Entry Criteria : Entry criteria is the minimum eligibility or the minimum set of conditions that should be met in order to start the testing work . Entry criteria are documented and signed off during the test planning phase and is included in the relevant test plans. Typical entry criteria may include the following: All test hardware platforms must have been successfully installed , configured, and functioning properly. All the necessary documentation, design, and requirements information should be available that will allow testers to operate the system and judge the correct behavior. All the standard software tools including the testing tools must have been successfully installed and functioning properly. All personnel involved in the testing effort must be trained in the tools to be used in the testing process. Proper test data is available. The test environment such as, lab, hardware, software, and system administration support should be ready. If any of the conditions specified in the Entry criteria ( that is already documented and signed off) cannot be met due to some reasons, an approval is needed from all the stakeholders that were involved during the signing off.
Exit Criteria: Exit criteria is the minimum eligibility or the set of conditions that should be met in order to close a particular project phase. Exit criteria are documented and signed off during the test planning phase and are included in the relevant test plans. Typical Exit criteria may include the following: All Test plans have been run. A certain level of requirements coverage has been achieved. No high priority or severe bugs are left outstanding. All high-risk areas have been fully tested, with only minor residual risks left outstanding. Cost when the budget has been spent. The schedule has been achieved. Exit criteria should have been agreed as early as possible in the SDLC cycle; however, it may get subjected to controlled changes as the details of the project become more clear. Due to the increasing complexity and size of the project that we see nowadays, the need for Entry and Exit criteria is mandatory for the success of any project.
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