What Are Test Deliverables in Software Testing?

Test deliverables in software testing

As a software tester, you are likely familiar with test deliverables. Test deliverables are the documents that describe the testing process and can be used to document your efforts. Each test process has its own set of deliverables that may include:

  • Test strategy (also known as a plan)
  • Test plans (detailed step-by-step instructions to perform tests)
  • Test scripts (written scripts to automate certain tasks or make it easier for testers to perform repeated test cases)

Test Strategy

A test strategy is a document that provides a high-level view of the testing process. It describes the approach and techniques to be used in testing, including its objectives, scope and methodology. Test strategy should not be confused with test cases or test plans because it does not include any details about what you’re going to do when you run a test case.


Test Plan

A test plan is a document that describes the scope, approach, and schedule of a testing process. It helps to ensure that the software is tested in a structured way. A test plan can be created by any competent person who has sufficient knowledge about testing methods and techniques. The main purpose of creating a test plan is to define the testing process so that it becomes easier for testers to understand what they should do during their work on different pieces of software under development or maintenance phases.


Test Cases/Test Scripts

Test cases are instructions for how to test the software. For example, if you have an automated regression test that runs once per day and knows about all of your code changes since the last time it ran, then it would have a set of tests for each such change. A set of tests might include:

  • If this is true then do this
  • If this is false then do that

Test data

Test data is required to test the application. The quality of your test data depends on its availability, accuracy, and completeness. If you have a poor-quality of test data, then it will be difficult for you to build tests because of many reasons such as:

  • Availability – test scripts might not run as expected due to missing files or services/APIs being down etc.
  • Accuracy – bugs may occur if there are mistakes in forms or questions that are used in tests
  • Completeness – It should be 100% accurate so that only relevant information is displayed on screen during testing

Test summary report

The test summary report is a report that summarizes the results of testing. It’s usually presented in a table with rows for each test, columns for each test result and then a sentence or two summarizing your findings.

Test Closure Report

A test closure report is a document that contains the results of testing activities. The purpose of this report is to analyze the test results and improve software quality by analyzing all aspects related to tests, such as:

  • Tests were performed according to specified requirements.
  • Each test result was documented as per defined rules in order to produce an accurate record of what happened during each phase of the automated testing cycle (unit test, functional test, or system test).
  • The team was able to identify any problem areas within their product and provide recommendations on how they could be fixed before going live with their final build version


Test deliverables are a way to communicate the results of a software testing project with stakeholders. They provide information on what was tested and why it was tested. Test deliverables should be clear and understandable to anyone who needs them, from test managers and testers to executives at the company (or organization).

Son Chu

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