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The whole QA testing is attaining a great prominence like never before – A reliable, quality guaranteed tech procedure.

Meanwhile, how you report your insights is also paramount. Recording details right from the fundamentals to the results you think it’s overwhelming. That’s untrue. It can be accessible, competent, and understandable at the same time.

If you are wondering how to write a comprehensive final test summary report, you are goggling at the right place.

What is a QA Test Summary Report?

Alright, it does something beneficial. But, wondering what?

A test summary report is a detailed overview that holds every important detail identified and discovered from different testing stages. The undeniable reason is to deliver the high/low performance of the software to the respective stakeholders. So, the basic idea is to add value to their decision making whether to go live or not.

And it indeed enables the project stakeholders to assess the test plan execution, ensuring transparency and accountability.

The report would include the quality of the software in different environments, quality of testing efforts, and statistics obtained from incident reports.

How to create an outline of the test report?

Generally, this may differ from company to company based on your testing exercises. However, there are a few traditional essentials of a test summary report, as stated below.

  • A short evaluation of how well the testing is performed.
  • Quality of testing effort.
  • Quality assessment of the software.
  • The recordings should also include different factors like the time taken, different environments tested.
  • Statistics obtained from the incident reports.
  • A brief on the final test results.

1. Project and Product Info

Chunks of information about the project and product should be mentioned. For instance, the project name, official/preferred product name, and version of the particular product.

2. Purpose

Mention a short explanation of the objective behind making the report. Example: “The following report is a brief of all the insights uncovered during different testing phases of the ABC project.”

3. Software/Product Overview

Consider it as a short intro of the product. You can follow the below example as a reference.

“Productimize is a web-based product customization platform catering to e-commerce businesses worldwide. It helps the clients to design their products increasing business sales by 40%. Bountiful features like 3D visualization, text input, image rendering, social sharing, and product personalization are revolutionary. Industries like furniture, Jewellery, Home goods, print and promotions, and sporting goods are benefited by this product.”

4. Objective and Testing Scope

This segment allows the stakeholders to understand the functions in scope and out of scope for testing. Information on items not tested and also why aren’t they tested. Restrictions, hurdles, and learnings in each stage are also mentioned.

Example: “A verification that compels third-party connectivity wasn’t possible. This happened due to some technical problem and should be resolved soon.”

Pay all the attention to this section, and it shouldn’t be left incomplete. If left unwritten, the stakeholders will be provided with complete misinformation. They would acknowledge that all the tests are complete with zero issues. And finally, the decision making will end at stake.

Objectives in QA Test Summary Report

5. Magical Metrics

So far, the most interesting and important one. The critical metrics in visual representation allows a requisite understanding of some complex data. The graphics, in general, are the best for a better understanding of anything.

Metrics like:

  • Test cases passed vs. failed
  • Cases planned vs. executed
  • Total defects found, their severity and status
  • Module wise defects distribution

6. Types of Testing

The information on performed prolific testing in a particular project. This is to make sure that all the testing is conducted as agreed earlier in the strategy. Prime examples are as follows.

  • Smoke Testing
  • Regression Testing
  • System Integration Testing

a) Smoke Testing: This testing is done if a build is received to ensure the crucial functionalities are working fine. First, accept the build and further can start the testing.

b) Regression Testing: This testing is carried out every time the build is established for testing. It contains defect fixes and new improvements if available. It is performed on the complete software, not just on a specific functionality or defect fixes.

This works amazingly to ensure the rich functionality after the new defect fixes, and further improvements are being attached to the existing software. New test cases of the new feature can be added and executed.

c) System Integration Testing: This testing is done to rectify if the whole software performs well, basing the requirements without any errors. As well the several business scenarios are tested, ensuring that the essential functions are acting as planned.

7. Testing Environments

The details of the testing environments should be recorded here, with accurate data. Follow the below format:

  • Application URL
  • Server
  • Database
  • Tools used example: Quality Centre ( HP ALM )

8. Lessons Learned

This a none-fancy section for lessons learned, not for the stakeholders. Post the problem faced and solutions found, and crucial decisions made throughout. These recorded mistakes can be avoided in the next testing encounter. Examples: The issue faced – Manual testing is a problem in the smoke test cases.

Solution – Test cases were automated, and scripts ran saving time.

9. Recommendations and Improvements

Any recommendations you feel that can add strength to the testing of the software can be made here. Example: Better test management tools with valuable integrations can be used for quick and swift testing.

10. Test results

A detailed inventory of all functionalities checked and the defects found.

  • Details about test case results also should include the links to issues of only failed and blocked test cases
  • No. of bugs found
  • Status of bugs (opened, resolved, and depending)
  • List it by severity and priority

Results of QA Test Summary Report

11. Exit Criteria

It’s more of a yes or no sections with the most predominant details. It can be defined as the completion of testing by meeting all the planned requirements. Examples are as follows:

  • Planned test cases are executed – Yes
  • The defects and all kinds of severity are entirely verified and closed – Yes

Again this may differ from project to project and company to company.

12. Conclusions

This particular segment mentions if the testing team stands to go live or not. If in case the testing didn’t meet the exit criteria, say it as follows.

“The application/software is not suggested to go live.”

If the software meets the exit criteria fulfilling all the requirements, then suggest it as follows.

The application/software met the exit criteria satisfying the requirements mentioned in section 9, so thereby we suggest the software/application to go live.

13. Definition, Abbreviation, and Acronyms

A QA test summary report is to communicate the complex test process and its results to the stakeholders.

Sometimes the stakeholders may not be familiar with all the terms used in the report. It’s better to give them that knowledge in the report itself. Making communication easy is as important as the testing itself. Also, please don’t make a report full of engineering terms; not every stakeholder is an engineer to understand them.

This artifact document will be viewed by stakeholders, management staff, and concerned clients. It’s crucial to provide the facts and information about the testing done, its performance, and its conclusions.




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Adepu Bindu

Adepu Bindu

Always on a constant journey, unraveling and untangling the hidden happiness of nature and cherishing its wild wisdom. Soo chinked up and using a pen to fill charisma into a plethora of her thoughts. She kept lingering around these new disruptive technologies and wonder every single day as she researches, learns, and writes about them. She always sets out to give you the best possible answers to the problems she comes across.

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