Common Software Quality Definitions

  • Quality Assurance – Activities focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled.
  • Quality Control – A set of activities designed to evaluate the quality of a component or system.
  • Quality Management – Coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with regard to quality that include establishing a quality policy and quality objectives, quality planning, quality control, quality assurance, and quality improvement.
  • Unit Testing (Component Testing) – A test level that focuses on individual hardware or software components.
  • System Integration Testing – A test level that focuses on interactions between systems.
  • User Acceptance Testing – A type of acceptance testing performed to determine if intended users accept the system.
  • Functional Testing – Testing performed to evaluate if a component or system satisfies functional requirements.
  • Non-Functional Testing – Testing performed to evaluate that a component or system complies with non-functional requirements.
  • Automated Testing – A realization/implementation of a test automation architecture, i.e., a combination of components implementing a specific test automation assignment. The components may include commercial off-the-shelf test tools, test automation frameworks, as well as test hardware.
  • Production Validation Testing – Testing performed to evaluate system in live production environment.
  • Test data management is the process of planning, designing, storing, and managing the creation of test data for software quality-testing processes and methodologies.
  • Data Protection – The practice of securing right level of access, masking sensitive data, and encryption of that data in motion and at rest.
  • Data Privacy – The protection of personally identifiable information or otherwise sensitive information from undesired disclosure.

Many related software quality definitions have been provided by ISTQB Glossary.

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