Developing a solid yet simple test plan

Software and app programming businesses are under pressure to compete with the growing software giants. While quality does matter, it’s not always enough for your business to be successful in this market because consumers expect a good experience from their products and services as well. If you want your small company to stand out among others, testing is an absolute must!

A proper test process will create trust between customers and clients by assuring them that they’re buying something reliable or functional – even if it costs more than other options available on the market today.

When used properly during the development stages of any product or service offered by a small business owner, testing can help make sure those same businesses don’t have major issues when selling items at the retail level since the ability to offer quality products and services can help small businesses thrive in the ever-changing landscape of digital innovation.

As proven by Chron, it is possible that a focus on product development has been what makes your business successful! If you want people around the world to know about your software or app programming company, make sure they work properly with all expectations met. A proper testing process using a business Test Plan following standard operating procedures will ensure success from start to finish.


What Is a Test Plan?

A test plan is a document that outlines the testing strategies, objectives, schedules, and deliverables for a software project. The purpose of this blueprint-like strategy is to make sure there are no problems with your product before you send it off to clients or investors. This also serves as documentation for future references in case any questions arise later about how things were done during the development stage.

A test plan can be used as a guidebook because they serve both purposes – outlining what will happen throughout the process while giving an overview of where we’re always headed.

One of the most expensive product recalls in history was due to a poor test plan. When you think about it, this is one way that companies could lose billions!

Did you know that due to a poor test plan, the Recall Of Takata Airbags In 2016 has been the costliest at 26 billion dollars affecting up to 19 million cars?

To date, this is not only one of the most expensive product recalls in history but it also poses serious dangers for drivers. Other recalls have included Vioxx ($8.9B), Volkswagen emissions, and Bextra ($3.2B) which may be very surprising given how successful these products were initially – all because they didn’t follow proper testing protocols or consider potential consequences before release!

With increased emphasis on product safety and efficacy testing, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported an astounding 214 Product Recalls in 2019 which is a 7% decrease from the previous year’s list.

In Britain (United Kingdom) product recalls ranging from food and drink to vehicles, medicines and medical devices, and electrical products are added to the website at all times. All being important and some, if not all, a life threatens risk level.


The Benefits Of Software Testing

The iPhone is the most successful invention in history. Despite being only launched 10 years ago, it has revolutionized cell phone technology and changed how we communicate with one another forever. Apple’s products are some of the bests on the market. Their success is due to stellar quality, at, somewhat, reasonable prices and brilliant features that work like they should each time you use them, no matter what your needs may be.

Software system testing is an essential tool for business optimization. It helps to ensure that all software products are in great shape and can be especially important if you have a new product or service offering. Here’s why:

  • Software System Testing assures excellent quality products and high-quality, reliable software. This leads to increased customer satisfaction which attracts market share for your company or organization!
  • A satisfied customer is an important key to any store’s success. It can be frustrating when customers ask for a refund because they were unsatisfied with the product-especially if you’ve invested heavily in marketing, advertising, and promotions! With software or product testing, your quality products will satisfy consumers’ needs often and happy clients are sure to return.
  • When your clients find their products reliable and worth the price, they may recommend them to friends. This will lead you to gain more customers as well as an increase in business sales!
  • Is your software reliable? Hiring a company to test the stability of your product before releasing it is crucial in this ever-changing technological world. With many rapidly changing products on the market, customers are looking for something that will last and be updated regularly. Ensuring quality assurance saves you from costly fixes after launching out to consumers as well as lowered customer satisfaction levels because they know what they’re getting into beforehand!
  • Enhancing our user experience will help us to create an even more immersive environment for the customers that love our products. This means we should be entirely free from errors that may cause inconvenience, which is why testing all your company software and application products before they are released helps provide a seamless customer experience.

But before you get into a software testing cycle, it is important to have a plan, and this is what I want to highlight in this article today. A software testing cycle without a plan is a plan to fail.


Into The How to Make A Test Plan

A test plan is a document that outlines the goals of testing, what needs to be tested (In Scope) and not tested (Not in Scope), different approaches for each type of software being examined. It also helps set standards about how every step in the process will happen. The best way to make sure all features are covered when creating your own template or just using one you already have on hand from any other project, if feasible and if you could, spend time exploring everything individually as much as possible before making assumptions about the application is better.

#1. Product Analysis

Do you know what a test plan is? A lot of people don’t. It’s important to understand the significance and purpose of this document so that your time can be spent efficiently and effectively analyzing each product thoroughly before testing it out for bugs.

To make sure all bases are covered in these documents; software analysis must take place first because without knowing who will use the program or how they’ll use it – you’re just wasting precious resources on something no one wants!

Without completing necessary research beforehand (like gathering information about end-users), there could also be confusion with other programs closely related but not alike which may lead to more errors than anticipated during actual tests!

#2. What Is in The Scope?

