Now online: Analyzing the Relationships between Inspections and Testing to Provide a Software Testing Focus

by Frank Elberzhager, Jürgen Münch, Danilo Assmann

Abstract: One promising way for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of software quality assurance is the use of data from early defect detection activities to provide a software testing focus. Studies indicate that using a combination of early defect data with other product data to focus test activities outperforms the use of other product data only. One of the key challenges is that the use of data from early defect detection activities (such as inspections) to focus testing requires a deep understanding of the relationships between these early defect detection activities and testing. An aggravating factor is that these relationships are highly context- specific and need to be evaluated for concrete environments. This article compares three different strategies for evaluating the assumed relationships between inspections and testing. The underlying goal is to help companies get a better understanding of these relationships for their own environment. One result of this case study-based comparison is that evaluations based on the aggregated F-measures are more suitable for industry environments than evaluations based on significance values. Moreover, they provide more detailed insights about the validity of the relationships. In addition to the comparison, the article presents related work and provides an outlook on future research.

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  • [PDF] [DOI] Frank Elberzhager, Jürgen Münch, Danilo Assmann. Analyzing the Relationships between Inspections and Testing to Provide a Software Testing Focus. Information and Software Technology, 56(7):793 – 806, 2014.
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    @article{EMAIST2014,
      author  = {Frank Elberzhager, Jürgen Münch, Danilo Assmann},
      title   = {Analyzing the Relationships between Inspections and Testing to Provide a Software Testing Focus},
      journal = {Information and Software Technology},
      year    = {2014}, 
    volume = {56},
    number = {7},
    publisher = {Elsevier},
    URL = {http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0950584914000494},
    pages = {793 – 806},
    doi = {doi:10.1016/j.infsof.2014.02.007}
    }