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1. What is black box/white box testing?

Black-box and white-box are test design methods. Black-box test design treats the system as a “black -box”, so it doesn’t explicitly use knowledge of the internal structure. Black -box test design is usually described as focusing on testing functional requirements. Synonyms for black-box include: behavioral, functional, opaque-box, and closedbox. White-box test design allows one to peek inside the “box”, and it focuses specifically on using internal knowledge of the software to guide the selection of test data. Synonyms for white-box include: structural, glass-box and clear-box. While black-box and white-box are terms that are still in popular use, many people prefer the terms "behavioral" and "structural". Behavioral test design is slightly different from black-box test design because the use of internal knowledge isn't strictly forbidden, but it's still discouraged. In practice, it hasn't proven useful to use a single test design method. One has to use a mixture of different methods so that they aren't hindered by the limitations of a particular one. Some call this "gray-box" or "translucent-box" test design, but others wish we'd stop talking about boxes altogether. It is important to understand that these methods are used during the test design phase, and their influence is hard to see in the tests once they're implemented. Note that any level of testing (unit testing, system testing, etc.) can use any test design methods. Unit testing is usually associated with structural test design, but this is because testers usually don't have well-defined requirements at the unit level to validate.

2. What are unit, component and integration testing?
Note that the definitions of unit, component, integration, and integration testing are recursive:

Unit. The smallest compliable component. A unit typically is the work of one programmer (At least in principle).
As defined, it does not include any called sub-components (for procedural languages) or communicating components in general.

Unit Testing: in unit testing called components (or communicating components) are replaced with stubs,
simulators, or trusted components. Calling components are replaced with drivers or trusted super-components. The unit is tested in isolation.

component: a unit is a component. The integration of one or more components is a component.
Note: The reason for "one or more" as contrasted to "Two or more" is to allow for components that call themselves recursively.

component testing: same as unit testing except that all stubs and simulators are replaced with the real thing.
Two components (actually one or more) are said to be integrated when: a. They have been compiled, linked, and loaded together. b. They have successfully passed the integration tests at the interface between them. Thus, components A and B are integrated to create a new, larger, component (A,B). Note that this does not conflict with the idea of incremental integration—it just means that A is a big component and B, the component added, is a small one.

Integration testing: carrying out integration tests.
Integration tests (After Leung and White) for procedural languages. This is easily generalized for OO languages by using the equivalent constructs for message passing. In the following, the word "call" is to be understood in the most general sense of a data flow and is not restricted to just formal subroutine calls and returns – for example, passage of data through global data structures and/or the use of pointers. Let A and B be two components in which A calls B. Let Ta be the component level tests of A



Let Tb be the component level tests of B Tab The tests in A's suite that cause A to call B. Tbsa The tests in B's suite for which it is possible to sensitize A -- the inputs are to A, not B. Tbsa + Tab == the integration test suite (+ = union). Note: Sensitize is a technical term. It means inputs that will cause a routine to go down a specified path. The inputs are to A. Not every input to A will cause A to traverse a path in which B is called. Tbsa is the set of tests which do cause A to follow a path in which B is called. The outcome of the test of B may or may not be affected. There have been variations on these definitions, but the key point is that it is pretty darn formal and there's a goodly hunk of testing theory, especially as concerns integration testing, OO testing, and regression testing, based on them. As to the difference between integration testing and system testing. System testing specifically goes after behaviors and bugs that are properties of the entire system as distinct from properties attributable to components (unless, of course, the component in question is the entire system). Examples of system testing issues: Resource loss bugs, throughput bugs, performance, security, recovery, Transaction synchronization bugs (often misnamed "timing bugs").

3. What's the difference between load and stress testing ?
One of the most common, but unfortunate misuse of terminology is treating “load testing” and “stress testing” as synonymous. The consequence of this ignorant semantic abuse is usually that the system is neither properly “load tested” nor subjected to a meaningful stress test.

Stress testing is subjecting a system to an unreasonable load while denying it the resources (e.g., RAM, disc, mips, interrupts, etc.) needed to process that load. The idea is to stress a system to the breaking point in order to find bugs that will make that break potentially harmful. The system is not expected to process the overload without adequate resources, but to behave (e.g., fail) in a decent manner (e.g., not corrupting or losing data). Bugs and failure modes discovered under stress testing may or may not be repaired depending on the application, the failure mode, consequences, etc. The load (incoming transaction stream) in stress testing is often deliberately distorted so as to force the system into resource depletion . Load testing is subjecting a system to a statistically representative (usually) load. The two main reasons for using such loads is in support of software reliability testing and in performance testing. The term "load testing" by itself is too vague and imprecise to warrant use. For example, do you mean representative load," "overload," "high load," etc. In performance testing, load is varied from a minimum (zero) to the maximum level the system can sustain without running out of resources or having, transactions >suffer (application-specific) excessive delay. A third use of the term is as a test whose objective is to determine the maximum sustainable load the system can handle. In this usage, "load testing" is merely testing at the highest transaction arrival rate in performance testing. 4. What's the difference between QA and testing? QA is more a preventive thing, ensuring quality in the company and therefore the product rather than just testing the product for software bugs? TESTING means "quality control" QUALITY CONTROL measures the quality of a product QUALITY ASSURANCE measures the quality of processes used to create a quality product.



6. What is Software Quality Assurance? Software QA involves the entire software development PROCESS - monitoring and improving the process, making sure that any agreed-upon standards and procedures are followed, and ensuring that problems are found and dealt with. It is oriented to 'prevention'. 7. What is Software Testing? Testing involves operation of a system or application under controlled conditions and evaluating the results (eg, 'if the user is in interface A of the application while using hardware B, and does C, then D should happen'). The controlled conditions should include both normal and abnormal conditions. Testing should intentionally attempt to make things go wrong to determine if things happen when they shouldn't or things don't happen when they should. It is oriented to 'detection'. Organizations vary considerably in how they assign responsibility for QA and testing. Sometimes they're the combined responsibility of one group or individual. Also common are project teams that include a mix of testers and developers who work closely together, with overall QA processes monitored by project managers. It will depend on what best fits an organization's size and business structure. 8. What are some recent major computer system failures caused by Software bugs?  In March of 2002 it was reported that software bugs in Britain's national tax system resulted in more than 100,000 erroneous tax overcharges. The problem was partly attibuted to the difficulty of testing the integration of multiple systems.  A newspaper columnist reported in July 2001 that a serious flaw was found in off-theshelf software that had long been used in systems for tracking certain U.S. nuclear materials. The same software had been recently donated to another country to be used in tracking their own nuclear materials, and it was not until scientists in that country discovered the problem, and shared the information, that U.S. officials became aware of the problems.  According to newspaper stories in mid-2001, a major systems development contractor was fired and sued over problems with a large retirement plan management system. According to the reports, the client claimed that system deliveries were late, the software had excessive defects, and it caused other systems to crash.  In January of 2001 newspapers reported that a major European railroad was hit by the aftereffects of the Y2K bug. The company found that many of their newer trains would not run due to their inability to recognize the date '31/12/2000'; the trains were started by altering the control system's date settings.  News reports in September of 2000 told of a software vendor settling a lawsuit with a large mortgage lender; the vendor had reportedly delivered an online mortgage processing system that did not meet specifications, was delivered late, and didn't work.  In early 2000, major problems were reported with a new computer system in a large suburban U.S. public school district with 100,000+ students; problems included 10,000 erroneous report cards and students left stranded by failed class registration systems; the district's CIO was fired. The school district decided to reinstate it's original 25-year old system for at least a year until the bugs were worked out of the new system by the software vendors. 3 Testing

 In October of 1999 the $125 million NASA Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft was believed to be lost in space due to a simple data conversion error. It was determined that spacecraft software used certain data in English units that should have been in metric units. Among other tasks, the orbiter was to serve as a communications relay for the Mars Polar Lander mission, which failed for unknown reasons in December 1999. Several investigating panels were convened to determine the process failures that allowed the error to go undetected.  Bugs in software supporting a large commercial high-speed data network affected 70,000 business customers over a period of 8 days in August of 1999. Among those affected was the electronic trading system of the largest U.S. futures exchange, which was shut down for most of a week as a result of the outages.  In April of 1999 a software bug caused the failure of a $1.2 billion military satellite launch, the costliest unmanned accident in the history of Cape Canaveral launches. The failure was the latest in a string of launch failures, triggering a complete military and industry review of U.S. space launch programs, including software integration and testing processes. Congressional oversight hearings were requested.  A small town in Illinois received an unusually large monthly electric bill of $7 million in March of 1999. This was about 700 times larger than its normal bill. It turned out to be due to bugs in new software that had been purchased by the local power company to deal with Y2K software issues.  In early 1999 a major computer game company recalled all copies of a popular new product due to software problems. The company made a public apology for releasing a product before it was ready.  The computer system of a major online U.S. stock trading service failed during trading hours several times over a period of days in February of 1999 according to nationwide news reports. The problem was reportedly due to bugs in a software upgrade intended to speed online trade confirmations.  In April of 1998 a major U.S. data communications network failed for 24 hours, crippling a large part of some U.S. credit card transaction authorization systems as well as other large U.S. bank, retail, and government data systems. The cause was eventually traced to a software bug.  January 1998 news reports told of software problems at a major U.S. telecommunications company that resulted in no charges for long distance calls for a month for 400,000 customers. The problem went undetected until customers called up with questions about their bills.  In November of 1997 the stock of a major health industry company dropped 60% due to reports of failures in computer billing systems, problems with a large database conversion, and inadequate software testing. It was reported that more than $100,000,000 in receivables had to be written off and that multi-million dollar fines were levied on the company by government agencies.  A retail store chain filed suit in August of 1997 against a transaction processing system vendor (not a credit card company) due to the software's inability to handle credit cards with year 2000 expiration dates.



