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Friday, October 19, 2012

What are the default test plans attributes? How to define new test plan attributes?

Test plan is one of the important aspects of the silk test and is often characterized by some default attributes called the default test plan attributes. Well, the default test plan attributes are what we are going to talk about in this article. We shall also discuss how new test plan attributes can be defined. 

What is a Test Plan?

- A test plan forms the basis of the primary document that lays down the foundation for the testing that is to be carried out in a manner that is well organized. 
- Test plan is very important for the project managers as it is the document using which the testing projects can be managed well. 
- A badly drawn test plan is just same as not having any test plan.
- On the other hand, an intelligently drawn plan helps in smooth execution of the test cases and analysis of the other testing activities. 
- It would not be wrong to say that the test plan is actually a kind of dynamic document. 
- It acts especially in the spiral environments which have a tendency to change constantly. 
- The test plan is said to be a dynamic document since it changes according to the changes that occur in the software system or application. 
- Basically, a frame work is provided by the test plan which consists of a majority of the considerations that are made while planning. 

Attributes of Test Plan

Below mentioned are some of the attributes of a good test plan:
  1. It stands a greater probability of catching majority of the defects of an application under test or AUT.
  2. It provides greater test coverage for covering most of the test code.
  3. It stays quite flexible throughout the testing process.
  4. It is easy to be executed over and again automatically.
  5. It properly defines the tests that are to be performed.
  6. It lists out the expected results as clearly as possible.
  7. It helps in reconciliation of the defects whenever a defect is found.
  8. It helps in defining the objectives of testing.
  9. It helps in defining the testing strategy in definite terms.
  10. It helps in defining the criteria of test exit.
  11. It always stays meaningful.
  12. It never becomes become redundant.
  13. It helps in identification of the risks
  14. It helps in defining the test requirements as clearly as possible.
  15. It helps in describing the test deliverable as clearly as possible.
Every test plan created is concluded with the following 3 steps:
  1. Defining metrics
  2. Conducting periodic audits as well as scheduling them
  3. Approving the test plan
In the test plan view window, there is a tab titled “attributes” clicking on which will enable you to see all the project attributes that have been assigned to that particular test. Attributes can be thought of as an administrator created characteristics that are quite applicable to the tests. 
An attribute is defined as follows:
- item
- Attribute
Name of the attribute
- value
Value that has been assigned to the attribute
- Type
Attribute type
- Inheritance
Whether or not the attribute is inherited

- The concept of inheritance in attributes is somewhat similar to what we have regarding the inheritance of success conditions and properties. 
- Attributes that are inherited throughout all the child test definitions and sub folders are assigned to a parent node. 
- To define an attribute follow the steps:
  1. Open the test project.
  2. Click define attributes menu
  3. Click new button.
  4. Enter the name for the new attribute.
  5. Select the attribute type.
  6. Click ok.

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