Management of Test Case Aging: The Generation of Fine Varieties of Tests

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This papers on an analysis of a suite of tests and methods that have matured over many years. The author examinea aspects of testing from initial through mature stages of an in-use software product.

When a test plan first enters life, it can often be like a fine wine, still good, but not fully mature in character, depth and complexity of test cases and objectives. But like that fine wine, as a product and an organization's processes mature, so, too, should the test plan and associated cases. This papers on an analysis of a suite of tests and methods that have matured over many years.

Most software projects spend their "life" in maintenance and updates. During these activities a large percentage of money spent on the software will be consumed by testing. We examine aspects of testing from initial through mature stages of an in-use software product. Analysis defines the impact of software trouble reports and change requests, including impacts from system usage on the testing. Percentage distributions between early test levels, objectives, and methods are compared with distributions from the organization as it evolves and matures.

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Jon Hagar is a software tester, thinker, and teacher supporting software product integrity, verification, and validation, where he has worked for over thirty-five years. Jon is the IEEE project editor for ISO/IEEE 29119, co-chair for OMG UML testing profile, and works on IEEE1012 V&V plans. Jon consults, publishes, teaches, and mentors regularly as well as having a published book on mobile and embedded software testing, Software Test Attacks to Break Mobile and Embedded Devices, CRC press, 2013. 

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