Test management automation: Lessons learned from a process improvement experiment

  • Giuseppe La Commare
  • Griselda Giraudo
  • Paolo Tonella
Session 6: Industrial Experiences, Part 1
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1780)


Test management aims at organizing, documenting and executing test cases, and at generating execution reports. The adoption of a support tool for such activities is expected to improve the current practice. ITALO is a European project devoted to the evaluation of the benefits coming from test management automation.

In this paper the experiences collected and the lessons learned during ITALO are summarized. An experiment was designed to measure the effects that are produced by the new test process complemented with the introduction of the support tool. Pilot projects were conducted to measure the benefits obtained from tool usage and process modification.


Pilot Project Component Test Test Script Defect Removal User Project 
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  1. 1.
    G. Giraudo, P. Tonella, G. La Commare: Component Test Guidelines. ESSI PIE 27912-ITALO-Deliverable D2, September 1998.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    B. Kitchenham: A method for evaluating Software Engineering methods and tools. Technical Report TR96-09, DESMET project UK DTI, 1996.Google Scholar
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    P. Tonella, G. Giraudo, G. Antoniol, E. Mambella: Tool Selection Feature Analysis. ESSI PIE 27912-ITALO-Deliverable D1, August 1998.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giuseppe La Commare
    • 1
  • Griselda Giraudo
    • 1
  • Paolo Tonella
    • 2
  1. 1.Sodalia SpATrentoItaly
  2. 2.ITC-IrstPovo (Trento)Italy

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