" 10." "My eldest brother is able to sense the spirit of sickness and eradicate it before it takes form. resulting in an estimated uninsured loss of a half billion dollars." "My elder brother cures sickness when it just begins to take root. In August of 1997 one of the leading consumer credit reporting companies reportedly shut down their new public web site after less than two days of operation due to software problems. His name is unknown outside our home. preventing problems is low-visibility.S.funny feeling in my gut'. However. A spokesman for the software vendor reportedly stated that 'It had nothing to do with the integrity of the software. resulting in irate customers and nationwide publicity. Why does Software have bugs?  Miscommunication or no communication .S.  Software bugs in a Soviet early-warning monitoring system nearly brought on nuclear war in 1983. This is illustrated by an old parable: In ancient China there was a family of healers. A bank spokesman said the programming errors were corrected and all funds were recovered."  In November of 1996.000. and his skills are known among the local peasants and neighbors. RBOC's to fail for most of a day.208. but failed to do so.. The American Bankers Association claimed it was the largest such error in banking history. It was human error. He replied. according to newspaper reports. according to news reports in early 1999. a number of initial users ended up viewing each others' reports instead of their own. It was reportedly due to the lack of exception handling of a floating-point error in a conversion from a 64-bit integer to a 16-bit signed integer. newspapers reported that software bugs caused the 411 telephone information system of one of the U. The physician was asked which of his family was the most skillful healer. Why is it often hard for management to get serious about quality assurance? Solving problems is a high-visibility process. based on a what he said was a '. decided the apparent missile attack was a false alarm.844...'  On June 4 1996 the first flight of the European Space Agency's new Ariane 5 rocket failed shortly after launching. for a small fee. The problem was attributed to ". "I tend to the sick and dying with drastic and dramatic treatments. 9. to their personal credit reports.. The new site allowed web site visitors instant access. Most of the 2000 operators had to search through phone books instead of using their 13. The bugs were introduced by new software modifications and the problem software had been installed on both the production and backup systems. The software was supposed to filter out false missile detections caused by Soviet satellites picking up sunlight reflections off cloud-tops. and on occasion someone is cured and my name gets out among the lords. Disaster was averted when a Soviet commander. Testing 5 .000-listing database.  Software bugs caused the bank accounts of 823 customers of a major U. The filtering software code was to specifics of what an application should or shouldn't do (the application's requirements). one of whom was known throughout the land and employed as a physician to a great lord.32 each in May of 1996.unexpectedly high demand from consumers and faulty software that routed the files to the wrong computers. bank to be credited with $924.

the result is bugs. In some fast-changing business environments. it should be hard to read'). and the complexity of keeping track of changes may result in's tough to maintain and modify code that is badly written or poorly documented. resulting in added bugs. In this case. and QA and test engineers must adapt and plan for continuous extensive testing to keep the inevitable bugs from running out of control. or may understand and request them anyway .  poorly documented code .scheduling of software projects is difficult at best. hardware requirements that may be affected. And the use of object-oriented techniques can complicate instead of simplify a project unless it is well-engineered.visual tools. etc.  software development tools . known and unknown dependencies among parts of the project are likely to interact and cause problems. like anyone else. enormous relational databases. egos . often requiring a lot of guesswork. If there are many minor changes or any major changes. can make mistakes. rescheduling of engineers.the complexity of current software applications can be difficult to comprehend for anyone without experience in modern-day software development. until I take a close look at it' 'we can't figure out what that old spaghetti code did in the first place' If there are too many unrealistic 'no problem's'. class libraries. often introduce their own bugs or are poorly documented. management must understand the resulting risks.  time pressures . 11. Enthusiasm of engineering staff may be affected. client-server and distributed applications. continuously modified requirements may be a fact of life. we'll wing it' 'I can't estimate how long it will take. etc. it's usually the opposite: they get points mostly for quickly turning out code. mistakes will be made. effects on other projects. understandable code. Software complexity .  Programming errors . How can new Software QA processes be introduced in an existing organization? Testing 6 . work already completed that may have to be redone or thrown out. scripting tools. compilers. and sheer size of applications have all contributed to the exponential growth in software/system complexity. In fact.programmers. When deadlines loom and the crunch comes. and there's job security if nobody else can understand it ('if it was hard to write.the customer may not understand the effects of changes.redesign. data communications. Windows-type interfaces.  changing requirements . the result is bugs.people prefer to say things like: 'no problem' 'piece of cake' 'I can whip that out in a few hours' 'it should be easy to update that old code' instead of: 'that adds a lot of complexity and we could end up making a lot of mistakes' 'we have no idea if we can do that. In many organizations management provides no incentive for programmers to document their code or write clear.

Tests are based on requirements and functionality. to test particular functions or code modules. A lot depends on the size of the organization and the risks involved. 14. This can be done with checklists. Employees who are most skilled at inspections are like the 'eldest brother' in the parable in 'Why is it often hard for management to get serious about quality assurance?'. and the purpose is to find problems and see what's missing. plans. conditions. QA processes should be balanced with productivity so as to keep bureaucracy from getting out of hand. and inspection meetings. For large organizations with high-risk (in terms of lives or property) projects. serious management buy-in is required and a formalized QA process is necessary.  unit testing . For small groups or projects. branches. What kinds of testing should be considered?  Black box testing . issues lists. a more ad-hoc process may be appropriate. walkthroughs. Thorough preparation for inspections is difficult. not to fix anything.    12. What is verification? validation? Verification typically involves reviews and meetings to evaluate documents. with a goal of clear. 13. 15. paths. What's an 'inspection'? An inspection is more formalized than a 'walkthrough'. since bug prevention is far more cost-effective than bug detection. What is a 'walkthrough'? A 'walkthrough' is an informal meeting for evaluation or informational purposes. painstaking work. Validation typically involves actual testing and takes place after verifications are completed. Typically done by the programmer and not by testers. The term 'IV & V' refers to Independent Verification and Validation. most problems will be found during this preparation.  White box testing . and ensuring adequate communications among customers. managers. code. as it requires detailed knowledge of the internal program design and code.based on knowledge of the internal logic of an application's code. The result of the inspection meeting should be a written report. Little or no preparation is usually required. step-at-a-time process. Not always easily done unless the application has Testing 7 . reader. and a recorder to take notes. feedback to developers. complete. Attendees should prepare for this type of meeting by reading thru the document. but is one of the most cost effective methods of ensuring quality. and testers. Their skill may have low visibility but they are extremely valuable to any software development organization. developers. Tests are based on coverage of code statements. requirements. management and organizational buy-in and QA implementation may be a slower. testable requirement specifications or expectations. and specifications. A lot will depend on team leads or managers.not based on any knowledge of internal design or code. Where the risk is lower. typically with 3-8 people including a moderator.the most 'micro' scale of testing. In all cases the most value for effort will be in requirements management processes. depending on the type of customers and projects. The subject of the inspection is typically a document such as a requirements spec or a test plan.

this type of testing should be done by testers.  load testing . individual applications. covers all combined parts of a system. requires that various aspects of an application's functionality be independent enough to work separately before all parts of the program are completed. input of large numerical values. involves testing of a complete application environment in a situation that mimics real-world use.similar to system type testing that is based on overall requirements specifications.  integration testing . etc. large complex queries to a database system. applications.continuous testing of an application as new functionality is added. using network communications. Testing 8 . Ideally 'performance' testing (and any other 'type' of testing) is defined in requirements documentation or QA or Test Plans. For example.  incremental integration testing .  regression testing . or systems if appropriate. such as interacting with a database. bogging down systems to a crawl.  acceptance testing . such as testing of a web site under a range of loads to determine at what point the system's response time degrades or fails.  end-to-end testing .black-box type testing geared to functional requirements of an application. It can be difficult to determine how much re-testing is needed. The 'parts' can be code modules. heavy repetition of certain actions or inputs.testing an application under heavy loads.  functional testing .  performance testing . may require developing test driver modules or test harnesses. or based on use by end-users/customers over some limited period of time. This type of testing is especially relevant to client/server and distributed systems. the 'macro' end of the test scale. or that test drivers be developed as needed.a well-designed architecture with tight code. or interacting with other hardware. client and server applications on a network.)  system testing . done by programmers or by testers.term often used interchangeably with 'stress' and 'load' testing. especially near the end of the development cycle.  stress testing . etc. if the new software is crashing systems every 5 minutes. Also used to describe such tests as system functional testing while under unusually heavy after fixes or modifications of the software or its environment.  sanity testing .testing of combined parts of an application to determine if they function together correctly. Automated testing tools can be especially useful for this type of testing. This doesn't mean that the programmers shouldn't check that their code works before releasing it (which of course applies to any stage of testing based on specifications of the end-user or customer.term often used interchangeably with 'load' and 'performance' testing. the software may not be in a 'sane' enough condition to warrant further testing in its current state.typically an initial testing effort to determine if a new software version is performing well enough to accept it for a major testing effort. or destroying databases.

