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Practitioners report that experience plays an important role in effective software testing. We investigate the role of experience in a multiple case study about three successful projects conducted at Siemens Austria and document the state of practice in testing software systems. The studied projects were employed from the domains telecommunications,(More)
Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) is widely promoted by tool vendors and ALM solutions have attracted the attention of many software developing companies. In this paper we describe the introduction of an ALM solution for software development in a large industrial manufacturing company. The introduction is complemented by several small-scale process(More)
Testing is a major cost factor in software development. Test automation has been proposed as one solution to reduce these costs. Test automation tools promise to increase the number of tests they run and the frequency at which they run them. So why not automate every test? In this paper we discuss the question "When should a test be automated?" and the(More)
Software cockpits (software project control centers) provide systematic support for monitoring and controlling the activities in a software development project. Important aspects are to track progress, to visualize team performance, and to provide feedback about the quality of delivered results. Therefore, software cockpits integrate and visualize data from(More)
In this paper we describe our experience from developing and testing a visual graphical user interface (GUI) editor for mobile and multimedia devices. Testing of the editor's highly interactive user interface is critical for its success, yet remains a challenge due to the specification of often intangible quality characteristics of the GUI and its proneness(More)
Unit testing of legacy code is often characterized by the goal to find a maximum number of defects with minimal effort. In context of restrictive time frames and limited resources, approaches for generating test cases promise increased defect detection effectiveness. This paper presents the results of an empirical study investigating the effectiveness of(More)
In many development projects, testing has to be conducted under severe pressure due to limited resources and a challenging time schedule. Risk-based testing, which utilizes identified risks of the system for testing purposes, has a high potential to improve testing as it helps to optimize the allocation of resources and provides decision support for(More)