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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)
Part 1 – Preparing to Test
Part 2 – Functional Testing
Part 3 – Non-Functional Testing
Appendix – Example Feature Specification

Is this book for Agile or waterfall projects? Both!

This book does not discuss different development models such as Agile or waterfall. Whichever you are using, you will need to design a comprehensive test plan to exercise new features and discover their defects.

However, there will be significant timing differences depending on the method you’re using. Waterfall projects may extend over many months, with weeks allocated to the different areas of testing described here. In contrast, Agile projects rapidly cycle through the different types of testing, doing a little of each in cycle after cycle.

Despite their differences, both project types, and the many real-world hybrids used in practice, require a thorough test plan covering the many different aspects of system behavior. Whatever project type you work on, this book can help you write better test plans.