A Software Testing Primer by Nick Jenkins

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38 Other stuff Release Control When you release a product ‘into the wild’ you will need to know what you released, to whom and when. This may seem trivial but in a large development environment it can be quite tricky. Take for example a system where ten developers are working in parallel on a piece of code. When you go to build and release a version of the system how do you know what changes have been checked in ? When you release multiple versions of the same system to multiple customers and they start reporting bugs six months later, how do you know which version the error occurs in ?

QA Quality Assurance – the process of preventing defects from entering software through 'best practices'. Not be confused with testing! Release Candidate The first version of the software considered fit to be released (pre final testing). Requirement A statement of need from a stake-holder identifying a desire to be fulfilled ROI “Return On Investment” – a ratio which compares the monetary outlay for a project to the monetary benefit. Typically used to show success of a project. RUP Rational Unified Process – a software development methodology focussed on objectoriented development.

The following swim lane diagram depicts the roles and responsibilities in the defect management life cycle : Tester Development Lead Raise new defect Rejected New Assign to developer Developer Release Manager Assigned Unable to reproduce Defect fixed Fixed Defect not found Closed Defect still present Failed retest Ready for test Software build released to testing Defect confirmed fixed Figure 11: Defect life cycle swim lane diagram 32 Elements of a Defect Report ITEM Title Severity DESCRIPTION A unique, concise and descriptive title for a defect is vital.

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