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June 30th, 2022

Top Writing Hacks for Manual Test Cases


Automated testing services are becoming more necessary as technology advances. However, automated testing isn’t enough in all cases. Therefore, manual testing services are also necessary. Manual test cases are an essential component of any software QA exercise. However, they can be challenging to write. These are some tips to help you get through this process.

1. Effectiveness

There is a common belief that more tests will give you better coverage. However, poorly written test cases can drain project resources and time. Effective cases are more likely to be covered, which means less money and time. You can improve the effectiveness of a test case by breaking it into smaller subsets. This may even be possible for some test scenarios.

2. Simplicity

It is important that a test case is easy to understand. A template is an ideal way to make it easier for everyone to view each test case in a similar way.

3. Understanding

You can use the most common methods that will bring out errors to help you understand the nature of the software you are testing. You can leave blank fields, provide the wrong content, or force division by zero.

4. Reusability

Although we will be writing manual test cases, there is no reason to stop using the work of the QA team. Use the available test cases as a starting point for your own tests. If possible, learn from their lessons to improve. Also, remember that your test cases might be reused in another scenario or a similar project. Making test cases reuseable is a great idea.

5. Regression testing

Old tests should be run again after software updates are made to ensure that nothing has changed in the test suite and that outputs match expectations (or are adjusted according to the plans). Regressive testing should be included in the test policy. Some tests may show unexpected results after being re-run. This may not be due to faulty code changes but rather an inadvertent test case. Regressive testing is a way to re-run or rewrite test cases when there are changes.

6. Self-review

After a test case is written, make sure you walk through it with a tester. You should assess if the case is appropriate and easy to implement. The case should be easy to understand and the results meaningful.

7. End-user orientation

To provide the best quality software to the end user, testing is performed. The testing process is used to eliminate any errors that the end user might encounter and report back. If the manual test case fails to cover the scenario that the end-user would encounter, consider how this would affect the user experience.

8. Not-features

The majority of tests are performed to verify the software’s features. It is important to also test for non-features. These are capabilities that the software should not have and could be exploited to exploit the software. This improves the software’s security. You can test for these non-features by performing functions that the developer does not intend.

9. Organization

For almost all work, it is essential to use proper organisational tools and systems. It is especially important for test cases as the number of cases that are being run can increase rapidly. If a system is not designed from the beginning, managing these large numbers can prove difficult. Some people prefer simple spreadsheets. However, there are specialised tools that can be used to better manage test cases.

10. Pair testing

No matter how many times someone goes through something, one person can overlook some aspects. A friend can help you get immediate results by going through the same process. You may find it helpful to write your test cases with a friend. This will allow you to discuss the results and help you plan for execution.

11. Reverse

You might consider a backward flow when writing a test case. Instead of thinking about the output for a particular input, think about the inputs that could be used to create it. The output may be different if you use the wrong input or skip certain steps.

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