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Software Testing Practice: Test Management by Mario Winter, Thomas Rossner, Tilo Linz, Andreas Spillner

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9 Risk Management and Risk-Oriented Testing

In software development, problems may arise during the course of a product’s development and later during operational use. We therefore distinguish between project and product risks. Early risk-identification, analysis, evaluation, and control combined with a risk-oriented test plan and test prioritization enables test management to help control risks.

9.1 Introduction

Countless examples show that IT projects carry inherent risks (e.g., [Standish 04]). A risk is a problem that could occur in the future with undesirable consequences. The severity of a risk is made up of the likelihood of the problem occurring and its collateral damage. Peter G. Neumann ([Neumann 95]) publishes and regularly updates a ...

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