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ISTQB Related Articles | Articles Referenced in ISTQB Syllabi
ISTQB Related Books | Books Referenced in ISTQB Syllabi

ISTQB Related Articles

 

Articles Referenced in ISTQB Syllabi

Expert Level – Improving the Testing Process:

  • V.R. Basili, “Software Modeling and Measurement: The Goal Question Metric Paradigm,” Computer Science Technical Report Series, CS-TR-2956 (UMIACS-TR-92-96), University of Maryland, College Park, MD, September, 992.
  • V.R. Basili, H. D. Rombach, “The TAME Project: Towards Improvement-Oriented Software Environments”, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol.SE-14, no.6, June 1988, pp.758-773.
  • V.R. Basili, R.W. Selby, “Data Collection and Analysis in Software Research and Management”, Proceedings of the American Statistical Association and Biomeasure Society, Joint Statistical Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, August 1984.
  • R. Basili, D. M. Weiss, “A Methodology for Collecting Valid Software Engineering Data,” IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. SE-10, no.6, November 1984, pp. 728-738.
  • L. Copeland, “When helping doesn’t help”, SQE Magazine, January 2001
  • D. Garvin, “What does product quality really mean?”, Sloan Management Review, Vol. 26, No. 1, 1984
  • J. R. Hackman, G. R. Oldham (1976). “Motivation through design of work”. Organizational behaviour and human performance 16: 250–279.
  • van Veenendaal, E., “Test Process Improvement Manifesto”, Testing Experience, Dec 2008

Expert Level – Test Management:

  • L. Copeland, “When helping doesn’t help”, SQE Magazine, January 2001

 

ISTQB Related Books

Foundation Level – English Language:

  • Rex Black, Erik Van Veenendaal, Dorothy Graham (2012), Foundations of Software Testing – ISTQB® Certification, 3rd ed., Cengage Learning
  • Peter Morgan, Angelina Samaroo,Brian Hambling (2010), Software Testing: An ISTQB®-ISEB Foundation Guide, British Computer Society
  • Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz and Hans Schaefer (2011), Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam, Rocky Nook
  • Bernard Homès, Fundamentals of Software Testing, ISTE Ltd and John Wiley & Sons Inc

Foundation Level – Other languages:

  • Rex Black, Gary Rueda Sandoval (2011), Fundamentos de Pruebas de Software (Spanish Edition)
  • Bernard Homès, Les Tests Logiciels: Fondamentaux (French Edition)

Advanced Level – Test Analyst:

  • Rex Black (2008), Advanced Software Testing – Vol. 1: Guide to the ISTQB® Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Analyst, Rocky Nook
  • Graham Bath and Judy McKay (2008), The Software Test Engineer’s Handbook: A Study Guide for the ISTQB® Test Analyst and Technical Analyst Advanced Level Certificates, Rocky Nook

Advanced Level – Technical Test Analyst:

  • Rex Black, Jamie Mitchell (2011), Advanced Software Testing – Vol. 3: Guide to the ISTQB® Advanced Certification as an Advanced Technical Test Analyst, Rocky Nook
  • Graham Bath and Judy McKay (2008), The Software Test Engineer’s Handbook: A Study Guide for the ISTQB® Test Analyst and Technical Analyst Advanced Level Certificates, Rocky Nook

Advanced Level – Test Manager:

  • Rex Black (2009), Advanced Software Testing – Vol. 2: Guide to the ISTQB® Advanced Certification as an Advanced Test Manager, Rocky Nook
  • Rex Black (2008), ISTQB® Advanced Test Manager Exam Preparation Guide, 2nd ed., RBCS
  • Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz, Thomas Rossner and Mario Winter (2007), Software Testing Practice: Test Management: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam ISTQB® Advanced Level, Rocky Nook
  • Patrick Hendrickx, Chris Van Bael and Alain Bultink (2010), Advanced Test Management Based on the ISTQB® Syllabus, Ps_Testware

The following books are not related to a particular ISTQB® Certification Level but they concern Software Testing:

  • Anne Mette Jonassen Hass (2008), Guide to Advanced Software Testing, Artech House
  • Umar Saeed and Ansur Mahmood (2010), Black Box Testing Strategies For Functional Testing: ISTQB® Black Box testing Strategies used in Financial Industry for Functional testing, Lap Lambert Academic Publishing

 

Books Referenced in ISTQB Syllabi

Foundation Level:

  • Beizer Boris (1990), Software Testing Techniques (2nd edition), Van Nostrand Reinhold
  • Rex Black (2001), Managing the Testing Process (2nd edition), John Wiley & Sons
  • Hans Buwalda et al. (2001), Integrated Test Design and Automation, Addison Wesley
  • Lee Copeland (2004), A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, Artech House
  • Rick David Craig and Stefan P. Jaskiel (2002), Systematic Software Testing, Artech House
  • Mark Fewster and Graham Dorothy (1999), Software Test Automation, Addison Wesley
  • Tom Gilb and Dorothy Graham (1993), Software Inspection, Addison Wesley
  • Bill Hetzel (1988), Complete Guide to Software Testing, QED
  • Cem Kaner, James Bach and Bret Pettticord (2002), Lessons Learned in Software Testing, John Wiley & Sons
  • Glenford J. Myers (1979), The Art of Software Testing, John Wiley & Sons
  • Erik van Veenendaal (2004), The Testing Practitioner, UTN Publishers

