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Creating Test Plans
I have been working for my company now for about 2 1/2 years. Anyways, we have not really had a QA department at all. It has been done by the developers, trainers, and customers. Basically we have never had a formal testing department. I have somewhat stepped in to this QA job since I have done most of the testing, but my testing has been done since I know the software and I have to know how things work.
I am asking for some assistance on how to set this department up. I have been to many websites that says do this and do that, but none really give any examples. I have to do this by hand until I prove to them how important this department will be. Otherwords they are not going to buy software right now.
Is there a site that has test plans? test cases? Functional requirements? Customer test plans?
I know this is very long question, but I am asking everyone out there that has experience with this situation.
[This message has been edited by Bandit853 (edited 09-26-2002).]
Re: Creating Test Plans
There are three sources of I know to find detailed examples of software documentation like test plans and requirements (besides the templates at www.qalinks.com)
The first is in academic environments. Sometimes school projects will be online with the requirements, test plans and test cases. The second is large government projects, like at NASA or the DoD. They often publish not only templates, but they sometimes publish examples and real-world documentation. The third source is open source projects. Especially the large projects (looks for the most popular ones on sourceforge) will have their documentation online for all the volunteers.
Since you are establishing the methods for a department, I would also consider picking up some books on the subject.
Re: Creating Test Plans
Good Question.. I can give you some guidelines. Regarding the Documents you will get from the web site he referred.
To setup the QA Department and starting it in full swing, you need to do the framework. That means , starting with preparing some document templates.
To start with You should have the Software Requirement Specification document template which is to be used by the development department. Then Test Plan, Test Cases, Test Reports, Bug Reports, Weekly Bug status reports etc.
You can refer some general template and then customise as per your company's requirements.