Software and systems engineering — Software testing — Part 3: Test documentation

This document specifies software test documentation templates that can be used for any organization, project or testing activity. It describes the test documentation that is an output of the processes specified in ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-2. This document is applicable to testing in all software development lifecycle models. This document is intended for, but not limited to, testers, test managers, developers, and project managers, particularly those responsible for governing, managing, and implementing software testing.

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INTERNATIONAL ISO/
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29119-3
Second edition
2021-10
Software and systems engineering —
Software testing —
Part 3:
Test documentation
Ingénierie du logiciel et des systèmes — Essais du logiciel —
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Contents Page

Foreword ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................vii

Introduction ...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................viii

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Conformance ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

4.1 Intended usage ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 5

4.1.1 General ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

4.1.2 Full conformance ............................................................................................................................................................... 5

4.1.3 Tailored conformance .................................................................................................................................................... 5

5 Common information for all test documentation ............................................................................................................. 6

5.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2 Common information elements ............................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.1 Unique identifier ................................................................................................................................................................. 6

5.2.2 Issuing organization ....................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.3 Approval authority ........................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.4 Change history ..................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.5 Status ............................................................................................................................................................................................ 6

5.2.6 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.7 Scope ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 7

5.2.8 References ................................................................................................................................................................................ 7

5.2.9 Glossary ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6 Organizational test process documentation .......................................................................................................................... 7

6.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6.2 Test policy ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6.2.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6.2.2 Objectives of testing ........................................................................................................................................................ 7

6.2.3 Test process ............................................................................................................................................................................ 8

6.2.4 Test organization structure ..................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.5 Tester training ...................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.6 Tester ethics ........................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.7 Standards .................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

6.2.8 Other relevant policies .................................................................................................................................................. 8

6.2.9 Measuring the value of testing .............................................................................................................................. 8

6.2.10 Test asset archiving and reuse ............................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.11 Test process improvement ......................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3 Organizational test practices .................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3.2 Organization-level test practice statements.............................................................................................. 9

6.3.3 Test level/type-specific organizational test practice statements ....................................... 10

7 Test management processes documentation .....................................................................................................................12

7.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................12

7.2 Test plan .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 12

7.2.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.2 Context of testing ............................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.3 Assumptions and constraints .............................................................................................................................. 13

7.2.4 Stakeholders ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13

7.2.5 Testing communication .............................................................................................................................................13

7.2.6 Risk register ........................................................................................................................................................................ 13

7.2.7 Test strategy ........................................................................................................................................................................ 14

7.2.8 Testing activities and estimates ........................................................................................................................ 16

7.2.9 Staffing ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 16

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7.2.10 Schedule .................................................................................................................................................................................. 17

7.3 Test status report .............................................................................................................................................................................. 17

7.3.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 17

7.3.2 Test status ............................................................................................................................................................................. 17

7.3.3 Reporting period ............................................................................................................................................................. 18

7.3.4 Progress against test plan ...................................................................................................................................... 18

7.3.5 Factors blocking progress ....................................................................................................................................... 18

7.3.6 Test measures .................................................................................................................................................................... 18

7.3.7 New and changed risks .............................................................................................................................................. 18

7.3.8 Planned testing ................................................................................................................................................................. 18

7.4 Test completion report ................................................................................................................................................................. 18

7.4.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 18

7.4.2 Summary of testing performed .......................................................................................................................... 18

7.4.3 Deviations from planned testing ...................................................................................................................... 18

7.4.4 Test completion evaluation .................................................................................................................................... 19

7.4.5 Factors that blocked progress ............................................................................................................................. 19

7.4.6 Test measures .................................................................................................................................................................... 19

7.4.7 Residual risks ..................................................................................................................................................................... 19

7.4.8 Test deliverables .............................................................................................................................................................. 19

7.4.9 Reusable test assets ...................................................................................................................................................... 19

7.4.10 Lessons learned ................................................................................................................................................................ 19

8 Dynamic test processes documentation ..................................................................................................................................19

8.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 19

8.2 Test model specification.............................................................................................................................................................. 20

8.2.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 20

8.2.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 20

8.2.3 Objective ................................................................................................................................................................................. 21

8.2.4 Priority ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 21

8.2.5 Test strategy extract .................................................................................................................................................... 21

8.2.6 Test model ............................................................................................................................................................................. 21

8.2.7 Traceability .......................................................................................................................................................................... 21

8.3 Test case specification .................................................................................................................................................................. 21

8.3.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 21

8.3.2 Test coverage items ....................................................................................................................................................... 21

8.3.3 Test cases ............................................................................................................................................................................... 22

8.4 Test procedure specification ................................................................................................................................................... 23

8.4.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 23

8.4.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 24

8.4.3 Objective ................................................................................................................................................................................. 24

8.4.4 Priority ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 24

8.4.5 Start up..................................................................................................................................................................................... 24

8.4.6 Ordered test cases ...................................................................... .................................................................................... 24

