AuthorsS. Wang, S. Ali, A. Gotlieb and M. Liaaen
TitleA Systematic Test Case Selection Methodology for Product Lines: Results and Insights From an Industrial Case Study
AfilliationSoftware Engineering
Project(s)The Certus Centre (SFI)
StatusPublished
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
JournalEmpirical Software Engineering
Volume21
Issue4
Pagination1586-1622
Date Published08/2016
PublisherSpringer
Abstract

In the context of product lines, test case selection aims at obtaining a set of relevant test cases for a product from the entire set of test cases available for a product line. While working on a research-based innovation project on automated testing of product lines of Video Conferencing Systems (VCSs) developed by Cisco, we felt the need to devise a cost-effective way of selecting relevant test cases for a product. To fulfill such need, we propose a systematic and automated test selection methodology using: 1) Feature Model for Testing (FM\_T) to capture commonalities and variabilities of a product line; 2) Component Family Model for Testing (CFM\_T) to model the structure of test case repository; 3) A tool to automatically build restrictions from CFM\_T to FM\_T and traces from CFM\_T to the actual test cases. Using our methodology, a test engineer is only required to select relevant features through FM\_T at a higher level of abstraction for a product and the corresponding test cases will be obtained automatically. We evaluate our methodology by applying it to a VCS product line called Saturn with seven commercial products and the results show that our methodology can significantly reduce cost measured as test selection time and at the same time achieves higher effectiveness (feature coverage, feature pairwise coverage and fault detection) as compared with the current manual process. Moreover, we conduct a questionnaire-based study to solicit the views of test engineers who are involved in developing FM\_T and CFM\_T. The results show that test engineers are positive about adapting our methodology in their current practice. Finally, we present a set of lessons learnt while applying product line engineering at Cisco for test case selection.