eSignature with QMetry Test Management
QMetry offers Approval workflow and auditing reports with eSignature to produce evidences that can be used for SOW and other Audit compliance.
How does eSignature work?
The eSignature feature helps organizations to regulate the Approval Workflow of test cases and test executions. Test Case executions can now be approved using an eSignature that verifies that the test run was documented correctly and authenticates the test run status assigned to the Test Case.
Decide the project for eSignature
First, companies must review and select all the projects for which they want to enable eSignature functionality. It’s possible that there are a few projects that are stipulated under the compliance and governance norms, which makes it imperative to enable eSignature. However, there could be another team working on project that doesn’t require this approval mechanism.
Once, your project has eSignature enabled, you must add users who will be approvers. There are two types of approvers:
- Test Case Approvers: They will have rights to approve the test cases that are authored.
- Test Suite Approvers: They will have rights to approve created test suites and also approve the executions captured for these test suites.
Test Case Authoring
Testers will start authoring test cases and once they are submitted, these will be sent to the approver for approval.
What is “Locked-in Phase”?
The test case that has been submitted for approval and has not yet been approved enters locked-in phase. Meaning, testers cannot link such unapproved test cases with test suite and hence, they cannot be executed. However, they can keep on editing these test cases until they are approved by the designated approver.
Approvers will be able to view these test cases and approve them. To ensure full compliance, QMetry will ask the approver to reauthenticate by entering their login credentials for approving.
Once correct credentials are entered, test cases will be approved and can no longer be edited. If someone needs to edit them, they will have to create another version of the test cases.
Test Suites and Test Executions
Testers will create test suites and link the approved test cases for their execution. However, test cases cannot be executed until the test suite is approved. Again, the created test suite enters the “Locked-in Phase” until they are approved by their designated approver.
On the other hand, to approve these test suites, the approver will have to enter their credentials. Once the test suite is approved, testers can execute the test cases and log the test results. And these execution results will again go in “Locked-in Phase” until they are approved.
To complete the whole cycle, Test Suite approvers will have to “CLOSE” the test suite. This will be considered as the final approval in this testing workflow.
Approval Workflow Report
Approval Workflow report summarizes details on Test case approval & Test Execution approval based on Project, Release and Cycles. QA managers/Project Auditors use this report for audit reasons wherein they can find out which test cases/test suite/executions are in “In Review” state and which are in “Approved” state. In addition, this report provides the audit details of the approval workflow which includes test case details, approved test case version, who approved this test case, when was it approved, etc.
Benefits of eSignature with QMetry
With so many new devices, apps and platforms coming in the play extensively, it requires even higher level of validation process of the underlying software that these devices and platforms were using. Modern tools available as a SaaS based platform must make sure that teams have access to real time data and analytics.
Modern Test Management Tools like QMetry support eSignature, Audit Trails and many other features that help teams to organize and manage their testing along with supporting compliance. The main objective of such modern tools is to empower teams and organizations by simplifying the validation of their software and thus help reach market quickly with confidence.
- Reauthentication to comply with 21 CFR Part 11
- Reduced risk and quicker implementation due to automated compliance workflows
- Save time by avoiding manual intervention in approval process
- Real time access of all the testing records and artefacts at any time
- Increase in efficiency leading to improved productivity of testers
- Cost effective solution as QMetry Compliance supported features eliminate paperwork and cumbersome regulatory processes