Chapter 19

Prepare for the Next Spiral (Act)

You will recall that in the spiral development environment, software testing is described as a continuous improvement process that must be integrated into a rapid application development methodology. Deming’s continuous improvement process using the PDCA model is applied to the software testing process. We are now in the Act part of the spiral model (see Figure 19.1), which prepares for the next spiral.

Figure 19.2 outlines the steps and tasks associated with the Act part of spiral testing. Each step and task are described, and valuable tips and techniques are provided.

Step 1: Refine the Tests

See Appendix F21, “Impact Analysis Checklist,” which can be used to help analyze the impacts of changes ...

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