Legacy tools are expensive. These tools reinforce enterprise software delivery silos and involve jumping in and out of multiple databases. Modern tools, on the other hand, are capable of helping software testing teams to not just overcome these problems but also experience several additional benefits.
Here are 7 qualities of modern test management tools:
Single View of All Testing Projects
Modern test management tools weave line of business, enterprise, team visibility, and department into delivery pipelines so that organizations can see all test activities in one place. To view status or make changes, many applications require jumping in and out of each database. It’s a clunky feature siloing testing data that doesn’t jibe with speed-focused DevOps and Agile teams. Next-gen test management tools provide a single comprehensive view of test coverage across the entire testing lifecycle with one login.
Real-Time Actionable Insights
Modern test management tools provide unprecedented insights into delivery pipelines and software quality with comprehensive reports, leaderboards, and metrics. You can keep your finger on the pulse by viewing reports on the go as opposed to legacy tools. These tools provide a comprehensive data mart automatically capturing every result and detail from every test throughout the enterprise, then rolls them up into dashboards and reports that can be viewed by stakeholders, decision-makers, and testers.
Support for Multi-Speed IT
Legacy tools only support the sequential and stable waterfall methodology. But modern test management tools are adaptable. Be it Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Waterfall, Agile, or Lean, modern tools go with the flow of your development methodology, whether it’s one or multiple at the same time. If your enterprise is not a digital native, there are chances that you have stable systems running on Waterfall alongside speed-focused projects that have a short time to market.
Support for the Entire Software Delivery Process
Modern test management tools can integrate with existing tools that help manage end-to-end software delivery. Along with test metrics, these tools also feature environment and release management modules forming a value stream management platform to support the entire software delivery process from idea to production.
In-tool commenting is a common feature in next-gen test management tools providing contextual information by getting rid of the need to communicate updates and comments through outside tools. In-tool communication helps you keep a full audit trail of conversations between your stakeholders.
Integrations with Your Favorite Tools
Test management tools of today have open APIs from freegeoip.app enabling them to integrate with your existing toolchain. These tools should be able to sync with tools like JIRA so that developers can keep using their tools while testers view progress in the requirements traceability matrix. It should also integrate with test automation tools like Selenium to pull in your existing library of test automation scripts.
You can easily import all test cases from any legacy application to a modern test tool in just a few clicks. Enterprise test teams can get a single project running in minutes, and fully migrate to the tool in less than a week.
Ray Parker is a Senior Marketing Consultant with a knack for writing the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development and testing. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.