F13-Pre-4: Risk Based Testing

Track: Leadership Perspectives for Testers

Risk is the possibility of a negative or undesirable outcome or event. Testing is concerned with two main types of risks:

  1. Product or quality risks, which are problems that can potentially affect the quality of the product itself.
  2. Project or planning risks, which are problems that can potentially affect overall project success.
  3. Not all risks are equal and there are a number of ways to assess the level of risk.

So, how can we identify risks, assess their level, implement appropriate tests and other controls, and report test results based on risk? This course will show attendees how to do so. We’ll look at quality risks and quality risk categories. We’ll talk about how to identify risk items and assess their level of risk. We’ll look at how risk based testing adapts to various software development lifecycle models, how project risks can affect testing, and metrics we can use during risk based testing. The course illustrates important concepts with examples, a case study, and realistic, hands-on exercises.

Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, attendees will learn to:

  • Understand risks generally, and quality risks and project risks in particular.
  • Identify, analyze, assess, prioritize, and document quality risks.
  • Identify and manage project risks that affect testing.
  • Report test results in terms of residual risks.
  • Measure how effectively testing addresses risks.
  • Understand alternative ways of documenting and assessing quality risks.

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Session Speaker:

Rex BlackRex Black – President, RBCS
With a quarter-century of software and systems engineering experience, Rex Black is President of RBCS (www.rbcs-us.com), a leader in software, hardware, and systems testing. As the leader of RBCS, Rex is the most prolific author practicing in the field of software testing today. His popular first book, Managing the Testing Process, has sold over 40,000 copies around the world, including Japanese, Chinese, and Indian releases, and is now in its third edition. He has written over 30 articles, presented hundreds of papers, workshops, and seminars, and given about 50 keynotes and other speeches at conferences and events around the world. Rex is the immediate past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board and of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board.