Proper implementation requires large computational resources. by deliberately introducing various code changes ('bugs') and retesting with the original test data/cases to determine if the 'bugs' are detected.  mutation testing . etc.a method for determining if a set of test data or test cases is useful.  user acceptance testing . problems are inevitable. and other techniques can be used. not by programmers or testers. too general. testers may be learning the software as they test it.  featuritis . Clearly this is subjective. and will depend on the targeted end-user or customer. informal software test that is not based on formal test plans or test cases. User interviews. What are 5 common problems in the software development process?  poor requirements . there will be problems.similar to exploratory testing. in a particular  exploratory testing . Programmers and testers are usually not appropriate as usability testers. willful damage. extremely common.testing when development and testing are essentially completed and final bugs and problems need to be found before final release.  recovery testing .  ad-hoc testing . but often taken to mean that the testers have significant understanding of the software before testing one will know whether or not the program is any good until the customer complains or systems crash. or upgrade install/uninstall processes. partial.  beta testing .testing how well a system recovers from crashes. or not testable.comparing software weaknesses and strengths to competing products. usability testing .determining if software is satisfactory to an end-user or customer.testing how well the system protects against unauthorized internal or external access. Typically done by end-users or others.  comparison testing .often taken to mean a creative.testing of an application when development is nearing completion.testing for 'user-friendliness'.testing of full.  security testing . Typically done by end-users or others.testing how well software performs hardware/software/operating system/network/etc.  compatability testing . Testing 9 .  alpha testing .  install/uninstall testing . 16.if too much work is crammed in too little time.requests to pile on new features after development is underway. not by programmers or testers. incomplete. surveys. minor design changes may still be made as a result of such testing. hardware failures.  inadequate testing . or other catastrophic problems. video recording of user sessions. environment.if requirements are unclear. may require sophisticated testing techniques.  unrealistic schedule .

not paper. If changes are necessary. and is maintainable. customer acceptance testers. What are 5 common solutions to software development problems?  solid requirements . stockholders. but everyone has different ideas about what's best. 'Peer reviews'. personnel should be able to complete the project without burning out. However.start testing early on. the development organization's management/accountants/testers/salespeople. 17. testable requirements that are agreed to by all players. Each type of 'customer' will have their own slant on 'quality' . Some organizations have coding 'standards' that all developers are supposed to adhere to. use rapid prototyping during the design phase so that customers can see what to expect. and be prepared to explain consequences. and is readable and maintainable.require walkthroughs and inspections when appropriate. delivered on time and within budget. retesting. It will depend on who the 'customer' is and their overall influence in the scheme of things. etc.preferably electronic. can be used to check for problems and enforce standards. If possible.  communication .clear. use prototypes early on so that customers' expectations are prepared to defend against changes and additions once development has begun. is bug free. etc. and documentation.e-mail.allow adequate time for planning. magazine columnists. or what is too many or too few rules. cohesive. detailed. customer management. here are some typical ideas to consider in setting rules/standards.if developers don't know what's needed or customer's have erroneous expectations. design. 19. make extensive use of group communication tools . future software maintenance engineers. attainable. they should be adequately reflected in related schedule changes. promote teamwork and cooperation. complete.  adequate testing . plan for adequate time for testing and bug-fixing. 18. What is 'good code'? 'Good code' is code that works. meets requirements and/or expectations. testing.the accounting department might define quality in terms of profits while an end-user might define quality as user-friendly and bug-free. bug fixing. such as McCabe Complexity metrics. This will provide them a higher comfort level with their requirements decisions and minimize changes later on. A wide-angle view of the 'customers' of a software development project might include end-users. For C and C++ coding. etc. What is software 'quality'? Quality software is reasonably bug-free.. insure that documentation is available and up-to-date .  stick to initial requirements as much as possible . problems are guaranteed. miscommunication .  realistic schedules . It should be kept in mind that excessive use of standards and rules can stifle productivity and creativity. There are also various theories and metrics. quality is obviously a subjective term. intranet capabilities. networked bugtracking tools and change management tools. customer contract officers. these may or may not apply to a particular situation: Testing 10 . 'buddy checks' code analysis tools. re-test after fixes or changes. changes. Use prototypes to help nail down requirements. groupware.

and works correctly when implemented.  for C++.  function and method sizes should be minimized.  use descriptive variable names . or if possible a separate flow chart and detailed program documentation. to minimize complexity and increase maintainability. Good functional design is indicated by an application whose functionality can be traced back to customer and end-user requirements. avoid abbreviations. naming conventions.use both upper and lower case.  coding style should be consistent throught a program (eg.  for C++. Minimize use of multiple inheritance. use of brackets. and maintainable.vertically and horizontally  each line of code should contain 70 characters max. but often refers to 'functional design' or 'internal design'. make liberal use of exception handlers 20. use as many characters as necessary to be adequately descriptive (use of more than 20 characters is not out of line).use both upper and lower case.  use whitespace generously . less than 50 lines is preferable. indentations. and minimize use of operator overloading (note that the Java programming language eliminates multiple inheritance and operator overloading. keep class methods small. be consistent in naming conventions.  function descriptions should be clearly spelled out in comments preceding a function's code. For programs that have a user interface. less than 100 lines of code is good. err on the side of too many rather than too few comments.  make extensive use of error handling procedures and status and error logging. understandable. is robust with sufficient error-handling and status logging capability. avoid abbreviations. use as many characters as necessary to be adequately descriptive (use of more than 20 characters is not out of line). Good internal design is indicated by software code whose overall structure is clear. be consistent in naming conventions.  use descriptive function and method names . etc. less than 50 lines of code per method is preferable. easily modifiable.  no matter how small.)  for C++.  organize code for readability. a common rule of thumb is that there should be at least as many lines of comments (including header blocks) as lines of code.)  in adding comments. What is 'good design'? 'Design' could refer to many things. minimize or eliminate use of global variables. it's often a good idea to assume that the Testing 11 . an application should include documentaion of the overall program function and flow (even a few paragraphs is better than nothing). avoid too many levels of inheritance in class heirarchies (relative to the size and complexity of the application).  one code statement per line.

Level 4 . 62% were at Level 1. and 5% at 5. Perspective on CMM ratings: During 1997-2001. The impact of new processes and technologies can be predicted and effectively implemented when required. However.standard software development and maintenance processes are integrated throughout an organization.S. 23% at 2. periodic panics. 6% at 4. successes may not be repeatable. 2% at 4. requirements management. processes. and quality is consistently high. some common rules-of-thumb include:  the program should act in a way that least surprises the user  it should always be evident to the user what can be done next and how to exit  the program shouldn't let the users do something stupid without warning them. 32% of organizations were U. federal contractors or agencies. CMM = 'Capability Maturity Model'. Defense Department contractors. realistic planning.the focus is on continouous process improvement. Few if any processes in place. (For ratings during the period 1992-96. What is SEI? CMM? ISO? IEEE? ANSI? Will it help?  SEI = 'Software Engineering Institute' at Carnegie-Mellon University. 21. Level 2 . and training programs are used to ensure understanding and project tracking. Level 5 . and if reasonably applied can be helpful. and 0.S. many of the QA processes involved are appropriate to any organization. and heroic efforts required by individuals to successfully complete projects. Level 3 .characterized by chaos. a Software Engineering Process Group is is in place to oversee software processes. initiated by the U. It is geared to large organizations such as large U.end user will have little computer knowledge and may not read a user manual or even the online help. successful practices can be repeated. Organizations can receive CMM ratings by undergoing assessments by qualified auditors. 27% were rated at Level 1. and products. Testing 12 . Of those.metrics are used to track productivity. 39% at 2. 1018 organizations were assessed. Defense Department to help improve software development processes. It's a model of 5 levels of organizational 'maturity' that determine effectiveness in delivering quality software. For those rated at Level 1. Project performance is predictable.) The median size of organizations was 100 software engineering/maintenance personnel. developed by the SEI.  Level 1 . 13% at 3. 23% at 3. the most problematical key process area was in Software Quality Assurance.4% at 5.S. and configuration management processes are in place.

production. Note that ISO certification does not necessarily indicate quality products . The problem with such tools is that if there are continual changes to the system being tested.  ANSI = 'American National Standards Institute'. development. and for all types of platforms. It covers documentation.S.Quality Management Systems: Fundamentals and Vocabulary. etc. a tester could click through all combinations of menu choices. To be ISO 9001 certified. (b)Q9000-2000 . installation. not just software. after which a complete reassessment is required. logs.Quality Management Systems: Guidelines for Performance Improvements. creates standards such as 'IEEE Standard for Software Test Documentation' (IEEE/ANSI Standard 829). interpretation of results (screens. Trillium. Additionally. and other processes. updates. The 'recording' is typically in the form of text based on a scripting language that is interpretable by the testing tool. functional design. in an application GUI and have them 'recorded' and the results logged by a tool. and Bootstrap.  A common type of automated tool is the 'record/playback' type. data. If new buttons are added.Quality Management Systems: Requirements.among other things. the primary industrial standards body in the U. 'IEEE Standard of Software Unit Testing (IEEE/ANSI Standard 1008). and certification is typically good for about 3 indicates only that documented processes are followed. and other aspects. internal design. a third-party auditor assesses an organization. the application can then be retested by just 'playing back' the 'recorded' actions.The ISO 9001:2000 standard (which replaces the previous standard of 1994) concerns quality systems that are assessed by outside auditors. and others. maintenance. Note that there are record/playback tools for text-based interfaces also. phase-out. dialog box choices. design. documentation planning. It includes aspects such as initial concept. and comparing the logging results to check effects of the changes. etc. 23. TickIT. buttons. 'IEEE Standard for Software Quality Assurance Plans' (IEEE/ANSI Standard 730). For example. test planning.. requirements analysis. or on-going long-term projects they can be valuable. or some underlying code in the application is changed. The full set of standards consists of: (a)Q9001-2000 . integration. For larger projects. testing. testing. retesting. ISO = 'International Organisation for Standardization' . servicing. What is the 'software life cycle'? The life cycle begins when an application is first conceived and ends when it is no longer in use.  Other automated tools can include: Testing 13 .  IEEE = 'Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' .  Other software development process assessment methods besides CMM and ISO 9000 include SPICE. coding. document preparation. publishes some software-related standards in conjunction with the IEEE and ASQ (American Society for Quality). etc. the time needed to learn and implement them may not be worth it. For small projects. 22. Will automated testing tools make testing easier?  Possibly. and it applies to many kinds of production and manufacturing organizations. (c)Q9004-2000 . the 'recordings' may have to be changed so much that it becomes very time-consuming to continuously update the scripts.) can be a difficult task.

