A Blockchain-based Testing Approach for Collaborative Software Development

Stephen S. Yau, Jinal S. Patel

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4 Scopus citations


Development of large-scale and complex software systems requires multiple teams, including software development teams, domain experts, user representatives, and other project stakeholders, to work collaboratively to achieve software development goals. These teams rely on the use of agreed software development processes, knowledge management tools, and communication channels collaboratively in the software development project. Software testing is an important and complicated process due to reasons such as difficulties in achieving testing goals with the given time constraint, absence of efficient data sharing policies, vague testing acceptance criteria at various levels of testing, and lack of trusted coordination among the teams involved in software testing. The efficiency of the software testing relies on efficient, reliable, and trusted information sharing among these teams. Existing approaches to software testing for collaborative software development use centralized or decentralize tools for software testing, knowledge management, and communication channels. Existing approaches have the limitations of centralized authority, a single point of failure/compromise, lack of automatic requirement compliance checking and transparency in information sharing, and lack of unified data sharing policy, and reliable knowledge management repositories for sharing and storing past software testing artifacts and data. In this paper, a software testing approach for collaborative software development using private blockchain is presented, and the desirable properties of private blockchain, such as distributed data management, tamper-resistance, auditability and automatic requirement compliance checking, are incorporated to greatly improve the quality of software testing for collaborative software development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain, Blockchain 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780738104959
StatePublished - Nov 2020
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Blockchain, Blockchain 2020 - Virtual, Rhodes Island, Greece
Duration: Nov 2 2020Nov 6 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Blockchain, Blockchain 2020


Conference3rd IEEE International Conference on Blockchain, Blockchain 2020
CityVirtual, Rhodes Island


  • Software testing
  • and private blockchain
  • auditability
  • automatic requirement compliance checking
  • collaborative software development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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