The test planning stage signifies the necessity to evaluate long-lead-time test planning activities. During this stage, the test group identifies test procedure creation standards and protocols; hardware, software, and network required to aid test environment; test data requirements; a preliminary test schedule; performance quantify requirements; a method to control test configuration and setting; as well as defect-tracking procedure(s) and associated tracking tool(s).
The test plan comprises the results of each preliminary phase of the prearranged test methodology. The test plan will portray roles and responsibilities, project test agenda, test planning and design activities, test environment research, test risks and incidents, and acceptable level of thoroughness .Test plan addendum may include test procedures, naming principles, test procedure format standards, and a test procedure traceability environment.
The test environment setup is division of test planning. It represents the requirement to plan, track, and manage test environment setup activities, where material acquisition may have long lead times. The test team needs to list and trail environment setup activities; install test setting hardware, software, and network resources; integrate and install test environment resources; obtain/refine test databases; and build up environment setup scripts and test bed scripts.
The test design component addresses the need to describe the number of tests to be executed, the ways that testing will be approached (paths, functions), and the test conditions that need to be implemented. Test design standards need to be distinct and pursued.
An effective test program, incorporating the automation of software testing, engages a mini-development lifecycle of its own, absolute with strategy and goal scheduling, test requirement definition, analysis, design, and development. Analogous to software development, test requirements must be specified before test design is constructed. Test requirements need to be evidently defined and documented, so that all project team will understand the basis of the test efforts. Test requirements are defined within requirement statements as a result of test requirement analysis.
After test requirements have been resulting using the described techniques, test procedure design can start. Test procedure design comprises of the definition of logical groups of test procedures and a naming convention for the suite of test procedure. With a test procedure definition ready, each test procedure is then identified as either an automated or a manual test. During the test planning stage, the test team gets a perception of the number of test techniques being engaged and an approximation for the number of test procedures that will be required. The test team also will have a ballpark figure of the number of test procedures that will need to be achieved manually, as well as with an automated test tool.