Types of Testing

There are many different types of testing that can take place on an IT project, and the project manager must verify exactly which tests will be required. Table 6.1 presents the most common types of testing that I have encountered, and I have found these to work extremely well.

Table 6.1: Various types of project testing

Test Types

Tested By

Approach

When is it Performed

Unit testing

Developer

Informal

Continuous during development

Integration testing

Developer / QA

Formal

After unit testing "end-to-end"

System testing

QA

Formal

Overall testing

Pilot testing

Developer

Formal

During Production

Performance testing

Sys Admin

Informal

Used to test the speed

Stress testing

Developer / Ops

Informal

Used to test the load

Functional

QA

Formal

After

Table 6.1: Various types of project testing

Test Types

Tested By

Approach

When is it Performed

testing

development is completed

User acceptance testing

(UAT)

User

Formal

After release by QA team

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