Risk vs Cost: Understanding and Applying a Risk Based Test Model

Once we realize testing time is limited due to cost and schedule constraints, we must learn to apply the skills of what to test based on factors critical to the success of the system being tested. There are a variety of models/theories/tools that can be applied to understand and manage risk. We will discuss several of those methods to help you sharpen skills of using your testing time as efficiently as possible. We will introduce such things as the project reality matrix, time/cost risk continuum, and tools for understanding your users’ needs and patterns. We will discuss the team concept for identifying and managing risk, including different test types. We will also discuss the concept behind “complete” vs. “added value” testing.

Session Takeaways:

  • Understanding the risk of not understanding risk.
  • Knowledge of several ways of determining and balancing risk.
  • Introduction to some tools that can be used.
  • Learn to better understand risk by working with developers during design and development.
  • An understanding of one-time/unit/automation/integration testing.
  • Understanding that there is a whole world of testing tasks prior to “automating” tests.

Location: Fairbanks Terrace D Date: April 2, 2015 Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am Jeff Porter - STPCon Fall 2014 Jeff Porter