How to Measure Efficiency of Software Testing?

How to Measure Efficiency of Software Testing?
November 10 10:00 2014 Print This Article

It appears that mobile testing, desktop testing or web site testing does not provide tangible results. It complicates evaluating their contribution to software products improvement and quality.

Experts in manual and automated testing recommend measuring testing efforts. Otherwise it is hard to determine their impact on the application and efficiency.

It is wise to elaborate testing strategy, perform testing efforts according to it, measure the results in numbers, and implement the necessary improvements. Then it will be possible to find weaknesses of the application, compare the results of current and previous efforts and determine efficiency of functional testing, usability testing, load testing or another testing type.

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Common Metrics of Software Testing Are:

  • the number of passed, failed and blocked test cases;
  • time and costs spent on the testing efforts;
  • total number of detected errors;
  • number of defects found in various areas, during different testing types;
  • quantities of defects of different priority, severity;
  • average time that software engineers spend on correcting a defect;
  • ratio of reported false software bugs;
  • ratio of reopened software bugs;
  • quantity of errors per code line;
  • number of errors discovered, for example, per day.

There may be other metrics; one may utilize those that are the most suitable for the project.

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