I am kind of new to testing and I am still trying to get a good footing on what to do based on the theory given from the ISTQB.
The exercise of moving from the general guidelines in the Foundation Level Syllabus to something more concrete has been challenging; that's why I'm looking for assistance.
Right now, I'm going through the syllabus trying to see if I'm in the right mindset to begin making use of what I learned, and this question seemed to be a good place to start.
In class, we were shown a small extract with guidelines for a mobile app, and were asked if that was enough info to start testing activities or if we would need more information? Then follow up with what kind of information would you ask for.
I said that since the syllabus recommends to start testing as soon as possible, it should be enough information and that if I were to ask something it would be: who could work as a point of contact to discuss more information if I ever need something, like clarifying the assumptions I made out of the guidelines.
Another classmate said that we could not start until we got an idea of the context surrounding the testing process and would ask what kind of developing model they would follow, if they had any test types in mind and if they would want us to follow some standard, etc.
Our answers weren't denied but it seemed that the question was more in line with asking about resources and identifying when was enough to start with test planning.
After asking my teacher, the idea I got is that we have to first define a test basis by collecting resources relating to that specific testing process. The example app is an insurance app to report fender benders and to do the follow-up process for the East Coast of The US. For that, we could have asked for:
- Where are the privacy policies for the states that the app was going to be working in.
- A description of the flow of information within the insurance company, the persons involved in the follow-up process, etc.
I am not familiar with how insurance companies deal with accidents, but by looking at how they work there are a lot of resources I could ask for, but even if I think I have somewhat of an idea of what I should ask for, I still don't feel sure to say when I have enough information to start planning.
My question tries to ask in general how much information is enough information to start with test planning and the rest of the testing process?
Thanks in advance for any advice.