Process Area 4.3 – Advanced Reviews – SG 1 – Coordinate the peer review approach with the dynamic test approach

The approach for peer reviews (static testing) is aligned and coordinated with the approach for dynamic testing.

Introduction

The purpose of Advanced Reviews, building on the practices of the TMMi Level 3 Process Area Peer Reviews, is to measure product quality early in the life cycle and to enhance the test strategy and test approach by aligning peer reviews (static testing) with dynamic testing.

Note that Advanced Reviews does not imply that the type of reviews conducted should be of a more complex type than those covered by the Peer Reviews Process Area.

This Specific Goal is looking to the organisation to demonstrate that The approach for peer reviews (static testing) is aligned and coordinated with the approach for dynamic testing.

Early in the life cycle, product quality is measured against set criteria by means of peer reviews. Peer review criteria, especially quantitative exit criteria, are defined based on the project’s (interim) product quality goals.

Examples of work products include the following:

  • Rules and review check-lists
  • Sampling guidelines
  • Perspective-based reading procedures

Specific Practices

SP 1.1 Relate work products to items and features to be tested

SP 1.2 Define a co-ordinated test approach

Deployment notes

  • Are peer review measurement guidelines defined and documented?
  • Are work product reviews prioritised based on the associated product risks?
  • After reviews have been conducted, is the (dynamic) test approach re-visited with a view to reducing the effort level as a result of product risk coverage achieved by the static test.
  • Guidelines to support the peer reviews as a measurement practice are defined and documented.
  • Is there a master test plan in which the co-ordinated test approach (dynamic and static testing) is documented?

Example Sub-practices and work products

Specific Practice 1.1 Relate work products to items and features to be tested

For the item and features to be tested, as identified by the test approach, the related work products are identified.

Typical work products –

  • bi-directional traceability matrix mapping the test items and features to the work products

Sub-practices

  • Review the project’s product risk analysis report
  • Refer to SG 1 Perform a product risk assessment from the Process Area Test Planning for more details on product risk analysis.
  • Review the product work breakdown as defined in the project plan
  • Establish bi-directional traceability from the items and features to be tested to the work products