STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Move from Scripted Manual Testing to Scenario-Based Testing

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Move from Scripted Manual Testing to Scenario-Based Testing

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Think of manually executed test scripts—like pulling a wagon without wheels. Eventually the wagon will make it to the final destination, but the journey itself will be long and painful. Many people think test scripts are outdated because of the long, painful process of writing and running them. Andrea Fox says that their analytics team shared this way of thinking. To make things worse, the team also was dealing with defects being constantly introduced because the restrictive scripts were not catching the issues. Change was vital to provide more efficiency in manual testing, as well as more value. The analytics team decided scenario testing was the answer to the problem. Scenarios provided enough guidance to know what to test but left room on how to achieve the expected result. Join Andrea as she explains the evolution process of their scripted testing, the lessons they learned, the setbacks they faced, and how today’s approach provides her team better testing.

Andrea Fox
Cerner Corporation

Andrea Fox was a collections supervisor before making the switch to software testing as a test analyst. With a natural curiosity and mind for detail, it quickly became the perfect fit. A senior test analyst with Cerner for three years, Andrea spends her time developing an internal best practice for scenario testing, executing a wide array of tests, and instructing new associates in testing basics. Her goals are to continue to further her knowledge in the testing industry and share her experiences with scenario-based testing.