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| 07 March, 2021, 04:17 AM IST | E-Paper

    Definition of 'Workflow Testing'

    Definition: Workflow testing involves mimicking the production environment into the testing phase so that it can be tested from an end-user's perspective. The test database must include sufficient test data so that each workflow can be tested thoroughly.

    Description: This kind of testing is perfect for a workflow-based application. Workflow activities interact with other software applications whose functionalities are defined in the business process. The testing of correctness for workflows in the designing phase and after that becomes vital in today’s world as workflows are getting more complex and hence chances of errors are more. Workflow testing comprises checking expected output matches with that of the test data. Workflow testing involves routing records through all possible paths. A test plan is very handy in this case, since it enables you to test and ensure that all paths have been covered in the testing process. Following are the processes used in workflow testing:

    - Understanding business workflow

    - Developing test cases using various test case designing techniques (boundary value, decision table etc.)

    - Verification of different flows with different sets of user types with different privileges

    - Performing positive and negative tests

    - Logging of defects based on difference of expected and actual results

    As in case of other changes in the product, any change in the workflow-based service should be passed though a testing round before its deployment to ensure that the version is being rolled out to meet the business requirements.
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