Test Planning

What is test planning?

The ISTQB® defines a test plan as a list of activities, tasks or events of the test process, indicating their planned start and end dates and their interdependencies.

A test plan is therefore a document that describes in detail how a software or system test is to be carried out. It includes objectives, resources, schedule, test scope, test methods, test cases and responsibilities to ensure that the quality and functionality of a product can be tested and evaluated. The test plan helps to organize the test process and ensure that the requirements are met.

The importance of test planning

Test planning is a fundamental phase in the software development lifecycle as it lays the foundation for the entire testing process. It involves setting objectives, defining scope, allocating resources, setting schedules and assessing risks. A well-structured test plan is essential to ensure that the developed software meets the specified requirements, functions reliably and is free of serious errors. Good test planning therefore helps to find and rectify errors at an early stage, which ultimately saves costs. This is because the earlier errors are found, the less effort is required to rectify them.

Who can carry out test planning?

The responsibility for test planning can fall to different roles within a project team, depending on the complexity of the project and the organizational structure. In many cases, it is in the hands of experienced test managers or quality assurance specialists who have the expertise required to create a comprehensive test plan. These professionals consider factors such as test objectives, test scope, available test resources (both human and technical), project timelines and risk assessments to formulate an effective test strategy.

How to simplify test planning with TestBench

Effortless creation of test plans

With TestBench, detailed test plans can be created effortlessly thanks to the well-structured user interface and hierarchical tree structure. This ensures that all essential aspects of testing are adequately addressed.

Flexibility through customization

TestBench allows the integration of user-defined planning elements and is therefore adaptable to individual test processes and specific project requirements. This flexibility ensures that your testing methodology is tailored to the unique requirements of your project.

With a focus on requirements-based testing

The tool provides integrations with key requirements management tools to ensure that tests are closely synchronized with project requirements. This synchronization is critical to verify that the software meets the intended specifications.

Clear status tracking

TestBench integrates indicators that make it easy to monitor the status of tests at a glance. You can quickly see which requirements need to be tested, which tests are still pending and which have been successfully completed.

Efficient regression testing

TestBench simplifies the planning of regression tests for new internal product versions after bug fixes. This ensures that previously identified problems do not reoccur and the overall quality of the software is maintained.

Conclusion on test planning with TestBench

Test planning is a crucial phase in software development and TestBench is a valuable ally in this area. Its user-friendly interface, customizability and integration capabilities make it an excellent tool for teams looking to deliver high-quality software products on time to ensure customer satisfaction and business success.