Advanced Level:

  • Beizer Boris (1995), Black-box testing, John Wiley & Sons
  • Rex Black (2002), Managing the Testing Process (2nd edition), John Wiley & Sons
  • Rex Black (2003), Critical Testing Processes, Addison-Wesley
  • Rex Black (2007), Pragmatic Software Testing, John Wiley and Sons
  • Ilene Burnstein (2003), Practical Software Testing, Springer
  • Hans Buwalda (2001) , Integrated Test Design and Automation, Addison-Wesley Longman
  • Lee Copeland (2003), A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, Artech House
  • Rick David Craig and Stefan P. Jaskiel (2002), Systematic Software Testing, Artech House
  • Paul Gerrard and Neil Thompson (2002), Risk-based e-business testing, Artech House
  • Gilb Tom and Graham Dorothy (1993), Software inspection, Addison-Wesley
  • Dorothy Graham, Erik van Veenendaal, Isabel Evans, Rex Black (2007) , Foundations of Software Testing, Thomson Learning
  • M. Grochmann (1994), Test case design using Classification Trees in conference proceeedings, Star
  • Paul C.Jorgensen (2002), Software Testing, a Craftsman’s Approach, 2nd Edition, CRC press
  • Cem Kaner, James Bach, Bret Pettichord (2002), Lessons Learned in Software Testing, Wiley
  • Tim Koomen and Martin Pol (1999), Test Process Improvement, Addison-Wesley
  • Glenford J.Myers (1979) , The Art of Software Testing, John Wiley & Sons
  • Martin Pol, Ruud Teunissen and Erik van Veenendaal (2002), Software Testing: A Guide to the Tmap Approach, Addison-Wesley
  • Steven Splaine, Stefan P.,Jaskiel (2001), The Web-Testing Handbook, STQE Publishing
  • D.H. Stamatis (1995), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, ASQC Quality Press
  • Erik van Veenendaal (2002), The Testing Practitioner, UTN Publishing
  • James Whittaker (2003), How to Break Software, Addison-Wesley
  • James Whittaker and Herbert Thompson (2004), How to Break Software Security, Pearson / Addison-Wesley

Expert Level – Improving the Test Process:

  • John Hayes, John Adams and Barrie Hopson (1976), Transition: Understanding & managing personal change
  • L. W. Anderson and D. R. Krathwohl (eds) (2001), A Taxonomy for Learning, Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Allyn & Bacon
  • Eastwood Atwater (1981), I Hear You, Prentice-Hall
  • A. J. Bernstein (2001), Emotional Vampires: Dealing With People Who Drain You Dry, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • Rex Black (2003), Critical Testing Processes, Addison-Wesley
  • Ilene Burnstein (2003), Practical Software Testing, Springer
  • Tony Buzan (1995), The Mindmap Book, BBC-Books
  • R. Cialdini (2006), Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Harper Business
  • Rick David Craig and Stefan P. Jaskiel (2002), Systematic Software Testing, Artech House
  • Lee Copeland (2003), A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design, Artech House
  • Isabel Evans (2004), Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork, Artech House
  • Stephen Few (2006), Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data, O’Reilly Media
  • Milo O. Frank (1990), How to get your point across in 30 seconds or less, Simon & Schuster
  • T. Gilb and D. Graham (1993), Software Inspection, Addison-Wesley
  • M. Gladwell (2001), The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Little Brown & Co
  • Peter Honey and A. Mumford (2002), The Learning Styles Helper’s Guide, Peter Honey Publications
  • W. Humphrey (2000), Introduction to the Team Software Process, SEI
  • W. Humphrey (1997), Introduction to the Personal Software Process, SEI
  • Darrell Huff (1993), How to Lie with Statistics, W.W. Norton
  • ISTQB® Certified Tester Expert Level, Certification Extension Process, Version 1.0, June, 17th 2008 (Available from ISTQB®-Web)
  • ISTQB® Exam Guidelines for Expert Level, Version 1.0, (Available from ISTQB®-Web)
  • ITIL (2002), Best Practice for Service Support, Office of Government Commerce
  • ITIL (2002), Best Practice for Service Delivery, Office of Government Commerce
  • Bob McFeeley/Software Engineering Institute (SEI) (1996), IDEAL: A User’s Guide for Software Process Improvement
  • Kaoru Ishikawa (1991), What Is Total Quality Control? The Japanese Way, Prentice Hall Business Classics
  • Joseph M. Juran and A. Blanton Godfrey (2000), Quality Handbook, McGraw-Hill International Editions
  • Naomi Karten (2009), Changing How You Manage and Communicate Change: Focusing on the Human Side of Change, IT Governance Publishing
  • John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber (2005), Our Iceberg is Melting, Pan Macmillan
  • Tim Koomen and Martin Pol (1999), Test Process Improvement, Addison-Wesley
  • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler (2007), On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief Through the Five Stages of Loss, Scribner Book Company
  • A. H. Maslow (1998), Toward a Psychology of Being, Wiley
  • A. H. Maslow (1998), Maslow on Management, Wiley
  • J.D. Mayer (2004), Emotional intelligence: Key readings on the Mayer and Salovey model, Dude Publishing
  • Isabel Briggs Myers (1980), Understanding Personality Type, DaviesBlack Publishing (Reprint edition 1995)
  • Richard E. Nance and James D. Arthur (2002), Managing Software Quality: A Measurement Framework for Assessment and Prediction, Springer
  • A. Johnston Page and K. B. Rollinson (2008), How we test software at Microsoft, Pub. Microsoft
  • M. Pol. and E. van Veenendaal (1998), Structured testing of information systems: an introduction to Tmap®, Kluwer
  • Mike Robson (1995), Problem Solving in Groups, Gower
  • Satir V., Banmen, J., Gerber J., Gomori M. (1991), The Satir model: Family therapy and beyond, Science and Behavior Books
  • Sogeti (2009), TPI Next – Business Driven Test Process Improvement, UTN Publishing
  • Trienekens and van Veenendaal (1997), Software Quality from a Business Perspective, Kluwer
  • E. Tufte (1990), Visual Explanations, Graphics Press
  • E. Tufte (1997), Envisioning Information, Graphics Press
  • Wagner (1996), The Transactional Manager, Spiro Press
  • G. Weinberg (1992), Quality Software Management, Vol. 1, Dorset House

