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Practical Test Design

Selection of traditional and automated test design techniques

By (author) István Forgács, Attila Kovács

Publication date: 04 Sep 2019

Reliable test design is important in software testing; without it, defects in software may remain undetected, making the software poor quality and causing dissatisfaction among users. This book presents the key test design techniques, in line with ISTQB, and explains when and how to use them, including in combination, with practical, real-life examples. Automated test design methods are also discussed. Tips and exercises are included throughout the book, allowing you to test your knowledge as you progress.
Istvan Forgács is the founder and CEO of 4Test-Plus. He is co-author of the book 'Agile Testing Foundations.' Attila Kovács is an associate professor at Eötvös Loránd University. He is an ISTQB and IREB trainer, and member of the Hungarian Testing Board. The authors have produced a website to support the book: https://test-design.org/

Dimensions: 244x170mm

Print ISBN-13: 9781780174723

Ebook ISBN-13: 9781780174747

331 pages

Imprint: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

  1. Introduction
  2. Example Specification: Ticket Vending Machine
  3. Risk Management and Test Optimisation
  4. Defect Prevention
  5. Domain-Based Testing
  6. State Transition Testing
  7. Business Rule-Based Testing
  8. Scenario-Based Testing
  9. Combinative and Combinatorial Testing
  10. On-The-Fly Test Design
  11. Model-Based Testing
  12. Gherkin-Based MBT
  13. MBT Using Graphs - GraphWalker
  14. Testing the TVM - Summary and Method Comparison  
  15. Conclusions and Recommendations 
'A masterful tour through the most important behavioural test design techniques.'

Rex Black
President, RBCS, Inc.; Past President ASTQB and ISTQB

'This is the testing book I've been waiting for.'

Elaine Weyuker
University Distinguished Professor; Member, US National Academy of Engineering; ACM Fellow; IEEE Fellow

'Finally, a book that makes the test design techniques available to everybody regardless of their level of experience. It will support testers wanting to improve the quality of their service or self-study for their ISTQB Advanced Level Certifications.'

Francisca Cano Ortiz
Head of Software Quality Assurance, The Stars Group.

'A must-read for anyone who wants more understanding of test design techniques and especially using them together...Many test design techniques take some practice, before one can use them. This book gives that practice, bringing the dedicated reader to a new skill level. My personal view as experienced software testing trainer for twenty years is that one needs really down-to-earth examples when learning new techniques. This book gives such detail via its examples and I can recommend it as further reading to any learner.'

Kari Kakkonen
Testing Trainer and Consultant at Knowit, ISTQB Secretary and co-author of 'Agile Testing Foundations'