Software Testing White Papers

Improve your software testing career, testing effectiveness, and company with these free software testing white papers from ASTQB.

Building a Software Testing Team

In this white paper, a software industry leader discusses the first step in hiring the right candidates by examining the processes and key qualities they look for when hiring software testers. Whether you are looking for a software testing job or trying to hire software testers, you will find this a compelling read.

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How to Staff a Test Team

Good news: You have been tasked with building a test team. Bad news: You have no idea where to start. But we end with good news: Here is the guide that will help you understand how to put together the best test team for any project.

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What You Need to Know About Advanced Certification

If you don’t yet have ISTQB Advanced Level Certification, you will find this interview very interesting! In it, successful test manager Tom Adams describes: 1) Why you shouldn’t fear the Advanced Level exam. 2) How to prepare for the exam, including two very important tips you don’t want to miss. 3) Why it’s so good for your career – and your company – that you become Advanced Level certified. Upon submission, you can also access the podcast if you prefer to listen to this interview.

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4 Reasons Software Developers Should Pair with a Certified Software Tester

As a software developer, you create wonderful things. Your contributions can help companies, clients and colleagues around the world to be more productive. But when a critical defect makes the headlines, software development can be frustrating, anxiety-inducing, and costly, to say the least. That’s why we suggest these 4 reasons you should pair with an ISTQB certified software tester.

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7 Things a Software Testing Manager Wants in an Employee

If you are a software tester, you will find this white paper to be exceptionally valuable as it offers tips that will build your career. If you are a software testing manager, you will find this to be an excellent guide that you can use as a point of discussion with your software testers as you build the best software testing team possible.

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Considering a Career Change? Here are 4 Reasons You Should Choose Software Testing.

Are you thinking about changing careers? This white paper helps you understand why software testing can be a great career, and provides suggested steps for you to make the career transition.

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4 Reasons Students Should Consider Becoming a Software Tester

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When you were asked that question as a child, you probably didn’t answer, “I want to be a software tester.” But for many people, it’s the perfect career choice. If you are a student trying to decide on a profession, here are 4 reasons you should consider becoming a software tester.

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Which Software Testing Career Path is Right for You?

Where should you start in your software testing career? More importantly, where should you go in your testing career, and how do you get there?

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How to Get a Job in Software Testing: 7 Qualities of the Successful Software Testing Job Applicant

If you are interested in the software testing field, there are 7 qualities that can improve your chances of being a successful software testing job applicant. Identified through a review and analysis of software testing job postings, these qualities were common themes across many industries and companies.

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Get Promoted: 4 Ways ISTQB Software Tester Certification Paves The Way For Promotion

Are you ready to take your career to the next level? This is the information you need.

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Cut Software Development Costs

Learn how you can save money and speed delivery while reducing defects.

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Find and Retain Skilled Software Testers

How do you find good testers? More importantly, how do you keep them? Here is the answer.

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Leading the Way: Why Test Team Leaders Need To Be Certified With Their Team

Learn how you can gain the respect of your team while building their confidence.

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Software Testing Webinars from ASTQB

Build Your Testing Skills with These Free ASTQB Software Testing Webinars

Improve your testing knowledge with these free ASTQB webinars. Featuring software testing experts, these webinars will help both your career and your company.


Testing in the Agile SAFe Methodology

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How Software Testing is Different for Medical Device Software

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Retail and E-Commerce: Digital Transformation and What It Means For Software QA

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Testing is Risky Business

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Defining Solid Software Security Requirements

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Introducing BDD and TDD

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Usability Testing in a Nutshell — Introducing the new ASTQB certification

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Why We All Need Business Analyst (BA) Training

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Framework Architecture for Test Automation

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Testing to Secure Your Security

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Agile and Waterfall – What Do Testers Do Differently

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Minimum Essential Testing Strategy METS

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ASTQB – 7 Habits of Highly Effective Agile

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Software Testing in the Cloud

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Introducing the ASTQB Certified Mobile Tester Syllabus and Certification

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ISTQB and Test Automation – How ISTQB Certification Prepares You for Automated Testing

