Empower your Test Team
It’s worth considering the potentially demotivating effect that strict, step-by-step test cases can have on test team members. If their daily job becomes a familiar, tedious walkthrough of the same old test steps, then they may become jaded. Failing to employ their skills and encourage their thought processes because of overly strict test cases will often result in bugs slipping through. Talented testers will quickly expose any imperfections in the test cases if you give them the chance to share ideas.
So, empower your test teams by positioning testing as a creative challenge that provides opportunities to try different paths to get to the common end-goal of quality software. They will always have constraints on time, staff, documentation, and other resources in your projects, and writing test cases can be a time-consuming test activity. The choice of which detailed test cases to write will have a big impact on the effectiveness of the test team, and I hope the factors described in this article will help make your test case decisions much easier.