Preparation and Review of Documents Containing Test Plans
Test procedure specification. This document describes the sequence of steps taken to perform a certain test.
Summary test run report. This document summarizes the types of tests and their results. It also contains the results of testing of the corresponding software products.
Test procedure specification is issued as a part of test development, and summary test run reports have to do with test execution processes. Ideally, these documents should be collected and linked into an effective, coordinated system that supports software testing from start to finish.
You need to analyze the content of a software test plan and optimize its structure for the purpose of running successful tests. For each item on this plan, you, together with your co-workers, should try to find an acceptable way to quickly and effectively meet its requirements. To reach the right solutions that will meet your needs and expectations, you will have to carry out independent analysis in the context of your own development environment.
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You know, the test plan can be identified using a type of unique number.
Test plan identifier. In the long-term, you can save time by assigning IDs to all test documents that are easy to track. Essentially, the ability to track documents allows you to receive the following benefits:
- If there is a unique identifier for each test document it becomes possible to avoid the situations wherein one of the testers will waste time studying the wrong document, instead of digesting relevant and useful knowledge. This identifier can be an alphanumeric string that can contain data displaying the product name, version number, date, and any other information that allows you to keep track of this document. It is recommended to give preference to identifiers that fit into the overall document management system.
- You will be able to build a document store (possibly a networked disk drive) that allows test runners and management to quickly find documents relevant for the testing of a given program. If during the next crisis you have to find the right version of a particular document, you will realize how useful such a document store is.
- You have the opportunity to build a document tracking system that supports versioning. At any time, it may be necessary to make changes to test documents, including test plans. You should be able to report the latest changes to the testers and management.