Strategic alignment between an organization’s business strategy/capabilities and those of its information technology (IT) unit has been researched extensively and has found significant application in industry in the last decade. Given the critical interdependencies between development and testing groups within a corporate IT unit, this paper presents a similar alignment model for ensuring that these two functions work together effectively in meeting corporate IT goals pertaining to building new systems. This development-testing alignment (DTA) model is described and an overarching research framework for investigating its value and application is presented.
Colin Onita and Jasbir Dhaliwal. "A Framework for Aligning Testing and Development" Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Advances and Innovations in Systems Testing (2007).