THE TEST DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

The specification of test cases is the second step in the fundamental test process (FTP) defined in the Introduction. The terms specification and design are used interchangeably in this context; in this section we discuss the creation of test cases by design.

The design of tests comprises three main steps:

  1. Identify test conditions.

  2. Specify test cases.

  3. Specify test procedures.

Our first task is to become familiar with the terminology.

A test condition—an item or event of a component or system that could be verified by one or more test cases, e.g. a function, transaction, feature, quality attribute, or structural element.

In other words, a test condition is some characteristic of our software that we can check with ...

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