Is use case testing standard practice and if so could people point me towards some methodology and perhaps some tools.

I was thinking that my Test cases could easily be represented via some type of UML.

I found a tool which pretty much shows what I'm trying to explain: http://www.visual-paradigm.com/product/ag/tutorials/flowofeventstestcase.jsp

i.e. represent test cases through a model, record steps and expected outcomes

  • So your questions are "Is use case testing standard practice?" and "Do tools exist to support use case testing graphically?"
    – corsiKa
    Commented Jun 10, 2013 at 22:32
  • Essentially yes, although I suspect I may not have used the correct terminology. Commented Jun 11, 2013 at 7:11

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Use cases are a way to translate requirements into something more concrete. If you have use cases, you should test with them. You should test in other ways, too.

How you represent your test cases is up to you. Some considerations for picking a representation might be tool quality and cost, and ease of writing, revising, searching, annotating, and grouping test cases. Of course you should consider how easy it is for someone (other than the author) to interpret the test cases too.

If you are just getting started with use cases, and you aren't sure which representation is best, you might try an experiment, e.g. pick your two favorite representations, split your test cases into two groups, and try each representation with one of the groups.

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