Software Unit Test Plan and Report Guidelines


Quick Summary
An overview of unit testing, step-by-step process guidelines, and sample documents for creating your own formal testing procedures.


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What this is

This file contains

  • an overview explanation of the purpose of Unit Testing and how it fits into development
  • typical contents of a Unit Test Plan
  • an outline for a Summary Unit Test Report
  • a Unit Test Report Form for recording individual unit test results.

Why it's useful

Unit Testing involves testing the smallest possible unit of an application and is an essential component of the software development process. It is the first chance to test pieces of a system or application to ensure that they function as planned. Detecting and correcting errors at the unit testing stage is much simpler, less time-consuming, and less costly than it will be once multiple modules have been integrated. Unit testing helps increase software quality and reduces overall development time and cost since less time and resources are consumed finding and fixing errors.

NOTE: One other benefit of documenting Unit Test Plans and Reports formally is that the testing activity can be performed by third parties such as outside testing groups, if desired, to help with resourcing your project or if desired to bring particular expertise to bear on the testing effort.


How to use it

  • Review the Overview of Unit Testing starting on the following page as you prepare for code development and testing.
  • Review your design specifications and source code for the units to be tested.
  • Create a Unit Test Plan and detailed test cases using the guidelines on page 4. Perform a peer review on the Unit Test Plan.
  • Create any test "stubs" required to provide input to or receive output from the code module.
  • When it's time to test particular units, compile the code in the test environment to check for any missing files required for test plan execution.
  • Execute the tests. Compare information/values received out of the tested software to those expected, as documented in the Unit Test Plan.
  • Record any failures on a Unit Test Report Form (page 6), including reporting bugs/defects and changes needed to code, and note re-test needed. Update the Unit Test Plan if needed.
  • Retest code when an updated version is available. Record results on the Unit Test Report Form.
  • When the unit is considered to have passed all tests, archive the final Report form(s).
  • Compile Unit Test Report forms related to a given sub-system into a Summary Unit Test Report (page 5).
  • Provide any necessary changes/feedback to the related software specifications and design/implementation documents.

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