Test Process Advanced (ITPA)

Steen Lerche-Jensen

2.0 Organizational Test Process

On the highest level, we find the Organizational Test Process, developed to control and manage the organizational test specifications. These specifications are not project oriented, but a common specification to be used across the whole organization. An organizational Test Policy and Test Strategy are typical specifications on this level. This generic test process can then be used to create other specifications that are not related to a direct project. Program Test strategy is a good example on such specification as it relates to multiple projects. For the exact content in each specification you will have to go through the course materials for International Test Documentation Foundation, here we concentrate on the processes.

Here a normal example on how the Organizational Test Policy and Organizational Test Strategy communicate with each other and the Test Management Process.

Organizational Test Process

2.1 Overview of the Organizational Test Process

Purpose:
Develop, monitor conformance and maintain organizational test specifications, such as the Organizational Test Policy and Organizational Test Strategy

Inputs to activities in this process may include:

  1. Views of primary stakeholders
  2. Knowledge of the current test practices with in the organization
  3. Organization mission and visions
  4. Current IT Policy
  5. Current IT Project Management Policy
  6. Current Quality Policy
  7. Existing Organizational Test Policy
  8. Existing Organizational Test Strategy
  9. Feedback on test Specifications
  10. Examples of test plans from the organization
  11. Industry and/or government standards

Expected outcome of Organizational Test Process implementation:

  • The requirements for organizational test specifications are identified
  • The organizational test specifications are developed
  • The organizational test specifications are agreed to by stakeholder(s)
  • The organizational test specifications are made accessible
  • Conformance to the organizational test specifications is monitored
  • Updates to organizational test specifications are agreed to by stakeholder(s)
  • Updates to the organizational test specifications are made

2.2 Graphic overview of the Organizational Test Process

Organizational Test Process

2.3 Develop Organizational Test Specification (OT1)

Tasks involved in this activity:

  • Requirements for the organizational test specifications shall be identified from the current testing practices within the organization, from stakeholders and/or will be developed by other means
  • The organizational test specification requirements shall be used to create the organizational test specification
  • The availability of the organizational test specification shall be communicated to the stakeholders in the organization

2.4 Monitor and Control Use of Organizational Test Specification (OT2)

Tasks involved in this activity:

  • Usage of the organizational test specification shall be monitored to determine whether it is being used effectively within the organization
  • Appropriate actions shall be taken to encourage alignment of stakeholders to the organizational test specification

2.5 Update Organizational Test Specification (OT3)

Tasks involved in this activity:

  • Feedback on use of the organizational test specification should be reviewed
  • The effectiveness of the use and management of the organizational test specification should be considered and any feedback and changes to improve its effectiveness should be determined and approved
  • Where changes to the organizational test specification have been identified and approved, these changes shall be implemented
  • All changes to the organizational test specification shall be communicated throughout the organization including to all stakeholders

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