5 Ways to Optimise Your Test Case Management Process for Maximum EffectivenessGo Back
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Test case management can be such a chore for Agile teams, especially when things are taking too long, or aren’t working as you intended them too. Today, I’m going to explore the basics of a Test Case, what you need it for, and five top tips to help you get the most of it.
To put us all on the same page, a test study is a term given to the components that refer to the input, process (action) and then the response of what you expect to happen. In short, it’s a process that has a start, a middle, and an end.
This, of course, will be used if you’re trying out something new and need to follow a process to ensure your results are accurate and whether or not a system you’re using is accurate and delivering the required result that you need for your project.
However, getting this test right, completed quickly, and delivering the results you’re looking for is not always as easy as it looks on paper, which is why you’re here today. Below, we’re going to explore the top five ways you can improve your Test Case Management process for you to make the most out of it.
#1 – Start Using a Central Test Repository
You’ll be absolutely amazed at how many companies and Agile teams are not using a central test repository to manage and process their test case management processes, and this is one of the biggest problems I come across.
Put it this way, let’s imagine you’re a company offering an app, or several apps, and you need to keep on top of all these apps and keep them updated. This can mean a lot of programming and a lot of testing, and without a mainframe or main central point to govern the testing procedures, things can get out of control very quickly.
#2 – Implement Tagging Professionally
How well organized is your central test bank, and how are all the tests and files and cases organized? Is everything easy to find in a matter of minutes, or does it take hours to pour through everything for someone to find what they’re looking for? If the latter sounds more familiar, there’s room for improvement.
“Make sure you’re using the tagging system of your central test base, but make sure you’re using properly. In most cases, teams are basically not tagging the files at all, or it’s really confusing. Get things in check for the best results,” explains Brian Smith, a marketer for Next Coursework and Brit Student.
#3 – Be Organised When Running Tests
This might sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised with how many teams are running the same tests for the same programs or apps over and over again. This is simply a waste of time, especially when you consider how long it actually takes to script a test case.
Instead, get organized with what you’re doing and make sure you’re minimizing duplication as much as possible to maximize how you’re spending your time and effort.
#4 – Classifying Your Defect IDs
“When something goes wrong, the process dictates that you will classify the defect with a tag or ID, but a common problem is when the defect flags up over and over again across different tests and is then registered multiple times under a different name,” shares Allison Taylor, a marketing professional for PhD Kingdom and Australia2Write.
Of course, it’s easy to see how this is going to cause problems. While the arrival of a duplicate error is not a problem in itself, the time spent trying to correct it can be costly to a team, and in some cases, you may even cause more problems trying to fix or locate a defect that doesn’t actually exist.
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#5 – Defining Your Project Scope
Of course, there’s always going to be way more testing to complete than there is time to do it in, which means you need to be smart with how you’re spending your time. However you choose to spend your time during your sprints, it’s important that every member of the time is mindful of how important time management is.
This means making sure you’re not wasting time in meetings, and people are asking for assistance during the testing processes only when they need to, ensuring time is spent wisely across all projects. Also, make sure timeframes are defined correctly and accurately, so everyone is on the same page and knows the score.
Katrina Hatchett is a tech blogger. She has been involved in various business projects, where her main aim is to define project problems and propose solutions, as well as improving overall communication