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iSQI Practitioner in Agile Quality (PAQ)

Developing a collaborative “can do” mindset to ensure whole team accountability for quality.

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Empowering Agile practitioners to accelerate quality

Are you looking to drive quality throughout your products without compromising speed of delivery? Building upon your existing Agile skills, this course will give you the knowledge and motivation to think like a quality champion.

PAQ is focused on practical application, experiential and collaborative learning through discussion and exercises. The intensive learning environment enables you experiment with new practices and techniques, accelerating you to a practitioner level.

Soft skills are equally as important as technical competencies. To that end, the course provides opportunities to develop with instructional guidance from the trainer, who is a practitioner themselves. Sharing your experiences as part of the discussion groups not only encourages collaboration, but also an opportunity to adopt new and innovative ideas on how to optimise.

Unlike other Agile courses, PAQ is built upon a competency framework that is aligned to values of the Agile Manifesto and 12 Principles.


Target Audience

If your organisation wants to ensure accelerated quality delivery, this is the course for you. It is designed for:

  • Agile team members wanting to build better quality products.
  • Experienced testers wanting to better understand their role within an Agile team.
  • Senior management wanting to drive quality and efficiency in their Agile delivery.
  • Practitioners wanting to gain recognition for their Agile competencies.


Due to the practical experiential learning approach to this course, there is assumed knowledge which, if not met, will make it difficult for candidates to complete the course and assessments within the timeboxed course. This can be divided into Agile and Testing knowledge:


    Candidates must possess at least one of the following Agile knowledge pre-requisites:

    iSQI Certified Agile Essentials (CAE)
    iSQI Certified Scrum Master Pro
    ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Tester
    • 2 years professional experience working in Agile


    Candidates must possess an understanding of each of the following areas:

    • Test design – EP, BVA, state transition, decision tables, exploratory
    • Basic test terminology
    • Functional vs non-functional testing
    • The fundamental test process and the activities involved

Course Syllabus

  • Agile Mindset — Prove that they can put into practice all the soft skills appropriate to the agile mindset aligned to the agile manifesto and principles
  • Faster Delivery — Optimise delivery through implementing efficiencies and effective practices, maximising the work not done
  • Build Quality In — Implement the team activities to ensure the product quality objectives for each persona are met from inception throughout the product lifecycle
  • Engineering Principles — Build the right product, right first time, maximising Business value using repeatable, auditable and adaptable processes, whilst minimising technical debt
  • Continuous Testing — Support the integration of code by iterating through plan, build, test multiple times per day, in order to complete committed items, aligned to acceptance criteria and the iteration definition of done
  • Scalability — Identify additional risks and changes required to effectively scale processes based on team size and/or distribution
Day 1: Agile Manifesto and Principles. a) Introduction; b) Engineering principles; c) Practical exercise; d) Faster delivery; e) Sprint practice exercies. Day 2: Delivery. a) Planning; b) Continuous testing; c) Build quality in; d) Sprint practice exercise; e) Mock practical exam. Day 3: Team and examination. a) Debt & TDD; b) Agile mindset; c) Sprint practice exercise; d) Scalability; e) Practical Examination including Scenario.

Value Proposition

  • Increase your value by becoming an Agile practitioner as part of your career development.
  • Gain confidence in using your soft skills to be a high performing team member.
  • Transfer your existing skills into an Agile framework.
  • Learn in a fun, hands-on and collaborative environment.
  • Understand how every person in the team contributes to products they want to use - no more quality police!
  • Work with highly motivated individuals that embrace the Agile mindset.
  • Eliminate waste through the implementation of simple, effective and efficient processes.
  • Challenge yourself to step “outside the box” to experiment and learn new skills.
  • Build quality in by starting with automating unit tests, in the process saving x1000 of costs related to finding defects later.
  • Scale your Agile practices as part of your Agile transformation.
  • Delight your customers first time, every time, before your competitors.
  • Halve your testing preparation time while maintaining the same coverage by using session based testing.
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Examination ($390 + GST)

PAQ candidates are assessed at the end of the course with a practical assessment over 2.5 hours. This may be taken either directly at the end of the course, or separately scheduled. Candidates must attain a combined score of over 60% to obtain certification.

The assessment emphasises practical application of ‘hands-on’ competencies, evaluated against a product backlog release, to measure how well a candidate has understood the course content and methodologies. Each practical assessment contains one or two additional scenario-based questions requiring written answers that cover a selection of competencies.


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