Sometimes I hear objections such as “our team isn’t big enough to necessitate documentation.” Some may say they all sit in one space and can discuss every detail next to the water cooler. Perhaps, they do — even despite the rise of remote work that bloomed after the pandemic. However, there are significant benefits a test team may miss when deciding not to spend time on a test plan and test strategy.

Meanwhile, there are cases when you need to implement test plan and test strategy documents because their absence prevents the QA team from working efficiently. Signs that you need them often include failed commitments because of inaccurate estimation, numerous declined bugs, reopens, or even bugs detected in production. A documented plan and strategy prevents a large number of miscommunications and thus helps to raise software quality.

The infographic below outlines five metrics to apply if you are in doubt if you should invest effort in documentation creation: defect containment, reopen rate, estimation accuracy, decline rate, and mean time to detect. Save the following guide so that you always have a cheat sheet in your pocket and find out more about test plan and test strategy creation in my previous article.

Five Red Flags That Show You May Need Test Documentation

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