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Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls: How to Prevent and Mitigate Them: Descriptions, Symptoms, Consequences, Causes, and Recommendations by Donald G. Firesmith

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Appendix C. Notes

1. Appendix E provides a checklist of pitfalls that can be used during the planning of a testing effort to assess the actual testing effort (that is, the as-planned and as-performed testing programs).

2. Not all testing pitfalls have the same probability or harm severity. These pitfall specifications are not intended to be used as part of a quantitative scoring scheme based on the number of pitfalls found. Instead, they are offered to support qualitative review and planning.

3. Note that the occurrence of a potential consequence may be a symptom by which the pitfall is recognized.

4. Causes are important to understand because recommendations should be based on the causes. Also, a recommendation to address root causes may be ...

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