Software Testing Checklist (Stick)

by Claudia Kottmann and Pete Herzog


STICK is a tool to guide software developers, test designers and project managers through the troubled waters of how to guarantee that software is shipped in high quality. STICK is both a methodology on quality assurance in IT projects to compliment the STICK-checklist as a methodological basis.

The purpose of the project is to assure software quality, which as a project integrates with other ISECOM projects, where quality means durability, scalability, performance, security, usability, and readability. From this definition, it should be possible to test and measure software quality using similar parameters and methods found in the BIT.

The stages and routines are collected in a checklist to represent test planning, design and execution and include a part to review which kind of tool might be helpful to perform these. Also included is a preliminary phase called Quality Assessment which gives the framework on whatever software development and test has to be done.

Testing has to have proper management attention to have a chance to survive budget and project time cutting. This is an existing problem because the erroneous idea that testing is just cost intensive without adding value to the software project is still in many heads. Project leaders therefore have to thoroughly plan tests and time frames within which these can be performed – the responsibility of which is to be seen

here. STICK, does have the aim of assuring quality through efficient and practical testing, however, any test will have some cost associated with it in both time and overhead.

A checklist such as STICK will help to follow a guide through the complexity of testing possibilities while providing documentation which may save those who benefit from the over-all transparency.

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