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Testing to compare two or more variants of a test item or a simulation model of the same test item by executing the same test cases on all variants and comparing the results. [Reference: Spillner]

backup and recovery testingUK

type of reliability testing, measures the degree to which system state can be restored from backup within specified
parameters of time, cost, completeness, and accuracy in the event of failure

balanced scorecardUK

A strategic tool for measuring whether the operational activities of a company are aligned with its objectives in terms of business vision and strategy. - See also: corporate dashboard, scorecard


The response of a component or system to a set of input values and preconditions.

behavior-driven developmentUK

A collaborative approach to development in which the team is focusing on delivering expected behavior of a component or system for the customer, which forms the basis for testing.

beta testingUK

A type of acceptance testing performed at an external site to the developer's test environment by roles outside the development organization.

black-box test techniqueUK

A test technique based on an analysis of the specification of a component or system.