How Can I Check Out a Few Sample DesignWise Plans?

DesignWise has a few sample plans available for users to learn more about the tool. Let’s learn how to access them.

Starting Out

Log in to DesignWise and click “Sample Plans” in the left navigation menu. A variety of sample test plans are included in DesignWise.

They are provided to help you understand different aspects of designing better tests. Sample plans with small numbers of Parameters tend to be highly-simplified instructional examples. Plans with higher numbers of Parameters tend to involve more complex Systems Under Test.

Since the sample plans themselves are not editable, you can make a copy of the plan to explore and edit. Experimenting by making changes to the plans is a good way to learn.

Plan Details

Some of the sample plans contain useful explanations of features and interesting aspects about the specific Sample Plan you’ve opened, such as the screenshot shown above. The “Test your understanding” section may help you learn important test design principles and develop better insight to test design strategies.

Advice for Learning from Sample Plans

Copy the plans to enable editing.

Explore!

Pay attention to what makes sets of DesignWise test sets different.

  • DesignWise tests are especially powerful and efficient, but unless you know what to look for you might not appreciate how much better they are than “normal” tests.

Read the notes.

These four points are explained in more detail below:

Copy each sample plan to enable editing

Sample Plans are “view only” by default, but copying a Sample Plan will allow you to edit and interact with the plan. You’ll learn more, and faster, that way.

Explore!

Visit the major screens in different Sample Plans:

  • Parameters
  • Rules
  • Scenarios
  • Scripts
  • Analysis

Clicking around a bit and making changes to a few sample plans is a great way to quickly learn about how DesignWise works!

DesignWise is a different kind of tool with different features compared to other software testing tools that you might be familiar with, so don’t panic if features don’t look familiar. It’s normal to be a little confused at first. We’ve designed a series of certifications and support articles to help you increase your test design skills, understand features, and – most importantly – become a more knowledgeable and powerful software tester.

Pay attention to what makes sets of DesignWise tests different

DesignWise will not only help you create tests much faster, it will also help you create much better tests than test scenarios you would be able to select by hand. They will be more varied, less repetitive, and leave significantly fewer gaps in coverage.

DesignWise Difference #1: Generating optimized test sets with DesignWise takes only seconds

Count how many seconds it takes you to generate new sets of test scenarios once you have identified an appropriate set of test inputs. Faster test scenario selection is the most obvious benefit that DesignWise delivers to testers.

Having said that, most experienced users value other benefits more. For example, the benefit of much more thorough testing coverage that comes from optimized test sets.

DesignWise Difference # 2: DesignWise tests always automatically minimize wasteful repetition; DesignWise tests are as varied as possible:

The 10 test scenarios above are very different from most manual sets of test scenarios. Most manually-selected sets of test scenarios, for example, would either have far more scenarios that test similar paths through the system (e.g., Coach Class with 1 Adult flying from the United States multiple times) or simply contain far more unspecified values (often due to testers selecting the same value in test after test).

DesignWise Difference #3: Manually-selected test sets tend to leave many accidental gaps in coverage; DesignWise tests do not leave any:

You can easily examine testing coverage achieved by your DesignWise-generated tests in your plans. Simply go to the “Analysis” screen and click on the “Coverage Matrix” option to see the coverage achieved by your optimized tests. Unlike manually-selected sets of test scenarios, DesignWise-generated tests will not accidentally leave gaps in coverage.

Read the notes that are included in the Sample Plans to gain additional insights

Finally, be sure to check the “Notes” for some useful comments and links about the Sample Plans. This icon is present next to the Plan Name at the top.