Tips on How to Test the Order of Steps

Tips on How to Test the Order of Steps
July 17 12:30 2012 Print This Article

It happens so that the sequence in which you conduct actions or insert data can influence the consequence or uncover software bugs.

Very often these are some of the most difficult bugs to reproduce because a lot of software testers will forget or even neglect the accurate steps that they conducted or not understand that the order is the key in a particular software bug.

So as a good software testing specialist you should retain the significant steps that caused a defect and enter those into a bug report. It is better not to include inessential information that would jumble the result. The reproduced steps must be terse and easy to understand without losing any significant data.

For instance, software testing company has to test the registration page. You have a field for the users to choose their country and then their city. A programmer or software tester might make the supposition that the users will always choose the country first and only then the city. Functions can be written with this supposition in mind, and these suppositions may not necessarily be true. Try inserting in the dependent data prior to the parent data.

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  • @halperinko – Kobi Halperin

    Actions recording tools may aid in keeping track of the steps and add them into the bugs.
    MTM has it built in, and qTrace now offers some of the required functionality for free (though it might need some improvements), some of the GUI testing tools have a recording option, which might also give useful & readable traces as is or after some minor conversion.
    Yet these tools are not as common as one would expect.

    While writing tests, it might be useful not to describe the exact steps, or even to encourage testers to change the way they execute the actions from one cycle to another.

    @halperinko – Kobi Halperin