2.6. Bounds

In this section, I set boundaries for the test plan by discussing what I will and will not test, by defining important terms and acronyms related to the testing I plan to perform, and by determining where and in what context the test efforts associated with this test subproject will take place.

2.6.1. Scope

Webster's Dictionary defines scope, in the context of a project or an operation, as the "extent of treatment, activity, or influence; [the] range of operation." When I describe the scope of my project, I am essentially demarcating what I will and will not pay attention to during the course of the project. I often use an "Is /Is Not" table to define the scope of testing, with the Is column listing the elements that are included within the scope of a particular test phase, and the Is Not column specifying elements that are not covered by this test effort. Table 2.1 shows an example of such a table, used to describe the scope of the system testing for SpeedyWriter based on the risk analysis shown in Chapter 1.

Table 2.1. Is/Is Not Format for Presenting Test Project Scope
FunctionalityFile conversion
Localization (Spanish, French, and German only)Localization (other than Spanish, French, and German)
Capacity and volumeNetwork compatibility
Basic file sharingNetwork file sharing options
Configuration optionsSecurity or privacy
Install, setup, initial configuration, update, and uninstallUsability including any time and motion studies
PerformanceDate handling
Windows, ...

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