test. an ability to take the point of view of the customer.code analyzers .such as bounds-checkers and leak detectors.for testing client/server and web applications under various load check that links are valid. 26. or QA/Test(combined) manager should:  be familiar with the software development process  be able to maintain enthusiasm of their team and promote a positive atmosphere. coverage analyzers . Judgment skills are needed to assess high-risk areas of an application on which to focus testing efforts when time is limited . What makes a good QA or Test manager? A good QA. Communication skills and the ability to understand various sides of issues are important. condition coverage. etc. 25. etc. Additionally. path coverage. client-side and server-side programs work. a web site's interactions are secure. looking for or preventing problems) 14 Testing . despite what is a somewhat 'negative' process (e. Previous software development experience can be helpful as it provides a deeper understanding of the software development process. and an ability to communicate with both technical (developers) and non-technical (customers. What makes a good Software QA engineer? The same qualities a good tester has are useful for a QA engineer.monitor code complexity. gives the tester an appreciation for the developers' point of view. and may be oriented to code statement coverage. and configuration management. patience and diplomacy are especially needed. load/performance test tools . In organizations in the early stages of implementing QA processes. An ability to find problems as well as to see 'what's missing' is important for inspections and reviews. HTML code usage is correct. and reduce the learning curve in automated test tool programming. What makes a good test engineer? A good test engineer has a 'test to break' attitude.these tools check which parts of the code have been exercised by a test. bug reporting. web test tools . memory analyzers . adherence to standards. Tact and diplomacy are useful in maintaining a cooperative relationship with developers. they must be able to understand the entire software development process and how it can fit into the business approach and goals of the organization.for test case management. management) people is useful. documentation management. other tools . 24.g. a strong desire for quality.. and an attention to detail.

should all be documented. (Note that documentation can be electronic. in design documents. and could include end-users. not necessarily paper. some type of documentation with detailed requirements will be needed by testers in order to properly plan and execute tests. business rules. In some organizations requirements may end up in high level project plans. attainable. cohesive. Requirements are the details describing an application's externally-perceived functionality and properties. code changes. No matter what they are called. and testable. and customers. configurations. customer acceptance testers. Requirements should be clear. salespeople. Anyone who could later derail the project if their expectations aren't met should be included if possible. engineers. Determining and organizing requirements details in a useful and efficient way can be a difficult effort. There should ideally be a system for easily finding and obtaining documents and determining what documentation will have a particular piece of information. What's the role of documentation in QA? Critical. etc. What steps are needed to develop and run software tests? Testing 15 . A nontestable requirement would be. design specifications should be traceable back to the requirements. Ideally.) QA practices should be documented such that they are repeatable. bug reports. user manuals. managers. in a complex software project is to have poorly documented requirements specifications. functional specification documents. Organizations vary considerably in their handling of requirements specifications. What's the big deal about 'requirements'? One of the most reliable methods of insuring problems. designs. Many books are available that describe various approaches to this task.  be able to run meetings and keep them focused 27. be able to promote teamwork to increase productivity  be able to promote cooperation between software. 'user-friendly' (too subjective). Care should be taken to involve ALL of a project's significant 'customers' in the requirements process. and QA engineers  have the diplomatic skills needed to promote improvements in QA processes  have the ability to withstand pressures and say 'no' to other managers when quality is insufficient or QA processes are not being adhered to  have people judgement skills for hiring and keeping skilled personnel  be able to communicate with technical and non-technical people. Specifications. customer management. 28. Without such documentation. future software maintenance engineers. different methods are available depending on the particular project. test plans..'. 29. the requirements are spelled out in a document with statements such as 'The product shall. Change management for documentation should be used if possible. or in other documents at various levels of detail. etc. there will be no clear-cut way to determine if a software application is performing correctly. 'Design' specifications should not be confused with 'requirements'. test.. test cases. A testable requirement would be something like 'the user must enter their previously-assigned password to access the application'. customer contract officers. reasonably detailed.. inspection reports.. for example. 'Customers' could be in-house personnel or out. complete. or failure.

The following are some of the steps to consider:  Obtain requirements. milestones  Determine input equivalence classes. timelines. and focus of a software testing effort.)  Determine test input data requirements  Identify tasks. problem/bug tracking. set up test tracking processes. change processes. etc. The completed Testing 16 . etc. and testware through life cycle 30. software.)  Identify application's higher-risk aspects.  Determine test environment requirements (hardware. functional. load. and determine scope and limitations of tests  Determine test approaches and methods . test tracking. system. etc. obtain needed user manuals/reference documents/configuration guides/installation guides.)  Determine testware requirements (record/playback tools. and internal design specifications and other necessary documents  Obtain budget and schedule requirements  Determine project-related personnel and their responsibilities. scope. those responsible for tasks. set up logging and archiving processes. etc. communications. test environment.unit. approach. set priorities. The process of preparing a test plan is a useful way to think through the efforts needed to validate the acceptability of a software product. What's a 'test plan'? A software project test plan is a document that describes the objectives. required standards and processes (such as release processes. boundary value analyses. functional design. error classes  Prepare test plan document and have needed reviews/approvals  Write test cases  Have needed reviews/inspections/approvals of test cases  Prepare test environment and testware. integration. reporting requirements. test cases. and labor requirements  Set schedule estimates. coverage analyzers. usability tests. set up or obtain test input data  Obtain and install software releases  Perform tests  Evaluate and report results  Track problems/bugs and fixes  Retest as needed  Maintain and update test plans.

dates. feature. design documents. intended audience  Objective of testing effort  Software product overview  Relevant related document list. etc. other test plans. module. depending on the particular project:  Title  Identification of software including version/release numbers  Revision history of document including authors. other required software. interfaces to other systems  Test environment validity analysis . such as requirements.  Relevant standards or legal requirements  Traceability requirements  Relevant naming conventions and identifier conventions  Overall software project organization and personnel/contact-info/responsibilties  Test organization and personnel/contact-info/responsibilities  Assumptions and dependencies  Project risk analysis  Testing priorities and focus  Scope and limitations of testing  Test outline . approvals  Table of Contents  Purpose of document.document will help people outside the test group understand the 'why' and 'how' of product validation.differences between the test and production systems and their impact on test validity. operating systems. data configurations. boundary value analysis.a decomposition of the test approach by test type. The following are some of the items that might be included in a test plan. as applicable  Outline of data input equivalence classes. system. etc.  Test environment setup and configuration issues  Software migration processes  Software CM processes  Test data setup requirements Testing 17 .hardware. It should be thorough enough to be useful but not so thorough that no one outside the test group will read it. functionality. process. error classes  Test environment .

to determine if a feature of an application is working correctly. responsibilities. steps. it's useful to prepare test cases early in the development cycle if possible.  Open issues  Appendix . A test case should contain particulars such as test case identifier. security. since it requires completely thinking through the operation of the application. and tools such as screen capture software. fixes should be re-tested. What's a 'test case'?  A test case is a document that describes an input. test conditions/setup. patches. objective. and coordination issues  Relevant proprietary. contact persons. etc.glossary. input data requirements. and licensing issues. and determinations made regarding requirements for regression testing to check that fixes didn't create problems elsewhere. action.  Note that the process of developing test cases can help find problems in the requirements or design of an application. or event and an expected response. including versions. What should be done after a bug is found? The bug needs to be communicated and assigned to developers that can fix it. 31. acronyms. 32. deliverables. and expected results. After the problem is resolved. For this reason. test case name. If a problem-tracking Testing 18 .justification and overview  Test tools to be used. classified. Database setup requirements  Outline of system-logging/error-logging/other capabilities. etc.  Test script/test code maintenance processes and version control  Problem tracking and resolution . that will be used to help describe and report bugs  Discussion of any specialized software or hardware tools that will be used by testers to help track the cause or source of bugs  Test automation .tools and processes  Project test metrics to be used  Reporting requirements and testing deliverables  Software entrance and exit criteria  Initial sanity testing period and criteria  Test suspension and restart criteria  Personnel allocation  Personnel pre-training needs  Test site/location  Outside test organizations to be utilized and their purpose.

etc. 'New'. etc. and reproduce it if necessary. it should encapsulate these processes. feature. get an idea of it's severity. A variety of commercial problemtracking/management software tools are available.system is in place.)  The application name or identifier and version  The function. system. where the bug occurred  Environment specifics. The following are items to consider in the tracking process:  Complete information such that developers can understand the bug. platform. etc. 'Released for Retest'. used in test  File excerpts/error messages/log file excerpts/screen shots/test tool logs that would be helpful in finding the cause of the problem  Severity estimate (a 5-level range such as 1-5 or 'critical'-to-'low' is common)  Was the bug reproducible?  Tester name  Test date  Bug reporting date  Name of developer/group/organization the problem is assigned to  Description of problem cause  Description of fix  Code section/file/module/class/method that was fixed  Date of fix  Application version that contains the fix  Tester responsible for retest  Retest date  Retest results Testing 19 .  Bug identifier (number. module. screen. object..)  Current bug status (e. ID. relevant hardware specifics  Test case name/number/identifier  One-line bug description  Full bug description  Description of steps needed to reproduce the bug if not covered by a test case or if the developer doesn't have easy access to the test case/test script/test tool  Names and/or descriptions of file/data/messages/etc.g.

