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IEEE-829-1998 – Standard for software Test Documentation

Key elements of IEEE-829-1998 – Standard for Software Test Documentation.

Provides an overview of the IEEE 829-1998 Standard for Software Test Documentation.

Ideal for Junior Testers who intend to take the ISTQB-ISEB exam.

IEEE 829-1998 Mind Map

IEEE 829-1998 Mind Map

IEEE 829-1998 Mind Map

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IEEE 829-1998 – Standard for Software Test Documentation

1. Test Plan

  • Test Plan Identifier
  • Introduction
  • Test Items
  • Features to be Tested
  • Test Approach
  • Items Pass / Fail Criteria
  • Suspension Criteria & Resumption Requirements
  • Test Deliverables
  • Testing Tasks
  • Environmental Needs
  • Responsibilities
  • Staffing & Training Needs
  • Schedule
  • Risk & Contingencies
  • Approvals

2. Test Design specification

  • Test Conditions (Coverage Items)
  • Detailed Approach
  • High-Level Test Cases

3. Test Incident Report

  • Report ID
  • Summary
  • Description
  • Impact

4. Test Summary Report

  • Summary
  • Variances
  • Comprehensiveness Assessment
  • Summary of Results
  • Evaluation
  • Summary of Activities

5. Test Procedure / Script specification

  • Purpose
  • Special Requirements
  • Procedure / Script Steps

6. Test Case Specification

  • Objectives
  • Preconditions
  • Input Specification
  • Output Specification
  • Post-conditions
  • Inter-case Dependencies

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1 Comment

  1. Tomer Chasid

    It’s ironic how many typos are in this document.

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