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Chapter 4. Implementing a Testing Strategy

Introduction

Too many projects rely solely on manual acceptance testing to verify that a piece of software conforms to its functional and nonfunctional requirements. Even where automated tests exist, they are often poorly maintained and out-of-date and require supplementing with extensive manual testing. This and the related chapters in Part II of this book aim to help you to plan and implement effective automated testing systems. We provide strategies for automating tests in commonly occurring situations and describe practices that support and enable automated testing.

One of W. Edwards Deming’s fourteen points is, “Cease dependence on mass inspection to achieve quality. Improve the process and build ...

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