Handling Changing Requirements

Despite your best efforts to pin your customers to the ground and extract exact requirements from them on pain of horrible nasty things involving scissors and hot wax, requirements will change. Most customers don’t know what they want until they see it, and even if they do, they aren’t that good at articulating what they want precisely enough to be useful. And even if they do, they’ll want more in the next release anyway. So be prepared to update your test cases as requirements change.

Suppose, for instance, that you wanted to expand the range of the Roman numeral conversion functions. Normally, no character in a Roman numeral can be repeated more than three times in a row. But the Romans were willing to make an exception to that rule by having 4 M characters in a row to represent 4000. If you make this change, you’ll be able to expand the range of convertible numbers from 1..3999 to 1..4999. But first, you need to make some changes to your test cases.

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