How can I check out a few sample Hexawise plans?

This lesson describes how to access sample plans.  Quickly reviewing the sample plans included in your Hexawise account is a great way to quickly learn about how Hexawise works.

To access Sample Plans, Login to Hexawise and click on "Your Plans" in the Upper Left Hand Corner

Next, select "Sample Plans"

A variety of sample test plans are included in Hexawise

These sample plans are provided to help you understand different aspects of designing better tests with Hexawise.

Sample plans with small numbers of Parameters tend to be highly-simplified instructional examples. Plans with higher numbers of Parameters tend to involve more complex Systems Under Test.

Since the sample plans are not editable, if you want to experiments by making changes to the plans (which is a good way to learn) you should make a copy of the plan that you may edit.

Plan Details

Plan Details

Some of the sample plans contain useful explanations of Hexawise features and interesting aspects about the specific Sample Plan you've opened such as the screen shot shown above. The "test your understanding" section can help you learn important test design principles and develop a better understanding of test design strategies.

Advice for Learning from Sample Plans

  1. Copy the Plans to Enable Editing
  2. Explore!
  3. Pay Attention to What Makes Sets of Hexawise Test Sets Different - Hexawise tests are especially powerful and efficient, but unless you know what to look for, you might not appreciate how much better they are than "normal" tests.
  4. Read the Notes.

These four points are explained in more detail below:

1.  Copy Each Sample Plan to Enable Editing

Sample Plans are "view only" by default, but copying a Sample Plan will allow you to edit and interact with the plans. You'll learn more, faster, that way.

2.  Explore!

Visit every major screen in a few different Sample Plans:

  • Define Inputs
  • Requirements
  • Create Tests
  • Auto-Scripts
  • Analyze Tests

Clicking around a bit and making a few changes to a couple sample plans is a great way to quickly learn about how Hexawise works.

Hexawise is a "different kind of tool" with different features than other software testing tools you might be familiar with, so don't panic if features in Hexawise do not look familiar at first. It is normal to be a little confused at first. We have designed a series of recommended achievements to help you increase your test design skills, understsand Hexawise features, and - most importantly - become a more knowledgeable and powerful software tester.

3.  Pay Attention to What Makes Sets of Hexawise Tests Different

As described in more detail below, Hexawise will not only help you create tests much faster, it will also help you create much better tests (because they will be more varied, less repetitive, and leave many fewer gaps in coverage) than test scenarios you would be able to select by hand.

Hexawise difference #1: Generating optimized test sets with Hexawise takes only seconds

Hexawise difference #1: Generating optimized test sets with Hexawise takes only seconds

Count how many seconds it takes you to generate new sets of test scenarios with Hexawise once you have identified an appropriate set of test inputs.

Faster test scenario selection is the most obvious benefit that Hexawise delivers to testers.

Having said that, most experienced Hexawise users value other benefits more. Like the benefit of much more thorough testing coverage that comes from Hexawise's optimized test sets.

Hexawise difference # 2: Hexawise tests always automatically minimize wasteful repetition; Hexawise tests are as varied as possible

The 10 test scenarios above are very different from most manual sets of test scenarios. Most manually-selected sets of test scenarios, for example, would either have far more scenarios that test pretty similar paths through the system (e.g., Coach Class with 1 Adult flying from the United States multiple times) or simply contain far more unspecified values (which often results in testers selecting the same value in test after test).

Hexawise difference #3: Manually-selected test sets tend to leave many accidental gaps in coverage; Hexawise tests do not leave any

You can examine testing coverage achieved by your Hexawise-generated tests in your Sample Plans easily. Simply go to the Analyze Tests screen and click on the Matrix Chart option to see the coverage achieved by your optimized Hexawise tests.

Detailed comparisons between coverage achieved by Hexawise's optimized tests sets and coverage achieved by your company's "business as usual" test selection methods is eye-opening. We often help our clients do this analysis with real sets of tests. It is a shame that the Sample Plans themselves cannot provide this level of "Hexawise vs. Business as Usual" insight to new Hexawise users.

If you're a new Hexawise user exploring sample plans, it is enough for now to simply become familiar with the concept that Hexawise's optimized tests are especially powerful and efficient. And, unlike manually-selected sets of test scenarios, Hexawise-generated tests will not accidentally leave gaps in coverage. As you progress through Hexawise's suggested achievements, you will learn more details about what, exactly, these coverage reports mean.


4. Read the notes that are included in Sample Plans to gain additional insights.

Finally, be sure to check the "Notes" for some useful comments and links about the Sample Plans.