Category: Techniques

Testing techniques

GWT syntax and BDD

Given Something needs testingWhen Someone suggests using BDD/Cucumber/SpecFlowThen Some other people get really vocal – why? The test community seems to have a love hate relationship with BDD, but what actually is it, and how can it be used effectively? In software engineering, behaviour-driven development (BDD) is an Agile software…

All Pairs Testing

All pairs testing is a combinatorial technique to achieve adequate test coverage where testing all possible combinations would be resource intensive and the risk of less than complete testing is acceptable. The fundamental concept is that you test pairs of variables, rather than all possible combinations to achieve good statistical…

Decision Tables & State Transitions

Continuing on from the previous post, some additional specification based test techniques. Decision tables testing Decision table testing can be applied to test the behaviour of logical conditions found within the specification. The decision table lists all possible inputs and all the corresponding outputs. Each column in the table corresponds…

Types of testing

As alluded to in “what is software testing”, there are many distinct types of testing. Using the agile testing quadrants diagram, we can visualise where and when these types of tests are applied: Q1 Unit tests cover the smallest ‘unit’ of software – individual methods or functions, and the development…