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REVIEW: "Software Testing Practice: Test Management", Andreas Spillner et al

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    BKSTPTMN.RVW 20071110 Software Testing Practice: Test Management , Andreas Spillner et al, 2007, 978-1-933952-13-0, U$44.95 %A Andreas Spillner
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      BKSTPTMN.RVW 20071110

      "Software Testing Practice: Test Management", Andreas Spillner et al,
      2007, 978-1-933952-13-0, U$44.95
      %A Andreas Spillner spillner@...-bremen.de
      %A Thomas Rossner thomas.rossner@...
      %A Mario Winter winter@...-koeln.de
      %A Tilo Linz tilo.linz@...
      %C 26 West Mission St, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101-2432
      %D 2007
      %G 978-1-933952-13-0 1-933952-13-X
      %I Rocky Nook Inc.
      %O U$44.95 805-687-8727 fax 805-687-2204 joan@...
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      %O Audience i- Tech 1 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 321 p.
      %T "Software Testing Practice: Test Management"

      This book is intended to assist candidates who are writing the exam
      for the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)
      Certified Tester.

      Chapter one stresses the importance of software and software quality,
      and explains that the text is based on the ISTQB Certified Tester
      second ("Advanced") level, specifically the Test Manager module
      (excluding the topic of reviews). This chapter also presents an
      overview of the first ("Foundation") level as background. The tools
      and processes used to structure testing are outlined in chapter two.
      Testing is examined, in chapter three, in relation to the software
      life cycle. Problems with different development models are analyzed,
      but it is interesting that the complexity of the models is not covered
      as a risk factor. Criteria for a testing policy are discussed in
      chapter four. Chapter five mandates a formal test plan. The
      blueprint will be helpful for those who do not have a structure in
      place, but appears overly committed to items that are not inherently
      necessary for all trials. Controls to ensure and follow the progress
      of testing are detailed in chapter six. Chapter seven explains some
      of the common quality and process improvement models, and their
      implications for testing. Testing is used to detect faults or
      deviations in software, and chapter eight looks at the classification
      and handling of such issues. Chapter nine examines risk analysis with
      respect to software testing. The material follows most standard
      principles for risk management, and so is not wrong in any specifics,
      but the text fails to present helpful means for using this technique
      to best advantage. Various important skills that should be contained
      within the test team are listed in chapter ten. Test metrics are
      discussed, in chapter eleven, in an academic manner that is very
      similar to the style of chapter nine. In the same way, by attempting
      to apply a single process of evaluation to all test management
      software tools, the authors restrict the utility of chapter twelve.
      Chapter thirteen lists standards bodies, as well as some of the
      guidelines that relate to software development and evaluation.

      The book reflects the certification, and one cannot fault it for that.
      However, if the authors had been willing to move beyond the overall
      coverage of principles, they might have produced a more useful work

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2007 BKSTPTMN.RVW 20071110

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