Are you still struggling to convey your ideas more effectively during test planning? Mind Maps are an effective means of conveying some concept or idea via graphical representations. Such representations utilize images, lines and symbols through various testing phases with supporting activities in every phase. It helps in depicting an entire testing function besides showing you the most creative and logical planning option. 

QA experts at Yogiti use mind maps for different testing activities like for achieving a fair measurement of the test coverage and analysing requirements besides planning and designing tests. Be it for representing the complex steps of test cases or for validating the test cases, you can use it at a granular level.

Tools that you use for drawing mind maps may possess nodes, links and notes that you may either search, zoom, fold or unfold. This way, you can impart more details into the map.

How to Use a Mind Map for Sample Testing

  • Place the main subject or concept at the central position, for instance: the Test Plan of the ABC project 
  • Allow the main idea to branch out of its core representing multiple themes e.g. creating status reports, setting up the test environment, performing functional tests, unit tests and various other activities. Twigs representing various test activities can further be achieved out of each branch
  • Gain control over verbiage by keeping the sentences short in every branch. Using colour codes will help distinguish the more critical tasks from the others by grouping objects
  • A Mind Map ensures a better understanding of a theme through pictorial representation. It will not be of any help if it proves heavier or more elaborate
  • You may choose a separate Mind Map for shifting the more descriptive items from the main Mind Map
  • Mind Maps necessitate substantial brainstorming activities involving stakeholders for ensuring correctness and completeness


Benefits of Using Mind Maps in Testing

Improve Test planning: Several tasks ought to be performed in support of your software testing attempts. Such tasks can be visualized in a series once you draw the mind map. Initially, you must draw a mind map, analyse it with the stakeholders and update it with the addition or removal of tasks. The ultimate testing scope gets reflected in the final mind map. While planning the tasks, it could act as a direct input that keeps you from missing any test activity inadvertently. 

Test Traceability: Mind Maps may cover all requirements and even relate them to similar test cases. Besides ensuring sufficient test coverage, it even makes the test outcomes easier to verify.

Track testing progress: While ascertaining the health of a software testing project, mind maps even help the QA testers at Yogiti in tracking its progress. The test plan gets easier to review for the management; it helps them determine if the test is running as directed besides obtaining a bigger picture of all pending activities.

Mind maps can be a useful tool for developing test plans and strategies as they allow testers to organise their thoughts and ideas in a visual and logical manner. 


Steps to utilize mind maps for developing test plans and strategies:

  1. Identify the main goal or objective of the test plan or strategy. This could be testing a specific feature, ensuring compliance with regulations, or improving the overall quality of the product.
  2. Create a central idea or theme in the centre of the mind map. This could be the main goal or objective identified in Step 1.
  3. Branch out from the central idea and add subtopics related to the main goal or objective. These subtopics could include things like testing scenarios, test cases, test data, testing tools, and test environments.
  4. Continue to branch out from each subtopic and add more details as needed. For example, under the testing scenarios subtopic, you could include different user scenarios, edge cases, and negative testing scenarios.
  5. Once you have completed the mind map, review it to ensure that all the important areas have been covered and that there are no gaps in your test plan or strategy.
  6. Use the mind map to guide your testing activities and ensure that you are following the plan and covering all the necessary areas.


Using a mind map can help our testers to create a clear and structured test plan or strategy, which improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the testing process.