and experience.) Considerations can include:  Which functionality is most important to the project's intended purpose? Testing 20 . and reporting/summary capabilities are needed for managers.)  Test cases completed with certain percentage passed  Test budget depleted  Coverage of code/functionality/requirements reaches a specified point  Bug rate falls below a certain level  Beta or alpha testing period ends 36. poor design. and who makes the changes. and indicates deeper problems in the software development process (such as insufficient unit testing or insufficient integration testing. 33. What if the software is so buggy it can't really be tested at all? The best bet in this situation is for the testers to go through the process of reporting whatever bugs or blocking-type problems initially show up. For instance. developers need to know when bugs are found and how to get the needed information. risk analysis is appropriate to most software development projects. testers need to know when retesting is needed. that complete testing can never be done. designs. every dependency. formal methods are also available. problems. How can it be known when to stop testing? This can be difficult to determine. changes made to them. with the focus being on critical bugs. Many modern software applications are so complex. tools/compilers/libraries/patches. Since this type of problem can severely affect schedules. requirements. This requires judgement skills.) managers should be notified. improper build or release procedures. Regression testing requirements  Tester responsible for regression tests  Regression testing results A reporting or tracking process should enable notification of appropriate personnel at various stages. change requests. What if there isn't enough time for thorough testing? Use risk analysis to determine where testing should be focused. and provided with some documentation as evidence of the problem. common sense. What is 'configuration management'? Configuration management covers the processes used to control. etc. Common factors in deciding when to stop are:  Deadlines (release deadlines. 34. and run in such an interdependent environment. testing deadlines. Since it's rarely possible to test every possible aspect of an application. documentation. 35. etc. or everything that could go wrong. coordinate. and track: code. (If warranted. every possible combination of events.

and costs of significant requirements changes. Then let management or the Testing 21 . while using the original requirements for the 'Phase 1' version. inherent risks. and thus most subject to errors?  Which parts of the application were developed in rush or panic mode?  Which aspects of similar/related previous projects caused problems?  Which aspects of similar/related previous projects had large maintenance expenses?  Which parts of the requirements and design are unclear or poorly thought out?  What do the developers think are the highest-risk aspects of the application?  What kinds of problems would cause the worst publicity?  What kinds of problems would cause the most customer service complaints?  What kinds of tests could easily cover multiple functionalities?  Which tests will have the best high-risk-coverage to time-required ratio? 37.  If the code is well-commented and well-documented this makes changes easier for the developers.  Negotiate to allow only easily-implemented new requirements into the project. while moving more difficult new requirements into future versions of the application. What can be done if requirements are changing continuously? A common problem and a major headache.  Work with the project's stakeholders early on to understand how requirements might change so that alternate test plans and strategies can be worked out in advance.  Try to move new requirements to a 'Phase 2' version of an application.  Be sure that customers and management understand the scheduling impacts. Which functionality is most visible to the user?  Which functionality has the largest safety impact?  Which functionality has the largest financial impact on users?  Which aspects of the application are most important to the customer?  Which aspects of the application can be tested early in the development cycle?  Which parts of the code are most complex.  It's helpful if the application's initial design allows for some adaptability so that later changes do not require redoing the application from scratch.  The project's initial schedule should allow for some extra time commensurate with the possibility of changes. if possible.  Use rapid prototyping whenever possible to help customers feel sure of their requirements and minimize changes.

What if the application has functionality that wasn't in the requirements? It may take serious effort to determine if an application has significant unexpected or hidden functionality.  Try to design some flexibility into automated test scripts. If the functionality isn't necessary to the purpose of the application. promote computer-based processes and automated tracking and reporting.especially talented technical types . If the functionality only effects areas such as minor improvements in the user interface. A typical scenario would be that more days of planning and development will be needed. it should be removed. risk analysis is again needed and the same considerations as described previously in 'What if there isn't enough time for thorough testing?' apply. or set up only higher-level generic-type test plans)  Focus less on detailed test plans and test cases and more on ad hoc testing (with an understanding of the added risk that this entails). The tester might then do ad hoc testing. What if an organization is growing so fast that fixed QA processes are impossible? Testing 22 . using consensus to reach agreement on processes. if extensive testing is still not justified. However. If not removed. no one . not the size of the project. 39. minimize paperwork.  Balance the effort put into setting up automated testing with the expected effort required to re-do them to deal with changes. that's their job. Problem prevention will lessen the need for problem detection. and promote training as part of the QA process. At the same time. What if the project isn't big enough to justify extensive testing? Consider the impact of project errors. How can Software QA processes be implemented without stifling productivity? By implementing QA processes slowly over time. However.likes rules or bureacracy.after all. and it would indicate deeper problems in the software development process.  Devote appropriate effort to risk analysis of changes to minimize regression testing needs. the best bet might be to minimize the detail in the test cases. panics and burn-out will decrease. 38.  Design some flexibility into test cases (this is not easily done. design information will be needed to determine added testing needs or regression testing needs. for example. productivity will be improved instead of stifled. minimize time required in meetings. but less time will be required for late-night bug-fixing and calming of irate customers.  Focus initial automated testing on application aspects that are most likely to remain unchanged.customers (not the developers or testers) decide if the changes are warranted . or write up a limited test plan based on the risk analysis. attempts should be made to keep processes simple and efficient. it may not be a significant risk. as it may have unknown impacts or dependencies that were not taken into account by the designer or the customer. and in the short run things may slow down a bit. 41. and adjusting and experimenting as an organization grows and matures. 40. Management should be made aware of any significant added risks as a result of the unexpected functionality. and there will be improved focus and less wasted effort.

tracking.g. How does a client/server environment affect testing? Client/server applications can be quite complex due to the multiple dependencies among clients. variations in connection speeds. rapidly changing technologies. Other considerations might include:  What are the expected loads on the server (e. Thus testing requirements can be extensive. and servers. graphics..) will be required and what is it expected to do? How can it be tested?  How reliable are the site's Internet connections required to be? And how does that affect backup system or redundant connection requirements and testing?  What processes will be required to manage updates to the web site's content. There is no easy solution in this situation.? 23 Testing . passwords. database query response times). Additionally. logging applications. dynamic page generators. Additionally. and what are the requirements for maintaining. The end result is that testing for web sites can become a major ongoing effort. TCP/IP communications. web robot downloading tools.with web servers and 'browser' clients. and multiple standards and protocols. javascript. especially in new technology areas. 43.. links. small but sometimes significant differences between them. etc. There are commercial tools to assist with such testing. How can World Wide Web sites be tested? Web sites are essentially client/server applications . other tools already in house that can be adapted.g.)?  Who is the target audience? What kind of browsers will they be using? What kind of connection speeds will they by using? Are they intra. other than:  Hire good people  Management should 'ruthlessly prioritize' quality issues and maintain focus on the customer  Everyone in the organization should be clear on what 'quality' means to the customer 42. various versions of each. number of hits per unit time?). encryptions. and controlling page content. When time is limited (as it usually is) the focus should be on integration and system testing. etc. firewalls. data communications. how fast should pages appear. how fast should animations. etc.This is a common problem in the software industry. etc. load/stress/performance testing may be useful in determining client/server application limitations and capabilities. there are a wide variety of servers and browsers. and applications that run on the server side (such as cgi scripts. applications that run in web pages (such as applets. and what kind of performance is required under such loads (such as web server response time. Internet connections. etc. What kinds of tools will be needed for performance testing (such as web load testing tools. hardware. asp. database interfaces. applets.). Consideration should be given to the interactions between html pages. load and run)?  Will down time for server and content maintenance/upgrades be allowed? how much?  What kinds of security (firewalls.organization (thus with likely high connection speeds and similar browsers) or Internet-wide (thus with a wide variety of connection speeds and browser types)?  What kind of performance is expected on the client side (e. plug-in applications).

44. white-box testing can be oriented to the application's objects. and tested?  Pages should be 3-5 screens max unless content is tightly focused on a single topic. Which HTML specification will be adhered to? How strictly? What variations will be allowed for targeted browsers?  Will there be any standards or requirements for page appearance and/or graphics throughout a site or parts of a site??  How will internal and external links be validated and updated? how often?  Can testing be done on the production system. there should be no dead-end pages. etc. are they considered an integral part of the system and do they require testing?  How are cgi programs. or will a separate test system be required? How are browser caching. It was created by Kent Beck who described the approach in his book 'Extreme Programming Explained'. Common Software Errors Testing 24 . How is testing affected by object-oriented designs? Well-engineered object-oriented design can make it easier to trace from code to internal design to functional design to requirements.  Pages should be as browser-independent as possible. to be maintained. Test code is under source control along with the rest of the code. If the application was well-designed this can simplify test design. QA and test personnel are also required to be an integral part of the project team. What is Extreme Programming and what's it got to do with testing? Extreme Programming (XP) is a software development approach for small teams on risk-prone projects with unstable requirements. If larger. controlled. and real-world internet 'traffic congestion' problems to be accounted for in testing?  How extensive or customized are the server logging and reporting requirements. Detailed requirements documentation is not used. applets. and are modified and rerun for each of the frequent development iterations. so that it's clear to the user that they're still within a site. and frequent re-scheduling.  All pages should have links external to the page.  The page owner. javascripts. provide internal links within the page. While there will be little affect on black box testing (where an understanding of the internal design of the application is unnecessary). Programmers are expected to write unit and functional test code first before the application is developed. revision date. 46. Customers are expected to be an integral part of the project team and to help develope scenarios for acceptance/black box testing. tracked.  The page layouts and design elements should be consistent throughout a site. dial-up connection variabilities. Testing ('extreme testing') is a core aspect of Extreme Programming. and a link to a contact person or organization should be included on each page. Acceptance tests are preferably automated. ActiveX components. re-estimating. 45. and re-prioritizing is expected. variations in browser option settings. or pages should be provided or generated based on the browser-type.

Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Testing 25 . It helps you to identify errors systematically and increases the efficiency of software testing and improves testing productivity. Wiley Edition. User Interface Errors Functionality Possible Error Conditions Excessive Functionality Inflated impression of functionality Inadequacy for the task at hand Missing function Wrong function Functionality must be created by user Doesn't do what the user expects Communication Missing Information Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 No on Screen instructions 2 Assuming printed documentation is already available.Introduction This document takes you through whirl-wind tour of common software errors. please refer Testing Computer Software. This is an excellent aid for software testing. Version and ID Control Testing Errors Let us go through details of each kind of error. For more information. Type of Errors             User Interface Errors Error Handling Boundary related errors Calculation errors Initial and Later states Control flow errors Errors in Handling or Interpreting Data Race Conditions Load Conditions Hardware Source.

misleading. confusing information 10 Simple factual errors 11 Spelling errors 12 Inaccurate simplifications 13 Invalid metaphors 14 Confusing feature names 15 More than one name for the same feature 16 Information overland 17 When are data saved 18 Wrong function 19 Functionality must be created by user 20 Poor external modularity Help text and error messages 21 Inappropriate reading levels 22 Verbosity 23 Inappropriate emotional tone 24 Factual errors 25 Context errors 26 Failure to identify the source of error 27 Forbidding a resource without saying why 28 Reporting non-errors 29 Failure to highlight the part of the screen 30 Failure to clear highlighting 31 Wrong/partial string displayed 32 Message displayed for too long or not long enough Display Layout 33 Poor aesthetics in screen layout 34 Menu Layout errors 35 Dialog box layout errors 36 Obscured Instructions 37 Misuse of flash 38 Misuse of color 39 Heavy reliance on color 40 Inconsistent with the style of the environment 41 Cannot get rid of on screen information Output 42 Can't output certain data 43 Can't redirect output 44 Format incompatible with a follow-up process 45 Must output too little or too much 46 Can't control output layout 47 Absurd printout level of precision Testing 26 .3 Undocumented features 4 States that appear impossible to exit 5 No cursor 6 Failure to acknowledge input 7 Failure to show activity during long delays 8 Failure to advise when a change will take effect 9 Failure to check for the same document being opened twice Wrong.

48 Can't control labeling of tables or figures 49 Can't control scaling of graphs Performance 50 Program Speed 51 User Throughput 52 Can't redirect output 53 Perceived performance 54 Slow program 55 slow echoing 56 how to reduce user throughput 57 Poor responsiveness 58 No type ahead 59 No warning that the operation takes long time 60 No progress reports 61 Problems with time-outs 62 Program pesters you Program Rigidity User tailorability Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 Can't turn off case sensitivity 2 Can't tailor to hardware at hand 3 Can't change device initialization 4 Can't turn off automatic changes 5 Can't slow down/speed up scrolling 6 Can't do what you did last time 7 Failure to execute a customization commands 8 Failure to save customization commands 9 Side effects of feature changes 10 Can't turn off the noise 11 Infinite tailorability Who is in control? 12 Unnecessary imposition of a conceptual style 13 Novice friendly. experienced hostile 14 Surplus or redundant information required 15 Unnecessary repetition of steps 16 Unnecessary limits Command Structure and Rigidity Inconsistencies Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 Optimizations 2 Inconsistent syntax 3 Inconsistent command entry style 4 Inconsistent abbreviations 5 Inconsistent termination rule 6 Inconsistent command options 7 Similarly named commands 8 Inconsistent Capitalization Testing 27 .

edit.9 Inconsistent menu position 10 Inconsistent function key usage 11 Inconsistent error handling rules 12 Inconsistent editing rules 13 Inconsistent data saving rules Time Wasters 14 Garden paths 15 choice can't be taken 16 Are you really. or function keys 32 Non std use of cursor and edit keys 33 non-standard use of function keys 34 Failure to filter invalid keys 35 Failure to indicate key board state changes Missing Commands State transitions Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 Can't do nothing and leave 2 Can't quit mid-program 3 Can't stop mid-command 4 Can't pause Disaster prevention 5 No backup facility 6 No undo 7 No are you sure 8 No incremental saves Disaster prevention 9 Inconsistent menu position 10 Inconsistent function key usage 11 Inconsistent error handling rules 12 Inconsistent editing rules Testing 28 . really sure 17 Obscurely or idiosyncratically named commands Menus 18 Excessively complex menu hierarchy 19 Inadequate menu navigation options 20 Too many paths to the same place 21 You can't get there from here 22 Related commands relegated to unrelated menus 23 Unrelated commands tossed under the same menu Command Lines 24 Forced distinction between uppercase and lowercase 25 Reversed parameters 26 Full command names are not allowed 27 Abbreviations are not allowed 28 Demands complex input on one line 29 no batch input 30 can't edit commands Inappropriate use of key board 31 Failure to use cursor.

13 Inconsistent data saving rules Error handling by the user 14 No user specifiable filters 15 Awkward error correction 16 Can't include comments 17 Can't display relationships between variables Miscellaneous 18 Inadequate privacy or security 19 Obsession with security 20 Can't hide menus 21 Doesn't support standard OS features 22 Doesn't allow long names Error Handling Error prevention Possible Error Conditions Inadequate initial state validation Inadequate tests of user input Inadequate protection against corrupted data Inadequate tests of passed parameters Inadequate protection against operating system bugs Inadequate protection against malicious use Inadequate version control Error Detection Possible Error Conditions ignores overflow ignores impossible values ignores implausible values ignores error flag ignores hardware fault or error conditions data comparison Error Recovery Possible Error Conditions automatic error detection failure to report error failure to set an error flag where does the program go back to aborting errors recovery from hardware problems no escape from missing disks Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Boundary related errors Sl No Possible Error Conditions Testing 29 .

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Numeric boundaries Equality as boundary Boundaries on numerosity Boundaries in space Boundaries in time Boundaries in loop Boundaries in memory Boundaries with data structure Hardware related boundaries Invisible boundaries Mishandling of boundary case Wrong boundary Mishandling of cases outside boundary Calculation Errors Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Possible Error Conditions Bad Logic Bad Arithmetic Imprecise Calculations Outdated constants Calculation errors Impossible parenthesis Wrong order of calculations Bad underlying functions Overflow and Underflow Truncation and Round-off error Confusion about the representation of data Incorrect conversion from one data representation to another Wrong Formula Incorrect Approximation Race Conditions Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Possible Error Conditions Races in updating data Assumption that one event or task finished before another begins Assumptions that one event or task has finished before another begins Assumptions that input won't occur during a brief processing interval Assumptions that interrupts won't occur during brief interval Resource races Assumptions that a person. device or process will respond quickly Options out of sync during display changes Tasks starts before its prerequisites are met Messages cross or don't arrive in the order sent Initial and Later States Testing 30 .

Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Possible Error Conditions Failure to set data item to zero Failure to initialize a loop-control variable Failure to initialize a or re-initialize a pointer Failure to clear a string Failure to initialize a register Failure to clear a flag Data were supposed to be initialized elsewhere Failure to re-initialize Assumption that data were not re-initialized Confusion between static and dynamic storage Data modifications by side effect Incorrect initialization Control Flow Errors Program runs amok Possible Error Conditions Jumping to a routine that isn't resident Re-entrance Variables contains embedded command names Wrong returning state assumed Exception handling based exits Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 Sl No 1 2 3 Sl No 1 2 3 4 Return to wrong place Possible Error Conditions Corrupted Stack Stack underflow/overflow GOTO rather than RETURN from sub-routine Interrupts Possible Error Conditions Wrong interrupt vector Failure to restore or update interrupt vector Invalid restart after an interrupt Failure to block or un-block interrupts Sl No 1 2 3 4 Program Stops Possible Error Conditions Dead crash Syntax error reported at run time Waiting for impossible condition or combinations of conditions Wrong user or process priority Error Detection Possible Error Conditions infinite loop Sl No 1 Testing 31 .

