Test management tools take care of the entire end to end QA processes. It is used to keep track of the information like Test strategy, Test planning, Test cases and it also keeps the track of all the bugs raised and much more. There are many different types of test management tools which come with different features which are suitable for different types of testing. Most test management tools allow you to start working with them without having to install anything on your machine. This allows the tester to collaborate with his/her team from any where. Below we list some of the best web based test management tools.
Tarantula is software testing management tool used in agile projects. It is available for free and is an open source software. It is one of the best test management tool for Agile testing, Testing Management, Usability and Reporting. It has a very useful feature called Dashboard where you can view the reports and can get the status of the project. It also provides various metrics which can be displayed like requirement coverage, testing coverage, failed cases and testing progress.
TestRail is a web based test management tool. It can be integrated with Jira. It covers the entire testing life cycle from documenting the requirements, test strategy planning, testing, authoring test cases, defect tracking, bug fixing and generating reports. You can view the reports in the dashboard and it keeps you informed via email notifications. It keeps the history of all the testing activities and test results which you can refer in the future or in the later stages of the project. It is a commercial product but free trial version is available.
Zephyr is an add-on application for JIRA. It has test management potential and is very cost effective. This add-on with JIRA provides numerous features which are very beneficial for the testers, developers and for the entire team to be ready in all stages of the development and the testing. Some of the important features are like creating, editing, copying and updating the tests. Creation of defects, documenting test strategy, planning test execution, linking stories, tasks etc. also linking of the defects. It comes with dashboards to track the progress of the application. It also provides multilingual support like French, German, Russian etc.
QMetry is widely used test management tool. This helps in the creation of the requirements, test strategy, test cases and test suites. It can be integrated with many bug tracking tools like Jira, Bugzilla, Fogbugz, etc. It’s a commercial product. The important features of QMetry are Dashboard for monitoring the progress of the application, sharing of information via emails and notifications, logging defects and many more. It can be deployed easily both OnPremise and OnCloud.
qTest is a test management tool which can be integrated with Jira and also with other testing tools like Bugzilla, Rally, FogBugz, etc. This tool is developed by QASymphony. It manages the automated, exploratory and the manual testing pretty well. The UI of this tool is very user friendly and is easy to learn and use. It can be hosted as an OnDemand solution or it can also be deployed locally as an OnPremise application. It is available as 14 days trial version.
There are several desktop based test management tools as well, which we review in our next article.