How can I review my test plans?

This article demonstrates how to utilize the Test Plan Scorecard for modeling review and feature audit of Hexawise test plans.


Keywords: Test Plan Scorecard, Scorecard, score card

Hexawise provides automated analysis to help you review your plans

Using some rules-of-thumb, feature monitoring, and polite explanations, Hexawise is able to 'score' your plan and provide valuable feedback.

The scorecard is broken down into 2 main categories:

1) Considerations for a well constructed test plan / potential problem areas, and 

2) Feature usage reporting.

Hexawise provides automated analysis to help you review your plans

Learn Why and How

The scorecard sets each suggestion in context with a linked help file, post, or presentation.

Click 'Learn More' and understand why the scorecard highlighted a potential issue.

Many posts explain best practices or instructions on how to achieve the ideal state.

Plan Considerations

The Considerations portion of the scorecard helps explain where some of your modeling in Hexawise might have gone off course.

 

Considerations highlighted:

  • Coverage/Execution Goals
  • Longest list of Values
  • Largest Parameter
  • 'No Possible Values'
  • Un-matched Value Expansions
  • Un-used Value Expansions

 

Each Consideration is also given an Explanation for why you might consider editing your plan. 

All of these considerations are focused on making sure the tester understands what their plan achieves or doesn't achieve.  

Plan Considerations

Feature Audit

In addition to providing insight into the modeling of your test plan, the Scorecard also provides a review of what features you did and did not use in the plan. 

 

Knowing the features used in a plan can:

  1. Increase awareness of unknown Hexawise features
    • e.g., 'Risk-weighted test scenarios using Mixed-Strength testing? Who knew?!'
  2. Give clues into how much work is left to do
    • e.g., 'Auto-scripts still need to be included.'
  3. Act as a reminder to add something into the plan
    • e.g., 'I forgot to add in some requirements!'
  4. Provide management insight into tester usage
    • e.g., 'These testers never use Hexawise's Expected Results feature.'
Feature Audit

Final Words

We can't guarantee that a plan with all the items 'checked off' is a perfect plan. Similarly, not every potential issue raised by the Test Plan Scorecard will turn out to be an actual problem. Even so, most testers and managers find that referring to the Test Plan Scorecard is good way to spot potential problems and learn about improvement ideas.