Or may not Possible Error Conditions Wrong inequalities Comparison sometimes yields wrong result Not equal verses equal when there are three cases Testing floating point values for equality confusion between inclusive and exclusive OR Incorrectly negating a logical expression Assignment equal instead of test equal Commands being inside the THEN or ELSE clause Commands that don't belong either case Failure to test a flag Failure to clear a flag Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Multiple Cases Possible Error Conditions Missing default Wrong default Missing cases Overlapping cases Invalid or impossible cases Commands being inside the THEN or ELSE clause Case should be sub-divided Errors Handling or Interpreting Data Problems in passing data between routines Possible Error Conditions Parameter list variables out of order or missing Data Type errors Aliases and shifting interpretations of the same area of memory Misunderstood data values inadequate error information Failure to clean up data on exception handling Outdated copies of data Related variable get out of synch Local setting of global data Global use of local variables Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Testing 32 .2 3 4 5 6 Wrong starting value for the loop control variables Accidental change of loop control variables Command that do or don't belong inside the loop Command that do or don't belong inside the loop Improper loop nesting If Then Else .

buffer or stock Lost Messages Performance costs Race condition windows expand Doesn't abbreviate under load Doesn't recognize that another process abbreviates output under load Low priority tasks not put off Low priority tasks never done Doesn't return a resource Possible Error Conditions Doesn't indicate that it's done with a device Doesn't erase old files from mass storage Sl No 1 2 Testing 33 .11 12 Wrong mask in bit fields Wrong value from table Data boundaries Possible Error Conditions Un-terminated null strings Early end of string Read/Write past end of data structure or an element in it Read outside the limits of message buffer Possible Error Conditions Complier padding to word boundaries value stack underflow/overflow Trampling another process's code or data Messaging Problems Possible Error Conditions Messages sent to wrong process or port Failure to validate an incoming message Lost or out of synch messages Message sent to only N of N+1 processes Data Storage corruption Possible Error Conditions Overwritten changes Data entry not saved Too much data for receiving process to handle Overwriting a file after an error exit or user abort Sl No 1 2 3 Sl No 1 2 3 Sl No 1 2 3 4 Sl No 1 2 3 4 Load Conditions Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Possible Error Conditions Required resources are not available No available large memory area Input buffer or queue not deep enough Doesn't clear item from queue.

3 4 Hardware Doesn't return unused memory Wastes computer time Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 Wrong Device 2 Wrong Device Address 3 Device unavailable 4 Device returned to wrong type of pool 5 Device use forbidden to caller 6 Specifies wrong privilege level for the device 7 Noisy Channel 8 Channel goes down 9 Time-out problems 10 Wrong storage device 11 Doesn't check the directory of current disk 12 Doesn't close the file 13 Unexpected end of file 14 Disk sector bug and other length dependent errors 15 Wrong operation or instruction codes 16 Misunderstood status or return code 17 Underutilizing device intelligence 18 Paging mechanism ignored or misunderstood 19 Ignores channel throughput limits 20 Assuming device is or isn't or should be or shouldn't be initialized 21 Assumes programmable function keys are programmed correctly Source. Version. ID Control Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Possible Error Conditions Old bugs mysteriously re appear Failure to update multiple copies of data or program files No title No version ID Wrong version number of title screen No copy right message or bad one Archived source doesn't compile into a match for shipping code Manufactured disks don't work or contain wrong code or data Missing bugs in the program Possible Error Conditions Failure to notice a problem You don't know what the correct test results are You are bored or inattentive Misreading the Screen Failure to report problem Failure to execute a planned test Failure to use the most promising test case Ignoring programmer's suggestions Testing Errors Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Testing 34 .

It serves as a tutorial for developers who are new to formal testing of software. is the level of test design which has the highest degree of creative input. A. Furthermore. Good design consists of a number of stages which progressively elaborate the design. from unit testing through to system testing. and as a reminder of some finer points for experienced software testers.e. including the design of test cases. Introduction The design of tests is subject to the same basic engineering principles as the design of software. Designing Unit Test Cases Executive Summary Producing a test specification. i. These four stages of test design apply to all levels of testing. the design of individual unit Testing 35 . Test specification. Test procedure. This paper provides a general process for developing unit test specifications and then describes some specific design techniques for designing unit test cases. Test planning. This paper concentrates on the specification of unit tests. not just a few experts. unit test specifications will usually be produced by a large number of staff with a wide range of experience. Good test design consists of a number of stages which progressively elaborate the design of tests:     Test strategy.Sl No 1 2 3 Sl No 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Finding bugs that aren't in the program Possible Error Conditions Errors in testing programs Corrupted data files Misinterpreted specifications or documentation Poor reporting Possible Error Conditions Illegible reports Failure to make it clear how to reproduce the problem Failure to say you can't reproduce the problem Failure to check your report Failure to report timing dependencies Failure to simplify conditions Concentration on trivia Abusive language Poor Tracking and follow-up Sl No Possible Error Conditions 1 Failure to provide summary report 2 Failure to re-report serious bug 3 Failure to check for unresolved problems just before release 4 Failure to verify fixes 47.

prior to test execution). the next development step is to design the unit tests. A unit test specification comprises a sequence of unit test cases. If it will not execute. tests are designed to verify that an individual unit implements all design decisions made in the unit's design specification. If the code was written first.  What the test case actually tests. B. For each step of the process. Producing a test specification. and also negative testing. including the value of any external data read by the unit.Make it Run The purpose of the first test case in any unit test specification should be to execute the unit under test in the simplest way possible. is the level of test design which has the highest degree of creative input. rather than against what it is specified to do. Section 3 of this paper then describes in detail a selection of techniques which can be used within this process to help design test cases. This paper provides a general process for developing unit test specifications. It serves as a tutorial for developers who are new to formal testing of software. the starting point of the test case (this is only applicable where a unit maintains state between calls). (Note that these are only suggestions. A more detailed description of the four stages of test design can be found in the IPL paper "An Introduction to Software Testing". not just a few experts. When the tests are actually executed. it would be too tempting to test the software against what it is observed to do (which is not really testing at all). in terms of the functionality of the unit and the analysis used in the design of the test case (for example. The following subsections of this paper provide a six step general process for developing a unit test specification as a set of individual unit test cases. then it is preferable to have something as simple as possible as a starting point for debugging. Furthermore. knowing that at least the first unit test will execute is a good confidence boost.  The inputs to the unit. that the unit does not do anything that it is not supposed to do. A thorough unit test specification should include positive testing. For unit testing.1 Step 1 .  The expected outcome of the test case (the expected outcome of a test case should always be defined in the test specification. and as a reminder of some finer points for experienced software testers. Each unit test case should include four essential elements:  A statement of the initial state of the unit. B. including the design of test cases. Developing Unit Test Specifications Once a unit has been designed. Individual circumstances may be better served by other test case design techniques). suitable test case design techniques are suggested. and then describes some specific design techniques for designing unit test cases. which decisions within the unit are tested). Testing 36 . The design of tests has to be driven by the specification of the software. unit test specifications will usually be produced by a large number of staff with a wide range of experience.test cases within unit test specifications. that the unit does what it is supposed to do. An important point here is that it is more rigorous to design the tests before the code is written.

it can be convenient to give test cases special emphasis to facilitate security analysis or safety analysis and certification.Internal boundary value testing .Specification derived tests . relying upon the experience of the test designer to anticipate problem areas. safety requirements and security requirements. This step depends primarily upon error guessing.Suitable techniques: .4.Specification derived tests .Equivalence partitioning .Negative Testing Existing test cases should be enhanced and further test cases should be designed to show that the software does not do anything that it is not specified to do. test cases should be designed to address issues such as performance.State-transition testing B.2 Step 2 . Suitable techniques: . Step 4 .5. it is best to make the sequence of test cases correspond to the sequence of statements in the primary specification for the unit.Coverage Tests Testing 37 . Suitable techniques: . Step 5 . Step 3 .Equivalence partitioning B.Specification derived tests B.Special Considerations Where appropriate.Boundary value analysis . Further test cases should then be added to the unit test specification to ensure that all security issues and safety hazards applicable to the unit will be fully addressed.3. The test designer should walk through the relevant specifications.State-transition testing B.Positive Testing Test cases should be designed to show that the unit under test does what it is supposed to do. Where more than one specification is involved. Test cases already designed which address security issues or safety hazards should be identified in the unit test specification. Suitable techniques: .Error guessing . each test case should test one or more statements of specification. Particularly in the cases of safety and security.

in practice some sight of the code may be necessary in order to achieve coverage targets.State-transition testing B. There are also likely to have been human errors made in the development of a test specification. It is vital that all test designers should recognize that use of the coverage completion step should be minimized. Execution of the test procedure will identify errors in the unit which can be corrected and the unit re-tested. the coverage completion step should be conducted without looking at the actual code.7. Ideally.Coverage Completion Depending upon an organization’s standards for the specification of a unit. Where coverage objectives are not achieved. At this point the test specification can be used to develop an actual test procedure. defensive programming should not be deleted. not from experimentation and over dependence upon the coverage completion step to cover for sloppy test design. Once coverage tests have been designed.Branch testing . There is therefore a further coverage completion step in the process of designing test specifications. Dynamic analysis during execution of the test procedure will yield a measure of test coverage. Suitable techniques: . there may be no structural specification of processing within a unit other than the code itself. If there is any doubt. 38 Testing . The most effective testing will come from analysis and specification. indicating whether coverage objectives have been achieved.test cases should be refined and further test cases added to a test specification to fill the gaps in test coverage. there may be complex decision conditions. Step 6 .the corrective action will probably be to delete the offending code. Test Execution A test specification designed using the above five steps should in most cases provide a thorough test for a unit. B.  Insufficient test cases .Condition testing . However. particularly where defensive programming techniques have been used. AdaTEST provides some facilities to help exclude infeasible conditions from Boolean coverage metrics. loops and branches within the code for which coverage targets may not have been met when tests were executed.the corrective action should be to annotate the test specification to provide a detailed justification of why the path or condition is not tested.  Unreachable or redundant code . Further test cases can then be added to the unit test specification to achieve specific test coverage objectives. the test procedure can be developed and the tests executed. Failure to achieve a coverage objective may be due to:  Infeasible paths or conditions . For users of AdaTEST or Cantata.Data definition-use testing . Consequently. the test procedure will be an AdaTEST or Cantata test script.6.The test coverage likely to be achieved by the designed test cases should be visualised. and the test procedure used to execute the tests. It is easy to make mistakes in this analysis. analysis must be conducted to determine why.

