Sources of inspiration for test cases

AFAIK, SWE maintains that tests are derived from (Marketing/System/Software) Requirement Specifications – and that is the end.

If it were so, I am sure purists of Software Engineering would agree to my observation.

I have derived meaningful test cases from at least these sources:

  1. (Marketing/System/Software) Requirement Specifications
  2. Bugs reported from the field (escalations)
  3. Questions asked in mail groups for (System Engineers/Subject Matter Experts/Beta customers)
  4. Knowledge Base articles written for Customer Support Engineers
  5. Test Automation Scripts
  6. White papers from marketing – and competitor’s marketing

Where else have you got inspiration?

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