ISTQB Glossary Keywords


These are glossary definitions from the ISTQB syllabus. These keywordsare specifically mentioned as keywords in the learning Chapters.
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Acceptance testing Formal testing with respect to user needs, requirements and business processes conducted to determine whether or not a system satisfies the acceptance criteria and to enable the user, customers or other suthorized entity to determine whether or not to accept the system
Ad hoc reviewing A review technique carried out by independent reviewers informally, without a structured process
Alpha testing Simulated or actual operational testing conducted in the developer´s test environment, by roles outside the development organisation
Beta testing Simulated or actual operational testing conducted at an external site, by roles outside the development testing
Black box test technique A procedure to derive and/or select test cases based on an analysis of the specification, either functional or non-functional, of a component or system without reference to its internal structure.
Boundary value analysis A black-box test technique in which test cases are designed based on boundary values
Checklist based reviewing A review technique guided by a list of questions or required attributes
checklist based testing An experience-based test technique whereby the experienced tester uses a high-level list of items to be noted, checked or remembered or a set of rules or criteria against which a product has to be verified
Commercial off the shelf (COTS) A software product that is developed for the general market i.e. for a large number of customers in identical format.
Component integration testing Testing performed to expose defects in the interfaces and interactions between integrated components
Component testing The testing of indicidual hardware or software components (unit testing)
Configuration management A discipline applying technical and administrative direction and surveillance to identify and document the functional and pyhsical characteristics of a configuration item, control changes to those characteristics, record and report change processing and implementation status and verify compliance with specified requirements
Confirmation testing Dynamic testing conducted after fixing defects with the objective to confirm that failures caused by those defects do not occur anymore
Contractual acceptance testing Acceptance testing conducted to verify whether a system satisfies its contractual requirements
Coverage The degree to which specified coverage items have been determined to have been exercised by a test suite expressed as percentage
Data-driven testing A scripting technique that stores test input and expected results in a table or spreadsheet, so that a single control script can execute all of the tests in the table. Data-driven testing is often used to support the application of test execution tools such as capture/playback tools.
Debugging The process of finding, analyzing and removing the cause of failures in software.
Decision coverage The coverage of decision outcomes (If-statements)
Decision table testing A black-box test technique in which test cases are designed to execute the combinations of inputs and/or stimuli (causes)
Defect management The process of recognizing and recording defects, classifying them, investigating them, taking action to resolve them and disposing of them when resolved.
Dynamic testing Testing that involves the execution of the software of a component or system
Entry criteria The set of conditions for officially starting a defined task (definition of ready)
Equivalence partitioning A black-box test technique in which test cases are designed to exercise equivalence partitions by using one representative member of each partition.
Error A human action that produces an incorrect result
Error guessing A test technique in which tests are derived on the basis of the tester´s knowledge of past failures, or general knowlegde of failure modes.
Exit criteria The set of conditions for officially completing a defined task
Experience-based test technique A procedure to derive and/or select test cases based on the tester´s experience, knowledge and intuition.
Exploratory testing An approach to testing whereby the testers dynamically design and execute tests based on their knowledge, exploration of the test item and the results of previous tests
Failure An event in which a component or system does not perform a required function within specified limits
Formal review A form of review that follows a defined process with a formally documented output
Functional testing Testing conducted to evaluate the compliance of a component or system with functional requirements
Impact analysis The identification of all work products affected by a change, including an estimate of the resources needed to accomplish the change
Informal review A type of review without a formal (documented) procedure
Inspection A type of formal review to identify issues in a work product, which provides measurement to improve the review process and the software development process
Integration testing Testing performed to expose defects in the interfaces and in the interactions between integrated components or systems.
Keyword-driven testing A scripting technique that uses data files to contain not only test data and expected results but also keywords related to the application being tested. The keywords are interpreted by special supporting scripts that are called by the control script for the test
Maintenance Testing Testing the changes to an operational system or the impact of a changed environment to an operational system
Non-functional testing Testing conducted to evaluate the compliance of a component or system with non-functional requirements
Operational acceptance testing Operational testing in the acceptance test phase, typically performed in a (simulated) operational environment by operations and/or systems administration staff focusing on operational aspects, for example, recoverability, resource-behavior, installability and technival compliance
Performance testing tool A test tool that generates load for a designated test item and that measures and records its performance during test execution
Perspective-based reading A review technique whereby reviewers evaluate the work product from different viewpoints
Product risk A risk impacting the quality of a product
Project risk A risk that impacts project success
Quality The degree to which a component, system or process meets specified requirements and/or user/customer needs and expectations
Quality assurance Part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled
Regression testing Testing of a previously tested component or system following modification to ensure that defects have not been introduced or have been uncovered in unchanged areas of the software as a result of the changes made
Regulatory acceptance testing Acceptance testing conducted to verify whether a system conforms to relevant laws. policies and regulations
Review A type of static testing during which a work product or process is evaluated by one or more individuals to detect issues and to provide improvements
Risk A factor that could result in future negative consequences
Risk-based testing Testing in which the management. selection. prioritization and use of testing activities and resources are based on corresponding risk types and risk levels
Risk level The qualitative or quantitative measure of a risk defined by impact and likelihood
Role-based reviewing A review technique where reviewers evaluate a work product from the perspective of different stakeholder roles
Root cause A source of a defect such that if it is removed, the occurrence of the defect type is decreased or removed
Scenario-based reviewing A review technique where the review is guided by determining the ability of the work product to address specific scenarios
Sequential development model A type of development life cycle model in which a complete system is developed in a linear way of several discrete and successive phases with no overlap between them.
