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The Quality Assurance process is mandatory for every sector as it allows you to verify that the product you developed meets the standards and the product won’t collapse anytime soon. Now companies do not work around the waterfall model, it is outdated and time-consuming. With the increasing competition, companies lookout for solutions that can guarantee quality work in minimal time.
Previously it was considered that testing is the last stage and the whole system will be tested at the end which results in mismanagement of time and testing phase abruptly taking place. It also left critical errors in the open stage due to which clients came up with repeated revisions and maintenance requests which leads to discomfort for clients.
To carry out an effective test management process, it is essential to perform duties quickly and effectively. Let’s dig deep into how important is test management strategy and which test management features you should consider while looking out for a competitive tool.
Easy to Handle Changes
The test management tool allows the entire team to coordinate through a single platform and can work simultaneously. It generates quick notifications from time to time so the team does not miss any latest update. Such automated tools help to save your time too as most of the tasks can be done through clicks. You do not have to maintain long sheets or pen down points on sticky notes to perform the task.
Tracking the previous tasks and status of remaining tasks was never this easy. All the details being managed at one place which is accessible by the entire team has its perks. It adds value to communication as the entire team is updated with the changes happening around and you are not required to exchange email for every little thing. Previous tests and tasks performed can be effortlessly traced and project managers can easily take decisions based on entire scenarios.
Testing can be performed in a straightforward manner but if you fall short to record the outcomes of the task then you’ll fail terribly. To monitor the task, test teams need to record relevant reports and details of the task being executed, doing such tasks with the help of tools becomes convenient and managers can easily work around the following points.
- Defining the project goal
- Monitor project performance
- Comparison between planned and actual performance
- Listing identified defects
Scalability and Collaboration
One more important feature of the management tool is that it is flexible enough to be used according to the company’s policies. Most of the tools are paid versions as they come up with an extensive list of features and can be used as per your requirement. It can handle a variety of styles that change as per project requirements. There are chances that while selecting the tool you only consider the project you are currently working on, this can come like a trap. Going for over-specializing in one project can cause trouble for other future projects. Stay generic and then consider the tool which can help you with maximum return.
Real-time report generation
This tool helps the team lead to easily monitor the performance of the entire team and generate multiple reports in a matter of seconds. As all the information is integrated into one place so you don’t have to look out for different resources to gather the needful information.
Reduce Data Redundancy
These management tools also help to eliminate duplication of data which traditionally occurs when data is managed through an entirely manual way. It makes data visible for everyone working on the project, be it business analysts, developers, testers, or team lead. Everyone will have a similar view of the progress being done. The more developed a program becomes, it set off challenges to trace all the tests being performed while maintaining the requirement manually.
Management tools give an end to end view of the entire system regarding requirements and tests. It also ensures that a proper API exists for the requirements.
Test management tools are considered as an essential part for the testing team as it aids them to simplify complex tasks. Most of them are designed in such a way that they can be integrated into the system and increase your productivity exponentially. Before opting for any sort of management tool, you need to realize what your functionalities and requirements are and then make the decision. Bring your testing strategy to the next level with the help of little addition to your company which is also needed for the hour.