Example of informative components including Sub-practices

As an example of the detail that the model contains using the informative components, we can look at the first Specific Practice of the Specific Goal: Establish a Test Policy.

Specific Goal 1 Establish a Test Policy – (Required component)

  • A test policy, aligned with the business (quality) policy, is established and agreed by the stakeholders.

Specific Practice 1.1 Define test goals – (Expected component)

  • Define and maintain test goals based upon business needs and objectives.

Typical work products – (Informative component) (to assist in understanding if the Expected component is present or not)

  • Test goals

Sub-practices – (Informative component)

Sub-practice 1 – Study business needs and objectives

Examples – (Informative component)

  • Examples of business needs and objectives to be studied include the following:
  • Mission statement
  • Business and user needs regarding the products
  • Business drivers
  • Main goals of a quality program
  • Business (quality) policy
  • Type of business, e.g. risk level of products being developed

Sub-practice 2 – Provide feedback for clarifying business needs and objectives as necessary

Sub-practice 3 – Define test goals traceable to business needs and objectives  

Examples – (Informative component)

  • Examples of test goals include the following:
  • Validate products for ‘fit-for-use’
  • Prevent defects for occurring in operation
  • Verify compliance to external standards
  • Provide visibility regarding product quality
  • Short test execution lead-time

Sub-practice 4 – Review the test goals with stakeholders

Sub-practice 5 – Revisit and revise the test goals as appropriate

Examples – (Informative component)

  • e.g. on a yearly basis

Another example of Sub-practices is Specific Practice 1.2 – Define the test policy:

Specific Practice 1.2 Define the test policy (Expected component)

  • A test policy, aligned with the business (quality) policy, is defined based on the test goals and agreed upon by the stakeholders.

Typical work products – (Informative component) (to assist in understanding if the Expected component is present or not)

  • Test policy

Sub-practices – (Informative component)

Sub-practice 1 – Define the test policy based on the defined test goals

Sub-practice 2 – Clearly separate testing from debugging within the test policy

Sub-practice 3 – Review the test policy with stakeholders

Sub-practice 4 – Define and establish ownership for the test policy

Sub-practice 5 – Revisit and revise the test policy as appropriate

Examples – (Informative component)

  • e.g., on a yearly basis