One of Michael's comment "When you read a newspaper, do you *count* the stories? Count good news stories vs. bad news stories?" ....made me think why we as testers get swayed to the thought of classifying our test cases in such a manner .......
Yes, when I read a news paper ...I do not classify my stories nor count them but then what becomes so different when I write test cases ???
Putting my test manager's cap, the few immediate things / reasons that came up -
- How do you ensure that you have your test scenarios totally covered ?
- Can you maintain an exhaustive checklist ?
- Or is it easier to classify them as negative and positive for the team to build easier understandability around what is expected from them ?
- Does it take me away from micro management ?