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

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12 Selecting and Implementing Test Tools

There is often much hope and money invested in the acquisition of tools—the sad truth is that only too often they end up unused in some office cabinet. This chapter is intended to offer sound advice and guidance in the identification of possible tool application areas, the selection of appropriate tools, and their introduction in the test process.

12.1 Why Test Tools?

Test tools can be a means to increase the efficiency of individual test activities in a well-defined and effective test process. This is achieved if the tool saves time and money or if it increases the scope or quality of the results. A typical example are tools for automated test execution—they “merely” make the execution of already defined ...

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