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Test Strategy Documents, Revisted
      #680048 - 07/25/11 07:02 PM

Threre are a fair number of people who come looking for information on Test Strategy Documents. I have a really sad feeling that part of that is an emphasis on the Document and not what is contained IN the document.

Fiona Charles had a really good article in Stickyminds on Test Strategies. (The fact that she uses a similar definition for stategy that I use, does not bias my view at all.)

A Strategy is an overarching direction, design or plan.

If you get into Details - the nuts and bolts, you've stepped away from Strategy and wandered into the realm of Plan, which is a Tactical document.

You can find Fiona's article here - although you may need to register for the site to read the article.

P. Walen

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Re: Test Strategy Documents, Revisted [Re: Walen]
      #689636 - 10/25/11 11:55 PM

Walen, thanks for posting this. Fiona's article is well worth reading. I've been through this poor documentation of testing strategy many times. I think Fiona's right, people start with a template which really constrains their thinking. I *think* the templates I see are ISEB/ISTQB based. The worst test strategy I ever read had taken almost a year to produce, and was just a text-book on testing with no applied thinking. The 'QA manager' who produced it didn't last long, niether did the dev manager who let them invest so much time it in.

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Re: Test Strategy Documents, Revisted [Re: SimonFromLeeds]
      #690182 - 11/03/11 07:13 AM

Glad to post it. As it is, things just clicked where I realized that Fiona will be presenting a session on Test Strategy in Toronto on November 10 at the TesTrek symposium. I'm going to post a link in the Training forum for more information.

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