Applying automated test case generation in industry: A retrospective

Authors Rudolf Ramler
Klaus Klammer
Georg Buchgeher
Title Applying automated test case generation in industry: A retrospective
Booktitle Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 11th International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops
Type in proceedings
Publisher IEEE
ISBN 978-1-5386-6352-3
DOI 10.1109/ICSTW.2018.00074
Month April
Year 2018
Pages 364-369
SCCH ID# 18006

Automated test case generation promises to reduce the high effort of manually developing and maintaining test cases, to improve the effectiveness of testing, and to speed-up testing cycles. Research on generating test cases has advanced over the past decades and today a wide range of techniques and tools are available, including studies showing their successful evaluation in real-world scenarios. We conducted a multi-firm research project on automated software testing that involved the application of automated test case generation approaches in industry projects. This paper provides a retrospective on the related activities. It reports on our observations and insights from applying automated test case generation in practice, identifies pitfalls and gaps in current research, and summarizes lessons learned from transferring software testing research results to industry.