What to focus on when estimating a software testing task?



  • What to focus on? What to Estimate? How to understand how long a Task would take to complete?



  • When you estimate software testing task you should focus on the following:

    • Resources: Resources are required to carry out any project tasks. They can be people, equipment, facilities, funding, or anything else capable of definition required for the completion of a project activity.
    • Times: Time is the most valuable resource in a project. Every project has a deadline to delivery.
    • Human Skills: Human skills mean the knowledge and the experience of the Team members. They affect to your estimation. For example, a team, whose members have low testing skills, will take more time to finish the project than the one which has high testing skills.
    • Cost: Cost is the project budget. Generally speaking, it means how much money it takes to finish the project.


  • List of Software Test Estimation Techniques you can use:

    • Work Breakdown Structure
    • 3-Point Software Testing Estimation Technique
    • Wideband Delphi technique
    • Function Point/Testing Point Analysis
    • Use – Case Point Method
    • Percentage distribution
    • Ad-hoc method


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