State transition testing A black-box test technique using a state transistion diagram or state table to derive test cases to evaluate whether the test item successfully executes valid transitions and blocks invalid transitions
Statement coverage The percentage of executable statements that have been exercised by a test suite
Static analysis The process of evaluating a component or system without executing it, based on its form, structure, content or documentation
Static testing Testing a work product without code being executed
System integration testing Testing the comnbination and interaction of systems
System testing Testing an integrated system to verify that it meets specified requirements
Technical review A formal review type by a team of technically-qualified personnel that examines the suitability of a work product for its intended use and identifies discrepancies from specifications and standards
Test analysis The activity that identifies test conditions by analyzing the test basis
Test approach The implementation of the test strategy for a specific project
Test automation The use of software to perform or support test activities, for example, test management, test design, test execution and results checking
Test analysis The body of knowledge used as the basis for test analysis and design
Test case A set of preconditions, inputs, actions (where applicable), expected results and postconditions, developed based on test conditions
Test completion The activity that makes test assets available for later use, leaves test environments in a satisfactory condition and communicates the results of testing to relevant stakeholders
Test condition An aspect of the test basis that is relevant in order to achieve specifiy test objectives
Test control A test management task that deals with developing and applying a set of corrective actions to get a test project on track when monitoring shows a deviation from what was planned
Test data Data created or seleted to satisfy the execution preconditions and inputs to execute one or more test cases
Test design The activity of deriving and specifying test cases from test conditions
Test environment An environment containing hardware, instrumentation, simulators, software tools and other support elements needed to conduct a test
T The calculated approximation of a result related to various aspects of testing (for example, effort spent, completion date, costs involved, number of test cases, etc.), which is usable even if input data may be incomplete, uncertain or noisy
Test execution The process of running a test on the component or system under test, producing actual result(s)
Test execution schedule A schedule for the execution of test suites wihtin a test cycle
Test execution tool A test tool that executes tests against a designated test item and evaluates the outcomes against expected results and postconditions
Test implementation The activity that prepares the testware needed for test execution based on test analysis and design.
Test level A specific instantiation of a test process
Test management tool A tool that provides support to the test management and control part of a test process. It often has several capabilities, such as testware management, scheduling of tests, the logging of results, progress tracking, incident management and test reporting
Test manager The person responsible for project management of testing acitvities and resources, and evaluation of a test object. The individual who directs, controls, administers, plans and regulates the evaluation of a test object
Test monitoring A test management activity that involves checking the status of testing activities, identifying any variances from the planned or expected status and reporting status to stakeholders
Test object The component or system to be tested
Test objective A reason or purpose for designing and executing a test
Test oracle A source to determine expected results to compare with the actual result of the system under test
Test plan Documentation describing the test objectives to be achived and the means and the schedule for achieving them, organized to coordinate testing acitivites
Test planning The activity of establishing or updating a test plan
Test procedure A sequence of test cases in execution order, and any associated actions that may be required to set up the initial preconditions and any wrap-up activities post execution
Test progress report A test report produced at regular intervals about the progress of test activities against a baseline, risks, and alternatives requiring a decision
Test strategy Documentation that expresses the generic requirements for testing one or more projects run within an organization, providing detail on how testing is to be performed, and is aligned with the test policy
Test suite A set of test cases or test procedures to be executed in a specific test cycle
Test summary report A test report that provides an evaluation of the corresponding test items against exit criteria
Test technique A procedure used to derive and/or select test cases
Test types A group of test activities based on specific test objectives aimed at specific characteristics of a component or system
Tester A skilled professional who is involved in the testing of a conponent or system
Testing The process consisting of all life cycle activities, both static and dynamic, concerned with planning, preparation and evaluation of software products and related work products to determine that they satisfy specified requirements, to demonstrate that they are fit for purpose and to detect defects
Testware Work products produced during the test process for use in planning, designing, executing, evaluating and reporting on testing
Traceability The degree to which a relationship can be established between two or more work products
Use case testing A black-box test technique in which test cases are designed to execute scenarios of use cases
User acceptance test Acceptance testing conducted in a real or simulated operational environment by intended users focusing on theis needs, requirements and business processes
Validation Confirmation by examination and through provision of objective evidence that the requirements for a specific intended use or application have been fulfilled
Verification Confirmation by examination and through provision of objective evidence that specified requirements have been fulfilles
Walkthrough A type of review in which an author leads members of the review through a work product and the members ask questions and make comments about possible issues
White-box test technique A procedure to derive and/or select test cases based on an analysis of the internal structure of a component or system
White-box testing Testing based on an analysis of the internal structure of the component or system
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