Testing is an integral part of getting the most out of your HR technology. Proper testing ensures Workday® is functioning as intended, at top efficiency and without defects. Testing is particularly important when a client first implements Workday®, and after a Workday® update. IJA’s approach to that testing is comprehensive, systematic, and customized to the client’s specific needs. 

When it comes to testing, the “lingo” can be rather confusing. We get asked a lot of questions about testing but one of the most common is “what are the differences between test scenarios, test scripts, and test cases?” Read on as we break it down below.

Test Scenario

A Test Scenario is a high-level scenario meant to ensure the end-to-end process or task is tested. The benefits of a Test Scenario are clear—it’s easy to create and cover the end-to-end testing of a system, and allows users the opportunity to learn their own way to complete the process. An example would be ensuring that a user can be successfully hired into the system. The drawback to a Test Scenario is that it can be difficult to implement if users are unsure of how to use the system and/or data.

Test Case

A Test Case describes a specific idea that is to be tested, without exact steps or data to be used. For example—hire a full-time, non-exempt employee into the HR department. A Test Case gives testers a framework to test, without them being forced to follow step-by-step instructions. This allows the user to learn in their own way to complete the process. Test Cases are used as a subset of Test Scenarios in end-to-end testing, and are also used individually as part of unit testing to test individual functionalities of the system. However, as is the case with Test Scenarios, users may struggle with new functionality or data without exact steps.

Test Script

A Test Script is a step-by-step description of all of the actions and data that an employee should use in the testing process. A Test Script can be used in conjunction with Test Scenarios and Test Cases, in both unit and end-to-end testing. This gives users an exact process to follow in completing the process. The drawback to a Test Script is that it can be difficult and time consuming to create one, with no flexibility for users to explore different or alternative ways to perform tasks.

IJA and Workday®

The IJA team has the knowledge and experience to successfully avoid the above-mentioned drawbacks and get the most useful outcomes from each component of Workday® testing, ensuring that the client is receiving every possible benefit for maximum efficiency. Learn more about how we approach testing.

Do you have more testing FAQs? Read our white paper: The Importance of Workday® Testing & Methodologies That Work.