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7 Essential Features of an Ideal Test Management Tool

Test management tools are the ones that are used to keep and maintain a record of the way in which testing is to be done, plan its activities and update the status of various quality assurance activities. Each tool follows a different testing approach and hence, has its own set of features.

Commonly used for functions like planning manual testing of a product, gathering execution data after conducting automated tests, managing multiple environments and entering information about defects or errors detects in testing, these tools are an excellent way to streamline the testing process. Along with this, these also allow an easy and quick access to data analysis, collaborative tools as well as easy communication diagonally across multiple teams.

While there are many features that enhance the usability of a test management tool, some of the key features that are necessary to make it usable are listed below:

1. Flexible and Easy to Use:

It is important for any test management tool to be easy to use and flexible. Ensuring this helps testers in identifying any sort of errors that might be affecting the functionality of the product. In other words, detecting the bugs in a software program gets easier.

The flexibility in these tools makes them easy to be used for different projects. Using only those features that enable an easy identification of bugs and errors in a program’s functionality helps save time by avoiding the implementation of unnecessary test cases.

2. Streamlined Tracking Capabilities:

In order to ensure that a project progresses smoothly from one stage to another, it is important to keep a check on each step of the testing life cycle. Maintaining a record of different stages of testing in the form of testing dashboard benefits not only the current project but also the future as it allows one to easy detect any sort of incompatible testing requirements. The documented test cases can also be reused in future projects also.

Documenting the entire test also enables one to easily identify the test cases to which the defect is related to and the fixes that follow. This, in turn, allows an easy analysis of the entire project in future.

3. Real-time Reporting:

Maintaining the complete documentation based on real-time testing of the product allows for easy tracking. Reporting in real-time also helps in analyzing what’s happening at the present moment in a particular project. This also allows one to get quick and instant responses from the QA teams and also enable its flexibility. Other benefits include enhanced interactive capabilities of a project, speeding up the QA process and continuous feedback about the product.

4. Integration of Automation Testing:

 Automation testing has, undoubtedly, become an integral part of the entire software development process. Allowing this feature in software not only provides ease to the testers but also saves a lot of their time. Whether it is conducted as per the predefined cycle or as needed, automatically running the tests implies that the team won’t have to remain occupied with this work.

5. Easy Tracking

The test management tool should essentially by able to assign a particular task to a particular individual. It is also important to ensure that it is possible to track whether the action assigned has actually been performed, when and by whom. This, in turn, ensures an easy tracking of the work assigned and completed. Doing so also enables an easy tracking of  the completed, assigned and pending tasks of the team members as well as an easy tracking of the work progress.

6. Ensured Security:

Test management tools should also offer complete security to the test assets as well as all the relevant and important information about the test projects. With high-level security, it is possible to distribute test data with ease and without taking stress about its unauthorized access.

7. Scalability:

When there is a team working on a particular project, it is important to ensure that its access is available to all via cloud servers. This helps in creating an environment that allows for an easy exchange of information about the project among different team members. A test management tool scalable on the cloud allows the entire team to get an access to various test assets such as test metrics, test data, etc.

One must ensure that the test management tool being used proves beneficial to the user and has all the necessary features. Ensuring this allows one to make maximum use of the tool as well as ensures the delivery of superb quality product.

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