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    XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    I'm new to XP environment and finding it difficult not working with so much documentation.
    I'm in a situation where I need to refactor test scripts (all done manual testing) as well as prioritising them. Does anyone have any tips on these? Much appreciated...

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    Re: XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    I would go through a lightweight process that includes identifying:

    1) Tests that prove the application works - happy path testing [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    I would include giving consideration to:
    1) criticality - which application or system functions are critical to the end-user performing the work?
    2) complexity - which components perform intense processing using complex algorithms? Of these, which show a tendency to contain a higher-than-average number of defects?
    3) whether realtime or not.
    4) security.

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    Re: XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    If you have test scripts and they are documented, then you can priortize based on areas of criticality. How critical is a certain area of your application that the scripts cover? When you answer that question for each area, you can prioritize.

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    Re: XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    In an XP environment everything would be broken up into iterations. And each iteration are a bunch of stories that are based on the customer needs. If your development team is following these procedures properly, then you should have all your stories automated and tested before the next iteration. So for prioritizing, it pretty much up to the development team as they make each story available for QA to test.
    I recommend reading “Testing Extreme Programming” by Lisa Crispin and Tip House.

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    Re: XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    Prioritization is more than making things available to QA. It depends on the areas that are the most critical. This is something that is the case regardless of whether you're using XP or not. Just keep that in mind.

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    Re: XP Testing...how to prioritise?

    Thanks, all! I recently purchased that book and reading it. Your replies have certainly given me something to think about. : )

 

 

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