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Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls : How To Prevent and Mitigate Them - Descriptions, Symptoms, Consequences, Causes, and Recommendations (14 Edition)by Donald G. Firesmith
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“Don’s book is a very good addition both to the testing literature and to the literature on quality assurance and software engineering… . [It] is likely to become a standard for test training as well as a good reference for professional testers and developers. I would also recommend this book as background material for negotiating outsourced software contracts. I often work as an expert witness in litigation for software with very poor quality, and this book might well reduce or eliminate these lawsuits….”
–Capers Jones, VP and CTO, Namcook Analytics LLC
Software and system testers repeatedly fall victim to the same pitfalls. Think of them as “anti-patterns”: mistakes that make testing far less effective and efficient than it ought to be. In Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls, Donald G. Firesmith catalogs 92 of these pitfalls. Drawing on his 35 years of software and system engineering experience, Firesmith shows testers and technical managers and other stakeholders how to avoid falling into these pitfalls, recognize when they have already fallen in, and escape while minimizing their negative consequences.
Firesmith writes for testing professionals and other stakeholders involved in large or medium-sized projects. His anti-patterns and solutions address both “pure software” applications and “software-reliant systems,” encompassing heterogeneous subsystems, hardware, software, data, facilities, material, and personnel. For each pitfall, he identifies its applicability, characteristic symptoms, potential negative consequences and causes, and offers specific actionable recommendations for avoiding it or limiting its consequences.
This guide will help you
With 92 common testing pitfalls organized into 14 categories, this taxonomy of testing pitfalls should be relatively complete. However, in spite of its comprehensiveness, it is also quite likely that additional pitfalls and even missing categories of pitfalls will be identified over time as testers read this book and compare it to their personal experiences. As an enhancement to the print edition, the author has provided the following location on the web where readers can find major additions and modifications to this taxonomy of pitfalls: http://donald.firesmith.net/home/common-testing-pitfalls
Please send any recommended changes and additions to dgf (at) sei (dot) cmu (dot) edu, and the author will consider them for publication both on the website and in future editions of this book.
Testing system/software today can take 30-50% of a product's schedule and budget. This expensive and inefficient process leaves many residual defects to be delivered with the operational system/software. This book is about the testing-related pitfalls that projects commonly fall into – and more importantly, how to avoid them.
Common Testing Pitfalls and Ways to Prevent and Mitigate Them goes beyond naming, describing, and categorizing pitfalls. Not a how-to book, but a how-not-to, Common Testing Pitfalls teaches you to recognize the symptoms of an at-risk project, describes the negative effects that can result from falling into each particular pitfall, alerts you to the causes of these pitfalls, and recommends steps for dealing with them. With the help of this book, you will be enabled to avoid pitfalls as you prepare and perform a project, mitigate problems as they occur, and verify that the pitfalls have been dealt with properly.
Common Testing Pitfalls can be used as a training material for testers and stakeholders of testing. This book will help your team improve communication regarding the commonly occurring testing pitfalls. Through the development and review process of project testing, you will be equipped to identify areas that will potentially need improvements and ensure that your project won’t fall into the common testing pitfalls.
About the Author
A senior member of the technical staff in the Software Solutions Division at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), Donald Firesmith helps the US Department of Defense and other Governmental agencies acquire large complex software-reliant systems. He is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, who has published seven software and system engineering books in the areas of requirements engineering, architecture engineering, situational method engineering, testing, and object oriented development. With 35 years of industry experience, he has also published dozens of technical articles, spoken at numerous international conferences, and has been the program chair or on the program committee of several software conferences. He has taught several hundred courses in industry and numerous tutorials at conferences. Copies of his numerous papers and presentations are downloadable from his personal website: donald.firesmith.net.
Table of Contents
About the Author
Chapter 1: Overview
Chapter 2: Brief Overviews of the Testing Pitfalls
Chapter 3: Detailed Descriptions of the Testing Pitfalls
Chapter 4: Conclusion
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Acronyms
Appendix C: Notes
Appendix D: References
Appendix E: Checklist
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