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In the last issue, I dealt with a collaborative test process, getting test releases into the test lab. In this article, let’s look instead at an internal test process, managing the execution of tests against a test release. One can think of the test manager’s role during the test execution process as one of managing a search for the unexpected. While all managers are expected to manage unexpected events within their areas of responsibility, the test manager is the only manager in the software development organization whose area of responsibility is searching for the unexpected. This search takes the form of running a set of tests. How does a test team take these tests, run them against an installed system, and capture information about the system under test, the test cases, and the test execution process itself?
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