aligned to the PAQ Competency Framework.

More info can be found on the iSQI website.

Quick info

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
  • Roles & Responsibilities in an Agile Team
  • Traditional Roles in Agile
Product Backlog
  • Product Backlog
  • Business Value & Priority
  • Refinement
  • DoD/DoR Acceptance Criteria
  • Test Strategy
Planning (Part 1)
  • Planning Review
Planning (Part 2)
  • Risk Assessment
  • Estimation & Velocity
Daily Standup
  • Feedback
  • High Performing Team
  • Task Board
  • Anti-Patterns/Patterns
The Iteration
  • Code Quality
  • Refactoring
  • Automation
  • CI/CD
  • TDD and BDD
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Acceptance Criteria vs Fit for Purpose
  • Demo Execution
  • People, Process, Product Evaluation
  • (Continuous) Improvement culture</li
  • Follow up on Result
  • Team & Collaboration
  • Execution of Retrospective
  • E2E in Agile
  • Scaling Agile
  • DevOps
Closing Discussion

Who might want to attend this course?

  • This course requires candidates to meet agile knowledge prerequisites, which can be demonstrated by:
    • Holding certifications such as iSQI Certified Agile Essentials (CAE), iSQI Certified Scrum Master Pro, ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester
    • Having at least two years of professional experience working in Agile
  • Additionally, candidates should be proficient in the following practices and techniques:
    • Test Design: EP / BVA / State Transition / Decision tables /Exploratory
    • Basic test terminology
    • Understanding the difference between functional and non-functional testing, including Performance and Usability testing
    • Performing all the activities associated with the fundamental test process
  • PAQ certification is not limited to testers but also open to anyone in the team who needs to deliver better products, services, and user experiences using agile, including:
    • Members of Agile, Scrum, or DevOps teams (Product Owners, Scrum Masters) aiming to improve product quality
    • Development team members (Testers, Developers, Business Analysts) looking to apply agile quality approaches
    • Managers who want to drive quality and efficiency in agile delivery

Key takeaways

  • Agile Quality Mindset: Put into practice all the soft skills appropriate to the Agile Quality Mindset.
  • Faster Delivery: Optimize delivery through implementing automation practices feasible.
  • Build Quality In, Quality Engineering Principles: Implement the team activities to ensure the product quality objectives for each persona are met from inception (shift left) throughout the product lifecycle. Build the right product, right first time, maximizing business value using repeatable, auditable, and adaptable approaches.
  • Scalability: Identify additional quality risks and changes required to effectively scale processes based on team size and/or distribution.

Upcoming events

Currently there are no trainings planned for this course. Don’t hesitate to contact us when you have interest in this course.

Product Backlog
Planning (part 1)
Planning (part 2)
Daily Standup
The Iteration
No, the course price does not include the exam voucher.

A4Q PAQ candidates are assessed under controlled exam conditions in order to be certified. The assessment may be taken either directly at the end of the A4Q PAQ training course, or separately scheduled. The exam has a duration of 120 minutes in total (25% extra time is available for non-native speakers of the exam language).

The assessment is comprised of two parts (taken together within the 120 minutes):

The “Theoretical Assessment” (40%)
This assesses the candidate’s understanding of the content of A4Q PAQ and includes both multiple choice style questions and a scenario based questions that require short written answers.

The “Practical Assessment” (60%)
The ‘hands-on’ practical assessment includes User Stories, Associated Design Documentation plus a ‘multi-drop’ application seeded with defects. Candidates are awarded the PAQ certificate if they score 60% total marks. Any candidate failing will have an opportunity to schedule a re-sit (a fee will apply).
Training in Dutch or English, course materials in English.
The exam is in English and multiple choice.
A time extension for non-native English speakers is possible under certain restrictions.

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