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Building the Test Environment

The test environment is comprised of all the conditions, circumstances, and influences surrounding and affecting the testing of software. The environment includes the organization's policies, procedures, culture, attitudes, rewards, test processes, test tools, methods for developing and improving test processes, management's support of software testing, as well as any test labs developed for the purpose of testing software and multiple operating environments. The test environment must also fairly represents the production environment to enable realistic testing to occur.