The Test Environment Management Plan Template
Two QuestionsTwo question we often get asked at Enov8 is where does one begin and/or can you provide a good example.In response to the first question, where does one beginwe often point them back to two key reference points.
The IEEE’s recommended minimum standard for process for Configuration Management.
An overarching guideline for Test Environment Maturity.Firstly, because at the heart of Test Environment Management is Configuration Management. There is no getting away from it, the heart of good TEM is Identification, Managements, Status Accounting & Audit. And secondly TEM is more than simply Configuration Management, TEM has associated “nuances” that move into the wider world of Agile, ITSM & ITOM.In response to the second, can we provide a good examplewe often scratch our head 🙁 … You see, the problem with providing an example is there are not many good samples of a Test Environment Plan available online. In fact, it is often hard enough to find “good” Configuration Management Plans, and people have been writing these since the seventies.So, with that in mind, we decided to put together a template (a simple guideline) that other people can follow and leverage. A template that shares many of the structural elements you might expect to find in a Configuration Management Plan, but with an extra twist aligned to the IT & Test Environment Management Maturity Index.
Example TEM Plan Template StructureTest Environment Management Plan (Light Version)
1 IntroductionTip: Initial TEM introduction, scoping & context.1.1 Purpose of the TEM Plan1.2 Scope of DocumentTip: In addition to TEM process we suggest you describe at a high level, your Test Environment(s) your supporting here. 1.3 Definitions, Acronyms and Abbreviations1.4 Document References1.5 Document Overview
2 The TEM Team StructureTip: High Level overview of TEM team structure & enablers.2.1 Organisation2.2 Responsibilities2.3 Tools & Infrastructure
3 The TEM ProcessTip: Define how each primary process will be realized (think People, Process & Tools)3.1 Knowledge ManagementRefer: Mapping your Environments.3.2 Demand Management3.3 Planning & Coordination3.4 Service Management3.5 Data Operations3.6 Application Operations3.7 Infrastructure Operations3.8 Status Accounting & Reporting
4 Plan OutcomesOutline the primary benefits of implementing this Test Environment Management plan.For example:The intention / benefits of implementing this plan can be summarized as follow:
- End to End visibility of Test Environments
- End to End Visibility of Activity
- Operational Standardization
- Increased DevTest productivity
- Reduced Environment Incidents / Disruption
- Accelerated IT Project Delivery
- IT Cost Optimization / Controlled Spend i.e. spend based on need & usage.
5 Implementation Project PlanTip” Describe how we will get there. 5.0 Project Resources5.1 Delivery Milestone Plan5.2 Actor Training Plan5.3 Optimization Plan
A Concise Download VersionFor a more concise version of above (with section explanations) please download our PDF example.
Post Authoring ReviewHappy with your document and/or new processes?
- Hold regular retrospectives with stakeholders & team members to get ideas for improvement.
- And use our online EMMI calculator to compare it against the EMMI methodology.
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