What is the difference between 'Test Approach' and 'test Strategy'?

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  • Apr 25th, 2006

Test Approach and Test Stratergy are two closely knit things

When Developing a test stratergy you decide upon the test approach that is acceptable to you or the client based on resources available, time for testing given etc.

Like if you have got serious time limitation you can take a priority based test case execution as your test approach, where in you prioritize each test case to be executed.

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Mahesh Kumar.G

  • May 25th, 2006

Test Strategy: Is the plan prepared to do your testing.

Test Approach:Is the way how do you do your testing.



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  • Jun 8th, 2006

Test Strategy - This will tell you the Scope of your testing and the Hardware, software, Environment you are goign to perform testing and Testing Tools like Winrunner,QTP and Rational Robo, Defect Management tool like Test Director, Rational Cleat Quest etc.,. These information will be specified in the Test Strategy. This level can also called as Engagement level.

Test Approch - This will tell how you are going to perform testing. If it is a automation project, how to develope scripts i.e., using certain framework or record and playback.

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  • Jun 14th, 2006

test approach:-its an over all requirements(from start to end) that has to be followed during testing,ie its tells u that things that as to be followed.

test strategy:-its an implemented form of of test approch.What ever the things that are said in test approach are actually implemented during test stradegy

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TEST APPROACH explains the type of testing that will be performed on the project.  A test approach considers the following:  1) Criteria for approach selection, 2) Approach for organizing tests, and 3) Approach for executing tests.

TEST STRATEGY clarifies the major tasks and challenges of a test project. It is created to inform project managers, testers, and developers about key issues of the testing process. This includes the testing objective, methods of testing new functions, total time and resources required for the project, and the testing environment. The test approach is typically covered in the test strategy.

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  • Nov 20th, 2017

Executing priority based test cases to complete the test on time limitation is an approach and how you prioritize those test cases is a strategy.

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  • Oct 2nd, 2018

Test Strategy: It is a high level document and high level approach define by the project manager which explains briefly how testing to be carried on the current project.

Test Approach: It is detailed work plan that explains:scope of testing, resources, work schedules and test deliverable.

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