What is difference between a Test Plan, a Test Strategy, A Test Scenario, and A Test Case? What’s is their order of succession in the STLC?

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  • Jun 14th, 2006

Test Plan : Test Plan is a Document Developed by the Test Lead. And Test Lead

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Gurjala Suresh

  • Jun 14th, 2006

Test Plan: Test plan is a Document, developed by the Test Lead, which contains "What to Test","How to Test", "When to Test", "Who to Test".

Test Strategy: Test Strategy is a Document, developed by the Project manager, which contains what type of technique to follow and which module to test.

Test Scenario: A name given to Test Cases is called Test Scenario. These Test Scenario was deal bythe Test Enggineer.

Test Cases:It is also document andit specifies a Testable condition to validate a functionality. These Test Cases are deal by the Test Enggneer

Order of STLC:

Test Strategy, Test Plan, Test Scenario, Test Cases.

senthil kumar

  • Jun 22nd, 2006

Test Cases and Test Scenario  cared by Test Engineer....

one test cases contain different scenarios

test scenarios belongs to test cases.

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  • Jul 5th, 2006

Hi all,

I feel that all the terms are briefly and accurately have been discussed by Gurjala Suresh except 'Test Scenario'.

Lets take an example: In an application, user has to login then edit the content of any page.

Lets suppose this updation should be notified by system to the administrator through mail in a perticular format.

To verify the things tester'll create the test scenarios to include all the functionalities.

i.e. He/She'll test the:

1). login process first (He/She'll write test steps to test login process)

2). Whether edition is possible on the page.

3). Whether automatically repot is generated.

4). format of the report etc...

These all the specified scenarios are 'Test Scenarios'.
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shiva prasad

  • Aug 12th, 2006

Test plan: It is a project level document and can be prepared by a test leads. Test plan states that What to test,Who to test,When to test and How to test the given application.

Test Strategy:It is a company level document and generally prepared by Project managers or Quality Analyst people.It states that all test issues/test factors are to be identified corresponding to the all developement stages throught the SDLC.

Test Case:Prepared by a test engineers, Which contains functionalities based upon the business logic are documented to execute later to identify the bugs prasented in the application.


  • Jan 5th, 2018

I think group of test cases is known as test suite.

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