In the earlier decades, the process of software development did not involve too much of an effort in managing the software quality testing processes. But, now the software development process not only follows the agile methodology but also accesses the various cloud applications. Accordingly, the requirement of a good software test management system arises.
During the recent years, the software quality assurance has witnessed a large number of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools. The analyst firm, Gartner also predicts worldwide enterprise software spending of $297 billion this year, up 6.4% compared to 2012. It is evident that there is a tremendous competition in the field of software quality testing.
Software Test Management System
The ALM solutions are largely based on the requirements of software developers who in turn do not acknowledge the views of quality assurance testers. In most of the cases, the software test management system is taken into account at a later stage of the process. In such cases, the entire test scenarios are not covered, which eventually leads to an ineffective test cycle.
A good software test management system is governed by various characteristics. These characteristics are vital as the software development process is involving critical phases along with the production release. Moreover, the need of the quality assurance tester is not only restricted to managing the regression testing but also deals with the effective functioning of the added features.
The characteristics governing effective software test management system are:
- Ease-of-use and Flexible
- Transparent and Traceable
- Task Assignment and Task Tracker
Characteristics of Good Software Test Management System
Ease-of-use and Flexible
As per the QA testers, the software test management system should be easy-to-use so as to avoid unnecessary training costs. Next, the system must be accessible and consistent. If the quality testing system is easier to understand then the QA testers finds its use in a faster manner and are able to adapt it to identify the bugs/errors.
For a software quality testing process, the testing scenarios vary with different projects. The flexibility aspect of the software test management system handles these testing scenarios effectively. An effective test management system efficiently adapts and relates to the testing processes. For example, specifying unnecessary field values, replicating duplicate test cases and/or connected steps result in the wastage of valuable time as well as skilled resource(s).
Transparent and Traceable
The quality assurance testers appreciate the traceability aspect of the test management system to trace various functionalities of the software. In this way, the testers are able to account for reliability and explore data, which they can use to streamline the testing process. A good software test management system traces the complete lifecycle for a software defect.
An effective test management system not only caters to all the requirements, test cases, defects, repeated test scenarios but also manages a record of the executed tests along with the quality assurance tester details. The traceability removes potential stress between the software quality assurance and software development teams thereby enhancing the transparency across the departments.
For example, you may have to cater to multiple requirements existing in a single test case and/or multiple test cases for a requirement. In such cases, clarity is very important to create a clear understanding between the requirements and test cases. This clarity and transparency results in an explicit relationship between the requirements and test cases and saves time.