The value of testcase organization

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Creating high-quality testcases and effectively organizing them is essential to maximizing quality assurance operations.

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Quality assurance managers are constantly faced with an overwhelming number of test management options. Should software tests be run manually or should an investment be made to utilize automated scripts? What type of test methodology should be used and which applications should be evaluated? Which tasks should be delegated to which testers? The only way to navigate through these concerns efficiently and get the most out of a QA department is to effectively manage available resources. Effective testcase organization is a fundamental component of the software evaluation process. When done correctly, it can help managers effectively navigate through In an environment where development and quality assurance teams are often separated by vast distances and release schedules are accelerated, balancing the need for speed while maintaining a high level of programming quality is a difficult proposition. By adhering to testcase execution best practices, QA managers can streamline their operations and make their department more efficient.

Creating the best testcases
The first step in the process is to write testcases that will reliably identify a bug or defect in the reviewed code. Ilene Burnstein, professor emeritus of computer science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, explained in her guide, “Practical Software Testing: A Process-Oriented Approach,” that optimizing test case performance will pay dividends down the road. An effective testcase can be used repeatedly (use the word reuse instead?) during the course of the development cycle, reducing the amount of time, manpower and resources needed to write new scripts to identify bugs (and thereby giving more time to do more testing). With this higher level of performance, QA teams can stay on course with project schedules and keep budget costs down.

According to software development education provider Guru99, there are some basic guidelines to follow when crafting an effective test case:

  • Transparency - An issue that continually crops up in QA departments is the creation of testcases with unclear execution instructions. Authors cannot assume that they will be the ones to deploy a particular testcase distribution plan, so its use should be clearly outlined so any member of the team can effectively leverage it.
  • Consider the customer - It’s common knowledge that software needs to be created with the end user in mind, but this axiom extends to the testing process as well. By considering how a potential customer will use the finalized software, QA teams can better focus their testcases.
  • Reduce redundancies - Time and budget are already major concerns for development and QA departments, and they don’t need to exacerbate these issues by wasting resources on overlapping and repetitive testcases.

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