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Tracking results and providing feedback

How and where you define the test cases, and the resulting test plan, is at your own discretion; there are many tools available.
However, regardless of the method or tool you choose, the information stored:
  • Should be:
    • Limited to tracking the test case and its results. This ensures that maintenance remains straightforward, and the document can provide a clear overview of the testing progress.
    • Maintained as a single copy, available to all appropriate members of the project team.
    • Neutral and limited to the test results. It is the responsibility of the project manager to make decisions on any actions resulting from the test results.
  • Should not be:
    • Extended to include tracking information - neither bugs, new features nor follow-on actions. This information should be maintained elsewhere, again there are many tools available.