I recently gave a workshop at the STANZ conference, first in Wellington and then in Sydney. In this workshop, I mentioned that connecting software testing to business value is a key test management challenge of the 2010 decade. (Of course, it’s really been a challenge for the entire time there has been software testing, but it’s a challenge we’ve yet to resolve.) Everyone in b0th audiences agreed, and a number of people offered examples of how this challenge was affecting them.
Earlier this week, I gave a webinar on how to calculate the return on the software testing investment. You can listen to a recording of that webinar if you missed it.
In that webinar, I walked through a case study of calculating software testing ROI. This case study was described in an article originally published in Software Test and Performance magazine, and you can now find the article here on the RBCS website.
After the webinar, a bunch of people sent e-mails saying, “Hey, could you please post the spreadsheet that you walked through during the webinar?” Here at RBCS, we like to say yes to our friends, clients, and supporters, so we did. You can find the free software testing ROI spreadsheet on our Advanced Library now, under the name Case Study Info Appliance Test ROI.xls.
Before you use the spreadsheet, I suggest you read the article I mentioned above. The article explains how the spreadsheet works and explains the case study numbers included in the spreadsheet by way of example.