4 Tips to Write Effective Test Cases
Test cases play an imperative role in the research of any software product. Majority of the companies use a test case management tool these days to solve all the problems related to software testing.
Being a software tester for more than a decade now, I am going to present 4 tips to write effective test cases.
1.Stay in Your Lane
Previously, I used to think regarding the functionality of a test case. However, I realized that it is better to create a full understanding of the Software Requirement Specification (SRS) document. I have seen people becoming increasingly spontaneous instead of following a logical approach. Sometimes, this intuition often leads to assumptions.
In the process of framing down test cases, an assumption of functionalities and features can often diverge you from the original requirements that were needed by the customer. This does not just impact the product just also the relationship of the customer with the organization.
2.Be Aware of the Product Upgrades
It is important to stay with the SRS. However, you should not do this if it is based on the traditional version of the software. No one wants to test a denounced feature. We are living in the world agile methodologies in which product development drives in the faster lane. The SRS document is not attended, sometimes to cope up with lesser time windows or after organizing an immediate bug fix. It is the best practice to upgrade the SRS with respect to minor and major change.
3.Write Comprehensive Descriptions
Test case description is important for conveying the main cause of the bug and it must always entail the steps to replicate. In the very beginning of the testing career, testers cannot notice the thin line between writing ornately and writing specific details. Testers often write stories in the field of test case description. According to testers, it is impressive to fill the description as much as possible. Nevertheless, they are wrong. It wastes the time of both testers and the developers. It important to bear in mind the significance of crisp, simple, and informative description. People prefer to read short and on point stories.
4.Think from Customer’s Perspective
It is often a common situation that an angry customer would contact customer support for the explanation that the software is unable to deliver an intended feature up to his expectation. Being a software tester, you should be able to relate yourself to the customer just to describe the issue from a customer’s perspective to your development team. Senior managers quote all the time that the “customer is always right.”
When you are writing the test scenarios, keep customer requirements in the back of your mind. This is because the final product is designed for the customers. Keep a note of accessibility testing and usability testing.
Ray Parker is an entrepreneur and internet marketer with over 9 years of experience in Search Engine Optimization, Creative Writer and Digital Marketing.