Change-Based Test Management: Improving the Software Validation Process

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Intel Press, 2003 - Computers - 186 pages
With the difficulties of today's economy, many companies are placing a renewed emphasis on reducing expenses. Unfortunately, software validation is often one of the first areas to feel the pressure of lower budgets. With the ever-increasing complexity and speed of today's hardware, how can you continue to produce a high quality product while maintaining or even lowering your operational costs? The answer lies in refining the validation process.

This book is an introduction to Change-Based Test Management (CBTM), specifically written for software engineers and testing specialists. CBTM is a prioritization scheme that focuses on testing the changed portions of software first. Using this new methodology, software quality can be significantly improved, while development time can be reduced.

Topics include an overview of current development models and test methodologies, a complete and comprehensive study of CBTM, in-depth case studies, and test automation techniques.

Learn how to:
  • Use CBTM to increase software quality and decrease testing time and cost
  • Validate earlier in the development cycle to lower the cost of removing defects
  • Write better tests, monitor their performance, and measure the improvement
  • Automate the validation tasks using the right tools for the job

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What Is ChangeBased Test Management?
The Objectives of CBTM
How Test Prioritization Works

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About the author (2003)

Jon Sistowicz is a member of Intel's chipset software validation team where he helped develop and introduce CBTM. Jon created the first delta report generator which established CBTM as a cornerstone of Intel's driver validation efforts. As part of In-tel's chipset team, Jon implemented VHDL coverage practices and helped write a key fea-ture specification for Intel's next generation graphics chipset. Prior to Intel, Jon worked for Unisys Corporation where he wrote Java applications enabling legacy hardware for the Internet. Jon holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Ray Arell manages the Validation Architecture department within Intel's Desktop Plat-forms Group. Ray has over 18 years of development, validation, and management experi-ence, and has been with Intel for 10 years. During this time, he has worked on a variety of teams focused on CPU, chipsets, and graphics system-level testing including the i386?, i486?, and Pentium? processors, and supporting chipsets. Ray?s programming projects have included a variety of test applications, including the concept and development of key validation capabilities like the Visual Test Creator graphics tool.

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