Test Management tools are used for planning the testing activities and for storing the information about the project and also reporting the status of the testing activities. These tools are installed on your desktop and are used to manage the testing efforts. Some tools have a common database or a web based back end, which is used to share data across multiple desktops. Some of the widely used Desktop test management tools are listed below.
Testlog is another desktop based test management tool. It provides an integrated management environment which not only creates and manages the test cases but also manages the entire test plan. Test Log is very easy to install and configure because it has a light weight XML database. It has Explorer like user interface. It provides the reporting system which helps in generating the reports to track the progress of the project. It is available as a 3 months trial version with all the features.
Quality Center is also known as HP Quality Center. These days it is known as Application LifeCycle Management (ALM). This tool is widely used by most of the companies and their team members. It provides an excellent feature of maintaining the test cases in ‘Test Lab’. Files can also be uploaded and downloaded from the test cases. The step by step execution of test cases is also taken care by this tool. You can manage the test sets in different folders. These test sets from different folders can be extracted in the ‘Test Lab’ and execution of test cases can be carried out.
Zeta Test is both a desktop as well as web based test management tool. Different test techniques like Black box testing, White box testing and regression testing can be performed. It helps to create and log the defects. It also provides the feature of the creation of the Test Plans and the test cases. Zeta test tool is very cost effective and it saves time also.
Testuff is a desktop based test management tool with web based backend. Its UI is very user friendly and self explanatory. New users can start using it without any training. This tool supports many features like Test Lifecycle Management, Test Execution and Defect Reporting. It provides all the services like creation of the Test Strategy, Test Scripts, dividing them into test sets which are maintained in Test Labs. Assigning these test sets to the respective team member, execution of the test cases and then reporting the bugs or issues found while execution can also be done in Testuff.
Before you decide on a tool, do read our article on web based test management tools to see if they suit your requirements.