Testing Against Implicit Requirements
Nicola Lindgren

Testing Against Implicit Requirements


When I started my testing career, one of my first bosses told me that ASSUME makes an ass out of u and me.  Fast forward almost ten years and those words still  ring true. 

Even if we have written requirements, we will still be expected to test against hidden aka. implicit requirements. And these are a LOT trickier. After all, how can I test against something that I can't see? How can I test against something that nobody has written down or explicitly told me?

When it comes to implicit requirements, there's a lot of room for mistakes, misunderstandings and frustrations - but it doesn't have to be that way.

I'll share my experience in testing against implicit requirements and provide tips on how to spot implicit requirements, what shapes implicit requirements and of course how to test against implicit requirements.

What You'll Learn

  • How to spot implicit requirements
  • What shapes implicit requirements
  • Heuristics on how to test against implicit requirements