Software Test Estimation

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How long will the testing take? That’s a question we test professionals often struggle to answer, and, when we do, the response is often, “That’s too long!”

In this practical, hands-on course, Rex Black guides you through the tricky questions of test estimation. Can we use risk to determine what we should test—and how extensively? What tasks must we carry out to be ready to perform those tests when the time comes? Can we combine techniques like work-breakdown-structures, historical project data, and rules of thumb to estimate the time and money required for those tasks? How can we respond to management requests to compress testing efforts into pre-existing schedule or budget targets? Rex’s experience-based presentation, lively group discussion, hypothetical case study, and a realistic running exercise will put the essential estimation tools in your hands so you’ll be ready for your next testing project.

The objectives for this course are as follows:
  • Analyze risks to system quality to determine what should be tested—and to what degree—in a test subproject
  • Use work-breakdown-structures to create an actionable, realistic estimate of the tasks, dependencies, resources, and time required for the testing subproject
  • Refine estimates using developer/tester ratios, industry averages, historical data, and test point analysis
  • Sell the estimate to management on a dollars-and-cents, risk-management basis
  • Adjust the estimated schedule and budget to fit project constraints without undermining accuracy or unduly increasing risk
Purchase of the e-learning course includes:
  • Access to the e-learning version of this course from two weeks prior to the first day until two weeks following the last day
  • An instructor led one-day course
  • A downloadable copy of the complete note set. Download the materials to a PC or mobile device. There is no expiration date on access to this valuable resource as they will be downloadable. Digital rights management and intellectual property rights are protected by some limitations such as the inability to share the file with others. Further, while the materials can be printed, each page includes a prominent watermark.
  • Course completion certificate (often used for employer reimbursement)
Blended e-learning, licenses and volume discounts are also available for companies.

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