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Method and System for Shaping Test Plan Execution by Limiting information and Using a Weighted Tree Structure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000224406D
Publication Date: 2012-Dec-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 71K

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Abstract

A method and system for shaping test plan execution by limiting information and using a weighted tree structure is disclosed.

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Method and System for Shaping Test Plan Execution by Limiting information and Using a Weighted Tree Structure

Generally a test planner fully discloses details fully to a test executor before starting a project. Such optimization leads to inefficiencies on the aggregate level of the project.

Disclosed is a method and system for shaping test plan execution by limiting information and using a weighted tree structure. In an embodiment, test cases are deconstructed into subsets using a compartmentalization procedure. Mathematical induction is applied to the subsets resulting in advanced test cases.

In an exemplary scenario, a tree system with branch weighting is used to provide communication between a plan writer and the test executor. Test cases are individual nodes of the tree with the lowest tier of subsets presented to the executor at the project start. Sample test plans are shown in Figs. 1-3. As nodes are executed one or more branches open up corresponding higher tier nodes as the dependencies are met. Branch weighting is used to further shape critical trunks (paths). In some cases, failed test cases block tiers which are dependent.

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The branch weighting technique provides a total value of a project. However, the test executor will have test plan information at a tier level, rather than the entire test plan. Thereafter, the test executor optimizes between the different values that are presented. Also, the plan writer ide...