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Performance Assessment Metrics for Software Testers

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Executive Summary

The reliability of delivered software depends on the performance of the individuals responsible for testing it. However, there are currently no standard methods for assessing the performance of software testers, nor even agreement on important assessment criteria. A literature review reveals several different human-centric factors that have been suggested as important. However, the relative importance of these factors is unknown. This paper reports the results of a survey of professional testers indicating their views on the importance of a number of proposed factors. Their views, the authors believe, will be important in designing a more formal and widely acceptable performance assessment method for software testers.

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