Big debate in our test team last week around at which point in Test Design you can “link” Requirements to a Test?
The advice we were getting from our Test Manager was - “You cant link Reqms to a test until youve written the Test Steps on the test, and only then can you claim the Reqm is covered” ie you cant link Reqms until youve fully completed the test design process for each and every test.
I disagreed & said that Reqms can be linked at the start of Test Design once youve completed Test Analysis, as based on test analysis youve considered which tests youll design based on Reqms from the test basis.
Therefore once I know Requirements being considerded I can progess into creating test cases & test objectives which will cover the reqms & then progress with test design including writing the steps that will verify the reqms & expected results.
If test case lifecycle is broken down as Information, Activity & Results, linking Reqms, in my opinion, is part of the Information element in the lifecyle of a test case.
I dont think either approach really matters, but to be told a test has to be completed in full before I can link Reqms doesnt seem correct.
Thoughts please …