Result reporting is a mechanism with which the state of the product is presented to the customer from various angles. Format of the Report varies from time to time as mentioned below:
Stage of testing in the SDLC.
Testing technique adopted - white box or black box testing.
Type of testing involved like Functional, Performance/Load/Stress, Disaster recovery, etc.
Result Reporting is very important to know status of the product/project and to ensure a corrective action is taken.
Result reporting is very important when the product has failed testing.
Results should capture performance, platform dependence, etc., and not just the functional issues.
Giving an unbiased opinion about the state of the product is what a customer would expect.
Reporting should not only highlight the Strengths but also cover the Limitations and Recommendations, if any.
Reports would help the customer to take critical decisions about the product release timelines.