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AI7.2 - Test Plan

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Test Plan

Establish a test plan based on organisationwide standards that defines roles, responsibilities, and entry and exit criteria. Ensure that the plan is approved by relevant parties.

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Value Drivers

  • Commitment of key stakeholders
  • Minimised business interruptions resulting from system processing failure
  Risk Drivers
  • Insufficient testing by automated test scripts
  • Performance problems undetected
  • Lack of cost control over testing activities
  • Undefined testing roles and responsibilities

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  1. Develop and document the test plan, which aligns to the project quality plan and relevant organisational standards. Communicate and consult with appropriate business process owners and IT stakeholders.
  2. Ensure that the test plan reflects an assessment of risks from the project and that all functional and technical requirements are tested. Based on assessment of the risk of system failure and faults on implementation, the plan should include requirements for performance, stress, usability, pilot and security testing.
  3. Ensure that the test plan addresses the potential need for internal or external accreditation of outcomes of the test process (e.g., financial regulatory requirements).
  4. Ensure that the test plan identifies necessary resources to execute testing and evaluate the results. Examples of resources include construction of test environments and staff for the test group, including potential temporary replacement of test staff in the production or development environments. Ensure that stakeholders are consulted on the resource implications of the test plan.
  5. Ensure that the test plan identifies testing phases appropriate to the operational requirements and environment. Examples of such testing phases include unit test, system test, integration test, user acceptance test, performance test, stress test, data conversion test, security test, operational readiness, and backup and recovery tests.
  6. Confirm that the test plan considers test preparation (including site preparation), training requirements, installation or an update of a defined test environment, planning/performing/documenting/retaining test cases, error and problem handling, correction and escalation, and formal approval.
  7. Ensure that the test plan establishes clear criteria for measuring the success of undertaking each testing phase. Consult the business process owners and IT stakeholders in defining the success criteria. Determine that the plan establishes remediation procedures when the success criteria are not met (e.g., in a case of significant failures in a testing phase, the plan provides guidance on whether to proceed to the next phase, stop testing or postpone implementation).
  8. Confirm that all test plans are approved by stakeholders, including business process owners and IT, as appropriate. Examples of such stakeholders are application development managers, project managers and business process end users.

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