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Introducing ISTQB Agile Foundation – Extending the ISTQB Program’s Support Further

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Making ISTQB Certification Work for You as a Manager or Aspiring Manager

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Principles Before Practices – How to Transform Your Testing Practices with ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Principles

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Weathering the Storm: Security Testing and Advanced Persistent Threats

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New ISTQB Advanced Syllabi: A Career Ladder for Test Managers and Testers

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The Ins and Outs of Entrance and Exit Criteria

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Protect Your Company and Your Software Testing Career

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ASTQB Software Testing Podcasts

Enjoy these free, short podcasts on the following software testing topics.

Security Testing: Where to Start, How to Evolve

Where does strong security testing start? How do you stay on top of the ever-evolving threats? What are the priorities for security testing? Learn the answer to these and other security testing topics from an instructor and software testing authority.

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Predicting the Future of Software … and Everything: Advice for Your Testing Career

What does the future hold for software, testing, your career and your company? Join us as AT*SQA President Taz Daughtrey describes his planned keynote at the EuroSPI conference and why he changed it to something bigger and more important for your career.

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Autonomous Cars and In-Person Meetings: Takeaways from the EuroSPI Conference

What are the software testing challenges associated with autonomous automobiles? Are in-person events useful for your software testing career? Learn the answers to these questions and get other insights from the EuroSPI conference from AT*SQA President Taz Daughtrey.

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ASTQB Podcast: Innovation in Software Testing Education

If you were asked to build software testing proficiency in a diverse group of individuals with varying educational backgrounds and technical knowledge, how would you go about it? With explosive growth in technology and a rapidly growing need for software quality professionals, this is a question of global importance.

This podcast gives you the opportunity to learn from those who have succeeded in building software testing proficiency in a challenging context. We you will learn about their innovation in software testing education through the lens of an international initiative, it has insights you can apply in your workplace or community in any nation.

This podcast is made possible through support from ASTQB’s exam provider, AT*SQA, the Association for Testing & Software Quality Assurance.

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ASTQB Podcast: How to Lead in Testing – Leadership Advice for Test Managers and Those Who Hope to Become Test Managers

What does it take to be a strong leader in testing?

Whether you are already a leader – or hope to become one in the future – this is a podcast that will set your career in the right direction. Join us to learn the answers to these questions:

  • How should we define leadership when it comes to testing?
  • Is there a difference between leadership and management?
  • What does leadership look like in the age of Agile and DevOps?
  • What are some of the key challenges for a leader in technology today, particularly in quality and test?
  • What’s your advice in moving from a direct contributor role to a leadership role?
  • How do certifications help? Can they help me make the jump into a leadership position?
  • What certifications should I get if I want to be a leader in software quality, not just a tester?
  • What concrete steps should I take right now to move toward being a leader, or a better leader? What should I do, specifically, over the next few weeks?

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ASTQB Podcast: Is Model-based Testing Right for You?

Model-based testing is an innovative testing approach to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the test process. Join us for this ASTQB podcast with Bob Binder in which we learn about model-based testing and explore whether it can help you save time and build your testing effectiveness. (See information about ISTQB Model-based Testing Certification.)

Topics include:

  • What is MBT?
  • What is the history of MBT?
  • What types of technology are out there to support doing MBT?
  • What are the benefits to implementing MBT?
  • What are the challenges to MBT?

Bob Binder is an experienced software quality veteran, known internationally through his writing and consulting.

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ASTQB Podcast: The Testing Observatory: Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, and Blockchain

Join us to hear what’s hot (or not) in software quality as we speak with H. Taz Daughtrey, a college instructor and volunteer ASTQB board member. In this podcast, Taz discusses new technologies including quantum computing, machine learning (a subset of AI), and blockchain.

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ASTQB Podcast: The Testing Observatory: Cyber-Physical Systems

Join us to hear what’s hot (or not) in software quality as we speak with H. Taz Daughtrey, a college instructor and volunteer ASTQB board member. In this podcast, Taz discusses the new area of cyber-physical systems, and the challenges they bring to testers.

