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Estimating Software Costs by Capers Jones

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Chapter 20Estimating Software Testing

From an estimating standpoint, estimating testing effort, testing schedules, and testing costs are rather complex topics because of the many different forms of testing that might be performed, and the fact that the numbers of discrete test stages for applications can run from a single perfunctory form of testing up to a high of about 18 formal test operations.

Test estimation is also complicated by the fact that the defects that are actually present when testing begins can vary widely. For example, projects that use formal design and code inspections enter testing with about 80 percent fewer defects than projects that do not use inspections.

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