Log in to Hexawise and click "Sample Test Models" in the left navigation menu.

They are provided to help you understand different aspects of designing better tests with Hexawise. Sample models with small numbers of Parameters tend to be highly-simplified instructional examples. Others, with higher numbers of Parameters, tend to involve more complex Systems Under Test.

Advice for Learning from Samples

1) Copy the models to enable editing.

Hover over the model name and click the "Copy" icon.

2) Explore! 

Visit the major screens in different Sample Models:

  • Parameters

  • Rules

  • Scenarios

  • Scripts

  • Analysis

Clicking around a bit and making changes to a few sample models is a great way to quickly learn about how Hexawise works!

Hexawise is a different kind of tool with different features compared to other software testing tools that you might be familiar with, so don't panic if features in Hexawise don't look familiar. It's normal to be a little confused at first. We've designed a series of certifications and support articles to help you increase your test design skills, understand Hexawise features, and - most importantly - become a more knowledgeable and powerful software tester.

3) Pay attention to what makes sets of Hexawise test sets different.

  • Hexawise tests are especially powerful and efficient, but unless you know what to look for you might not appreciate how much better they are than "normal" tests.

Hexawise will not only help you create tests much faster, it will also help you create much better tests than test scenarios you would be able to select by hand. They will be more varied, less repetitive, and leave significantly fewer gaps in coverage.

Hexawise Difference #1: Generating optimized test sets with Hexawise takes only seconds

Count how many seconds it takes you to generate new sets of test scenarios with Hexawise once you have identified an appropriate set of test inputs. Faster test scenario selection is the most obvious benefit that Hexawise delivers to testers.

Having said that, most experienced Hexawise users value other benefits more. For example, the benefit of much more thorough testing coverage that comes from Hexawise's optimized test sets.

Hexawise Difference # 2: Hexawise tests always automatically minimize wasteful repetition; Hexawise tests are as varied as possible

The 10 test scenarios above are very different from most manual sets of test scenarios. Most manually-selected sets of test scenarios, for example, would either have far more scenarios that test similar paths through the system (e.g., Coach Class with 1 Adult flying from the United States multiple times) or simply contain far more unspecified values (often due to testers selecting the same value in test after test).

Hexawise Difference #3: Manually-selected test sets tend to leave many accidental gaps in coverage; Hexawise tests do not leave any.

You can easily examine testing coverage achieved by your Hexawise-generated tests in your models. Simply go to the "Analysis" screen and click on the "Coverage Matrix" option to see the coverage achieved by your optimized Hexawise tests.

Detailed comparisons between coverage achieved by Hexawise's optimized tests sets and coverage achieved by your company's "business as usual" test selection methods are eye-opening! We often help our clients do this analysis with real sets of tests. Unfortunately, sample models themselves cannot provide this level of "Hexawise vs. Business as Usual" insight to new Hexawise users.

If you're a new Hexawise user exploring sample models, it is enough for now to simply become familiar with the concept that Hexawise's optimized tests are especially powerful and efficient. And unlike manually-selected sets of test scenarios, Hexawise-generated tests will not accidentally leave gaps in coverage. As you progress through Hexawise's suggested achievements, you will learn more details about what exactly these coverage reports mean.

4) Read the notes.

Finally, be sure to check the "Notes" for some useful comments and links about the Sample Models. This icon is present next to the Model Name at the top.

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