Want the 4-1-1 on freeware but don't know where to start? A virtual cornucopia of programs awaits your discovery. In this week's column, Danny Faught details some of the testware he has researched, and explains why it's important to have freeware in your testing tool bag of tricks.
Managers often use metrics to help make decisions about the state of the product or the quality of the work done by the test group. Yet, measurements derived from bug counts can be highly misleading because a "bug" isn't a tangible, countable thing; it's a label for some aspect of some relationship between some person and some product, and it's influenced by when and how we count ... and who is doing the counting.
Software defect reports are among the most important deliverables to come out of software testing. They are as important as the test plan and will have more impact on the quality of the product than most other deliverables from the software test team. It's worth the effort to learn how to write an effective defect report that conveys the proper message and simplifies the process for everyone.
An escape is a defect that was not found by, or one that escaped from, the test team. Implementing the escape analysis method for test improvement can increase the quality of software by lessening the occurrence of software defects.
This article discusses how to use bug taxonomies to help generate better tests. The author explains that a test team's goal should be to create a useful taxonomy that can be used as a framework to brainstorm for possible risks to the application.
This course will provide you with some ideas to make your testing more effective. These ideas require self-study, practice, practice, and more practice. Take a look inside as James Whittaker teaches you how to break software.