This month's column will cover software testing best practices. As opposed to a check-off list of best practices, this article will look at how an organization can improve testing by integrating testing into the development life cycle.

The first step on the road to improved quality of the software testing function is to perform an assessment of your development and testing organizations. The assessment should start with a comparison of your organization based on the Capability Maturity Model (CMM). The model was developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) to advance software engineering methodologies. It is very similar to ISO 9001 but extends it by adding a framework for continuous process improvement.

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