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Managing Testing Resources: Five Suggestions for the Project Manager – Track Testing Progress (#6 in the series Managing Testing Resources: Five Suggestions for the Project Manager)
By Cem Kaner and Johanna Rothman

If the test team has a detailed list of tasks and an estimate of how long each one should take, then every week, they can report progress against this. For each area of testing, how much time was spent and how close is it to completion? Are they spending more time per task than they expected? Because the areas are broken down into specific tasks that don’t take many days each, everyone can tell when specific things are getting finished. You are less likely to see wild overestimates of progress, followed by long unexpected schedule slips.

It takes time to create this list and it takes time to track progress against it. The testing budget must allow time for this task or it won’t be done.

Not only should the test team review their progress every week, the project team can review the relevant milestone criteria every week at the project team meeting. Before system test, review the system test entry criteria, to see if the project is ready for system test. Before Beta, review the progress made against the Beta criteria, and then review the project status against the ship criteria.

Original article can be found at: http://www.jrothman.com/Papers/Managingtestingresources.html

Johanna Rothman consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. Johanna is the author of Manage It!’Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management’. She is the coauthor of the pragmatic Behind Closed Doors, Secrets of Great Management, and author of the highly acclaimed Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People. And, Johanna is a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference (http://www.ayeconference.com). You can see Johanna’s other writings at http://www.jrothman.com.

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