Top Tips: Developing a solid plan for Software Testing

Top Tips: Developing a solid plan for Software Testing

Whenever you are creating new software, it is important for you to put it through a rigorous testing phase. The main objective of this testing is to make sure all the functionalities are in place, and the IT security is top-notch.

But as a software development team, your goal should also be to make the whole process as seamless and hassle-free as possible for both the user, and the test team. This will ensure the product launch is as soon as possible.

Keeping that in mind, we have come to you with a list of planning guides for software testing. So without any further ado, let’s dive right in. 

What is a software testing plan?

Before we actually create our plan, we need to know what it actually is. In the case of a software test plan, it is basically a document that clearly states the approach, scope, and schedule for all the testing activities.

The test plan will document,

·        What part of the software needs to be tested?

·        Who will be responsible for how the test will go?

·        Schedule and resources allocated behind the overall testing stages.

How to develop a solid test plan?

Let’s check out some of the essential things that should be included in your software test plan to yield the best result:

Learning the software

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is sometimes the most neglected part of the QA process. To make a solid test plan, you need to know how the product was developed, and the main purpose of the software. This will help you build a test model of the product, which represents all the sections.

Only after you know the end goal of the software, can you create effective test cases.

Create effective test cases

Always create an effective test case, where all the requirements of the test are described in steps. The test case should have the following pieces of information.

  • Test case type.
  • Test case description.
  • Test step.
  • Expected result.
  • Status (Pass/fail).

Developing a test strategy

In order to achieve the best yield in minimum time and resources, you must have a specific test strategy in place. This way, all of the testers will be following the same game plan. And at any specific time, all the test team members will know what they are responsible for.

Choosing the appropriate testing tools

You need to ensure that your testing teams have the necessary software testing solution needed to perform the activities. Whether the tools are software-based or need physical resources, your plan must choose and ensure the appropriate tools for the specific testing needs, be it API testing, UI tests or complex end-to-end scenarios.

Resource planning

During the planning phase of your software testing, you must include a resource plan as well. Your resource plan will list the people that are necessary to finalize the testing process in a specific timeframe. You also need to define the role of each person, so they can fulfill their task effectively, in an efficient manner.

While small QA teams or individual testers might do with Excel spreadsheets for test cases and plans, it is highly advisable to think of a good test management tool which scales with your team.

We have covered building a test model, creating test cases, developing a test strategy and planning the resources for the test plans. All of these tasks can be done easily in TestGear TMS – book a 30-minute online demo today to see for yourself!

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