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Heiberg
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Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary?
      05/06/07 01:49 PM

"Should a test case contain enough detail for any guy off the street to execute the test?"

I think you should go for the test case level which is good enough for the test executers to be able to do their job. If you discover some cases which are not deatiled enough - add some more details.

More detail => More maintainance work when system changes, more work when you want to use the test cases for another project.

Less detail => test cases will not be executed exactly the same way each timne (for example differet test data might be used). So you might not be able to reproduce a problem found by the test case just by re-runing it once.

A real life story about this (since I have one - not sure if it adds anything useful):
In my previous job (testing mobile phone SW) we had test cases which were not detailed. This was OK when the test case writers were also the test executers and had experience and knowlegde about the SW.
Then test execution was moved to another team (in another country), which didnot have the same knowlegde and experience.
After this move the test cases (of course) needed to be much more detailed and all the things not mentioned because they were common knowlegde had to be added.

This test case update happened by reacting on feedback from test executers. First time the executer met a problem they got support and next the test case was updated with the information needed. This "add details as needed" approach worked rather well :-)

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* How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Eric Jacobson 01/29/07 11:55 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? reasons   02/05/07 08:58 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? AjitSinghal   01/30/07 09:07 PM
. * * How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? SunilBhati   10/31/07 05:26 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? etkinidan   05/09/07 04:16 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? TestingGeek   05/09/07 02:56 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DSquared   05/03/07 01:46 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Sudu   04/29/07 07:40 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? michaeljf   04/30/07 07:03 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? BeantownTester   05/03/07 10:11 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Joe Strazzere   05/03/07 11:02 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? JakeBrake   05/03/07 10:30 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? testerworld   04/14/07 04:49 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? lets do johnny   05/03/07 11:57 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? testerworld   05/05/07 05:04 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Heiberg   05/06/07 01:49 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? thekid   04/15/07 10:42 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? testerworld   04/26/07 07:46 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? MJK   02/08/07 07:42 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? archabhi   02/20/07 04:15 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Wowee   02/02/07 01:31 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? tromah   01/29/07 05:43 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? SteveKay   01/30/07 12:45 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Eric Jacobson   01/30/07 05:33 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? blueinatlModerator   01/30/07 05:48 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DaniTester   01/30/07 05:50 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? blueinatlModerator   01/30/07 07:16 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DaniTester   01/30/07 07:25 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? blueinatlModerator   01/30/07 07:36 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DaniTester   01/30/07 07:42 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? thekid   01/30/07 02:02 PM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? AOQA   04/12/07 07:47 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? SteveKay   01/31/07 12:00 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Tony Davis   01/30/07 06:33 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? ljeanwilkin   01/30/07 06:50 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? Elfriede Dustin   05/10/07 03:47 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? JakeBrake   05/12/07 07:16 PM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? AllyC   05/13/07 03:25 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? ififthelement   05/14/07 11:13 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? michaeljf   05/14/07 05:15 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? TestingGeek   05/15/07 02:48 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? michaeljf   05/15/07 03:31 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? TestingGeek   05/16/07 02:20 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? michaeljf   05/16/07 03:42 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? JakeBrake   05/21/07 02:35 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? martinhModerator   05/21/07 05:04 AM
. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? JakeBrake   05/21/07 05:29 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DaniTester   01/30/07 05:44 AM
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. * * Re: How Much Test Case Detail is Necessary? DaniTester   01/29/07 12:42 PM
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