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How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability

By Liang Huang, Christopher Thomson and Mike Holcombe

Abstract

During our previous research conducted in the Sheffield Software Engineering Observatory [11], we found that test first programmers spent a higher percentage of their time testing than those testing after coding. However as the team allocation was based on subjects' academic records and their preference, it was unclear if they were simply better testers. Thus this paper proposes two questionnaires to assess the testing ability of subjects, in order to reveal the factors that contribute to the previous findings. Preliminary results show that the testing ability of subjects, as measured by the survey, varies based on their professional skill level

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:3670

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