This page is outdated

The website of current conference can be found on

25 - 26 June 2015 in Prague

The website of last year conference can be found on

Success Factors for Agile Development

This 3-hour tutorial explains the factors that differentiate Agile from more traditional software development lifecycles. Its objective is to give participants a general understanding of what is special about working in an Agile development team, and how to get the best results. It is fully compatible with the ISTQB Certified Tester Foundation Level Agile Extension syllabus, being based on those parts of it that are not specific to testing.

The content includes a brief history of Agile methodologies and the Agile Manifesto, the concepts that all Agile methodologies have in common, an explanation and comparison of the three most popular ones, and an introduction to some of the work patterns that characterise successful Agile teams.

Who should attend this training?

This tutorial is recommended for people who either need to understand the principles of Agile software development lifecyles, or have an interest in doing so. Its focus on the factors that can make Agile succeed or fail make it especially suitable for anybody who is about to, or has just started to, work in or with an Agile development team. It will therefore be useful to business representatives on Agile projects as well to analysts, developers, testers and their managers and colleagues.


A Brief History of SLDCs

The first section puts Agile in perspective by outlining the evolution of sequential and iterative lifecycles.

The Agile Manifesto

The second module reveals the content and significance of this seminal 2001 declaration as the basis of modern Agile methodologies.

Popular Agile Approaches

Next, we explain, compare and contrast XP with Kanban and Scrum.

Fundamental Agile Practices

This part sets out the common work patterns which are most important to a successful Agile team, no matter what role in it an individual has.

Agile Development and Testing

The final module takes a brief look at common Agile work patterns which are more specific to development and testing activities.

Richard Taylor, STEST, Czech Republic

Richard TaylorRichard Taylor has been an IT practitioner for more than 40 years, during which he has done most ofthe jobs that it has to offer from programming and systems / business analysis through to project management. Since 1992 he has specialised in the conduct and management of software testing in a wide variety of environments. During six years as a Senior Consultant with one of the the world’s largest systems integration consultancies, he became the focal point for testing best practice within their UK Consulting & Systems Integration division. He has designed and implemented test process solutions aimed at BS5750, ISO9001 and CMM levels 2 and 3, and claims proudly that he has yet to fail a quality audit.

Richard has wide experience of applications delivery in the government, retail, logistics, insurance and transport sectors (including the management of airports). He is familiar with the issues of managing offshore testing and multi-national test teams, having worked extensively outside the UK.

He has worked in Agile as well as more traditional environments, for companies and on projects ranging from very small to very large, and has used a variety of project management methodologies including PRINCE2.

One of the early members of the software testing Subject Board in the British Computer Society’s Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB), Richard helped to develop the UK’s Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing. Since then, he has contributed to its ISTQB replacement and to the Glossary of Software Testing Terms that accompanies it. He has contributed numerous improvements to accreditted training materials used for all of the ISTQB Advanced Level syllabi, and has written a complete training course for the ISTQB Foundation Level Agile Extension certificate.

A regular speaker at conferences and seminars in both continental Europe and the UK, he has written and presented papers on several aspects of testing and test management, including use of metrics for test management and for Agile testing (in which he has particular interest).

Richard was educated at an English private school and Cambridge University, which was followed by a short commission as an officer in the Royal Air Force. Now based in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, he continues to be an active software test management consultant as well as a popular trainer.