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liliyu
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regression testing process improvement
      #674568 - 06/12/11 09:46 PM

Who knows the difference between software testing process improvement and regression testing process improvement? How can I know the affecting factors?

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: liliyu]
      #674610 - 06/13/11 04:55 AM

Regression Testing is a subset of overall Software Testing.

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liliyu
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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #674704 - 06/13/11 06:31 PM

thanks.May I ask another question? I have just begun to do the research about regression testing process improvement.In my view, I want to consider the improvement from two aspects. One is to improve the regression test selection strategy, the other is to enhance the testing engineers' soft skills. But I don't know whether it is right?

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: liliyu]
      #674758 - 06/14/11 03:37 AM

Quote:

I have just begun to do the research about regression testing process improvement.In my view, I want to consider the improvement from two aspects. One is to improve the regression test selection strategy, the other is to enhance the testing engineers' soft skills. But I don't know whether it is right?



Researching how to improve the selection strategy makes sense to me. But I don't understand what "testing engineers' soft skills" has to do with regression testing.

Perhaps I don't know what you mean by the term "soft skills".

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #674887 - 06/14/11 06:33 PM

Thanks.Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects, including personality traits (e.g. optimism, responsibility) and abilities that can be practiced (e.g. communication, negotiation). I think, software testing is a human-centered activity. If we improve software testing engineers' non-technical skills(i.e. soft skills), it will do benefit to testing process, with the purpose of reducing the cost and enhancing the test quality. Is my assumption right?

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: liliyu]
      #674964 - 06/15/11 03:41 AM

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Is my assumption right?



(shrug)
I suppose it's possible that more optimistic people may become better at regression testing, but I'd want to see some sort of proof before I invested a lot of time in that theory.

And I wouldn't know how to enhance a tester's optimism anyway.

Good luck with your research.

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #674972 - 06/15/11 04:08 AM

Thanks.I grasp what you said. I will think it over before I want to invest my time and energy.

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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: liliyu]
      #674974 - 06/15/11 04:25 AM

Good luck with your research. Let us know how it turns out?

BTW, I do believe in improving soft skills, as a way to just become a better professional. I'm not sure there's any link between that and improved regression testing, though.

And optimism isn't something I usually associate with testers, anyway. See:
http://strazzere.blogspot.com/2010/04/optimistic-developers-pessimistic.html
http://strazzere.blogspot.com/2010/05/slideshow-optimistic-developers.html

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liliyu
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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #675024 - 06/15/11 08:08 AM

Wow;thanks a lot,thanking for your value suggestion.As a newbie, I will try my best.

Edited by liliyu (06/15/11 08:10 AM)


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liliyu
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Re: regression testing process improvement [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #675147 - 06/16/11 12:15 AM

Now, I plan to approach the affecting factors in regression testing from several perspectives. One is from software testing process improvement model, to collect the existed affecting factors. One is from the main regression testing activity(e.g.according to Jean Harrold,can be divided into test suite maintenance, regression test selection, test-suite prioritization, test-suite augmentation, test-suite minimization, test-case manipulation ). One is from voices of software testing engineers of third-party software testing center, to collect what they want to improve in practice by use of qualitative research methods,such as grounded theory.Next, I will analyze the data from different perspectives for the purpose of outlining the affecting factors. I think, it should make use of mixed methods(i.e.combining quantitative methods with qualitative methods).

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