STARWEST 2017 Concurrent Session : Test Cases Are Dead, Long Live Checklists

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 9:45am to 10:45am

Test Cases Are Dead, Long Live Checklists

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For testers, creating tests is critical for a healthy testing process, so it is painful to see how boring writing test cases can be. In classical approaches, test cases are overcrowded with words—mostly project information that everyone already knows. What test cases don’t have is distilled information that allows testers to focus on the core functionality. Hipo has recently changed their approach to writing test documentation. Ömürden Cengiz believes that checklists are poised to take the throne from test cases, especially among startups and client-servicing shops where projects move much faster than in the rest of the industry. Clearing test cases of unnecessary words and steps and turning test cases into checklists added great value in their experience. Hipo shortened the documentation time and created a pool of checklists that testers, developers, and even customers can add to. Testing got stronger with increased technical knowledge and a user-side perspective. Integrating checklists with keyword-driven automation frameworks increases their ability to create tests in parallel.


Ömürden Cengiz is a QA lead at Hipo, a digital product consultancy that specializes in delivering design, development, and strategy services to startups and enterprises worldwide. For the past nine years, he has worked in CRM and Telco projects in companies including Nortel and Huawei. For two years, he has tested mobile apps and responsive websites. As a team lead, Ömürden is trying to improve testing processes for both small and large teams according to their needs. Experienced in mobile app automation testing and tools, he loves to break things to ensure better products. He is the founder of QAIst Meetup group in Turkey. Learn more about Ömürden at LinkedIn.