Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Test Case Management Tool

There are a variety of test case management tools out there, each with different capabilities and capacities. This market is not short of old standard tools that have been around since ages or the new ones offering a different level of sophistication. So, before you spend your money or even effort while searching for the right tool, you must know what the right tool is.  

Integration With Other Tools

Your test case management tools should integrate with any and every tool your organization uses to track both software development and software quality. Instead of dictating its term, your tool should fulfill your requirements and take time to work with the tools your team is already using.

The Balance Between Complexity and Simplicity

A complex tool only creates bad user experiences. Instead of making testing more complex than it already is, you need to choose test management tools that use a simpler, more focused approach to creating and managing test cases. On the contrary, some tools over-emphasize simplicity. Based on the size, some organizations may require complex features to support multiple subsystems and several teams while maintaining a simple view of test cases and software requirements.

Web-First Design

Design is a big “sign”. Only if you have an eye for it. You can tell which ones were developed in the 90s and which ones were developed in the 2000s simply by the way they present themselves on the web. If your test case management tool feels like a newbie’s work or if it looks like an attempt to reimplement Oracle Forms in a web page, there’s a good chance that your entire QA team will be slowed down and you might be up for an experience of a lifetime, experience you might not want. Don’t subject your teams to poorly designed web tools from big IT vendors.

Modern Authentication with Single Sign-On

Resetting your password shouldn’t require you to call your IT for help. Your tool should have seamless integration with Single Sign-On (SSO) using standards such as SAML to offer a wide range of interoperability with other tools. The inability to interoperate with authentication is probably the worst offense in a large organization. Remembering a separate password for a tool will do a good job of repelling employees in your organization to use the tool.

An Understanding of Your Organization

Test management tools should understand your organizational model. The tool should have direct integration with Active Directory or LDAP that gives visibility into team structure and user roles, and this information should be used to provide users with the appropriate context for test case management. Test case management tools without the knowledge of your organization would require manual intervention whenever an organization changes. Teams and staff are constantly shifting to new teams and new priorities in a large organization. Ensure that you don’t have to appoint someone just for the sake of reconciling test case management tools with the latest reorg.

The Right Data at the Right Time

Right data at the right time is a crucial requirement for the users. If you need to know progress and results at any given moment, then you need powerful reporting and analytics tools that can organize and feed real-time data to reports and dashboards allowing testers, stakeholders, and decision-makers to stay on the same page.

Conclusion

These suggestions will surely help you in choosing good test case management tools. Freedom and simplicity are the most important factors in selecting a tool. that enable your teams to work smarter and embrace a tool that understands that simplicity is critical in today’s complex SDLC.

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