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Software Test Process Improvement Approaches: A Systematic Literature Review and an Industrial Case Study

Journal article
Authors Wasif Afzal
Snehal Alone
Kerstin Glocksien
Richard Torkar
Published in Journal of Systems and Software
Volume 111
Pages 1-33
ISSN 0164-1212
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Pages 1-33
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2015.08.04...
Keywords Software Testing, Software Testing Process, Software Test Process Improvement, Systematic Literature Review, Case Study
Subject categories Software Engineering

Abstract

Software Test Process Improvement (STPI) approaches are frameworks that guide software development organizations to improve their software testing process. We have identified existing STPI approaches and their characteristics (such as completeness of development, availability of information and assessment instruments, and domain limitations of the approaches) using a systematic literature review (SLR). Furthermore, two selected approaches (TPI Next and TMMi) are evaluated with respect to their content and assessment results in industry. As a result of this study, we have identified 18 STPI approaches and their characteristics. A detailed comparison of the content of TPI Next and TMMi is done. We found that many of the STPI approaches do not provide sufficient information or the approaches do not include assessment instruments. This makes it difficult to apply many approaches in industry. Greater similarities were found between TPI Next and TMMi and fewer differences. We conclude that numerous STPI approaches are available but not all are generally applicable for industry. One major difference between available approaches is their model representation. Even though the applied approaches generally show strong similarities, differences in the assessment results arise due to their different model representations.

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