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Black Box Software Testing
Transcript of Black Box Software Testing
AST & BBST
A short intro
Oslo Test Pub #8, 12.08.2013
Mission and purpose:
A little bit of history:
Special Interest Group(s)
Black Box Software Testing
For testers, by testers
The author is not an official spokesperson for the AST.
This is not an official AST presentation.
For up to date information, have a look at: http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org/
The mission of testing
The oracle problem
The measurement problem
The impossibility of complete testing
Taking an online course
Working together solving problems
Peer review and grading
Expect 12 - 14 hours per week of the course
Individual quizzes and exercises
Mandatory and recommended reading
Exam: Essay form
All available at:
You must be an AST member to attend
Foundations course is USD 125
Advanced Courses (Bug Advocacy and Test Design) are USD 200
Definitions and terminology
Investigation and replication
The diplomacy of Bug Advocacy
Examining existing bug reports (OpenOffice)
Filing updated report
Adding information, suggest improvement
Reproducing reported bugs
"AST is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the science and practice of software testing according to Context-Driven principles."
Incorporated April 14 2004
June 5, 2006 – 1st annual CAST
October 17, 2007 – First BBST class (Foundations)
May 25, 2008 – Added second BBST class (Bug Advocacy)
March 11, 2012 – Added third BBST class (Test Design)
"a professional non-profit association that is dedicated to advancing software testing and strives to build a testing community that views the role of testing as skilled, relevant, and essential to the production of faster, better, and less expensive software products."
Gain familiarity with a variety of test techniques (survey course)
Comparing objectives and strengths of different test techniques
Use the HTSM in planning and design
Concept mapping tools in test planning
Tours and Exploration
Equivalence class partitioning
User interface testing
Risk-based multivariable testing
Long sequence regression
Long sequence testing
and so on...