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ISTQB Advanced Level Test Manager

A practical course for managers in Advanced level testing


Being a technical manager is hard enough, but managing the testing process is a unique challenge, requiring judgment, agility, and organization.


The course covers the essential tools, critical processes, significant considerations, and fundamental management skills for people who lead or manage development and maintenance test efforts. It describes the development and use of the test plan, the test system, the bug tracking database, and the test tracking spreadsheet. It covers the “people skills” needed to define your test team, hire the appropriate people, manage that team’s relationships with peers and managers, and distribute test work to other participants.


Finally, the course addresses the contextual issues of test projects, such as the economics of testing, the test effort within the project.


Through presentation, discussion, debate, hands on exercises, brainstorming and questioning, we shall go through terminology, methodology, concepts and tools to learn how to plan, review and manage tests and testers, how to track what we do and improve over time. We shall discuss how to function as test managers within testing and other type of teams, how to be productive and efficient, how to produce quality working software and what is needed on the communication side to be a part of a team.


Relevant exercises and simulations are integrated into the course in order to close the gap between methodology and actual field implementation and enable participants realize what they need to be doing in their designated teams as testers from now on.

  • Define the overall testing goals and strategy for the systems being tested

  • Plan, schedule and track the tasks

  • Describe and organize the necessary activities

  • Select, acquire and assign the adequate resources to the tasks

  • Select, organize and lead testing teams

  • Organize the communication between the members of the testing teams, and between the testing teams and all the other stakeholders

  • Justify the decisions and provide adequate reporting information where applicable

Alon Linetzki

A coach & consultant in SW engineering, development, testing and QA for the last 34 years. Co-author and reviewer for the ISTQB Agile Tester certification.


Advanced Level Test Manager Qualification is aimed at people who have achieved an advanced point of their careers in software testing, and are managing testers or SW engineering related team/s (see pre-requisites). This included people in roles such as:

Course Outline
  • Test Leader

  • Test Manager

  • Test Consultant

  • IT Director

  • Project Manager

  • Quality Manager

  • Business Analyst

  • Manager Consultant

  • Testing Process

  • Test Management in Context

  • Risk-Based Testing and Other Approaches

  • Test Documentation and Other Work Products

  • Test Estimation

  • Defining and Using Test Metrics

  • Business Value of Testing

  • Distributed, Outsourced, and Insourced Testing

  • Managing the Application of Industry Standards

  • Defect Management

  • Improving the Testing Process

  • Test Tools and Automation

  • People Skills - Team Composition

  1. At least 4 years’ experience in SW development or SW test out of which: 2 years (or any combination leading to 2 years) are in Test Management, Project Lead, Test Methodology or Test Process Improvement roles (combinations are allowed)

  2. Basic valid certification in ISTQB Foundation level


SMK Conference Center Kalvariju str. 137E LT-08221 Vilnius, Lithuania