Re-architecting test assets increases test coverage by 250%

This company is an innovative online banking solution provider, having three major products catering to over 100 top financial institutions(FI) of the world including the top five FI in the world. They have a very successful product line, growing rapidly, with major releases approximately every year, incorporating new features to cater to the various needs of the market place. As the code base evolved, the test assets were also modified to reflect the changed product. The challenge faced was that the most of the test cases were passing and the rate of uncovering new defects was low.

The product became huge and the company decided to re-architect the product in order to enable rapid feature addition with low risk. That is when the company decided to re-look at its test assets and re-architect the same to increase the test coverage, improve defect finding ability and ensure that the test assets were future-proof. It had about 8000 test cases then.

We were chartered to analyze the existing test cases for completeness and modifiability and re-architect the same after filling the gaps and to ensure that the future test cases were easily pluggable. Applying STEM, we performed a thorough assessment of the existing test assets and discovered holes in the same. Using the STEM Test Case Architecture (STEM-TCA), we re-engineered the test cases by firstly grouping them into features, then by levels of tests and segregating into various types of tests and then finally by separating into positive and negative test cases. During this process of fitment of existing of test cases into the STEM-TCA, we uncovered quite a few holes. These were filled by STAG by designing 5000 test cases additionally. Not only did the STEM-TCA increase the test coverage by uncovering the missing test cases, it also provided a sharper visibility of the quality as the test cases were well organized by specific defect types. This improved the test coverage by about 250% and the technical management staff were confident about the adequacy of test assets and were also convinced about its future upgradeability and maintainability.

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