Monday, July 18, 2011

Automated test script review checklist

Reviews are a great way to find common problems with a number of test automation artifacts, such as automated test scripts. By an automated test script, I mean script code implementing a test case's test steps and expected results. The automated test script may be written in any programming or scripting language. It may be generated by a functional test automation tool or written by hand.

Here is a checklist that you can use to review your or others automated test scripts. How? Simply customize the questions according to your specific needs.

Inputs
1. Does the script implement each step of the test case?
2. Does the script implement each step in the correct order?
3. Does the script implement each validation given in the test case?
4. Does the script have each validation after the correct step?

Execution
5. Does the script logic call the correct functions? Are these functions called with the correct arguments?
6. Does the script take application input values from the correct input test data file(s)?
7. Does the script execute user operations against the correct objects?
8. Does the script give the application sufficient time to transition to the correct test state e.g. the correct screen?
9. Does the script validate application output values against the correct output test data file(s)?
10. Does the script validate the state of the correct objects?
11. Does the script load only the necessary objects in memory?
12. Is the script free from unnecessary delays?
13. Does the script handle application errors as designed?

Miscellaneous
14. Does the script have a unique identifier?
15. Is the script free of any magic numbers or magic strings?
16. Is the script commented at each appropriate place in it? Is each comment correct?
17. Is the script free from unnecessary or extra code?

Let me know if you find this checklist useful in your reviews.