Software development leadership teams are surely aware of the importance of utilizing the most effective and efficient test management tools and software available. Despite this awareness, many of these same leadership teams rely on outdated or largely ineffective tools and software throughout every stage of the software testing process.
The most effective and most efficient tools — including QASymphony’s test management tools and software — possess certain qualities and characteristics that are particularly critical to ensuring successful test management processes. The ability to recognize each of these important qualities and characteristics can go a long way toward ensuring testing teams are able to operate optimally while addressing any issues that might arise during the various stages of testing.
Ease Of Use And Cost Efficiency
In addition to tools that are both cost-efficient and easy to use, test management teams must be aware of the necessity for these tools to be scaled as software development teams expand over time. Larger teams should be able to refer to tools that clearly delineate the team’s progress in real-time while also indicating the outstanding priorities that still need to be addressed.
Eliminating the possibilities of overlap or redundancy in the testing process is inherently cost-effective, and the overwhelming majority of testers would surely agree that easy-to-use tools make the testing process markedly more efficient by ensuring the process is free from unnecessary distraction.
Integration And Versatility
Testing tools must be versatile enough to function at full capacity with a variety of browsers and platforms as well as the tools and workflows so closely associated with Agile testing teams. These tools should operate seamlessly by functioning in real-time across all applications.
Collaboration And Automated Documentation
Test management tools and software should foster a greater degree of collaboration among team members while simultaneously automating the responsibilities most susceptible to human error. Documentation of the testing process, for example, is often viewed as a tedious chore that diverts attention from the core responsibilities of the testing team — not to mention the fact that manual documentation processes often result in inaccuracies.
It is therefore the case that incorporating tools capable of automating the documentation process can deliver an array of benefits, including increased accuracy as well as a sharpened focus on the testing team’s most centrally important responsibilities.
When found in testing tools and software, these basic qualities are responsible for a multitude of benefits that are valuable to every software development and testing team. Leadership teams should take great care to incorporate tools and software possessing these specific qualities and characteristics when conducting critical software testing processes.