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Automation Testing Vs Manual Testing
Sara Ford explores the difference of automated and manual testing and when to use which. A must read post. Click here to go Bruce McLeod recently blogged in his opinion on the same subject, Read it ......

Posted On Friday, March 4, 2005 7:38 PM | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Verification and Validation
Validation Verification Am I building the right product Am I building the product right Determining if the system complies with the requirements and performs functions for which it is intended and meets the organization’s goals and user needs. It is traditional and is performed at the end of the project. The review of interim work steps and interim deliverables during a project to ensure they are acceptable. To determine if the system is consistent, adheres to standards, uses reliable techniques ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 30, 2004 1:04 PM | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Quality Assurance Quality Control A planned and systematic set of activities necessary to provide adequate confidence that requirements are properly established and products or services conform to specified requirements. The process by which product quality is compared with applicable standards; and the action taken when nonconformance is detected. An activity that establishes and evaluates the processes to produce the products. An activity which verifies if the product meets pre-defined standards. ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 30, 2004 1:00 PM | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Bug Reporting Best Practices
Here is the excellent post written by Marie Hagman. This is one of the post where you can find comprehensive details about “how to file a good bug report”. Update the post a bit to make more generic. Which Bugs Get fixed? To make the most impact on the product you want to spend the most time on the issues that are most likely to be fixed. Bugs that get fixed: Affect many customers Are embarrassing or do not convey professionalism. Ex: fit and finish bugs Are easy to fix Bugs that less ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 12:33 PM | Comments (7) | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Test Effectiveness & Test efficiency

Test Effectiveness = Loss due to problems / Total resources processed by the system
Test Effectiveness means, Effectiveness of testing to business

Test efficiency= (number of tests required / the number of system errors)

Metric shows the efficiency of tests in uncovering errors.
(Thanks to Jennie)

Posted On Sunday, June 13, 2004 10:27 PM | Filed Under [ CSTE ]

Glossary of Software Testing/QA Terms
Source: The following definitions are taken from GLOSSARY OF COMPUTERIZED SYSTEM AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TERMINOLOGY audit. (1) (IEEE) An independent examination of a work product or set of work products to assess compliance with specifications, standards, contractual agreements, or other criteria. See: functional configuration audit, physical configuration audit. (2) (ANSI) To conduct an independent review and examination of system records and activities in order to test the adequacy and effectiveness ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 2, 2004 4:55 AM | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing CSTE Testing/QA-FAQ ]

Unit Testing
The world has started to rely increasingly on software that is becoming more and more complex. Today software is everywhere - part of every system or machine that we use in daily life. Software Quality and Reliability have become an important concern of the software industry. While improved and formal software development processes help avoid more and more defects, a large number of defects are still left in software. In one of history's well-known bugs, the entire long distance of AT&T was down ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:08 PM | Comments (2) | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Smoke & Sanity Testing
There are two type of test types, Smoke and Sanity. What they are exactly? Here we go..... The general definition (related to Hardware) of Smoke Testing is: Smoke testing is a safe harmless procedure of blowing smoke into parts of the sewer and drain lines to detect sources of unwanted leaks and sources of sewer odors. It it is related to s/w, the definition is Smoke testing is non-exhaustive software testing, ascertaining that the most crucial functions of a program work, but not bothering with ......

Posted On Thursday, November 20, 2003 4:53 AM | Filed Under [ Software Testing CSTE ]

Difference between Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Testing?
Many people and organizations are confused about the difference between quality assurance (QA), quality control (QC), and testing. They are closely related, but they are different concepts. But all these three are useful to manage risks of developing and managing software. Quality Assurance: A set of activities designed to ensure that the development and/or maintenance process is adequate to ensure a system will meet its objectives. Quality Control: A set of activities designed to evaluate a developed ......

Posted On Thursday, April 29, 2004 3:51 AM | Filed Under [ Quality Software Testing CSTE ]

Risks in E-Commerce
1) Authentication
2) Privacy and Protection of Information
3) Fraud and Misrepresentation
4) Reliability of trading partners
5) Technology Risk

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 4:55 AM | Comments (12) | Filed Under [ CSTE Risk Management ]

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