Incorporating Metrics in an Organizational Test Strategy

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Wasif Afzal, Richard Torkar
Title: Incorporating Metrics in an Organizational Test Strategy
Translated title: Incorporating Metrics in an Organizational Test Strategy
Conference name: 2008 IEEE International Conference on Software Testing Verification and Validation Workshop
Year: 2008
Pagination: 305-315
Publisher: IEEE
URI/DOI: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/ICSTW.2008.23
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Systems and Software Engineering (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för programvarusystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.tek.bth.se/
Authors e-mail: waf@bth.se, rto@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: An organizational level test strategy needs to incorporate metrics to make the testing activities visible and available to process improvements. The majority of testing measurements that are done are based on faults found in the test execution phase. In contrast, this paper investigates metrics to support software test planning and test design processes. We have assembled metrics in these two process types to support management in carrying out evidence-based test process improvements and to incorporate suitable metrics as part of an organization level test strategy. The study is composed of two steps. The first step creates a relevant context by analyzing key phases in the software testing lifecycle, while the second step identifies the attributes of software test planning and test design processes along with metric(s) support for each of the identified attributes.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Business Administration\Management Control
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