8.4.7 Relationship to other procedures .................................................................................................................... 24

8.4.8 Stop and wrap up ............................................................................................................................................................ 24

8.5 Test data requirements ................................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 25

8.5.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 25

8.5.3 Description ........................................................................................................................................................................... 25

8.5.4 Responsibility .................................................................................................................................................................... 25

8.5.5 Period needed .................................................................................................................................................................... 25

8.5.6 Resetting needs ................................................................................................................................................................ 25

8.5.7 Archiving or disposal ..................................................................................................................................................25

8.6 Test environment requirements .......................................................................................................................................... 25

8.6.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 25

8.6.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 26

8.6.3 Test environment item ............................................................................................................................................... 26

8.6.4 Description ........................................................................................................................................................................... 26

8.6.5 Responsibility .................................................................................................................................................................... 27

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8.6.6 Period needed .................................................................................................................................................................... 27

8.7 Test data readiness report ........................................................................................................................................................ 27

8.7.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 27

8.7.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 27

8.7.3 Description of status .................................................................................................................................................... 27

8.8 Test environment readiness report .................................................................................................................................. 27

8.8.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................ 27

8.8.2 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 27

8.8.3 Description of status .................................................................................................................................................... 27

8.9 Actual results and test result .................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.1 General .....................................................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.2 Actual results .....................................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.3 Test result ..............................................................................................................................................................................28

8.10 Test execution log ........................................................................................................................................... ...................................28

8.10.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................28

8.10.2 Unique identifier ..............................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.3 Date/time ...............................................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.4 Description ...........................................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.5 Impact .......................................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11 Test incident report .........................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11.2 Timing information .......................................................................................................................................................30

8.11.3 Originator .............................................................................................................................................................................. 30

8.11.4 Context .....................................................................................................................................................................................30

8.11.5 Description of the incident ..................................................................................................................................... 30

8.11.6 Originator’s assessment of severity ...............................................................................................................30

8.11.7 Originator’s assessment of priority ................................................................................................................30

8.11.8 Risk .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 31

8.11.9 Status of the incident ................................................................................................................................................... 31

Annex A (normative) ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-3 requirements, recommendations and

permissions ............................................................................................................................................................................................................32

Annex B (informative) Overview of examples ........................................................................................................................................37

Annex C (informative) Test policy .......................................................................................................................................................................39

Annex D (informative) Organizational test practices ....................................................................................................................41

Annex E (informative) Test plan ............................................................................................................................................................................46

Annex F (informative) Test status report ....................................................................................................................................................54

Annex G (informative) Test completion report .....................................................................................................................................58

Annex H (informative) Test model specification .................................................................................................................................60

Annex I (informative) Test case specification ........................................................................................................................................62

Annex J (informative) Test procedure specification .......................................................................................................................64

Annex K (informative) Test data requirements..................................
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Contents Page

Foreword ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................vii

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................viii

1 Scope ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 1

2 Normative references ...................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

3 Terms and definitions ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

4 Conformance ............................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5

4.1 Intended usage ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 5

4.1.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................... 5

4.1.2 Full conformance ............................................................................................................................................................. 5

4.1.3 Tailored conformance .................................................................................................................................................. 5

5 Common information for all test documentation .............................................................................................................. 6

5.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2 Common information elements ................................................................................................................................................ 6

5.2.1 Unique identifier .............................................................................................................................................................. 6

5.2.2 Issuing organization ..................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.3 Approval authority ......................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.4 Change history ................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.5 Status ......................................................................................................................................................................................... 6

5.2.6 Introduction ......................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.2.7 Scope .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

5.2.8 References ............................................................................................................................................................................. 7

5.2.9 Glossary ................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6 Organizational test process documentation ............................................................................................................................ 7

6.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6.2 Test policy ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 7

6.2.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................. 7

6.2.2 Objectives of testing ...................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.3 Test process .......................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.4 Test organization structure .................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.5 Tester training .................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.6 Tester ethics ......................................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.2.7 Standards................................................................................................................................................................................ 8

6.2.8 Other relevant policies ........................................................................................................................................... ..... 8

6.2.9 Measuring the value of testing ............................................................................................................................. 8

6.2.10 Test asset archiving and reuse ............................................................................................................................. 8

6.2.11 Test process improvement ...................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3 Organizational test practices ...................................................................................................................................................... 8

6.3.1 Overview ................................................................................................................................................................................. 8

6.3.2 Organization-level test practice statements............................................................................................. 9

6.3.3 Test level/type-specific organizational test practice statements .......................................10

7 Test management processes documentation ......................................................................................................................12

7.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................12

7.2 Test plan .....................................................................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................12

7.2.2 Context of testing ..........................................................................................................................................................13

7.2.3 Assumptions and constraints ............................................................................................................................13

7.2.4 Stakeholders .....................................................................................................................................................................13

7.2.5 Testing communication ...........................................................................................................................................13

7.2.6 Risk register ......................................................................................................................................................................14