the Human Information Processing System model.8. the primary input should be the specification documents for the unit under test. While use of actual code as an input to the test design process may be necessary in some circumstances.Data definition-use testing . including executing them as "thought experiments".Condition testing . The relevant FTR literature is reviewed for theory and research applicable to PE.  Without looking at the actual code. not that it does what it is supposed to do.State-transition testing B. in which the human mind is treated as an information-processing system. It is not uncommon to find more bugs when designing tests than when executing tests. A brief overview of cognitive-based approaches utilized in HCI is presented. It is usually a good idea to avoid long sequences of test cases which depend upon the outcome of preceding test cases. A test specification developed from the code will only prove that the code does what the code does.Branch testing . test designers must take care that they are not testing the code against itself. In this research. An error identified by a test case early in the sequence could cause secondary errors and reduce the amount of real testing achieved when the tests are executed. Other work on the evaluation of diagrams and graphs is also reviewed for possible theoretical models that could be used in the current research. Throughout unit test design. 48. General Guidance Note that the first five steps in producing a test specification can be achieved:  Solely from design documentation. and the literature consists primarily of case studies with a very limited number of controlled experiments. Testing 39 . Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an Information Systems area that has drawn extensively on cognitive science to develop and evaluate Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs).  Prior to developing the actual test procedure. One of these approaches. The process of designing test cases.1 Introduction The purpose of this dissertation is to increase understanding of how experienced practitioners as individuals evaluate diagrammatic models in Formal Technical Review (FTR). FTR developed pragmatically without relation to underlying cognitive theory. However.Suitable techniques: . often identifies bugs before the software has even been built. those aspects of FTR relating to evaluation of an artifact by practitioners as individuals are referred to as Practitioner Evaluation (PE). LITERATURE REVIEW 2.

2 Formal Technical Review Software review as a technique to detect software defects is not new -. The review strategy includes the use of checklists to guide the review process.provides the cognitive theoretical model for this research and is discussed separately because of its importance. The Testing 40 . which is similar to desk checking. 2. is the oldest software review technique [Adrion et al. However. Since desk checking is an individual process not involving group dynamics. but nominal groups are used as well.2. the first significant formalization of software review practice is generally considered to be the development by Michael Fagan [1976] of a species of FTR that he called "inspection. Work on attention and the comprehension of graphics is also briefly reviewed. desk checking is not a form of FTR since it does not involve a formal process or a group. appropriate typologies are developed. programmers often swap programs and check each other's work. 1982]. large software projects often included some type of software review [Knight and Myers 1993]. Strictly speaking. For example. 3. 2]. or reading over a program by hand while sitting at one's desk. each programmer examines his own products to find as many defects as possible utilizing a disciplined process in conjunction with Humphrey's Personal Software Process (PSP) to improve his own work. Review by knowledgeable individuals or practitioners. Moreover.1 Types of Formal Technical Review While the focus of this research is on the individual evaluation aspects of reviews." As such. Most FTR techniques involve real groups. Two further areas are identified as necessary for the development of the research task and tools: (1) types of diagrammatic models and (2) types of software defects. 2.Desk Checking. To correct for the second problem. 2. called Personal Review (PR). typically with the goal of discovering errors or other anomalies. Formal process. Use of groups or teams. and in the 1950s and 1960s. since typologies appropriate to this research were not located. and defect causal analysis to prevent the same defects from recurring in the future. It should be noted that Humphrey [1995] has developed a review method. review metrics to improve the process. research in this area would be relevant but none applicable to the current research was found. desk checking is generally perceived as ineffective and unproductive due to (a) its lack of discipline and (b) the general ineffectiveness of people in detecting their own errors. Focus on detection of defects. Among the most common forms of FTR are the following: has been used since the earliest days of programming." Following Tjahjono [1996. Formal Technical Review may be defined as any "evaluation technique that involves the bringing together of a group of technical [and sometimes nontechnical] personnel to analyze a software artifact. FTR has the following distinguishing characteristics: 1. Relevant work in each of these areas is briefly reviewed and. 4. In PR. Babbage and von Neumann regularly asked colleagues to examine their programs [Freedman and Weinberg 1990]. for context several other FTR techniques are discussed as well.

Participants are selected and the materials to be reviewed are prepared and checked for review suitability. Yourdon 1989. the literature generally describes walkthrough as an undisciplined process without advance preparation on the part of reviewers and with the meeting focus on education of participants [Fagan 1976]. Shneiderman [1980] suggests that peer ratings of programs are productive. The reader (a participant other than the author) narrates or paraphrases the review materials statement by statement. Inspection was developed by Fagan [1976. The original Fagan Inspection (FI) is the most cited review method in the literature and is the source for a variety of similar inspection techniques [Tjahjono 1996]. formal review process [Myers 1979. However. Peer Rating is a technique in which anonymous programs are evaluated in terms of their overall quality. including the following: Testing 41 . Preparation. and the other participants raise issues and questions. 5. but some authors use the term peer reviews for generic review methods involving peers [Paulk et al 1993. Phased Inspection [Knight and Myers 1993]. The "corrected" products are reinspected. Humphrey 1989]. The participants learn the materials individually. The technique is often referred to as Peer Reviews [Shneiderman 1980]. 2. Follow-up. the reviewers then write their comments/questions concerning the materials and pass the materials with comments to another reviewer and to the moderator or author eventually [Hart 1982]. Unlike the review techniques previously discussed. 4. Questions continue on a point only until an error is recognized or the item is deemed correct. Overview. Round-robin Review is a evaluation process in which a copy of the review materials is made available and routed to each participant. maintainability. FTR may also be classified on other dimensions. inspection is often used to control the quality and productivity of the development process. In addition to classification by technique-type. and FTArm [Tjahjono 1996]. iv. Practitioner Evaluation is primarily associated with the Preparation phase. v. The author educates the participants about the review materials through a presentation. narrates a description of the software and the other members of the review group provide feedback throughout the presentation [Freedman and Weinberg 1990. Walkthroughs are presentation reviews in which a review participant.approach taken in developing the Personal Review process is an engineering one. 1986] as a well-planned and well-defined group review process to detect software defects – defect repair occurs outside the scope of the process. ii. Meeting. usually the software author. extensibility. 1992]. usability and clarity by selected programmers who have similar backgrounds [Myers 1979]. N-Fold Inspection [Schneider et al. A Fagan Inspection consists of six well-defined phases: i. The author fixes the defects identified in the meeting. Gilb and Graham 1993]. no reference is made in Humphrey [1995] to cognitive theory. It should be noted that the term "walkthrough" has been used in the literature variously. enjoyable. 3. 1982]. and non-threatening experiences. Adrion et al. Planning. iii. Some authors unite it with "structured" and treat it as a disciplined. Among the FI-derived techniques are Active Design Review [Parnas and Weiss 1987]. vi. Rework.

a large team requires more effort due to more individuals inspecting the artifact. Single vs. In recent years. and may make it more difficult for all participants to participate fully. Votta [1993] argues that inspection meetings are generally not economic and should be replaced with depositions. variants have been suggested. some authors [Knight and Myers 1993. i. B. Multiple Site Reviews. The traditional FTR techniques have assumed that the group-meeting component would occur face-to-face at a single site. Nonsystematic vs. some methods employ more prescriptive techniques. Mashayekhi et al 1994]. 1993] to totally new review methods [Johnson and Tjahjono 1993]. and reviewer responsibilities are general and not differentiated for single session reviews [Siy 1996]. Johnson and Tjahjono 1993. D. conducted either in series or parallel. Gilb and Graham [1993] do not use multiple inspection sessions but add a root cause analysis session immediately after the inspection meeting. Systematic Defect-Detection Technique Reviews. Large Team Reviews. 1992] have argued for multiple sessions. 1993. C. some newer techniques that eliminate the group meeting or are based on computer support utilize asynchronous reviews. Computer-supported Reviews. Asynchronous Reviews. Humphrey [1989] comments that three-quarters of the errors found in well-run inspections are found during preparation. a large team should allow a wider variety of defects to be detected and thus better coverage. E. synchronously. The traditional FTR techniques have also assumed that the group meeting component would occur in real-time. No vs. The type of support varies from simple augmentation of the manual practices [Brothers et al. 1990.Single Site vs. Testing 42 . and especially with computer support (see item F below). generally involves greater scheduling problems [Ballman and Votta 1994]. Siy [1996] classifies reviews into those conducted by small (1-4 reviewers) [Bisant and Lyle 1996] and large (more than 4 reviewers) [Fagan 1976. The most frequently used detection methods (ad hoc and checklist) rely on nonsystematic techniques. with improved telecommunications. Gintell et al. with the possibility of a follow-up session to inspect corrections. several computer supported review systems have been developed [Brothers et al. However.e. it has become increasingly feasible to conduct even the group meeting from multiple sites. However. Multiple Session Reviews. However. Gintell et al. Small vs.. Manual vs. On the other hand.A. Based on an economic analysis of a series of inspections at AT&T. The traditional Fagan Inspection provided for one session to inspect the software artifact. However. such as questionnaires [Parnas and Weiss 1987] and correctness proofs [Britcher 1988]. If each reviewer depends on different expertise and experiences. F. Schneider et al. 1986] teams. Synchronous vs. where the author and (optionally) the moderator meet separately with inspectors to collect their results. However. 1990.