Faq

From a Desigers perspective
What to look for in test cases

As a designer you can be asked to review testcases. From your role you should be able to review the test cases for coverage, completeness and correctness. Look at the test cases on a same level as your design is made. The developers will look into the detailed step descriptions, other testers/test managers will look at the test technique, so stick to your role as much as possible.

Relation to the document

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You must feel confident to announce that “These test cases are functionally correct and cover my design at least for the most important (risky) parts.”

Review suggestions

  • The test cases are presented in a structured way so I can easily check the coverage.
  • Only baselined documentation / correct versions are used to create these test cases.
  • Identified risks are covered.
  • There are also “rainy day” scenarios created to test unexpected or unwished scenario’s.
  • There are no useless or invalid test cases.

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What to look for in requirements

As a designer you can be asked to review requirements. Probably you will need these requirements to create your designs, so it should be fit for that purpose. Maybe you are already known with the subject, so maybe you can also check if the requirements correctly fit in the current environment. Lastly, you need to understand the requirements without having to make any assumptions.

Relation to the document

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You must feel confident to announce that “These requirements are complete, unambiguously clear to me and match to the current system(s).”

Review suggestions

  • The requirements are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Acceptable, Realistic, Time bound)*
  • The requirements are traceable (numbered/uniquely named)
  • The requirements are complete

 

 

* There are more definitions of SMART and more ideas about requirements, but the idea remains the same. See wikipedia

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What to look for in architectural designs

As a Design representative you can be asked to review Architectural designs. Probably you can review these on understandability, ambiguity and completeness.

Relation to the document

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You must feel confident to announce that “The architecture is clear, complete and provides me support when creating my designs.”

Review suggestions

  • Standards and their reasons are clear.
  • Abbreviations, descriptions and context is clear.
  • The architecture provides support for this project and it´s design phase.
  • The architectural design is set up in a useful and recognisable way.

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What to look for in functional designs

As a Design representative you can be asked to review Functional designs. Probably you can review these on consistency.

Relation to the document

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What to look for in technical designs

As a Design representative you can be asked to review Techical designs. Probably you can review these on completeness.

Relation to the document

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How to approve or disapprove

All reviewers, regardless of their participation, receive an approval request when the rework is finished.

For general information check the Approval Phase.

Approved or disapproved

Approve the rework if you are confident that the comments are correctly reworked. You should be able to say from your own perspective that “I agree with the rework which is performed and I agree with the author’s reaction on the rejected comments.”

When you do not agree with the performed rework or with the reaction of the author, notify the moderator. When doing so, state clearly why you disapprove and what you expect to be done to get it approved.

Result of a disapproval can be a second rework round or a decision not to fix it. In all situations both the reviewer and author should feel OK with the decision.

I did not have comments, should I still (dis)approve the rework?

Yes, definitely. The document (which you already considered being “perfect”, since you did not have review comments) is reworked, so it might not be perfect anymore! So, even though you did not have comments, you still must approve or disapprove the rework.

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