Soap Opera Testing

Test processes are successful if they are effective, efficient, manageable, and fun. A major factor in how well these four objectives are achieved is the approach to making test cases. One such approach is "soap opera" testing.

As many readers know, soap operas are dramatic daytime television shows that were originally sponsored by soap vendors. They depict life in a way that viewers can relate to, but the situations portrayed are typically condensed and exaggerated. In one episode, more things happen to the characters than most of us will experience in a lifetime. Opinions may differ about whether soap operas are fun to watch, but it must be great fun to write them. Soap opera testing is similar to a soap opera in that tests are based on real life, exaggerated, and condensed.

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