This month's column will continue with software testing best practices (see my April column for Part 1) with the focus on creating test strategies and test plans. A solid testing strategy provides the framework necessary to implement your testing methodology. A separate strategy should be developed for each system being developed taking into account the development methodology being used and the specific application architecture.

The heart of any testing strategy is the master testing strategy document. It aggregates all the information from the requirements, system design and acceptance criteria into a detailed plan for testing. A detailed master strategy should cover the following:

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