Practical Guideline on Test Case Management

Test case is a set of conditions used to determine the correct functioning of a software. So there is some set of functionalities to test. It is essential to break down those features into the possible scenarios, also called business flows, e.g., registration flow or login flow.

test case flow

But test scenarios are vague and cover a wide range of possibilities. As a result, there is a need in test cases, specific documents that are aimed to test one situation that may occur during the software use. Below is an example of how a test case can look like.

screen test case

Test case vs checklist

Another way of possible recording of test issues is writingchecklists, and test cases are sometimes replaced with them. Therefore, one should understand the differences between checklists and test cases.

test case checklist

Test cases hierarchy

Tests cases are usually grouped to present a definite hierarchy. Understanding this, a tester can easily find the needed section and see the structure of a software under testing. Test cases are usually grouped intotest suites by a certain feature or requirements they check. As for a test plan, it combines a set of features that need to be tested.

test case

Main attributes of a test case

The test case has a strict set of attributes that should be preserved while creating it:

  • Unique Identification Number (ID)
  • Purpose - feature to be tested
  • Priority - indicates what tests are more urgent to conduct
  • Prerequisites - describe what needs to be done with the software, the state it needs to be in before starting the test
  • Test data - input values - specified types of data, files or unusual lists of characters
  • Test steps - show what actions should be performed to get the expected results
  • Expected results - outcomes of the actions performed
  • Result – ‘pass/fail’
  • Comments – additional info

Watch the video to get the practical experience of creating a test case.

As you can see, test case creation does not take much time. Nonetheless, it can serve a solid source of information on how a software should behave in different situations. For more information watch the webinar on best practices for test case management.

Tools for test case management

Testing teams whose work is based on test case creation and management need a good tool to make the process easier. There is a considerable amount of products available on the market. The choice depends on the team and the functions required from a test case management system. The following characteristics should be considered:

  • tools for managing test cases should integrate with issue management tools to easily track and manage a project
  • produce plain test cases, preserving the ability to add more complexity if needed
  • offer easy creation of test runs/test suites and user-friendly interface
  • contain the function of managing tasks and assigning them to specific testers
  • present valid data at the required time
  • have easy installation and support
  • import the test cases created in a different test case management system

A test case can make the testing process rather effective if one takes into account the project’s specifics and chooses the appropriate tools. They will make a test case the basis for running tests and making the process of test management easy and successful.