Today, getting the product to market as quickly as possible with the right features may be more important than the product’s reliably. In this type of environment, testing efforts that just find defects aren’t enough to satisfy what is needed. Testers are challenged to achieve a good balance between helping to get the product out the door and ensuring quality, reliable software. How can they achieve this? How can testers to know if they have devised an adequate testing effort? How can they tell if the most important aspects of the product were actually tested and whether they were tested well? Answers to these questions come from creating a strategy based on the most critical and important tests to run This class, patterned after an approach by Marnie Hutchinson, provides techniques for identifying the areas of the product that are critical to the testing effort Come learn an approach that results in a testing focus targeting risks and product criticality.

Course Objectives

Join this full day course to learn an approach to a testing focus that targets risks and the most critical functions of a product.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to develop a most important test case strategy
  • How to apply risk to identify most important test cases
  • How to use coverage and data and boundary analysis to identify most important test cases

Course Outline

Module 1: Software Testing: Why Most Important Test Focus?

  • Testing today
  • Divergent quality experiences
  • The most important test method

Module 2: Initiating Most Important Test Focus Strategy

  • What do you need for a successful test effort
  • What are the critical components
  • What objectives are we striving for
  • Establishing the strategy foundation

Module 3: Coverage and Most Important Tests Areas

  • Identifying risks
  • Which are the most important areas
  • Calculating coverage requirements

Module 4: Identifying MIT Paths and Data

  • Path analysis principles
  • Testing implications
  • Basic concepts of data and boundary analysis
  • Decision tables
  • Implementation of the test strategy

Module 5: Executing and Managing the Strategy

  • Managing for the most important test focus
  • Measuring and reporting MIT focus


Clyneice Chaney, Quality Squared

Clyneice Chaney brings over 20 years of testing, quality assurance, and process improvement experience. Clyneice holds certifications from the American Society for Quality as a Certified Quality Manager, QAI Global Institute's Certified Quality Analyst, and Project Management Institute's Professional Project Manager. She has participated as an examiner for state quality awards for Georgia and Virginia. She is currently an instructor for the International Institute for Software Testing and has presented technical papers at the Software Engineering Institute: SEPG Conference, American Society for Quality: Quality Manager's conference, Quality Assurance Institute International Testing Conference, International Conference on Software Process Improvement and Software Test and Performance Testing Conferences.