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    Test strategy vs test plan

    Hi guys, whether test strategy and test plan are same , or if it is different in what sense it is different.

    because i studied many definition it is bit confusion for me.

    thanks in advance.


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    hi balaji,

    TEST STRATEGY is a company level document developed by quality analyst people.This document defines the testing approach to be followed by the testing team. it consists of

    1) Scope and objective: The purpose of testing in an organization
    2) Business issues: Budget control for testing
    3) Testing approach: That is the TRM ( Test responsibility Matrix)
    4) Test Delivarables: Names of the testing documents to be prepared by the Testing Team.
    5) Roles and Responsibilities: Names of jobs in the testing team and their responsibilities
    6)Communication and status reporting: Required negotiation between two jobs in a team
    7) Test automation and Tools: Availability of testing tools and purpose of automation
    8) Defect reporting and Tracking: required negotiation between testing and development teams
    9) Risks and Migitations: Expected failures during testing and solutions to overcome
    10) Change and Configuration management: How to handle sudden changes in customer requirements.
    11) Training plan :


    on the other hand TEST PLAN is a document which defines basically..
    1) what to test?
    2) how to test ?
    3) when to test ?
    4) who to test?

    Documentation specifying the scope, approach, resources, and schedule of intended testing activities. It identifies test items, the features to be tested, the testing tasks, responsibilities, required, resources, and any risks requiring contingency planning
    Test lead prepares this document. It is normally defined in IEEE829 format which is as follows
    1 ) Test plan ID : Unique number or name
    2) Introduction : About project
    3) Test Items: Names of all modules in the project.
    4) Features to be tested :
    5)Features not to be tested:
    6) Tessting approach: finalized TRM, selected testing techniques
    7) Entry Criteria : When testing can be started
    8) Exit Criteria : when testing can be stopped
    9)Fail or Pass criteria:
    10) Test Environment : The environment where the test is to be carried out.
    11) Test Delivarables:
    12) Staff and training
    13) Roles and Responsibilities
    14 ) Project starting and End dates
    15) Risks and migitations.

    Last edited by murali prakash j; 03-17-2008 at 08:10 PM.

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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    Hi Balaji,

    Murali is correct!!!
    Just to put it in simple words....

    Test Strategy is a high level document. In which you will be talking about complete testing project.
    It will talk only on what approaches will be taken, which types of testing will be done like Performance, Functionality etc...

    Test Plan is a detailed document. You will have different test plans like Performance test plan, Unit test plan, System/Integration test plan ......
    Here you will talk in detail like how you wish to go about it, are you using any tools, Parameters that you will be testing.... and everyting will be specific only to that particular testing (Performance,System/Integration).

    Hope I have cleared it a bit....
    You can always get back incase of doubts.

    Regards,
    Tina.


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    Hi Tina Murli says, in Test Strategy
    (Test automation and Tools: Availability of testing tools and purpose of automation)

    And you says Tools part in test Plan (...are you using any tools,)

    Which is correct?


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    Hi Parag,

    You need to mention the tools in both Test Plan and Strategy.

    As mentioned earlier, Test strategy is a high level document and in this you just mention that you will be doing on a higher level and suppose you are using automation for functional testing, then which tool you are using e.g. QTP, RFT etc...

    Now when you write the test plan, you will mention some the tool and along with some more details like what % of effort will be automated, how many resources will be working on automation and how many on manual etc...


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    so can any one tell me Test Strategy is a Part of Test Plan or vice versa and which comes first Test Strategy or Test plan.

    Thanks & Regards
    Tester

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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    Quote Originally Posted by balajip82 View Post
    Hi guys, whether test strategy and test plan are same , or if it is different in what sense it is different.

    because i studied many definition it is bit confusion for me.

    thanks in advance.
    Hi,

    Test stratergy belongs to entire process of testing, resources, features to be covered under test and test plan is related to test cases, implementation of test cases, and result analysis to my knowledge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vijenjoy2k2 View Post
    so can any one tell me Test Strategy is a Part of Test Plan or vice versa and which comes first Test Strategy or Test plan.
    Test Plan is a part of Test Strategy


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    Hi Tester,

    Test Strategy is a part of Test Plan.


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    What is the difference in Project Plan and Test Strategy?


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    Test strategy : It is company level document developed by quality analyst.In this document QA defines testing approaches like scope and objective, business issue, test deliverable s, roles and responsibilities , risk and mitigation , change and configuration management .

    Test plan: It is document which is prepared by TL. Here he do job allocation in terms of what to test , how to test, who will test n when to test.
    Regards,
    Ekta


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    Re: Test strategy vs test plan

    To find out the “Difference between Test Strategy and Test Plan“, first we need to see their individual definition. Here they are: bit.ly/1QZNuvS


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