Expert level – Test Management:

  • Rex Black (2003), Critical Testing Processes: Plan, Prepare, Perform, Perfect, Addison-Wesley
  • Rex Black (2009), Managing the Testing Process, Wiley
  • Barry Boehm and Richard Turner (2003), Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed, Addison-Wesley
  • Fred Brooks (1995), The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, 2ed., Addison-Wesley
  • Rick David Craig and Stefan P. Jaskiel (2002), Systematic Software Testing, Artech House
  • Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister (1999), Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 2ed., Dorset House
  • Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister (2003), Waltzing With Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects, Dorset House
  • Esther Derby and Diany Larsen (2006), Agile Retrospectives – Making Good Teams Great, The Pragmatic Bookshelf
  • Peter Drucker (2006), The Practice of Management, Harper
  • Patricia Ensworth (2001), The Accidental Project Manager: Surviving the Transition from Techie to Manager, Wiley
  • Isabel Evans (2004), Achieving Software Quality through Teamwork, Artech House
  • Robert Galen (2004), Software Endgames: Eliminating Defects, Controlling Change, And The Countdown To On-time Delivery, Dorset House
  • Robert Glass (2002), Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering, Addison-Wesley
  • Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (1999), Software Test Automation, Addison-Wesley
  • Kaoru Ishikawa (1991), What Is Total Quality Control? The Japanese Way, Prentice Hall Business Classics
  • Capers Jones (1993), Assessment and Control of Software Risks, Prentice Hall
  • Capers Jones (2007), Estimating Software Costs: Bringing Realism to Estimating, McGraw-Hill
  • Capers Jones (2008), Applied Software Measurement: Global Analysis of Productivity and Quality, 3ed., McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
  • Stephen Kan (2002), Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, 2ed., Addison-Wesley
  • Nancy Leveson (1995), Safeware: System Safety and Computers, Addison-Wesley
  • Steve McConnell (1997), Software Project Survival Guide, Microsoft Press
  • Steve McConnell (1999), After the Gold Rush: Creating a True Profession of Software Engineering, Microsoft Press
  • Judy McKay (2007), Managing the Test People, Rocky Nook
  • Isabel Briggs Myers (1980), Understanding Personality Type, Davies-Black Publishing, reprint edition, 1995
  • Project Management Institute (2008), A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), 4ed., Project Management Institute
  • Tim Riley and Adam Goucher (2009), Beautiful Testing, O’Reilly
  • Johanna Rothman (2004), Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies and Nerds: The Secrets & Science Of Hiring Technical People, Dorset House
  • Johanna Rothman (2007), Manage It!: Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management, Pragmatic Bookshelf
  • Mark Utting and Bruno Legeard (2006), Practical Model-Based Testing: A Tools Approach, Morgan Kaufmann
  • Edward Yourdon (2003), Death March, 2ed., Prentice Hall
  • James Whittaker (2002), How to Break Software: A Practical Guide to Testing, Addison-Wesley
  • Karl Wiegers (1996), Creating a Software Engineering Culture, Dorset House