You should define the testing scope and type before performing any tests. Do this by analyzing your project, identifying what components to test, then deciding whether you want a general or in-depth analysis of that area. The goal is always the same: finding flaws in code so they can be fixed and become more stable for future use!

#3. What Are the Test Activities and Schedule?

The testing scope and type will help you identify all the tasks in your planned schedule. Identify each of these to get a detailed checklist for what needs to be done by whom when it should be finished as well as how much time that task took relative to others. This way, no one’s left wondering or waiting around with nothing scheduled!

#4. Does The Company You Are Working with Have Testing Strategies In Place Already?

The importance of having a strategic plan cannot be overstated. The test strategy should align with the objective and scope of your project to maximize its success rates as well as ensure that you are able to identify any problems before they become too big.

A good testing strategy also helps avoid unnecessary chaos during the process, which can lead other parts or objectives into jeopardy while making it difficult for testers to have a focus on what matters most at each particular time frame.

Converting this knowledge onto paper is essential if we want our testing team members to know how best to execute their role without missing out on crucial points along the way – so make sure you include these elements within your plans!

#5. Define The Test Criteria

To make your project a success, you need to generate and place test criteria on the test plan. A good set of guidelines should include what needs testing as well as different levels of quality that will be considered acceptable.

The level is based on how important it is for each component in the software project to live up to its description or requirements with respect to percentage passed; if these are not met then this would mean significant flaws exist which could lead to major issues down the line during launch time.

By taking care now, you can ensure all possible problems have been addressed before moving forward into the development phase or preparing for the release date – something testers know too well about!

#6. Have A Place to Write the Test Results Or A Reference To A Test Exit Report

For the test plan to be successful, it is essential that its results are written in detail. This will document any changes made before final approval and make sure that all parties understand what they must do for a seamless system launch.

The section should include the summary of testing as well as an Action Plan with clearly stated responsibilities from each staff or member on your team so there’s no confusion about who needs to act when features need fixing after completion of this phase of the development process.


Most Frequently Asked Questions About Test Plan 

#1. Who Is Responsible for Preparing a Test Plan?

The test plan is a document that outlines the testing process for your project. It’s prepared by the lead or manager, and it lays out how to go about finding errors in an application before releasing it into production.

#2. What’s The Role of a Tester in a Test Plan?

The task of a tester varies depending on what type of product they are going over but typically includes things such as installing or updating programs with various settings until errors occur; checking that all parts work together seamlessly so customers can enjoy their purchase from beginning to end without interruption; running diagnostics before release dates happen to find potential problems beforehand rather than later when damage has already been done by being out too long etcetera.

#3. What Should Contain in a Test Plan Documentation?

A test plan is an essential document for any software developer. The plans contain guidelines, tasks and schedules, resources needed to complete the testing process, and the environment in which it will be completed.

#4. Can You Explain the Stages Involved in Testing That I Should Capture in a Test Plan?

You know you’ve done a thorough job testing your product before launch if it can handle all these four stages without breaking down. Here’s what each one does: Unit tests make sure that individual components work together successfully, integration tests “kick the tires” on how well different parts interact with each other and see whether they conflict or not, system testing is for making sure everything works as promised in theory (i.e., checking to verify technical specifications), and acceptance testing ensures that every team member understands their role during this process so nothing falls through the cracks at crunch time!

#5. Are There Any Differences Between a Test Strategy and a Test Plan?

What is the difference between a test strategy and a test plan? Some examples of the differences are:

A Test Strategy outlines different styles to conduct software testing.

  • Serve as a guideline that explains test design and determines how tests need to be done.
  • It cannot be changed.
  • It is set at the organization level and can be used in multiple projects.

A Test Plan provides concrete plans for how you will execute your tests.

  • Serve as a document that defines the scope, objectives, approach, and emphasis on testing effort.
  • The plan can be changed.
  • It is defined at the project level.

#6. Can You Tell Me a Little Bit About What is STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle)?

A Software Testing Life Cycle or STLC is a process with different tasks performed to improve the quality of a software system product.

It has seven phases, which include required gathering and analysis, planning for completion, designing testing options based on requirements, and design decisions to create tests that will find bugs quickly but still be able to cover all aspects of the codebase.

  • Implementation phase: writing unit tests.
  • Execution phase: running automated checks against new builds as soon as they’re available so you can catch issues early when there’s less work involved fixing them.
  • Concluding by reviewing findings from previous cycle steps along with lessons learned into closure plans for future cycles.


To Conclude

No doubt, testing products before making them available to the public is essential because it gives quality assurance and customer satisfaction.

Product testing needs a clear process that will ensure success for your business – which means you need one of these!

A high-level or low-level test plan can be useful depending on what your needs are.

Product testing is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be tedious. Creating an actionable strategy can make product development easier and more efficient going forward.


Article written by Rogerio da Silva, a Contract Test Analyst at Natural Resources Wales.