Project Management Tips to Improve Test Planning

Ricki Henry, Clark County Nevada

When done right, testing is more than test plans, test scripts, and executing tests. In fact a test leader should consider testing a sub-project of the larger development project. By applying the same techniques project managers use to plan and manage the overall project, test leaders can improve testing and greatly influence the entire project’s success. Ricki Henry explores project management processes that test leaders need to master—risk management, human resources, stakeholder communications, and scope management. Even though you understand that the scope of testing cannot be “everything tested with zero defects,” the customer does not have this same understanding. To prevent this disconnect, test leaders need to determine the scope of what can be tested and then articulate that to the stakeholders. Join Ricki to learn new ways to improve testing while contributing to overall project success through project management processes that test leaders need to master.

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