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6.7. Test Preparation Checklist

The following are some of the criteria that should be considered prior to entering a testing phase. Each project will need to add their specific criteria for environment preparation and project specific pre-test approvals and signoffs.

  • Has the correct number and version of all system and test documentation been produced for use in testing (including user manuals, manual checklists, business processes/procedures, templates, forms, etc.)?
  • Have the appropriate tester/user accounts and passwords been enabled on the system? Have the correct user and network (shared folder) permissions and security been set?
  • If appropriate, has the baseline set of data and any system constants been loaded to the system?
  • If appropriate, has specific test training been performed to ensure test participants understand their responsibilities? Do the participants know who receives the completed test forms, results and checklists?
  • Has the appropriate system release been loaded to the system? If appropriate, have the icons/menu items been loaded to the desktop/menus?
  • If appropriate, have any system counters/sequence numbers/batch numbers been reset?
  • Has a full backup been performed to facilitate re-loading of the test environment in an expeditious manner?
  • Have any external interfaces been "prepped"? Have the corresponding organizations been included in the preparations and do they have a copy of the test schedule and procedures?
  • Has the test schedule been distributed to all participants and interested stakeholders? Have meeting notices for the test status meetings been sent?

Following chapters discuss on code-based testing techniques and requirement-based testing techniques in detail.
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