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Software metrics plays an important role in measuring attributes that are critical to the
success of a software project. Measurement of these attributes helps to make the
characteristics and relationships between the attributes clearer. This in turn supports
informed decision making.
The field of software engineering is affected by infrequent, incomplete and inconsistent
measurements. Software testing is an integral part of software development, providing
opportunities for measurement of process attributes. The measurement of software testing
process attributes enables the management to have better insight in to the software testing
The aim of this thesis is to investigate the metric support for software test planning and test
design processes. The study comprises of an extensive literature study and follows a
methodical approach. This approach consists of two steps. The first step comprises of
analyzing key phases in software testing life cycle, inputs required for starting the software
test planning and design processes and metrics indicating the end of software test planning
and test design processes. After establishing a basic understanding of the related concepts,
the second step identifies the attributes of software test planning and test design processes
including metric support for each of the identified attributes.
The results of the literature survey showed that there are a number of different measurable
attributes for software test planning and test design processes. The study partitioned these
attributes in multiple categories for software test planning and test design processes. For
each of these attributes, different existing measurements are studied. A consolidation of
these measurements is presented in this thesis which is intended to provide an opportunity
for management to consider improvement in these processes.
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