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Software Test Estimation

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Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, attendees will learn to:


• 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.



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.

This course draws on Rex’s best-selling book, Managing the Testing Process, 2e, his new book, Critical Testing Processes, and over two decades of software, hardware, and systems experience.



Day One


Deciding what you should test

. Quality

. Quality and customer usage

. Quality risk analysis

. Case study

Exercise: Quality risk analysis

Estimating what you can test: Fundamentals

. Work-breakdown-structures

. Deliverables

. Delphic oracle, three-point, and wideband

. Dependencies and resources

. Case study

Estimating what you can test: Important considerations

. Test execution time

. Bug removal time

. People, process, and materials factors

Day Two

Estimating what you can test: Refinements

. Historical-data framework

. Industry averages

. Developer/tester and project effort ratios

. Test point analysis

. Uses and misuses of these techniques

. Sticky-note work-breakdown-structure technique

Exercise: Developing an estimate

Selling your estimate

. Cost of quality—and poor quality

. The value of known bugs

. Testing as an insurance substitute

. Test information as a project guide

. Case study

Exercise: Presenting and defending a budget

Exercise: Calculating costs of failure

Adapting to project constraints

. Overlap phases

. Add staff

. Reduce test execution time

. Use risk as a guide

. Drop features

. The risks of overtime and stretch goals

Exercise: Risk-driven reductions in test subproject scope



Instructor Bio

Immediate past President of both the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) and the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the ISTQB Foundation and Advanced Syllabus.

With a quarter of a century of software and systems engineering experience, Rex is President and Principal Consultant of RBCS, Inc., a leader in software, hardware and systems testing. Rex specialises in working with clients on engagements small, medium, and large to ensure complete satisfaction and positive ROI.

He is the most prolific author practicing in the field of software testing today. His popular book, Managing the Testing Process, has sold over 25,000 copies around the world, including Japanese, Chinese, and Indian releases. Rex has also written a number of other books on testing which have also sold thousands of copies.

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What is Course timing?

0900 – 1700 each day

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Mr. Siddhartha :+91-9538878799 or


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