Toward the characterization of software testing practices in South America: looking at Brazil and Uruguay

Arilo Claudio Dias-Neto, Santiago Matalonga, Martín Solari, Gabriela Robiolo, Guilherme Horta Travassos

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Software testing is an important activity in the software development life cycle. Several previous studies reported the results of surveys on software testing practices among practitioners from different countries. In this paper, we analyze these surveys aiming to get their main questions, and replicate a survey with practitioners from Brazil and Uruguay, two emerging South American software development scenarios. This survey was previously conducted in Manaus/Brazil in 2006 and Buenos Aires/Argentina in 2013. The replication’s scope includes three regions (Northern Brazil, Southern Brazil, and Uruguay). A total of 150 software testing practitioners responded to the survey. Its results are compared with the previous executions and other software testing surveys identified in the technical literature, strengthening previous findings. The Brazilian and Uruguayan participants indicate that: (1) documentation of test artifacts (plan, cases, procedures, results) are useful and important for software testing practitioners; (2) system and regression testing are the two test types deemed most useful and important; (3) tools for monitoring and management of test process tasks and bug reports are considered useful and important; (4) it is usual for software companies to have a definition of a testing process and to have a dedicated testing team; (5) there is a lack of measurement of test tasks and coverage in the industry; and (6) tools to support automation of test case generation and execution or code coverage are still poorly used in their organizations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1145–1183
Number of pages39
JournalSoftware Quality Journal
Issue number4
Early online date4 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Software Engineering
  • Empirical Software Engineering
  • Software Testing


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