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Software Test Design

By : Simon Amey
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Software Test Design

By: Simon Amey

Overview of this book

Software Test Design details best practices for testing software applications and writing comprehensive test plans. Written by an expert with over twenty years of experience in the high-tech industry, this guide will provide you with training and practical examples to improve your testing skills. Thorough testing requires a thorough understanding of the functionality under test, informed by exploratory testing and described by a detailed functional specification. This book is divided into three sections, the first of which will describe how best to complete those tasks to start testing from a solid foundation. Armed with the feature specification, functional testing verifies the visible behavior of features by identifying equivalence partitions, boundary values, and other key test conditions. This section explores techniques such as black- and white-box testing, trying error cases, finding security weaknesses, improving the user experience, and how to maintain your product in the long term. The final section describes how best to test the limits of your application. How does it behave under failure conditions and can it recover? What is the maximum load it can sustain? And how does it respond when overloaded? By the end of this book, you will know how to write detailed test plans to improve the quality of your software applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
1
Part 1 – Preparing to Test
6
Part 2 – Functional Testing
13
Part 3 – Non-Functional Testing
17
Conclusion
Appendix – Example Feature Specification

Advantages, disadvantages, and alternatives of specification review meetings

The key advantages of the specification review stem from the communication between the key stakeholders. Its main disadvantage, as with writing the specification itself, is the time it takes. It’s your job, as a tester, to convince the project team that the investment of time is worth making. Here are its advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages

Disadvantages

Gets all the key stakeholders together

Takes the time of senior team members

Structured discussions are made based on the test plan

Difficult to set the right tone

Chance for rapid discussion and decisions

Requires a detailed specification to be useful

Chance to uncover problematic...