What is Test Management?
Test management is the process of taking your project's requirements, building a test plan, writing the tests, planning the test activities and capturing the results. This section explains what test management is, what features you should look for in a test management tool, and provides a list of the top ten tools you should be looking at when considering a test management system.
As software projects get ever more complex and intertwined and with the large number of different platforms and devices that need to get tested, it is more important than ever to have a robust process for managing your testing activities and making sure that limited testing resources are being focused on the areas of most risk and importance. Test management software helps you manage that process, but for it to be of the most value, it needs to integrate well into your product development infrastructure and support your chosen software development methodology.
Some considerations for choosing a test management tool are:
- Are you doing mainly traditional manual testing or a combination of manual, exploratory and automated testing?
- Do you need a standalone test management tool, one that integrates into an existing platform, or one that can integrate requirements, testing and defects?
- Are you looking for a cloud-based SaaS solution or one that can be deployed on-premise?
- Do you have a lot of users working in the same timezone and geography or do you need one that can handle multiple languages and timezones?
#1) SpiraTest by Inflectra
SpiraTest is the most feature-rich and easy to use test management solution on the market today. SpiraTest offers world-class test management that adapts to your methodology (agile, waterfall, or hybrid), workflow, DevOps toolchain, and reporting needs. Powerful, flexible, and easy to use, SpiraTest has the industry best practices baked in.
Providing more than just test management, SpiraTest also includes an integrated requirements and bug-tracking module that helps the users to manage all of their tests, requirements, and bugs in one place with end to end traceability and reporting.
Right out of the box, SpiraTest is designed to integrate seamlessly with over 65 different tools and technologies including Selenium, Jenkins and Git. Available as both a cloud hosted (SaaS) service or on premise solution, it has a unique license model based on concurrent logins and not the number of registered users.
#2) Micro Focus Quality Center (QC)
Micro Focus Quality Center (QC) formerly known as Hewlett Packard Quality Center (HPQC) and Mercury Interactive TestDirector is the one that started it all. Probably the first tool to provide requirements management, test management and defect tracking in a single package.
Previously one of the most commonly used test management software packages that has been in use for many years, it is starting to show its age. It has all the necessary features and in many ways, it is the standard against which the other tools are measured. However its Windows-centric ActiveX user interface is increasingly obsolete and the high price point and complex system administration needs have made users look for newer and more affordable alternatives.
This is one of the very few open-source test management tools that are available for use in the market. It is a web-based tool with typical features like test case creation abd maintenance, test suite management, test runs, tracking bugs, reports, and integration with some common issue trackers. Many users find it to be a good starting point when they first want to adopt test management and move away from manual methods such as Excel or Word.
QMetry Test Management is a powerful test management tool that helps teams deliver high-quality software faster. Its test management capabilities enable scaling from manual to agile and DevOps. Built to enhance QA productivity, QMetry’s flagship tool integrates with many tools including Jira, authentication tools like LDAP and SAML; and other common testing tools.
#5) Zephyr by Smartbear
Jira is used by teams to develop software and manage software projects; however, it doesn’t have any native test management capabilities. That is where Zephyr comes in. Zephyr is the most popular Jira test management plugin on the Atlassian marketplace that provides elementary test management from inside Jira itself.
Using the combination of Jira and Zephyr will enable you to perform common QA tasks such as: creating test plans, test cases, executing tests, executing tests, producing reports, and creating bugs in case if a test execution results in a failure.
#6) qTest by Tricentis
Originally developed by QASymphony and now part of the Tricentis suite, qTest provides software testing and development teams with a powerful test management tool that integrates with JIRA, other ALMs, and various test automation tools.
qTest aims to make every step of the QA process faster, simpler and more efficient. It includes modules that let you manage requirements, manage test cases, execute tests, perform defect tracking, with integrated reporting.
Whether you currently manage testing in Excel or use a software lifecycle management tool, Kualitee takes the hassle out of your software testing and makes team collaboration effortless. Assign tasks to the team and always stay on top of live progress through our simple, yet powerful dashboard and reports.
Integrate with your favourite tools, customize roles, reports, filters and more. Price is affordable and flexible to suit large and small teams alike.
#8) TestRail by IDERA
TestRail provides comprehensive test case management to help you organize testing efforts and get real-time insights into testing activity. Powerful reports and metrics enable QA teams to increase productivity and deliver fast feedback.
With TestRail, you can easily capture details about test cases or scenarios with screenshots and expected results. Track the status of individual tests. Measure progress with informative dashboards and activity reports. Compare results across multiple test runs, configurations, and milestones.
PractiTest is an end-to-end test management tool. A common meeting ground for all QA stakeholders, it enables full visibility into the testing process and a deeper broader understanding of testing results. Using the customizable filters you can organize your requirements, create & run tests (Automated, Scripted, and Exploratory), track bugs and generate reports.
It integrates with many leading bug tracking tools like JIRA, Pivotal Tracker, Bugzilla, and Redmine as well as various automation tools such as Selenium and Jenkins. Their API can ensure further customizing for other process needs.
Testpad is an online test management tool used for both large and small projects. It uses a natural and easy-to-learn checklist-style approach, enabling quicker writing and running of tests. As documenting time is minimized, testing time is maximized. Users get at-a-glance view of the plan, their progress and next testing goal. The tool allows importing from other applications, automatic saving of changes, running of tests with custom data and other requirements and bug detection.
Additional Test Management Solutions
In addition to the tools that made our top 10 list, here are some other tools that are worth considering depending on your specific needs, budget and industry:
- Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)
- Test Wave
- Enterprise Tester
- Test Collab
- TestFLO for Jira
- Klaros – Test Management
- IBM Rational Quality Manager
- Meliora Testlab
- Digital.ai VersionOne
- Oracle Test Manager
- TechExcel DevTest
- Micro Focus Silk Central
- Micro Focus QA Director
- ApTest Manager
- Ambus TestBench
- QA Deputy
- Countersoft Gemini
- BugZilla Testopia
- Stryka Plutora
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