When planning for product testing, it is important to have a well written Test Plan. It is not enough to have a list of Test Standards (ASTM, MIL, IEC, ISO, etc.). A Test Standard is a simply a general guide covering a wide range of products, components, & features. A Test Plan is created by applying the guidelines and conditions in the Test Standard to the product or material to be tested. A Test Plan is critical for many reasons:
Test Plan: A test plan is critical to determining time and resource requirements for testing.
Questions Answered by a Test Plan:
Without a Test Plan: Planning for tests without having a test plan leads to many problems
Surprises Found When Creating a Test Plan: One of the purposes of creating a Test Plan is to identify and eliminate surprises during testing, surprises that cause cost increases and project delays. If you want to avoid these disasters during testing, you need to prepare a Test Plan.
Examples of hidden surprises:
Benefits of Having a Test Plan: