Triaged Tester

January 8, 2009

Designing Scenarios

Filed under: Black Box Testing,Tips — Triaged Tester @ 9:11 am
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Scenario Designers rely on similar information to requirements analysis, but use it differently.

  • The requirements analyst tries to foster agreement about the system to be built. The tester exploits disagreements to predict problems with the system.
  • The tester doesn’t have to reach conclusions or make recommendations about how the product should work. Her task is to expose credible concerns to the stakeholders.
  • The tester doesn’t have to make the product design tradeoffs. She exposes the consequences of those tradeoffs, especially unanticipated or more serious consequences than expected.
  • The tester doesn’t have to respect prior agreements. (Caution: testers who belabor the wrong issues lose credibility.)
  • The scenario tester’s work need not be exhaustive, just useful
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