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What is an Agile Tester?

The term “Agile Tester” is somewhat of a misnomer. “Agile Testers” are testers and quality analysts, but the key distinction and why the term exists is that these testers have a specific mindset and utilize principles and practices to support agile development and testing.

-Agile Testers focus on collaborating closely with the team

-Agile Testers focus on defining tests upfront to help drive development

-Agile Testers utilize manual and automated testing methods

What Certifications are Available?

There is not a hard and fast rule when it comes to certifications.  Therefore we will break certifications up into 3 categories:

Yes: This certification directly helps this role.

Maybe: This certification could help this role.

No: This certification is not needed for this role.

Certifications to Consider

This first set of certifications focus specifically on developers and technical practices, so they are excellent options for software developers that will be working as part of an agile team to help them understand concepts and strategies to be able to work in an agile manner.

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Practitioner (SP) – Yes

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery White Belt – Yes

Agile Developers can benefit from some of the more general agile training and certifications as well.  The following certifications provide a more generalized training on agile principles, practices and flow.


Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Developer  I (PSD I) – Maybe

Scrum Alliance

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) – Maybe

Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) – Maybe

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner (PM/PO) – Maybe

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery Yellow Belt – Maybe

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What are Good Books for Agile Testers?

Testing on agile projects goes beyond just testing; the testers are a part of the team and help drive the project forward through close collaboration with the team.  This a a mindset shift in terms of doing things like defining tests upfront, as well as understanding and implementing various types of testing and automating many of those tests.  The below books help define and understand this mindset, the types of tests and an introduction/strategy to test automation.

Agile Testing
More Agile Testing
Bridging The Communication Gap
How Google Tests Software
Specification by Example: How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software
ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development
BDD in Action: Behavior-driven development for the whole software lifecycle
Lean-Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development: Better Software Through Collaboration
The Cucumber Book: Behaviour-Driven Development for Testers and Developers