Selecting a test case management tool is key to project success. It can make or break the product. These tools usually handle the complete software development life cycle of an application. Businesses gain efficiency in their testing procedures by using these software testing tools.
The tools consolidate information for projects, speed up communication between teammates and foster overall collaboration. Test case management tools make testing processes more efficient and increase the testing scope. A typical test case management tool records test requirements, aids the test design process, maps test cases with requirements and generate test case execution reports.
Test case management is greatly facilitated by a tool that offers a central repository. A separate repository for each test plan is a poor setup, bound to waste both time and resources. A central repository helps to identify the testing scope, removing the redundancy of testing and improving tracking. A test repository is a tester’s best friend.
Today we look at some of the benefits of having a central repository in a test case management tool:
Often, when new software features are introduced, old tests are rerun. Many tests are repeated. Many projects with overlapping test cases could be managed on a common platform. Having a central repository gives faster access to these tests. Accessing separate repositories for running tests is more time-consuming. A single repository will clearly show which tests have been conducted before. There will be no need for testers to juggle through information on multiple platforms. Further, tests are automated without manual intervention, saving time.
A single repository keeps testers more mindful of the tests. Duplicate test cases are not created. Testers do not have to rewrite tests. Once written and stored, the repository allows easy access for use in the future. This saved time is used towards creating and executing new test cases, increasing testers’ productivity.
Every test case is tagged in a repository. These tags include function, sub-function, channel, device and so on. These tags help in filtering through thousands of test cases, boosting the speed of searches. Tests can be quickly picked and used.
Better Defect Management
A central repository will log a history of defects related to testing cases, enabling quicker defect tracking and management. Defect severity and priority are known. Duplicate defects are identified and removed. Better defect management is very useful in large projects as resources can be allocated to other more tasks that require urgent attention if defect management is taken care of. Defect management is the key to product quality.
One of the most important tasks of a well-organized testing system is the ability to retrieve useful information. This means getting rid of undesirable documents periodically. Obsolete test cases should not be retained. A central repository helps in removing unwanted data as it is all collected in one place. If filed separately, removing data can take time and create clutter.
These are a few benefits of a central repository in a test case management tool that can guide businesses to choose tools that offer this feature. After all, a central repository is a one-stop for meeting all project needs. An attractive central repository with all the necessary items for facilitating testers and project stakeholders is a winner for test management.
Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about 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.