Gartner Research

Improve Software Quality by Understanding Software Testing Types

Published: 07 May 2013

ID: G00251862

Analyst(s): Kirk Knoernschild, Sean Kenefick


Software testing helps developers discover applications that fulfill desired tasks with fewer defects. This Reference Architecture template provides an overview of the different types of software testing and the appropriate way to exploit them.

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Template Description

  • Testing Categories
    • Specification Tests
    • Experiential Tests
    • Development Tests
    • Nonfunctional Tests
  • Testing Types
    • Acceptance Testing
    • Alpha/Beta Testing
    • Compatibility Testing
    • Exploratory Testing
    • Functional Testing
    • Installation Testing
    • Integration Testing
    • Performance Testing
    • Regression Testing
    • Security Testing
    • Smoke Testing
    • Static Code Analysis
    • System Testing
    • Unit Testing
    • Usability Testing
  • Box Testing
    • White-Box Testing
    • Black-Box Testing
    • Gray-Box Testing

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