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ASTQB Podcast: The Testing Observatory: Voting Systems, Financial Systems, and Machine Learning in the Headlines

Join us to hear what’s hot (or not) in software quality as we speak with H. Taz Daughtrey, a college instructor and volunteer ASTQB board member. In this podcast, Taz discusses the areas that have recently been in the headlines: voting systems, financial systems, and machine learning.

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What’s Hot in Testing: Free Retakes, Test Automation and APIs, and Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Join us to hear about what’s hot in testing as we speak with ASTQB President Judy McKay. Judy shares news that will give you peace of mind when taking an Advanced Level exam, provides insightful tips on testing APIs, and dives into the exciting ways to use robotic process automation (RPA) in testing.

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ASTQB Podcast: The Human Side of Testing: Building Hope in Rwanda

It’s easy to take software testing for granted, especially when facing a challenging problem or tight deadline. But imagine if software testing was a lifeline to a career, a chance to support yourself, and a pathway to independence. Randall Rice recently trained a group of women in Rwanda and saw first-hand how software testing is not just a career choice, but the basis for hope in a country that struggles with a violent past, high unemployment, and difficult conditions everyone, especially women. Learn about their struggle and hope, and how you can help.

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ASTQB Podcast: Is API Testing in Your Future?

APIs (Application Programming Interface) enable different systems, platforms and apps to connect and share data with each other. Their growth is rapid and looks to continue. If you aren’t testing APIs yet, do you need to be prepared? Get an introduction to API testing in this short podcast.

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Q&A on the ISTQB 2018 Foundation Syllabus

We asked ASTQB President Judy McKay about the new ISTQB 2018 Foundation Syllabus. Listen in for answers to common questions, key dates and details about how the new syllabus differs from the previous version.

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ASTQB Podcast: The New Normal for Testing in the Age of Digital Transformation: Part 1

PART 1: “The Digital Transformation and How It Will Affect Software Testing”
Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Delivery are reshaping testing processes and procedures for modern software development teams. Part 1 describes the digital transformation and its impact on today’s software development and testing professionals.

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ASTQB Podcast: The New Normal for Testing in the Age of Digital Transformation: Part 2

PART 2: “What Testing Can Do to Embrace This Digital Transformation”
Part 2 describes what testing and testers can begin to do to embrace this digital transformation and the opportunities it presents.

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ASTQB Podcast: The New Normal for Testing in the Age of Digital Transformation: Part 3

PART 3: “How to Stay Ahead and Keep Your Testing Career Moving Forward In This Digital Age”
Part 3 gives software testers specific ideas of what they need to do to stay on top of these trends and build a thriving, sustainable career.

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ASTQB Podcast: What You Need to Know About Advanced Certification

If you don’t have ISTQB Advanced Level Certification, this is a “must-listen” podcast from ASTQB with veteran tester Tom Adams. In this podcast, Tom tell us:

  • Why you shouldn’t fear the Advanced Level exam
  • How to prepare for the exam, including two very important tips
  • Why it’s important for your career – and your company – that you become Advanced Level certified

This podcast will inspire you to begin preparing for ISTQB Advanced Level Certification today.

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ASTQB Podcast: Software Testing Jobs – The Qualities of a Good Job Candidate

Do you have the qualities of a good candidate for a software testing job? Find out in this podcast.

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ASTQB Podcast: Software Testing Jobs – Types of Job Interviews

There are many types of interviews for software testing jobs. Learn about them in this podcast.

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ASTQB Podcast: Software Testing Jobs – How Important Are Your School and Grades?

How much does the school you attended and your grades matter for software testing jobs? Find out in this podcast.

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ASTQB Podcast: How Testers Can Help Close Security Gaps

Total information security in any organization is an endless challenge. This podcast examines how testers can help their organizations make progress in closing the security gaps.

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ASTQB Podcast: Security Testing in the Internet of Things (IoT)

How does the Internet of Things impact how we see information security?

