Formal Test Plan Template

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TEST PLAN
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Document Purpose
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the way to utilize the Test Plan. This Practice
Guide provides an overview, lays out the necessary requirements, describes the best practices, activities,
attributes, and related templates, tools, information, and key terminology of industry-leading project
management practices.
Background
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) is a
framework to enhance Information Technology (IT) governance through rigorous application of sound
investment and project management principles and industry’s best practices. The EPLC provides the
context for the governance process and describes interdependencies between its project management,
investment management, and capital planning components. The EPLC framework establishes an
environment in which HHS IT investments and projects consistently achieve successful outcomes that
align with Department and Operating Division goals and objectives.
The EPLC Design Phase initiates the Test Plan, where a final draft test plan is prepared. The Test Plan
describes the test cases and test environment specifications, and includes a Requirements Traceability
Matrix that maps requirements to the specific tests to be conducted in the Test Phase. This final draft
Test Plan will be used in the Development Phase to test components as they are built and integrated.
This ensures that all test cases will be adequately evaluated and executed, and system tested to ensure
requirements are met.
Practice Overview
Test planning is the practice of preparing for the testing phase of product development to ensure that
what is delivered to the client indeed satisfies the requirements as agreed upon in the requirements and
design specification documents. The test plan helps prepares those with a stake in the tests by setting
stakeholder expectations and documenting the agreed upon testing approaches.
The test plan is a document that outlines for project stakeholders:
the product functions to be tested;
what specific tests will be performed;
the approach to be take for those tests;
what to test and what not to test;
how the tests will be performed;
who will be responsible for performing each test;
what results are expected;
what is considered a successful test and a failed test; and
the exit criteria for any series of tests as well as for the testing phase as a whole.
A well defined test plan must also describe, in explicit detail, the method, goals, approaches, etc to be
used for each test.
The test plan is often created in the early stage of the deployment phase by the testing team, or some
group of testing specialists associated with the project. The initial draft of the plan is then reviewed by the
project manager and other stakeholders to ensure its compliance with project and business requirements.
According to Harold Kerzner’s book Project Management a Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling,
and Controlling (Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Date Published: 1979), approximately 20% - 30% of the overall
project’s work effort should be allocated to testing. As the risk, size, and/or complexity of the project
increases this value may need to increase accordingly. Regardless of how much testing is allocated for
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