2.2 Objectives of the Test Plan
Section 2 of the sixteen parts of a test plan is the Introduction which is part of the Quality of testing. It contains four subsections: 2.1 Background, 2.2 Objectives of the Test Plan, 2.3 Objectives of UAT, and 2.4 References.
The 2.2 Objectives of the Test Plan section deals with the purpose of the test plan. The first part of the text could be:
The objectives of this UAT plan are to:
A key objective is to describe what the test plan is about. Good practise would be to produce a detailed plan for creating the UAT tests, including an outline plan for running them, early in the project. The second plan, covering the running of the tests, can be developed later in the project when delivery dates from the Development Team are known.
Sample Text for 2.2 Objectives of the Test Plan
- Communicate to all stakeholders the detailed plan for developing UAT tests and the outline plan for running them.
- Communicate to all stakeholders the detailed plan for running the UAT tests.
The rest of the objectives can be modified or deleted as required:
- What is to be done in UAT.
- Define the scope of what will be tested.
- Estimate the people and other resources required.
- Organise the activities and timescales.
- Specify the approach taken to testing.
- Define the deliverables expected.
- Specify how the testing results will be evaluated.
- Estimate the risks to testing plan and how to mitigate them.
- Use as basis for agreement by key stakeholders that plan is acceptable.
Other Articles on QUALITY Sections
- 2. Introduction gives an overview of the QUALITY process.
- 7. Item Pass/Fail Criteria gives an overview of how to evaluate the testing data to make a pass/fail decision.
- 9. Test Deliverables describes what is produced by the testing process.
- Basics of Project Plans gives further information on item 2:"Long or Unrealistic Timescales" and item 4:"Scope Creep" as two of the five key characteristics of a project plan and the importance of balancing them.
- Verification and Validation has further information on item 6:"Poor Testing" by explaining what the terms Verification and Validation mean.