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ASTQB Podcast: Why Security Breaches Continue to Happen and How Testers Can Help Stop Them

With all the tools we have for information security, why do breaches still happen on a frequent basis?

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ASTQB Podcast: Why Software Testers Should Master Technical Topics Such as Programming

Learn the two reasons software testers should master technical topics.

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ASTQB Podcast: How You Should Prepare for a Software Testing Certification Exam Based On Your Unique Learning Style

There are many ways to prepare for software testing certification. Learn why some work better for you than others.

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ASTQB Podcast: The Mistakes Testers Make When Choosing Software Testing Tools

Testing tools can be very useful. Or they can, ironically, waste your time. Learn the mistakes commonly made when choosing testing tools.

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ASTQB Software Testing Newsletter

Software testing information – including resources for ISTQB certification


2019, Issue 2

Highlights: Interview Questions Survey Results


2019, Issue 1

Highlights: 3 Ways Testers Can Prepare Now for the Next Downturn


2018, Issue 4

Highlights: Building Hope


2018, Issue 3

Highlights: Get Career Insights from a Test Manager


2018, Issue 2

Highlights: Earning Even One Testing Certification from ASTQB is Noteworthy. She Earned 11. How Did She Do It?


2018, Issue 1

Highlights: What’s On (And Beyond) the Testing Horizon.


2017, Issue 4

Highlights: When Everyone Knows Testing, is That Good or Bad for Your Career?


2017, Issue 3

Highlights: Why You Shouldn’t Fear the Advanced Level Certification Exam


2017, Issue 2

Highlights: The Best Interview Questions for Testing Jobs


2017, Issue 1

Highlights: Risk-based Mobile Testing


2016, Issue 4

Highlights: Get the Testing Job You Want


2016, Issue 3

Highlights: Testing to Secure Your Security


2016, Issue 2

Highlights: Minimum Essential Testing Strategy (METS)


2016, Issue 1

Highlights: Lessons in Agile Implementation


2015, Issue 4

Highlights: 9 Reasons a Test Leader Needs to Lead the Way.


2015, Issue 3

Highlights: How Brilliant Are You?


2015, Issue 2

Highlights: What is It Really Like to Go For Your ISTQB Advanced Level Certification?


2014, Issue 4

Highlights: How Does ISTQB Certification Prepare You for Test Automation?


2014, Issue 2

Highlights: What Does Someone Who Wrote Software For the Space Shuttle Program Have to Say About ISTQB Certification?


2013, Issue 4

Highlights: Do You Want to Be a Happier, More Productive Tester?


2013, Issue 3

Highlights: Are You Taking Full Advantage of Having a Certified Testing Team?


2013, Issue 1

Highlights: Why Security Testing is Important to Your Career.


2012, Issue 4

Highlights: The Most Frequently Asked Question.


2012, Issue 3

Highlights: Testers Have the Happiest Jobs.


2012, Issue 2

Highlights: The Importance of Test Tools Versus the Test Process.


2012, Issue 1

Highlights: How ISTQB Certification Covers Agile Testing.


2011, Issue 3

Highlights: Is the Testing Profession Headed Toward a Brick Wall?


2011, Issue 2

Highlights: The Most Efficient Form of Quality Assurance: Building Software the Right Way


2011, Issue 1

Highlights: What Do Test Managers Think About Your Certification?


2010, Issue 4

Highlights: Relying on More than Just Good Luck


2010, Issue 3

Highlights: ASTQB Certified College Students Make the Grade for Company’s Clients


2010, Issue 2

Highlights: Managing Rapid Growth in Testing Consulting and Outsourcing


2010, Issue 1

Highlights: What Led to Your Career in Testing?


2009, Issue 2

Highlights: Interview with Professor Patricia McQuaid, Ph.D., CTFL, CISA


2009, Issue 1

Highlights: Interview with Quality Assurance Manager Debra Friedenberg, CTFL


2008, Issue 2

Highlights: Interview with Test Manager Bill McMichael, CTAL, PMP, CSM


2008, Issue 1

Highlights: Interview with Freelance Consultant Jose Mata, CTFL