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Testing tools can help automate tasks such as product installation, test data creation, GUI interaction, problem detection (consider parsing or polling agents equipped with oracles), defect logging, etc., without necessarily automating tests in an end-to-end fashion.
One must keep satisfying popular requirements when thinking of test automation:
A Software Test Plan is a document describing the testing scope and activities. It is the basis for formally testing any software/product in a project.
Test plan: A document describing the scope, approach, resources and schedule of intended test activities. It identifies amongst others test items, the features to be tested, the testing tasks, who will do each task, degree of tester independence, the test environment, the test design techniques and entry and exit criteria to be used, and the rationale for their choice,and any risks requiring contingency planning. It is a record of the test planning process.
One can have the following types of test plans:
Master Test Plan: A single high-level test plan for a project/product that unifies all other test plans.
Testing Level Specific Test Plans:Plans for each level of testing.
Testing Type Specific Test Plans: Plans for major types of testing like Performance Test Plan and Security Test Plan.