QA Management Consulting
Adapt Your Testing Strategy to Meet Your Quality Needs
The goal of doing a test strategy assessment is to get a clear picture of what is going on in testing -- the good things, the problems, and possible paths to improvement. Fundamentally, a test assessment is a data gathering process. To make effective decisions we need data about the current test process. If done properly, the assessment will probably cross many organizational and management boundaries.
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It is important to note when embarking upon such an assessment that this effort is much larger than the test team alone. Issues will arise over ownership of quality as well as the goals of testing. And, possibly, work may actually increase.
A test strategy is a holistic plan that starts with a clear understanding of the core objective of testing. From this we derive a structure for testing by selecting from many testing styles and approaches available to help us meet our objectives. Performing an assessment helps to provide the "clear understanding" and "understanding of the core objective of testing" necessary for success. Implementing the resulting roadmap for improvement can help to substantially improve the performance of your software testing organization and help solidify your test strategy.