Define methods, meetings, and templates for communications.
- Preparation Plan
- Test Strategy
- Scenarios, Checklists, and Charters
- Execution Schedule
- Human Resources
- Test Execution
- Close Project or Phase
Projects generally will have their own communications strategy, and a big part of our own strategy will tie in with the overall project – shared network or Sharepoint locations for key files and documentation, project branding and templates for Word and Powerpoint, and distribution lists for key groups of stakeholders. There will generally be an expectation of regular status reporting of preparation progress to the Project Manager and wider leadership team, and larger projects may also include regular updates from the project to the business community which you may be expected to contribute to.
The other three major components of our communication will be to:
- Communicate our Test Plan (the combination of our strategy and the accompanying detailed plans) to all key stakeholders;
- Send out calendar invites to block out the test period and for the execution status meetings and defect triage sessions;
- Define our reporting needs and templates for the test execution period, and structure our test management tool to accommodate those needs.
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