The test plan is very important in any organization. The Test Plan defines the project’s objectives, scope, approach, and focus of its testing efforts. The process of preparing a Test Plan provides an effective way to think through the efforts needed to validate the acceptability of the application under test (AUT).
There are various roles on projects, some people may play more than one role. You should always check with your organizations testing methodology on what your role(s) are. Below is a breakdown of quality assurance roles and responsibilities:
- Oversees all testing staff and activities for all assigned applications
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The Test Strategy defines the general approach that will be employed to test the software and to evaluate the results of testing. It outlines the testing approach, identifies the required resources and communication plan and lists the deliverable elements of the project.
This Test Strategy also supports the following specific objectives:
The testing methodology is very important in any organization. This document lays the foundation for the testing group. It’s main purpose is to set consistency and discipline to the testing process. It guides you through the process by defining why testing is being done, who is testing, what is produced during the various phases, and when it testing should be included in a project.
Software testing is not just limited to testing the application, it also includes documentation. Testing documentation is used for a variety of reasons:
- Explains the purpose & goal of testing
- Explains will be tested & how
- Provide testing results to the project team
Performance testing is a general term used to describe testing activities where a simulated user load is directed at a system and measurements are gathered. It is designed to meet or exceed a set of system performance goals while maintaining a particular user load profile. It places variable load – from a minimum to a maximum – on the system. The variable load demonstrates what the system can sustain without running out of resource or having transactions perform in a less-than-optimal fashion.
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I was cleaning out a folder on my machine when I stumbled on an oldie but goodie PDF called “Classic Testing Mistakes” by Brian Marick.
In the paper he states how he breaks the classic mistakes into 5 themes and how to resolve the mistakes: