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Table Of Contents of the book "Effective Software Testing: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Testing" by Elfriede Dustin.,2002

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 Chapter 1.  Requirements Phase 
        Item 1: Involve Testers from the Beginning 
        Item 2: Verify the Requirements 
        Item 3: Design Test Procedures As Soon As Requirements Are Available 
        Item 4: Ensure That Requirement Changes Are Communicated 
        Item 5: Beware of Developing and Testing Based on an Existing System 
     Chapter 2.  Test Planning 
        Item 6: Understand the Task At Hand and the Related Testing Goal 
        Item 7: Consider the Risks 
        Item 8: Base Testing Efforts on a Prioritized Feature Schedule 
        Item 9: Keep Software Issues in Mind 
        Item 10: Acquire Effective Test Data 
        Item 11: Plan the Test Environment 
        Item 12: Estimate Test Preparation and Execution Time 
     Chapter 3.  The Testing Team 
        Item 13: Define Roles and Responsibilities 
        Item 14: Require a Mixture of Testing Skills, Subject-Matter Expertise, and Experience 
        Item 15: Evaluate the Tester's Effectiveness 
     Chapter 4.  The System Architecture 
        Item 16: Understand the Architecture and Underlying Components 
        Item 17: Verify That the System Supports Testability 
        Item 18: Use Logging to Increase System Testability 
        Item 19: Verify That the System Supports Debug and Release Execution Modes 
     Chapter 5.  Test Design and Documentation 
        Item 20: Divide and Conquer 
        Item 21: Mandate the Use of a Test-Procedure Template and Other Test-Design Standards  
        Item 22: Derive Effective Test Cases from Requirements  
        Item 23: Treat Test Procedures As "Living" Documents 
        Item 24: Utilize System Design and Prototypes 
        Item 25: Use Proven Testing Techniques when Designing Test-Case Scenarios 
        Item 26: Avoid Including Constraints and Detailed Data Elements within Test Procedures 
        Item 27: Apply Exploratory Testing 
     Chapter 6.  Unit Testing 
        Item 28: Structure the Development Approach to Support Effective Unit Testing 
        Item 29: Develop Unit Tests in Parallel or Before the Implementation 
        Item 30: Make Unit-Test Execution Part of the Build Process 
     Chapter 7.  Automated Testing Tools 
        Item 31: Know the Different Types of Testing-Support Tools 
        Item 32: Consider Building a Tool Instead of Buying One 
        Item 33: Know the Impact of Automated Tools on the Testing Effort 
        Item 34: Focus on the Needs of Your Organization 
        Item 35: Test the Tools on an Application Prototype 
     Chapter 8.  Automated Testing: Selected Best Practices 
        Item 36: Do Not Rely Solely on Capture/Playback  
        Item 37: Develop a Test Harness When Necessary 
        Item 38: Use Proven Test-Script Development Techniques 
        Item 39: Automate Regression Tests When Feasible 
        Item 40: Implement Automated Builds and Smoke Tests 
     Chapter 9.  Nonfunctional Testing 
        Item 41: Do Not Make Nonfunctional Testing an Afterthought 
        Item 42: Conduct Performance Testing with Production-Sized Databases 
        Item 43: Tailor Usability Tests to the Intended Audience 
        Item 44: Consider All Aspects of Security, for Specific Requirements and System-Wide 
        Item 45: Investigate the System's Implementation To Plan for Concurrency Tests 
        Item 46: Set Up an Efficient Environment for Compatibility Testing 
     Chapter 10.  Managing Test Execution 
        Item 47: Clearly Define the Beginning and End of the Test-Execution Cycle 
        Item 48: Isolate the Test Environment from the Development Environment 
        Item 49: Implement a Defect-Tracking Life Cycle 
        Item 50: Track the Execution of the Testing Program 

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