Experiences and challenges of introducing risk-based testing in an industrial project

Authors Michael Felderer
Rudolf Ramler
Editors D. Winkler
S. Biffl
J. Bergsmann
Title Experiences and challenges of introducing risk-based testing in an industrial project
Booktitle Software Quality – Increasing Value in Software and Systems Development - Proc. SWQD 2013
Type in proceedings
Publisher Springer
Series Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume 133
Department PQE
ISBN 978-3-642-35701-5
Month January
Year 2013
Pages 10-29
SCCH ID# 1252
Abstract

Risk-based testing has a high potential to improve the software test process as it helps to optimize the allocation of resources and provides decision support for the management. But for many organizations the integration of riskbased testing into an existing test process is a challenging task. In this paper we present a generic risk-based testing methodology and a procedure how it can be introduced in a test process. Based on this procedure we derive four stages of risk-based test integration, i.e., initial risk-based testing, risk-based test reporting, risk-based test planning, and optimization of risk-based testing. We then discuss how this procedure could be applied based on an industrial project and identify several challenges and lessons learned in introducing risk-based testing.