Test Design Demystified

A long time ago…

If we go back in time, to about 120 years ago, people were riding around in horse wagons or carriages. Then suddenly, the horse were gone and replaced by an engine and a steering wheel. But all in all, it still looked like carriage. A horseless carriage, to be more specific.

Today, the cars we drive no longer look like those carriages. Although, in this horrendous Bay Area traffic, it might not be such a bad idea to take a horse carriage on a different route to work!
So how does the history of the automobile relate to software testing? Take a look at this infographic:

How good test design propels your automation

Automation is like the engine. It’s not as much of a technical challenge as it is a test design challenge.

Yes, occasionally there is a technical challenge. For example you might have a third party control on your screen that your test tool doesn’t quite understand. But ideally, that will hold you up for only a short amount of time. You fix the technical problem, and then you can quickly go back to your text design and focus on that instead.

Test design is not only important for quality, but it also helps your automation. Quality will be better and automation will be easier. There’s no reason not to pay attention to your test design. To learn more about test design and test automation, check out our resources section or peruse the LogiGear Magazine!

Hans Buwalda
Hans leads LogiGear’s research and development of test automation solutions, and the delivery of advanced test automation consulting and engineering services.

He is a pioneer of the keyword approach for software testing organizations, and he assists clients in strategic implementation of the Action Based Testing™ method throughout their testing organizations. Hans is also the original architect of LogiGear’s TestArchitect™, the modular keyword-driven toolset for software test design, automation and management. Hans is an internationally recognized expert on test automation, test development and testing technology management. He is coauthor of Integrated Test Design and Automation (Addison Wesley, 2001), and speaks frequently at international testing conferences.