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Test Plan Vs Test Strategy

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Test Plan

Test Strategy

1

The set of ideas that guide or represent the intended test process

The way tests will be designed and executed to support an effective quality assessment

2

Test Plan are of different types:

  1. Unit
  2. Integration
  3. System
  4. UAT

 

Test strategy should

 

A. focuses most effort on areas of potential technical risk, while still putting some effort into low risk areas just in case the risk analysis is wrong.

 

B. address test platform configuration, how the product will be operated, how the product will be observed, and how observations will be used to evaluate the product

 

C. is diversified in terms of test techniques and perspectives. Methods of evaluating test coverage should take into account multiple dimensions of coverage, including structural, functional, data, platform, operations, and requirements.

 

D. Specify how test data will be designed and generated.

3

Test plan is the sub set of Test Strategy.

Different test techniques ( Ad hoc, Exploratory, Specification based, code based, Fault Injection and etc) and test methods (Black, White and Incremental) is used while designing test cases and execution

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  1. sam
    September 8, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    ———————–
    3 Principal Test Documents
    ———————–
    1. Test Policy (Organisation Level)

    – Very High Level Document
    – What “Testing” means for organisation
    – How organisation measures test success
    – Relatively static document (Changes when organisation’s focus changes)
    – Developed by IT department

    2. Test Strategy (Programme Level)

    – Applicable for a Programme/System which covers multiple projects
    – Objective/Scope of Testing
    – Inscope/Out of scope Items for testing
    – Test Levels (Unit/Module/System/Integration)
    – Test Types ( Functional/Non-Functional)
    – Entry/Exit/Stop/Resumption Criteria for testing (for different Levels/Phases)
    – Risks to be addressed
    – Test Environment
    – Test case design methodology (Specification driven/BVA/EQ Parttition)
    – Test methodology ( Top-down/bottom-up/risk based)
    – Test Automation Approach
    – Test Tools to be used
    – Defect Management approach
    – Defect classification
    – Retesting & regression approach

    3. Test Plan (Project Level)

    – All above points specific for this project
    – Test Estimation & Test schedule
    – Test Organisation/roles/responsibilities
    – Test deliverables
    – Test reporting

  2. aden
    August 20, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Who will write the test strategy? I read that the project manager writes the test strategy and team lead writes test plan. Then how test strategy comes under test plan. Please clear this doubt.

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