Successful Test Management: An Integral Approach by Iris PinksterSuccessful Test Management: An Integral Approach by Iris Pinkster

Successful Test Management: An Integral Approach

byIris Pinkster

Paperback | November 30, 2010

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At a time when information systems are becoming ever more complex and quality to market and time to market are critical for many companies, a structured test process is essential. Even more important is a structured test management process to keep testing under control. Nowadays a test manager must have extensive knowledge of and experience with project management, risk assessment, team building, and, process improvement.

Based on their long-term industry experience, Pinkster and her coauthors describe a holistic approach to test management that combines test methods, test management, risk assessment and stakeholder management into one integral process, giving test managers, test coordinators, IT project managers, and QA managers a competitive edge in environments where there are numerous unstructured requirements, tough testing schedules and limited resources.

This book should be in every test manager's backpack!

Iris Pinkster is test manager at LogicaCMG. She has several years experience in testing and test management in different sectors. She has assisted in the development of the Test management approach as written in this book. She also assisted in the development of TestFrame'¢, LogicaCMG's method for structured testing. She is co-author o...
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Title:Successful Test Management: An Integral ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:373 pagesPublished:November 30, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:364206163X

ISBN - 13:9783642061639

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Table of Contents

1 Testing and Test Management.- 2 Risk & Requirement Based Testing.- 3 The Quick Scan.- 4 The Test Management File.- 5 Risk Analysis and Test Strategy.- 6 Estimation.- 7 Planning.- 8 The Test Organisation.- 9 The Dynamics of Testing.- 10 Progress Management.- 11 Issue Management.- 12 Reporting and Advice.- 13 Evaluation and Transfer.- A PRINCE2 and Test Management.- A.1 Similarities Between PRINCE2 and Test Management.- A.2 Position of a Test Project Within a PRINCE2 Project.- A.3 More PRINCE2.- B Checklist of Product Risks.- B.1 Checklist of Product Risks - End Users.- B.2 Checklist of Product Risks - Marketing.- B.3 Checklist of Product Risks - Support Department.- B.4 Checklist of Product Risks - IT Department.- B.5 Checklist of Product Risks - Internal Security.- C Template for Risk- & Requirement-Based Testing.- D Quality Attributes According to ISO9126.- E Template for Test Plan.- E.1 Management Summary.- E.2 Introduction.- E.2.1 Documentation Used.- E.2.2 Standards and Procedures.- E.3 The Test Assignment.- E.3.1 Client.- E.3.2 Supplier.- E.3.3 Goal of the Assignment.- E.3.4 Scope.- E.3.5 Suspension Criteria and Resumption Requirements.- E.3.6 Test Project Deliverables.- E.3.7 Discharging the Test.- E.3.8 Starting Points and Preconditions.- E.3.9 Risks and Risk Countermeasures.- E.4 Test Approach.- E.4.1 Test Strategy.- E.4.2 Preparation.- E.4.3 Analysis.- E.4.4 Test Automation.- E.4.5 Execution and Transfer.- E.5 Planning and Budget.- E.6 Test Organisation.- E.6.1 Stakeholders.- E.6.2 Tasks, Authorities and Responsibilities.- E.6.3 Meetings.- E.6.4 Communication.- E.7 Description of the Test Environment.- E.8 Transfer of Testware to the Organisation.- E.9 Appendices.- F The Goal-Question-Metric (GQM) Method applied to testing.- G Checklist of Project Risks.- G.1 Organisation.- G.2 Test Project.- G.3 Test Team.- G.4 The Selected Test Method.- G.5 The Information System.- G.6 Test Environment(s).- G.7 Automated Testing.- H Template for Test Strategy.- H.1 Management Summary.- H.2 Introduction.- H.2.1 Seven Steps.- H.2.2 Documentation Used.- H.3 Stakeholders and Organisational Structure.- H.3.1 Stakeholders of the System.- H.3.2 Organisational structure.- H.4 Link product risks and quality attributes.- H.4.1 Product risk analysis.- H.4.2 Link product risks and quality attributes.- H.5 Test levels and acceptance criteria.- H.5.1 Test levels.- H.5.2 Acceptance criteria.- H.6 Cluster matrix.- H.7 Cluster cards.- I Testing Roles.- J Template for Progress Report.- K Template for Phase Report.- K.1 Management Summary.- K.2 Test Assignment Test Level.- K.3 Quality of the Information System.- K.3.1 Product Risks and Requirements.- K.3.2 Brief Overview of Issues.- K.3.3 Entry and Exit Criteria.- K.4 Planned Versus Realised.- K.4.1 Time.- K.4.2 Money.- K.4.3 Deliverables.- K.5 Recommendations.- L Template for Final Report.- L.1 Management summary.- L.2 Test assignment.- L.3 Quality of the information system.- L.3.1 Product risks and requirements.- L.3.2 Overview of issues.- L.3.3 Acceptance criteria.- L.4 Costs and benefits of the test project.- L.4.1 Costs in time.- L.4.2 Costs in money.- L.4.3 Benefits of the test project.- L.5 Recommendations.

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From the reviews:"While there are many books in the market about testing, there is a paucity of books on the management of this critical area, so the addition of this one is most welcome. The book describes several test strategies, and how these can be leveraged to manage the test process. The general issues with this, and the problems that occur, are described reasonably well, with graphs and charts, which illustrate not only what occurs, but also how and the reasons why. There is also some information about metrics, and how the highly complex test processes occurring today can be measured....no matter how short your short list of management books to read this year is, this ought to be on that list." --ACM Computing Reviews"There is a prescriptive element in this collaborative book on a test management approach developed . in the Netherlands: 'Here is The way to do it. Now do it!'. The appendices are very good, and provide helpful checklists. . There is also a clear expression of the roles commonly thought of in testing . . Read this book with a willingness to ask questions, of yourself, your work situation and of the book. . you will find that the questioning pays off." (Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, Vol. 16 (2), 2006)