Test Design Demystified

A long time ago…

If we go back in time, to about 120 years ago, people were riding around in horse wagons or carriages. Then suddenly, the horse were gone and replaced by an engine and a steering wheel. But all in all, it still looked like carriage. A horseless carriage, to be more specific.

Today, the cars we drive no longer look like those carriages. Although, in this horrendous Bay Area traffic, it might not be such a bad idea to take a horse carriage on a different route to work!
So how does the history of the automobile relate to software testing? Take a look at this infographic:

How good test design propels your automation

Automation is like the engine. It’s not as much of a technical challenge as it is a test design challenge.

Yes, occasionally there is a technical challenge. For example you might have a third party control on your screen that your test tool doesn’t quite understand. But ideally, that will hold you up for only a short amount of time. You fix the technical problem, and then you can quickly go back to your text design and focus on that instead.

Test design is not only important for quality, but it also helps your automation. Quality will be better and automation will be easier. There’s no reason not to pay attention to your test design. To learn more about test design and test automation, check out our resources section or peruse the LogiGear Magazine!


Author: Hans Bulwada, Chief Technology Officer

Hans Buwalda is an internationally recognized expert in test development and testing technology management and a pioneer of keyword-driven test automation. He was the first to present this approach, which is now widely used throughout the testing industry. Originally from The Netherlands, Hans now lives and works in California as CTO of LogiGear Corporation, directing the development of what has become the successful Action Based Testing™ methodology for test automation and its supporting TestArchitect™ toolset. Prior to joining LogiGear, Hans served as project director at CMG (now CGI) in the Netherlands. He is co-author of Integrated Test Design and Automation and a frequent speaker at international conferences.