Define Activities – Readiness

Tracking whether or not we’re ready for testing.

  1. Preparation Plan
  2. Test Strategy
  3. Scenarios, Checklists, and Charters
  4. Data
  5. Execution Schedule
  6. Human Resources
  7. Communication
  8. Procurement
  9. Readiness
  10. Test Execution
  11. Close Project or Phase

Readiness Checklist and Entry Criteria

Although we’re tracking the activities needed for preparation via the Preparation Plan, we can summarise our readiness preparation in a simple checklist tracker to share with relevant stakeholders. In the weeks and days leading up to the start of test execution it is imperative to meet regularly with those stakeholders to confirm readiness of our deliverables. The checklist will include the current readiness status of:

  • Our SAP test system, including transports and data;
  • Any external systems, including external development;
  • Peripherals such as printers and scanners;
  • Test schedule, including final scope, testers, and support;
  • Location setup, including travel and accommodation arrangements;
  • Any training, onboarding, and knowledge transfer;
  • Test management systems and processes.

In parallel with our own readiness we also need to track the test phase entry criteria, much of which is dependent on other teams – our readiness checklist forms our contribution to the entry criteria, and alongside this we also need the readiness confirmation from other teams and phases.

(Merriam-Webster defines criterion as “a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based”, and we use this definition to guide us on whether or not we can start testing: our criteria are not hard-and-fast rules that, if not met in full, would prevent us from starting our test phase. Rather, they provide a yardstick against which we apply reasonable judgement to make a decision.)

Our main entry criteria apart from the deliverables in our own readiness checklist will be the successful exit from the previous test phase, including completion of the planned testing from that phase and a review of any open defects.


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