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EUROMICRO Conference (2005)
Porto, Portugal
Aug. 30, 2005 to Sept. 3, 2005
ISBN: 0-7695-2431-1
pp: 222-231
Dietmar Winkler , Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology,Vienna, Austria
Bernhard Riedl , Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology,Vienna, Austria
Stefan Biffl , Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Software Technology,Vienna, Austria
ABSTRACT
<p>Inspection and testing are common verification and validation (V&V) approaches for defect detection and removal in the software development processes. Testing approaches require executable code, typically available in later life-cycle phases. Software Inspection is a defect detection technique applicable to early life-cycle documents, e.g., during design. The Usage- Based Reading (UBR) technique approach is a structured method for inspection support.</p> <p>In this paper we introduce a testing variant, usagebased testing (UBT-i) that integrates testing scenarios and inspection techniques. UBT-i is a paper based testing approach (i.e. a desk test without the need for executable software) applicable to design specifications. We present an initial empirical study on defect detection effectiveness and efficiency with respect to several defect severity classes and defect locations (code or design). Main results of the study are (a) UBR and UBT-i perform similarly regarding both effectiveness and efficiency and (b) the approaches focus on different defect classes regarding defect severity and defect location.</p>
INDEX TERMS
Verification and Validation, Software Inspection, Usage-Based Testing, Software Product Improvement.
CITATION

B. Riedl, D. Winkler and S. Biffl, "Improvement of Design Specifications with Inspection and Testing," EUROMICRO Conference(EUROMICRO), Porto, Portugal, 2005, pp. 222-231.
doi:10.1109/EURMIC.2005.31
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