Effective Software Testing: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Testing Paperback – December 28, 2002
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From the Back Cover
Effective Software Testing explores fifty critically important best practices, pitfalls, and solutions. Gleaned from the author's extensive practical experience, these concrete items will enable quality assurance professionals and test managers to immediately enhance their understanding and skills, avoid costly mistakes, and implement a state-of-the-art testing program.
This book places special emphasis on the integration of testing into all phases of the software development life cycle--from requirements definition to design and final coding. The fifty lessons provided here focus on the key aspects of software testing: test planning, design, documentation, execution, managing the testing team, unit testing, automated testing, nonfunctional testing, and more.
You will learn to:
- Base testing efforts on a prioritized feature schedule
- Estimate test preparation and execution
- Define the testing team roles and responsibilities
- Design test procedures as soon as requirements are available
- Derive effective test cases from requirements
- Avoid constraints and detailed data elements in test procedures
- Make unit-test execution part of the build process
- Use logging to increase system testability
- Test automated test tools on an application prototype
- Automate regression tests whenever possible
- Avoid sole reliance on capture/playback
- Conduct performance testing with production-sized databases
- Tailor usability tests to the intended audience
- Isolate the test environment from the development environment
- Implement a defect tracking life cycle
Throughout the book, numerous real-world case studies and concrete examples illustrate the successful application of these important principles and techniques.
Effective Software Testing provides ready access to the expertise and advice of one of the world's foremost software quality and testing authorities.0201794292B12032002
About the Author
Elfriede Dustin is the lead author of Automated Software Testing (Addison-Wesley, 1999), and Quality Web Systems (Addison-Wesley, 2002). An acknowledged expert in software engineering and testing practices, she has assisted numerous companies in the definition and implementation of QA and testing processes. For more information, please see her Web site at www.effectivesoftwaretesting.com.0201794292AB12052002
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0201794292
- ISBN-13 : 978-0201794298
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.42 x 0.71 x 9.26 inches
- Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (December 28, 2002)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,190,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One way that Effective Software Testing differs from its C++ cousin is that it does tend to be more theoretical with general advice and guidelines. For managers looking for a good overview of testing along with good principles to abide by, this is a good place to start. However, there is a lot of detail or "rubber meets the road" type of material. Topics like equivalence partitioning and orthogonal arrays are described in a more qualitative way. I plan to look to other publications for a more detailed treatment of these topics. I didn't find any material that I disagreed with or that didn't resonate with my new role and responsibilities. I would recommend this book to managers new to software testing or managers and testers who are looking to improve their overall testing organization. With 50 items that span a mere 258 pages, it is very easy to read in spurts which is often necessary for the limited time that managers and other professionals have. Even at one item a day at the beginning of the day or over lunch, you can complete the book in 10 weeks. I think it will be worth your investment of time and money.
The book is divided into chapters that address a specific phase in the testing process, starting with requirements through to text execution. I won't dwell on the content that will be of particular interest to QA practitioners because the entire book applies. Instead, I'll cite the information that other stakeholders in application delivery will find useful because I believe this book has a much wider audience than just QA:
- Chapter I (Requirements) should be read by project managers and the requirements team. It underscores the importance of integrating the QA team at the earliest stage of a project.
- Chapter IV (System Architecture) shows the importance of communications between the architects and design team and the QA team. Specifically, if QA isn't working closely with architecture, designs may not be testable, which will impose significant costs downstream in the applications delivery process.
- Chapter VI (Unit Testing) gives advice on how to effectively engage the development team in the overall quality strategy.
- Chapter X (Managing Test Execution) has excellent advice on managing defects, which has a plethora of stakeholders and roles, from support, business and development domains. In addition, the guidance on bounding the test execution cycle is not of primary interest to project managers, but also to business stakeholders. It's a sad commentary on the way some organizations manage the test environment when advice for separating the test and development environments need to be included, but this commingling happens too often and I was happy to see it included in this chapter.
This is not a 'how to test' book, it is a compilation of pitfalls and how to avoid them. It is a welcome addition to the growing software quality body of knowledge and one that I recommend highly.