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DaveT

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Test Case Review Process
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:07:28 AM »
Would like to find out if there is a test case review process anywhere....my company never seems to get this right :)

JennyK

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2011, 07:36:42 AM »
There is nothing official, can you post yours here?

I would love to see it!

7cats

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2011, 09:08:18 AM »
Like all 'process', this is something which needs to be defined and documented (and followed) by your organization, based on what is most effective and practical for your circumstances.

There are 2 degrees of test case review.  'Level 1' is a high level specification.  This is a sentence or paragraph which specifies WHAT each test case will test.  It is critical that these are reviewed by the people you are running the test for, so they can ensure that what you will be testing is valid, and provides 'complete' coverage.  It can also be used to minimize duplication between various levels of test  This review can be part of the test plan review or a separate review, but it must be formal, documented, and signed off on by all parties when the review is successfully completed.  In the 'old days' this was done via paper copies and 'red pencil'; nowadays an online 'eReview' tool is much more effective since everybody can see everybody else's comments and responses 'up front'.

Level 2 is HOW each test will be done.  This is more of a gray area, and does not have to be as formal as the Level 1 review.  Your choices include:

>  No review - Not recommended, but not necessarily a disaster if the tester is both good and versatile.

> Self review - better, but still not ideal.  If you had a 'blind spot' when you wrote it, the odds are good you'll still have that blind spot when you review it.

> Peer review - This is often the most practical.  Having other testers look it over helps spot holes in translating Level 1 design to Level 2, and invalid steps.

> 'Customer' review - That is, review by the people you are doing the testing for.  This can provide some good feedback, but by itself, it may not be the best choice unless those people are experienced testers.  Doing this review in conjunction with 'Peer review' is the most effective option, but often is not practical due to the costs in personnel and time.

John

DaveT

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2011, 09:14:38 AM »
Thank you 7cats!

That's really useful information.

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 07:32:06 AM »
Test case review is based ont two levels:
-Check requirement specification coverage: The goal of test case is to check that defined requirmeents are correctly developed. Each test case covers a use case defined into requirmeent specifications

- Test case should be feazible: check that defined test case is possible to be executed.

7cats

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012, 09:36:41 AM »
Requirement specification coverage is an important goal of test, but it is not the only goal of every test.  You want a Requirement coverage REVIEW of the transition from requirement specifications to architecture or design, and a test of Requirement coverage before releasing the product to the customer, but there are often levels of test between these points which have limited focus on requirements.

Definitely.  Every testcase needs to be looked at by others to ensure that it is practical to run AND will show something useful about the software being tested.
« Last Edit: July 22, 2012, 01:13:19 PM by 7cats »

QA_Cathy

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2013, 09:54:24 AM »
Does this process work with Agile???

Thanks.

7cats

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2013, 11:11:43 PM »
Maybe.  If the Agile process uses testcases, then some form of review of those test cases is important. 

In our case, before Agile, we had to have a review of the testcase before we started test AND written approval from all parties.  When moving to Agile, we would have had to have had many review/approval cycles since the testcases were not all generated at the same time any more.  We kept the review (limited to only the new testcase) and had one approval for them all at the 'drop dead' date (last date code was allowed into test, since although development and test may have been Agile, we still had a fixed production schedule).  So we were not completely Agile.  Note that this only worked because the approvers (management) based their approvals on the word of the reviewers (developers) only (managers did not read the testcases and many would not have been able to evaluate them even if they did read them).

For that matter, the 'testcase' concept itself may not fit easily into the Agile methodology.  In some situations it is more a matter of 'use cases' than testcases; but some form of verification that what is proposed to be done for testing is practical, effective and 'complete'.

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Re: Test Case Review Process
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2013, 08:09:52 AM »
Interesting post, I would be interested to know the outcome :)


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