For every enterprise, there comes a time when merely using issue tracking tools or other substitutes no longer suffice. Your project teams need more in terms of proactive test management. Commercial test management software streamlines your testing activity and provides a lot of speed and quality benefits.
With the right tool you can:
- Streamline test authoring and execution
- Plan your test strategy
- Creating and maintaining test artifacts
- Create test suites
- Establishing traceability and coverage
- Reporting and Metrics
- Bug tracking or defect management
Ideally, the best tools offer multiple integrations with automation frameworks, CI systems and often with Jira. Here’s a list of some of the top picks for test management tools:
1. QMetry Test Management
Designed to solve some of the critical test management challenges in the DevOps ecosystem, QMetry Test Management is a complete test management solution. Its diverse features and integrations meet the speed and quality needs of digitally Agile teams. It takes an intelligent approach to test management by providing powerful test authoring, execution and traceabilty features. It is high on modularity, reusability and version control helping various types of teams whether they are transitioning to automation, scaling up or working with distributed teams.
Additionally, QMetry Test Management offers multiple integrations with external bug tracking tools like Jira, authentication tools like LDAP and SAML, and automation frameworks or CI/CD systems such as Jenkins and Bamboo. High quality metrics, dashboard gadgets and a contemporary UI make QMetry Test Management it extremely user-friendly.
qTest is a test management software for small as well as large-scale test organization. It helps create a centralized test management system for easy communications and rapid deployment of tasks to QA teams and developers. qTest covers all aspects of test management from requirements managing, designing test cases, planning execution, tracking defects and generating reports.
It also integrates with Jira user stories, tasks and issue types. qTest allows centralizing and storying of all manual, exploratory and automated test cases. It also lets testers create multiple versions of test cases for easy reuse and sharing of test case repositories across projects and sprints.
qTest offers pre-built integrations into leading ALM and defect tracking tools for easy collaboration with other teams involved in the projects.
Zephyr is one of the leading providers of on-demand, real-time test management tools with a business-ready test management solution for agile teams. It offers two different solutions – Teams and Enterprise, aimed at handling teams of different sizes. Both are stand-alone solutions with Teams being multi-project and multi-Jira while Enterprise being many projects and many Jira instances.
Zephyr centralizes all your testing assets across projects, sprints and releases in testing repository. It allows users to standardize tests, data, metrics and processes. It is designed to help with continuous delivery and has an answer for the major test management challenges be it automation, analytics, DevOps teams etc.
Its core strengths lie in visible linkages, test authoring, cloning and reusability, custom dashboards and quality metrics; and integration with multiple QA tools.
QAComplete is again a comprehensive test management solution for enterprises offering flexibility to work with all modern development methods. It allows linking manual and automated tests to defects, requirements and tasks. QAComplete also offers multiple integrations with QA tools that Agile teams use like Jira, BugZilla, TestComplete, SoapUI and Jenkins.
QAComplete offers a centralized test library to store, modify and reuse tests. It provides full traceability, coverage and advanced defect and requirements management. The tool is user friendly and provides a central hub to manage and report on all tests – manual, Selenium, SoapUI etc. It offers a powerful reporting function with prebuilt reports and dashboards. QAComplete also offers integrations with several project management and workflow tools that QA teams use, like Jira, Bugzilla, etc.
5. Quality Center
Micro Focus’s Quality Center (formerly HP Quality Center) is the test management component of what was HP’s Application Lifecycle Management suite prior to merger with HPE. Quality Center(QC) provides testers with tools and apps for requirements management, quality planning, software testing management, business process testing, defect management and release planning.
Its core capabilities are test and defect management, developer collaboration with IDE for linking assets, risk-based test planning, out of the box integrations and reporting/graphing.
Quality Center enables users to run multiple tests and combine them with requirements management, risk-based test management, multi-aspect test planning, and comprehensive manual and automated test execution. It supports all types of environments and is a good choice to automate unit testing.
Be sure to evaluate the tool and try it before you buy it. A cost versus benefit analysis can help you come closer to a decision. Having clear expectations from the tool and what it should achieve, makes your job easier.