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Software Quality Assurance and Testing Techniques Training

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QATM-205

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Classroom, Online

Duration:

3 days

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2,010.00 USD

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This course is designed to provide an introduction to software life cycle testing concepts and techniques. Testing consumes approximately forty percent of the cost of developing and maintaining a software system; however, testing is not taught on a formal basis.
 


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • Explain the difference between software quality assurance and software testing
  • Appreciate testing and how it fits into the life cycle
  • Apply the appropriate testing method application to various test phases
  • Apply error prevention and error detection
  • Explain the difference between and application of Internal and External testing
  • Employ Static and Dynamic testing techniques within each phase of the software life cycle
  • Employ quality testing methods rather than quantities of tests
  • Define and develop high quality test case scenarios
  • Apply various techniques for test case development.
  • Define what is included in a test plan
  • Choose and integrate test tools
  • Describe the characteristics of a good tester
  • Acquire skills and techniques for immediate application to the student's current project

  • Software Developers
  • System Analysts

  • Basic understanding of various software applications
  • Basic understanding of ad-hoc testing is desirable

  1. Introduction
    • What is software quality assurance?
    • What is software testing?
    • Testing provides feedback
    • Uses of software test
    • Importance of testing
    • Problems of testing
    • Total cost of system development
    • Total cost of the system life cycle
    • Characteristics of testing
    • Testing and the life cycle - relative error cost
    • Types of testing
    • Classic test implementation cycle
    • Definitions - internal testing
    • Definitions - external testing
    • Testing limitations
    • Testing structure
    • Four components of a good test
  2. Requirements and Business Rules
    • What is a software requirement?
    • What is a business rule?
    • Sources of requirements
    • “Good” business rules
    • Business rules subjects
    • Business rule types
    • Business rules templates
    • Simple template types
  3. Static Validation Techniques
    • Requirements traceability matrix
    • Traceability - IEEE standard
    • Information tracked for business rules
    • Why trace business rules
    • Prioritization and contingency
    • Check list
  4. Test Case Design Techniques
    • Testing structure
    • Getting started – assumptions
    • Getting started steps
    • Dynamic test case preparation techniques
      • Equivalence partitioning
      • Boundary value analysis
      • Data flow navigation
      • Decision tables
      • Error guessing
      • Complexity at the system test level
  5. Complexity
    • Complexity metrics
    • How many tests?
    • Diagramming a process
    • Calculating cyclomatic complexity
    • Basis path analysis
    • Basis path tests
    • Structural reduction
    • Computed complexity vs actual complexity
    • Additional thoughts on baseline method
    • Test coverage analysis
    • Essential complexity
    • How much testing is required for a modification?
  6. Environmental Testing
    • Environment testing definition
    • Performance characteristics
    • Impact of environmental business requirements
    • Test data creation methods
    • Environment testing process
    • Types of environment tests
      • Volume
      • Stress
      • Security
      • Performance
      • Usability
      • Configuration
      • Reliability
      • Conversion
      • Error Recovery
      • Compatibility
      • Documentation
      • Installability
    • Difference between stress, load/scalability, performance
  7. Tricks for Test Data Design
    • Test data definition
    • Test data creation methods
    • Good test data
    • Poor test data
    • Classification of data types
    • Test data maintenance
  8. Test Execution and Defect Management
    • Execution process
    • Retesting vs regression testing
    • What is a defect report?
  9. Essentials of a good defect report
    • Status (disposition)
    • Severity
    • Likelihood
    • Cause/resolution
    • Things that will drive developers crazy
    • Things that will keep developers happy
    • Defect life cycle
    • What is defect tracking? defect tracking
    relationship to development life cycle processes
    • Defect status metrics reporting
  10. GUI / Windows Testing
    • User interface is the application
    • GUI variable behavior
    • GUI user actions
    • User interface expectations
    • GUI resource management
    • Setup for testing
    • Test execution
    • Test session wrap-up
  11. e-Business Testing
    • Multi-level client/server
    • Unpredictable load & response
    • Uses public, global network
    • Range of H/W and O/S environments
    • e-Business testing tips
  12. Summary
    • Systematic testing
    • Priority rules:
    • realities
    • Testing final thoughts
    • Dimensions of testing
    • References and recommended reading
    • Recommended periodicals
    • Internet sites

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