Software ValidationSoftware Project ManagementAsztalos Robert AES I2012
Purpose:• The purpose of a the software validation process is to check if a certain software was created by the developers according to the customers specifications.• The software validation process actually includes test software development with the help of which the actual validation is done.
Resources:• Human Resources: ▫ Tester 1 ▫ Tester 2 ▫ Developer• Material Resources: ▫ Software Licenses ▫ Miscellaneous Equipment
Constraints:• Limited resources being assigned for the testing process, it is important for the project not to run late and try to keep the costs between the projects budget.
Project Steps – Documentation – Test Bench Setup – Test development – Test execution – Test reporting – Test result analysis – Defect Retesting – Regression Testing – Test Closure
Documentation• During the Documentation phase the tester must read and understand the project specifications, create the test strategy, the test plan, and a review must be performed over all the steps along with the software developer.
Test Bench Setup• During the Test bench Setup phase the tester must install the additional required software for him to be able to perform all the necessary tasks, create additional HW adapters, in order to be able to integrate the tested HW modules with the test bench and develop the actual work area (testing environment), and test it along another tester.
Test Development• During the test development phase, all the testing procedures, scenarios, cases, datasets and scripts are created by the tester and after a review with the developer and another tester, certain fixes are done.
Test Execution• During the Test execution phase the tester rigorously performs all the tests both manual and automatic ones, testing is executed based on the plans and test documents.
Test Reporting• Once testing is completed, testers generate metrics and make final reports on their test effort.
Test Result Analysis• Or Defect Analysis, is done by the development team usually along with the tester, in order to decide what defects should be assigned, fixed, rejected or deferred to be dealt with later.
Defect Retesting• Once a defect has been dealt with by the development team, it is retested by the testing team.
Regression Testing• It is common to have a small test program built of a subset of tests, for each integration of new, modified, or fixed software, in order to ensure that the latest delivery has not ruined anything, and that the software product as a whole is still working correctly.
Test Closure• Once the test meets the exit criteria, the activities such as capturing the key outputs, lessons learned, results, logs, documents related to the project are archived and used as a reference for future projects.
Conclusions:• In order for a good testing method to be achieved with a maximized performance, in a minimum time interval and with a minimum amount of risks, all people who are involved in the project must know what to do, and when to do it, thus Microsoft Project is a must when managing projects.