Triaged Tester

January 7, 2009

Scenario Testing

Filed under: Black Box Testing — Triaged Tester @ 9:01 am

A scenario test is a test based on a scenario. A scenario typically involves a sequence of steps or tasks. The tests are based on a story about how the program is used, including information about the motivations of the people involved. Usually the story involves a complex use of the program or a complex environment or a complex set of data. The story needs to be realistic. It not only could happen in the real world but also make the stakeholders believe that something like it will probably happen. The story needs to be motivating, only then will a stakeholder with influence would push to fix a program that failed this test.

Why Scenario Test?

  • Expose failures to deliver desired benefits.
  • Connect testing to documented requirements.
  • Bring requirements-related issues to the surface, which might involve reopening old requirements discussions (with new data) or surfacing not-yet-identified requirements.
  • Detect errors in the interaction of two or more features.

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