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Five Areas for Effective Test Case Reporting

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Five Areas for Effective Test Case Reporting

Test case reporting is vital for tracking tests and understanding coverage. Find out how to do it right.

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Teams now hold daily or weekly meetings regarding tests cases and what progress is being made in the sprint. This has become an effective and essential part of managing quality assurance teams, but it's still important to know how to present test findings. Here are five areas to consider for effective test case reporting:

1. Language

Communication and word choice used in a report is key. Dev Bistro noted that you shouldn't exaggerate or use language that puts down programming efforts. The report should be straightforward, using language that the audience will understand. A presentation to stakeholders will likely use different jargon than a report to fellow testers, so keep this in mind when writing a test case report.

2. Objectives and Variances

A report should state the objective that was established during that round of testing. Perhaps the point was to regression test or maintain scripts, for example. However, the report should also state where operations went off this path. Software Testing Help noted that variances could occur due to issues that prevent the team from delivering on schedule or other problems that management must address. This will be essential to getting problems fixed and clearing the way for progress.

3. Execution Details

Although your path may have veered from the objective, it's still important to list what did get done. Software Testing Times noted that this section should state the number of functions tested as well as total effort spent on these executions. Testing summaries and project milestones can also fall under this category to show exactly what was done and fuel initiatives for the next sprint.

4. Defects

Detailing any identified bugs will be important for effective defect management and showing stakeholders exactly what errors occurred. TechTarget contributor Mohamad Zakaria Alli noted that this section should detail defects by severity, test phase, density and accepted versus rejected bugs. This information will help testers develop better test cases and prevent similar issues from occurring in the future. 

5. What's Next?

The last thing on your test case report should be a plan for what's going to be tested in the next sprint. This not only shows stakeholders what they can expect, but will also give the team a set standard to shoot for. The report must detail all planned activities as well as what inputs are required from other teams. Necessary connections can be made in the meantime to deliver on these initiatives and drive testing operations.

Test case reporting is an important function of software development as it gives teams and stakeholders a broad overview of progress and what types of issues are emerging. It's important to be as concise as possible and to make the report easy to understand from anyone's point of view. These factors will help establish a better overview of what has been accomplished as well as what items still need to be completed. By addressing these five areas while using test case management tools, teams can improve the effectiveness of their test case reporting and drive better testing operations in the future.

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test case optimization ,testing ,reporting

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