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Category: Scrum Patterns / Optional Scrum Patterns / (User) Story Testing Patterns

Pattern: State Diagrams

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Pattern Summary:

  • Similar to the "Flow Chart" technique, except sometimes a set of complex logic is better conveyed as a state diagram, ensuring that under the appropriate conditions, and entity transitions from and to the correct states. The diagram's states and transitions can then be used to test if the system is behaving correctly or not.

Possibly Good For:

  • Tests where a system object can go through numerous (often workflow related) states

Possibly Bad For:

  • Generally bad for everything else.

Pattern Details & References:

Pattern Contributors:

  • Charles Bradley

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