Test Management key terms

Key terms describe the terminology used in test management.

Table 1. Test Management key terms
Term Definition
Test suite A repository of test cases. The test cases in a test suite can be copied over to a test plan.
Test case A collection of related tests. A test case is saved as part of a test suite and can be added to a test plan. Each test case within a test plan has an assigned tester.
Test a collection of conditions or steps used to determine whether a feature is working correctly. A test also includes an expected result, which is used to determine if the test case passes or fails.
Test plan The tasks for how a product or a feature is to be tested. A test plan includes one or more test cases and can also specify a test environment. The test manager uses the test plan to assign and execute test cases and to track the testing progress.
Test environment The instance where testing should be performed, specified as a URL. A test environment is an optional parameter that the test manager can associate with a test plan.
Test execution The process of performing tests. The test manager assigns testers to test cases in a test plan; testers perform the tests in the assigned test cases.
Guided test execution An automated notification process for performing tests. The test manager assigns testers to test cases in a test plan and initiates testing from the Test Plan form. Testers receive notification to begin testing using the Assessments engine.