How long should test scripts (manual) be kept for

Lin Sargent's picture
Lin Sargent asked on May 10, 2016 - 11:34am | Replies (2).

I want to know how long people generally keep their manual test scripts? Are there any industry legal requirements about this?

2 Answers

L Williams's picture

If you are talking about saving them for audit reasons, we keep ours for 5 years.  Our company is in the FI category.

If you are talking about just as a library, we keep ours as long as the system or product exists but we have to be on top of updating them as things change. 

Devender Sharma's picture

I don't think there are any industry legal requirements to maintain a manual test case. There are couple of things that you should be aware of:


1. If you have test cases maintained in a tool that saves history, then great. You should be ok as this will help you see revision history of test cases.

2. Maintaining manual test cases for long should consider better automating them.

3. If your software is outdated or is expired and manual test case is no more valid, then it's on your discreation to keep the software documents for next 5 years and then later destoy it. 

4. It really depends on situation and vision for the software those manual test cases are being maintained for.

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