Category Archives: Requirements & Testing

Discussions on where requirements and testing come together and how each can better help and support the other

Model-Based Testing – Learning Experience

As a software tester, I find that using models is very helpful. Models allow us to understand a business process or how a system should behave in a given situation. In my practice of software testing, I keep sketches of … Continue reading

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Feature Advocacy

Take everything you know about bug advocacy – the art of maximizing the likelihood that any given bug is fixed as per its impact on those who care about it – and direct it towards feature advocacy – the art … Continue reading

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Communicating Requirements To Testing – You’re Going To Be In Pictures!

How do you know what a system is supposed to do and what it is not supposed to do? Formal requirements are intended to create an easily validated, maintainable and comprehensive set of documents communicating the system’s planned functional scope … Continue reading

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Capturing Wild Requirements for Testing

I presented “Capturing Wild Requirements – For Testing” to VANQ.org, the Vancouver Software Quality Assurance User Group, and I wanted to share that material with you. Later, I developed this material into a 1-day workshop “Requirements Ghostwriting: Filling in the … Continue reading

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Pictures for Test Planning

In the fast-paced changing world of software product development there is a continuous challenge to document the expectations for the system and its internally and externally facing behaviours. Requirements often suffer because of the challenges of keeping up with an … Continue reading

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Counting On Requirements

How do you know what a system is supposed to do and what it is not supposed to do? Requirements are intended to create an easily validated, maintainable and verifiable document describing a system’s planned functionality. What is lacking in … Continue reading

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Testing Without Requirements

A typical software project lifecycle includes such phases as requirements definition, design, code and fix. But, are you shipping software applications with minimal to no requirements and little time for testing because of time-to-market pressures? Build it, ship it, then … Continue reading

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