Jan. 16, 2013
-- Finding the right Test Management Tools is extremely important for an organization when it comes to saving time, meeting deadlines and protecting investment. We have come a long way when traditional methods were used by an organization’
s QA team to manage and execute test. The whole procedure was extremely time consuming and tiresome for the tester. The types of test conducted also suffered from limitation thereby affecting the quality of the software. After the arrival of test tools this scenario changed. QA teams had the opportunity to pay more attention on the quality of the software other than just spending time on testing the same.
Best quality test management offers several advantages like creating test cases based on the used case scenarios, creating test scenarios based formal models like Decision Tables and State Models, maintaining traceability between requirements, scenarios, test cases, test sets and test scripts. These tools also have the capability to maintain pass/fail status on test case level, test set level as well as requirement level.
In order to enjoy the advantages offered by quality Test Management Tools attention must be paid to selection procedure. Buying these tools is similar to investment that will reap benefits in long run. Here are few factors to consider.
Understanding organizational requirements is the first step of selection procedure. There are different types of tools available in market and each has its own set of features. The organization must understand what exactly they are looking for and the kinds of advantages they are expecting. In this connection keeping in mind the structure of the organization is important as the tool must fit into it without affecting the smooth work flow pattern of the organization.
Shortlisting the tools based on the above fact is the second step of the selection procedure. The organization must thoroughly understand each tool, evaluate its features and understand how far it will be beneficial for the organization. In case there is a budget it must be considered during selection procedure. However, in long-run if the selected tool has the potentiality to offer what the organization is looking for it should be considered even not fitting to the allotted budget.
Test Management Tools market is increasing and thus there are various vendors who are offering tools at most competitive price. Asking for a demo before making the final selection procedure would be sensible as it will provide a clear picture of the selected tool and its performance level.
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