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System and Method to facilitate Automatic Defect Impact Agents

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202200D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-08
Document File: 4 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system and method to assist developers in clarifying defect priority by automatically using blocking function points in test-use cases in the test tracking data base. The points help identify defects of higher priority among those listed with the same levels of severity or priority.

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System and Method to facilitate Automatic Defect Impact Agents

Automation and automation practices are often the focus of software testing. Automation tools have evolved to become very sophisticated, especially the tools that accommodate GUI (Graphic User Interface) testing where the operating system's native controls and application objects are recognized. Opportunity remains, however, to enhance current testing models, methods, and results.

Typically, developers use a defect priority flag (e.g., hot, must fix) or defect severity rank (e.g., 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) in an application program; however, developers often have difficulty clarifying the level of importance, because there are too many factors or types of information in an application. This affects their ability to appropriately prioritize defects.

The disclosed invention is a method to assist developers with defect prioritization. This is of particular use in cases where the developers troubleshoot an application program and prioritize defects which are then opened by a tester that creates a use-case to verify against the application program. The method assists developers in clarifying defect priority by automatically using blocking function points in test-use cases in the test tracking data base.

In the realm of test areas in general, as well as in automation with various tools available today, this disclosure is not only novel but also useful and has the potential to enhance the current testing model, method, and result. The implementation of the method will save an organization in overall test efforts and reduce costs.

Existing solutions address defect impact analysis approaches, but not software function points in a test use case perspective as does the disclosed invention. Other solutions do not relate to defect impact and autonomic prioritizing of software defects on black box testing, nor do they address the issue in test use cases.

Figure 1 illustrates the flow for reporting the list of the top 10 defects before this invention. Looking at the list, it is difficult for the developer to discern the levels of importance among defects in same severity or priority rank.

Figure 1: ReportTop 10 Defect List from Defect library sorted by defect severity, priority.

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Top 10 Defect List (before this invention)

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The disclosed method entails analyzing test function points in a test-use case to block points in a defect by using Development Impact Agents. This allows the developer to determine the different levels...