7.2.7 Test strategy ......................................................................................................................................................................14

7.2.8 Testing activities and estimates .......................................................................................................................16

7.2.9 Staffing ...................................................................................................................................................................................17

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7.2.10 Schedule ...............................................................................................................................................................................17

7.3 Test status report ...............................................................................................................................................................................18

7.3.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................18

7.3.2 Test status ...........................................................................................................................................................................18

7.3.3 Reporting period ...........................................................................................................................................................18

7.3.4 Progress against test plan .....................................................................................................................................18

7.3.5 Factors blocking progress .....................................................................................................................................18

7.3.6 Test measures ..................................................................................................................................................................18

7.3.7 New and changed risks............................................................................................................................................18

7.3.8 Planned testing ...............................................................................................................................................................18

7.4 Test completion report..................................................................................................................................................................19

7.4.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................19

7.4.2 Summary of testing performed ........................................................................................................................19

7.4.3 Deviations from planned testing .....................................................................................................................19

7.4.4 Test completion evaluation ..................................................................................................................................19

7.4.5 Factors that blocked progress ...........................................................................................................................19

7.4.6 Test measures ..................................................................................................................................................................19

7.4.7 Residual risks ...................................................................................................................................................................19

7.4.8 Test deliverables .................. .................................................... ......................................................................................19

7.4.9 Reusable test assets....................................................................................................................................................20

7.4.10 Lessons learned .............................................................................................................................................................20

8 Dynamic test processes documentation ...................................................................................................................................20

8.1 Overview ...................................................................................................................................................................................................20

8.2 Test model specification ..............................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.3 Objective ...................................................................... .........................................................................................................21

8.2.4 Priority ..................................................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.5 Test strategy extract ...................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.6 Test model ..........................................................................................................................................................................21

8.2.7 Traceability ........................................................................................................................................................................21

8.3 Test case specification ...................................................................................................................................................................21

8.3.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................21

8.3.2 Test coverage items ....................................................................................................................................................22

8.3.3 Test cases .............................................................................................................................................................................22

8.4 Test procedure specification ....................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.3 Objective ...................................................................... .........................................................................................................24

8.4.4 Priority ..................................................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.5 Start up ..................................................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.6 Ordered test cases .......................................................................................................................................................24

8.4.7 Relationship to other procedures ..................................................................................................................25

8.4.8 Stop and wrap up..........................................................................................................................................................25

8.5 Test data requirements .................................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.3 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................25

8.5.4 Responsibility ..................................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.5 Period needed .................................................................................................................................................................25

8.5.6 Resetting needs ..............................................................................................................................................................26

8.5.7 Archiving or disposal ................................................................................................................................................26

8.6 Test environment requirements ...........................................................................................................................................26

8.6.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................26

8.6.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................26

8.6.3 Test environment item .............................................................................................................................................26

8.6.4 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................27

8.6.5 Responsibility ..................................................................................................................................................................27

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8.6.6 Period needed .................................................................................................................................................................27

8.7 Test data readiness report .........................................................................................................................................................27

8.7.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................27

8.7.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................27

8.7.3 Description of status ........................................................................................................................................... .......27

8.8 Test environment readiness report ....................................................................................................................................27

8.8.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................27

8.8.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................28

8.8.3 Description of status ........................................................................................................................................... .......28

8.9 Actual results and test result ...................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.1 General...................................................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.2 Actual results ...................................................................................................................................................................28

8.9.3 Test result ...................................................................... ......................................................................................................28

8.10 Test execution log ..............................................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.2 Unique identifier ...........................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.3 Date/time ............................................................................................................................................................................29

8.10.4 Description .................. .................................................... ...................................................................................................29

8.10.5 Impact ....................................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11 Test incident report .........................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11.1 Overview ..............................................................................................................................................................................29

8.11.2 Timing information ....................................................................................................................................................30

8.11.3 Originator ............................................................................................................................................................................30

8.11.4 Context ...................................................................................................................................................................................30

8.11.5 Description of the incident ...................................................................................................................................30

8.11.6 Originator’s assessment of severity .............................................................................................................31

8.11.7 Originator’s assessment of priority ..............................................................................................................31

8.11.8 Risk ...........................................................................................................................................................................................31

8.11.9 Status of the incident.................................................................................................................................................31

Annex A (normative) ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119-3 requirements, recommendations and permissions .32

Annex B (informative) Overview of examples ..........................................................................................................................................37

Annex C (informative) Test policy.........................................................................................................................................................................39

Annex D (informative) Organizational test practices .......................................................................................................................41

Annex E (informative) Test plan .............................................................................................................................................................................46

Annex F (informative) Test status report ......................................................................................................................................................54

Annex G (informative) Test completion report .......................................................................................................................................58

Annex H (informative) Test model specification ...................................................................................................................................60

Annex I (informative) Test case specification ..........................................................................................................................................62

Annex J (informative) Test procedure specification ..........................................................................................

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