The popular belief amongst the masses is that testing during software development is just one activity which validates the strength of the software. What they conveniently overlook is the fact that testing does not involve just one particular type, in fact, it consists of many testing techniques that need to be followed carefully and painstakingly. This is a very time-consuming and costly activity that can make or mar the product. The end result of comprehensive testing is the Test Closure. The purpose of this article is to tell you about Test Closure and its importance along with other relevant information.
Test Closure is a document that gives a summary of all the tests conducted during the software development life-cycle, it also gives a detailed analysis of the bugs removed and errors found. In other words, Test Closure is a memo that is prepared prior to formally completing the testing process. This memo contains a report of test cases executed, type and number of defects found, the density of defects, etc.
Test Closure is a very important part of software development. This is because it performs the following functions:
Usually, Test Closure is done after getting a sign off from the client as well as the project team. It documents all that was promised to be delivered and all that is actually delivered. It is a documented proof, that can be referred to at any time by either party, of all errors and their corrective actions, test cases, and their analysis, software metrics etc. Test Closure marks an end to all testing that can be done on the software and hence, it is the final step before the actual release of the final product.