|Software Quality Journal 19 (1): 141-163 (2011)|
Pak-Lok Poon 2 , T.H. Tse 3 , Sau-Fun Tang 4 , and Fei-Ching Kuo 4, 5
[paper from Springer | technical report TR-2010-09]
An early step for most black-box testing methods
is to identify a set of categories
(or their equivalents)
from the specification.
The identification is often performed in an
ad hoc manner,
thus the quality of categories and choices
is in doubt.
Poorly identified categories and choices will affect the
comprehensiveness of test cases.
In this paper, we
describe several comparative studies using three commercial
specifications and discuss the major results.
The objectives of our
(a) to investigate the differences in the types and amounts of mistakes
made between inexperienced and experienced software testers in an
identification approach, and
(b) to determine the extent of mistake reduction after discussing the mistakes
with the software testers and providing with them an identification checklist.
Keywords: Black-box testing; Choice relation framework; Classification-tree methodology; Software testing
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