This hands-on guide for business, project, and test managers and test practitioners presents an effective approach to using risk to construct test strategies for e-business systems. Using an easily learned risk-analysis technique, it teaches professionals how to employ risk in selecting and prioritizing test methods for e-business projects. This innovative resource explains how to select test techniques to address business risks and integrate them into a coherent test process.
"Risk-Based E-Business Testing" describes twenty-four test techniques that address failure modes found in Web applications. Grouped into seven categories, they are organized to make test strategy development easy. Each chapter includes a comprehensive list of references to papers, books, and Web resources. The book presents guidelines for postdeployment monitoring of availability, performance, security, and site integrity. It includes an overview of eight of the most important tool types with guidelines for selection and implementation. What's more, practitioners find discussions and recommendations on freeware, shareware, and proprietary tools.
Review By: Dale L. Perry 09/17/2003This hands-on guide for business, project and test managers, and test practitioners presents an effective approach to using risk and risk-based techniques to define and create a testing strategy for testing Web-based, e-business projects. This reference provides a set of risk-based techniques that can be used to address failures and faults typically found in e-commence applications. The book provides extensive lists of references to additional papers, books, and Web resources that can further aid the individual looking to test Web-based, e-business products. It also provides an overview of tools with some guidance on selecting and implementing tools, as well as references on where to find them.
As an instructor of Web testing courses, I am always in search of materials to help students and to complement my course content. I think this book fits this purpose to a tee. The book is particularly useful to those new to both Web testing and the use of risk-based testing concepts. The book provides excellent information in several key areas of Web testing and risk assessment.
The book has a very good definition of risk. It provides a well-balanced list of risks and risk characteristics, and how knowledge of various risks can be used in testing to prevent problems and reduce those risks. It also provides a little reality check when it points out that use of risk-based analysis and techniques alone is not without its own hazards. The general definitions the authors use are useful for more than just Web-based applications. I found their approach to be very compatible with other methods and techniques I have learned and taught.
Throughout the later chapters of the book, the authors do an excellent job of identifying basic risk types for Web applications as well as providing a general set of guidelines of where and how to address those risks.
I would have to say this book provides an excellent reference and starting point for those trying to come to grips with Web-based testing and those looking for a practical definition and set of guidelines on what risk is. The book shows you how to apply what you have learned to solving problems. I also think the book can people already familiar with risk-based approaches, because it provides a different perspective on a familiar topic. A different perspective never hurts.