8.2. Developing a Strawman Project Plan for the Real World

Anyone familiar with project planning understands the value a plan provides in terms of helping to ensure that a project stays on course and that it has a better shot at meeting its objectives. With regard to testing and tuning, I like to leverage a high-level project plan that is both reusable (in that it's not tied to a particular type of testing, goal, or set of success criteria) and customized enough to act as a template for most foreseeable testing projects. Such a project plan therefore represents a balancing act between the need to stay general enough to be applicable across many projects versus detailed enough to actually be useful. I call this type of project plan a strawman ...

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