Software testing plays a crucial role while building software products. It helps meet the business and technical requirements to achieve the anticipated outcomes. Identified by Quality Assurance (QA) teams, the entry and exit criteria in software testing is a summation of usability policies.
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Business Associates define the objectives at the project level. Based on the project acceptance parameters, the project is implemented across individual processes/stage. It is where tracking of goals or outcome are mapped before moving to the next phase. It is applicable during both the initiation and completion of the process. Basis this, QA defines the set of conditions that must exist before a unit of project work can commence. Also, used as a process control mechanism it helps determine the cost-effectiveness for the project. It helps streamline the entire software development life cycle while improving the quality of the software product.
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The entry and exit criteria in software testing are determined based on the test strategy. It defines the project’s approach to testing. Below are some of the considerations of the test strategy:
Broadly, the Testing Strategy impacts the tasks related to test planning, test types, test script development, and test execution.
Generally, the entry and exit criteria are determined for the four test levels of Software Testing:
Each test type requires distinct entry and exit criteria for testing phases. It ensures that the objectives of the test strategy and product requirements are met. Additionally, the QA professionals can utilize the outlined entry-exit criteria of the test strategy to map and analyze before sign off the outcomes.
Entry criteria for testing can be defined as “Specific conditions or on-going activities that must be present before a process can begin.” The Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) specifies the entry criteria required during each testing phase. It also defines the time interval or the expected amount of lead-time to make the entry criteria item available to the process. The inputs can be divided into two categories – 1) received from development, and 2) produced from the test phases at the end of STLC.
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Exit criteria in testing are often viewed as a single document commemorating the end of a life cycle phase. It can be defined as “The specific conditions or on-going activities that should be fulfilled before completing the software testing life cycle. STLC specifies which exit criteria is required at each testing phase”. The exit criteria can identify the intermediate deliverables and enable you to track them as independent events.
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To sum up, defining the entry and exit criteria for a software testing process is essential. The requirements discussed above will help the testing teams to plan and drive testing tasks within stipulated deadlines. It is without compromising the quality, functionality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the developed software. Rishabh Software provides end-to-end software testing services to ensure a bug-free, robust software solution for your business. Check out our Testing capabilities to leverage our matured and proven test approach.