For a practical guide to software testing, readers can look to Rex Black's Managing the Testing Process, a compendium of real-world advice on managing software testing successfully. It is a veritable hodge-podge of sample test documents and is filled with recommendations from an old hand at test management.
Early sections examine the design of test plans, along with strategies for assessing and prioritizing risk as well as catching bugs through effective testing. Sample case studies include a network hardware device and a Java word processor.
Throughout this book, a variety of documents (including Excel spreadsheets and Access databases) are presented to get you started on your own testing projects. (Though reproduced here in truly microscopic print, all sample documents are included on the accompanying CD-ROM.) The book also looks at metrics for measuring the performance of your testing operation.
Managing the Testing Process shows how a bug-tracking database is the most effective model for managing the testing cycle. This book is chock-full of advice on testing management. The author also presents dozens of tips for succeeding in the software Q/A job market.
Sections on designing a lab and staffing it, including a valuable discussion on when to use consultants and when to outsource testing, provide a practical guide to today's testing management. After an introduction to working with other players in today's software organizations, a final chapter looks at managing testing across different locations.
Many developers spend time in Q/A as a stepping stone to careers in software design. And as the author points out, the job of test engineer is growing in popularity. Read this book to find out the often harsh realities of software testing along with strategies for improving the effectiveness of your software testing team. --Richard Dragan
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Proven tips and tools for building and executing an effective test project
Earlier editions of this book have helped test managers around the world to develop essential tools and apply them to successful test project management. In this third edition of his bestseller, Rex Black shares lessons he has learned in the decade since the first edition came out and provides a thorough review of the latest tools and resources, making this book even more valuable.
A structured test operation is planned, repeatable, and documented, but preserves creativity and flexibility in all the right places. Rex Black teaches you to develop models for understanding the meaning of the myriad data points generated by testing. Then you can effectively manage what is often a confusing, chaotic, and change-ridden area of the project, building an effective and efficient test organization. You will learn about:
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- Building a business case for solid testing
Mastering Agile testing challenges, applying risk-based testing, and managing distributed and outsourced testing
Understanding and adapting the new IEEE 829 standard
Building a high-performance test team using skills management, training, and certification
Building and managing an effective test organization, explained with plenty of real-world examples, exercises, and solutions