PRLog - Jan. 7, 2013 - The traditional methods of executing and managing test hardly exist anymore as latest Test Management Tools have replaced it. Quality test tools offers host of benefits like the ability to create test cases based on the use case scenarios, to create test scenario based on formal models like Decision Tables and State Models, maintain traceability between the requirements, scenarios, test sets, test cases and test scripts and lastly maintain pass/fail status on test case level, test set level and requirement level.
These tools will only yield desired results if they are selected carefully and most importantly serving the need of the organization without hampering the smooth workflow. Here are few steps that will guide on selecting test tools successfully.
Understanding the requirement of test tools is the first step of selection. The project managers and the team leaders must review the needs and then consider selecting tools. In other words the business must understand what exactly they are looking for and the selection procedure must be based on those findings.
Acknowledging the uniqueness of the organization is the second step of selection. No two organization works in the same manner and the way of conceiving project, its requirement varies. Thus, if few Test Management Tools proves to be efficient for one organization, the same might not yield same result for another organization. In many cases it might delay the deadlines, hamper smooth workflow etc.
Shortlisting the tools help to make the selection procedure faster and narrower. The shortlisting must be based on considering the needs of the organizations, project requirements and how the tool is going to add pace and help team members meet deadlines.
In case if an organization is not sure about choosing from the list of short listed tools opting for a trial version of the same would help in getting the real picture. Sometimes even though the tool comes with limited features, it might help the organization in long run proving to be cost effective and fitting into the existing structure of the organization. Implementing a trial version of the selected test tools is thus highly recommended.
Lastly, considering the budget is another aspect of testing tool selection. Test Management Tools based on your budget would be easy as there are adequate vendors in market offering quality software at affordable price. However, if test tools have the potentiality to meet all criteria, then budget should take the back seat for the sake of future of the organization.
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