Brian Marick has not been doing much with his test patterns idea for a while now, there is a similiar approach being made with Q-patterns http://www.whatistesting.com/qpatter...tternintro.htm where Vipal Kocher. Though there does not seem to have been much activity on the site for a while, Vipal did do a talk at a Star conference on it not too long ago.
Both of these are adaptive approaches, from my understanding, to introduce the ideas of patterns in the design/development community and recontextualise them in testing though both approaches have been implemented in different ways, they seem to have followed a similiar source.
In some contexts the answer Rich_W supplied would also be correct, I remember using similiar things when I was at Xerox testing printers and photocopiers years ago.
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