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A common pitfall of testing activity is that it doesnít test the right functionality, or it spends too much time in some areas, or is too detailed. These are the symptoms of poor planning, and can be mitigated by the production of a test plan.


Before any testing can commence, it is first important to understand the scope of:

bullet What is being tested: Understand functionality, interfaces and architecture in and out of scope
bullet How it is to be tested: Understand the range of test styles (boundary, non-functional, user experience) that is necessary
bullet What are the constraints: Understand time and resource that are available for testing
bullet What is the fall-back: What are the consequences of undetermined bugs? Not every application is life-critical, and often defects can be managed as part of an iterative cycle of development.

Depending on the answers to the above a completely different style of testing may be appropriate.


Codel Services has put together a test planning template that is designed to suitable for most projects, and ensures that the right questions are asked at the right time.


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This paper has been prepared by Codel Services Ltd to illustrate how structured business modelling can help your organisation. Codel Services Ltd is an IT Consultancy specialising in business modelling. If you would like further information, please contact us at: Deryck Brailsford, Codel Services Ltd, Dale Hill Cottage, Kirby-Le-Soken, Essex CO13 0EN,United Kingdom. Telephone: +44 (0)1255 862354/Mobile: + 44 (0)7710 435227/e-mail: info@codel-services.com