Software testing in small IT companies : a (not only) South African problem

Show simple item record Gruner, Stefan 2011-11-22T11:58:16Z 2011-11-22T11:58:16Z 2011-07
dc.description.abstract Small software companies make for the majority of software companies around the world, but their software development processes are often not as clearly de ned and structured as in their larger counterparts. Especially the test process is often the most neglected part of the software process. This contribution analyses the software testing process in a small South African IT company, here called X, to determine the problems that currently cause it to deliver software fraught with too many defects. The ndings of a survey conducted with all software developers in company X are discussed, and several typical problems are identi ed. Solutions to those (or similar) problems often already exist, but a major part of the problem addressed in this contribution is the unawareness, or unfamiliarity, of many small-industrial software developers and IT managers as far as the scienti c literature on software science and engineering, and especially in our case: software testing, is concerned.We also discuss two prevalent test process improvement models that can be used to reason about the possibilities of process improvement. This contribution is an extended and revised summary of a longer project report [56] which can be obtained from the corresponding author of this article upon request. en_US
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dc.identifier.citation Gruner, S 2011, 'Software testing in small IT companies : a (not only) South African problem', South African Computer Journal, no. 47, pp. 7-32. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1015-7999
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dc.publisher Computer Society of South Africa en_US
dc.rights Computer Society of South Africa en_US
dc.subject Software process improvement en_US
dc.subject Software testing en_US
dc.subject IT management en_US
dc.title Software testing in small IT companies : a (not only) South African problem en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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