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Integration Build Plan
The integration build plan provides a detailed plan for integration within an iteration.
Role: Integrator

Input to Activities: Output from Activities:

Purpose To top of page

The purpose of the Integration Build Plan is to define the order in which the components and subsystems should be implemented, which builds to create when integrating the system, and how they are to be assessed.

The following people will use the Integration Build Plan:

  • Implementers, to plan the order in which to implement classes, and what and when to deliver to system integration
  • Integrator, as a planning tool
  • Test designer, to define the tests for the iteration

Timing To top of page

As soon as it has been decided which use cases are to be implemented, the Integration Build Plan is planned in the current iteration. It is modified as needed during the iteration.

Responsibility To top of page

An integrator is responsible for authoring the Integration Build Plan, and keeping it up-to-date. For each build, the test designer will contribute descriptions of the test cases, test procedures and test scripts to be used to assess the build. These may be supplied as references to material contained in other test artifacts.

Tailoring To top of page

You should adjust the outline of the Integration Build Plan to suit the nature of your project. For example, if the system is large, there may be a case for having subsidiary plans for each subsystem. The formality and extent of the test material contained or referenced from the Integration Build Plan will vary depending on the significance of the build. Obviously the final build of an iteration will be formally assessed against all the evaluation criteria described in the Iteration Plan.

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