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Factors to consider while shopping for a New Test Management Tool

Disha Thakkar
November 7, 2019
Factors for test management tool

Let’s face it. Test management tools today do achieve much more than just organization of your test assets. But when the test management tools seem to offer every feature under the sun, it becomes confusing. What factors must one consider while shopping for a new test management tool?

By providing an effortless interface and flexible integrations, test management tools enable agile teams save time and efforts. For this, a seamless and intuitive interface is very important. Test engineers should be able to create test cases as well as report the execution results as quickly as possible. However, if a test management tool fails to provide that, then instead of enabling teams this may result in more overhead for them. Difficult and confusing navigations often leads to lot of time wasted in test management.

Better collaboration and integration

Also, to ensure “High Speed with Quality”, agile testing teams are now shifting from manual to automated tests. With QMetry, enterprise teams practicing Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) can author, store and sync features files directly to/from Version Control Systems (VCS) like SVN, Git and Bitbucket, using the built-in Gherkin editor in QMetry requirements. This helps teams to combine requirements and corresponding scenarios in one place and reduces isolated communication with Automation Engineers.

Along with test automation support, one of the key criteria for a test management tool is to facilitate testing teams to create different platforms for various test builds. A “platform” defines a specific configuration that is used to test software components/builds to deliver high quality products. QMetry encourages its users to do comprehensive testing of software across different combinations of platforms.

For example,

  • Web application platforms might be based on different combinations of OS and Browsers: Windows + IE8, Windows + FF, MacOS + FF, etc.
  • Mobile applications might need to be tested on iPhone X, Android, iPhone 11, etc.

From Agile and DevOps to the continuous aspect of everything, be it integration, delivery or testing, it is a constant race against time. It is easy to get lost for agile teams when there is so much testing and data.

Quality Analytics

It is often difficult to take decisions or know the exact status of coverage, traceability matrix and other analytics in Agile teams. Have you covered all the important features? What is the coverage percentage?

If you can’t measure, then you don’t have the visibility into the overall build quality. Therefore, Quality Analytics play a crucial role in go/no-go decisions. With QMetry’s advanced reporting with customization abilities and dashboard gadgets, you can make smarter decisions based on 140+ reports featuring coverage analytics, test executions, traceability and many more. These actionable insights into test distribution and productivity cover both manual and automation testing. To know more about the Quality Analytics that should be available in the test management tool, watch this webinar.

Test management tools are constantly upgrading their features and functions, providing multiple benefits to the organizations that use them. As stated above, some factors to consider while shopping for a new tool include modern and intuitive interface, report on execution results instantly, bi-directional integration with a version control system like SVN, Git and BitBucket and test automation support. These are just a few of the features among the broader comparison matrix that you need to analyse. Refer to the chart here to find out QMetry stacks up against TestRail.

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