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How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability

Huang, Liang, Thomson, Christopher and Holcombe, Mike (2007) How good are your testers? An assessment of testing ability. In: Testing: Academic and Industrial Conference Practice and Research Techniques - MUTATION, 2007. TAICPART-MUTATION 2007, 12-14 September 2007, Windsor, UK.

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During our previous research conducted in the Sheffield Software Engineering Observatory [11], we found that test first programmers spent a higher percentage of their time testing than those testing after coding. However as the team allocation was based on subjects' academic records and their preference, it was unclear if they were simply better testers. Thus this paper proposes two questionnaires to assess the testing ability of subjects, in order to reveal the factors that contribute to the previous findings. Preliminary results show that the testing ability of subjects, as measured by the survey, varies based on their professional skill level.

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Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Computer Science (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Christopher D Thomson
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2008 18:13
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2014 17:16
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TAICPART.2007.4344103
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3670

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