I am not sure how to distinguish the chart and the areas in it... For me, the chart describes in one sentence what the session is all about.

And the areas are a (probably incomplete) high-level description of what will be done in a session.

For example: Test chart: Login with a different type of user


Login with a non-registered user. Login with a registered user. Login with the wrong credentials. etc.

Is this correct or too much "fake" session? I mean, I am not describing script test cases (since no test steps) but high level what I will test.

Some of my testers just copy the acceptance criteria of a user story in the area and say: "this is my session".

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Taking for example James Bach's charter template

  • The Charter entry is a description of your testing goals, what do you want to explore and which information do you want to extract or understanding you are after.
  • The Areas you can include the components, environment, testing techniques, etc. Basically everything that will describe the tooling and the points of the SUT that you want to explore.

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  • So, there will not something like highlevel test scenarios desciption before the session anywhere?
    – MichaelN.
    Commented Jan 4, 2022 at 15:53
  • The Charter is an output document for a testing session. Naturally you can pre-fill it or some other note with test ideas, but it's not the main purpose of it. Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 14:18

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