Traceability as a QA planning tool

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Rapid prototyping and development techniques combined with Agile development methodologies are pushing the envelope on the best practice of testing early and testing often. Keeping pace with the quick development turn-around and shorter time to market and being adaptive to late changes in requirements requires effective management of quality process. The use of traceability of test artifacts-test cases, test defects, test fixtures-mapped to the requirements-needs, features, use cases and supplementary requirements-as a QA scheduling and planning tool though mentioned in passing and claimed to have been practiced, has been largely overlooked by the industry. This paper looks into such a possibility through the use of a study for software that involves iterative application development practices and tries to bring this aspect of the technique into focus as a QA management tool.

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