1st Edition


ISBN 9780849399800
Published November 30, 1998 by Auerbach Publications
448 Pages

USD $700.00

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Book Description

Most manuals assume software testing is being performed as part of a well-defined, structured development cycle based on clearly stated requirements and standards. Unfortunately, this is not often the case in the real world. Indeed, the one true constant in software development is change.

PDCA/TEST presents a continuous quality framework based on Dr. Edward Deming's famous rapid application "spiral" development model for quality through a continuous improvement process to promote effective testing methods in both structured and unstructured environments.

William E. Lewis shows you Deming's spiral approach as an alternative to the traditional waterfall method. In the waterfall method, one set of predefined sequential steps is followed with clearly enumerated requirements. But the spiral approach is one where these rigid sequential steps may, to varying degrees, be either lacking or different as circumstances demand. Starting from this fundamental building block, Lewis shows you how to:

  • Apply the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) quality wheel to the software testing process
  • Integrate a continuous quality framework into all phases of software development, including requirements analysis, logical design, physical design, program unit design, and coding
  • And choose the right testing tool (such as Bender & Associates Softtest) for the right test.

    The book also details the spiral methodology for software testing broken down into parts, steps and tasks documented with extensive checklists, templates, and technical discussions. You will also learn to:
  • Master black box, white box and gray box testing
  • Incorporate continuous improvement into inspections and walkthroughs
  • Verify the logical design, physical design, program unit design, and coding phases
  • And more.

    In sum, PDCA/TEST: A Framework for Software Testing gives you all the tools and knowledge you need to assure quality software testing throughout all stages of development, no matter how unstructured that process may wind up being.
  • Table of Contents


    Section 1: Software Quality in Perspective
    Part 1: Quality Assurance Framework:
    What is Quality?
    Prevention Versus Detection
    Verification Versus Validation
    Part 2: Overview of Testing Techniques
    Test Case Design
    Black Box Testing (functional)
    White Box Testing (structural)
    Part 3: Quality Through a Continuous Improvement Process
    Contribution of Dr. Edward Deming
    Role of Statistical Methods
    Deming's 14 Quality Principles

    Section 2: Life Cycle Testing Review
    Part 1: Overview
    Part 2: Verifying the Requirements Phase
    Part 3: Verifying the Logical Design Phase
    Part 4: Verifying the Physical Design Phase
    Part 5: Verifying the Program Unit Design Phase
    Part 6: Verifying the Coding Phase Testing

    Section 3: Client/Server and Internet Testing Methodology
    Part 1: Development Methodology Overview
    Part 2: Information Gathering (Plan)
    Part 3: Test Planning (Plan)
    Part 4: Test Case Design (Do)
    Part 5: Test Development (Do)
    Part 6: Test Execution/Evaluation (Do/Check)
    Part 7: Prepare for the Next Spiral (Act)
    Part 8: Conduct the System Test
    Part 9: Conduct Acceptance Testing
    Part 10: Summarize/Report Spiral Test Result

    Section 4: Modern Testing Tools
    Part 1: Introduction to Testing Tools
    Part 2: Methodology to Evaluate Testing Tools

    A: Spiral Testing Methodology Appendix
    B: Software Quality Assurance Plan Appendix
    C: Requirements Specification Appendix
    D: Change Request Form
    E: Test Templates
    F: Checklists
    G: Integrating Testing into Development Methodology
    H. Software Testing Techniques

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