|Work Product (Artifact): Test Suite||
|This artifact defines a collection of related tests.
To manage and sequence the execution of tests.
To provide a useful and related set of test log information from which test results can be determined.
The Test Suite provides a means of managing the complexity of the test implementation. Many system test efforts fail
because the team gets lost in the minutia of all of the detailed tests, and subsequently loses control of the test
effort. Similar to UML packages, Test Suites provide a hierarchy of encapsulating containers to help manage the test
implementation. They provide a means of managing the strategic aspects of the test effort by collecting tests together
in related groups that can be planned, managed, and assessed in a meaningful way.
Each Test Suite needs to consider various aspects, including the following:
compatibly and relevance of the individual tests to be executed by the Test Suite, especially in terms of test
objective and scope
points from which the Test Suite can be recovered or resumed if execution is halted
required configuration settings for the Test Suite of both hardware and software; for example, video-display
resolution, resource allocation, environment variables, and so forth
pre-existing consumables required by the Test Suite, such as populated data sets, receipt printer dockets, and so
This work product represents a container for organizing arbitrary collections of related tests. This may be realized
(implemented) as one or more automated regression Test Suites, but the Test Suite can also be a work plan for the
implementation of a group of related manual tests. Note also that Test Suites can be nested hierarchically, therefore
one Test Suite may be enclosed within another.
Sometimes these groups of tests will relate directly to a subsystem or other system design element, but other times
they'll relate directly to things such as quality dimensions, core "mission critical" functions, requirements
compliance, standards adherence, and many others concerns that cut across, or are not directly related to, the internal
You should consider creating Test Suites that arrange the available Test Scripts-in addition to other Test Suites-in
many different combinations: the more variations you have, the more you'll increase coverage and the potential for finding
errors. Give thought to a variety of Test Suites that will cover the breadth and depth of the target test items. Remember
the corresponding implication that a single Test Script (or Test Suite) may appear in many different Test Suites.
Some test automation tools provide the ability to automatically generate or assemble Test Suites. There are also
implementation techniques that enable automated Test Suites to dynamically select all or part of their component Test
Scripts for each test cycle run.
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