Using test management software to improve software evaluations

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It is no secret that enterprise test management solutions provide businesses with the tools needed to optimize their software development process and ensure high quality products are released. All software has bugs; it’s just a matter of finding them. Eventually the unfound bugs will emerge and they could significantly impair the performance of the product. When this occurs, addressing those flaws in a timely fashion can be costly, requiring additional resources, time and manpower to accomplish. However not fixing these issues can be even more detrimental. Customers may lose faith in the quality of the product being offered by a particular company, as they may associate it with poor software. This is why a robust test management strategy is so important to the development process.

When implemented correctly, even the most disruptive bugs can be identified and fixed before software reaches the production stage, minimizing the cost of correction. In today’s software development and release environments duties are often outsourced to teams located in other parts of the world, creating time zone and sometimes language barriers that may prevent developers and testers from communicating effectively. This makes it even more important to adopt a test management solution to ensure that both developers and testers are receiving up-to-date information every step of the way.

IT industry veteran Scott Ambler recently outlined several best practices for businesses to adhere to when running an agile department. One of the key tools unit leaders can utilize to enhance the software development process and release is automated testing. In an agile environment, updates and interactions between all involved sides must occur constantly. Automated testing tools allow organizations to quickly identify and sometimes address certain bugs in software’s code without manual intervention. Because of this enhanced functionality, businesses can expend fewer resources during the testing phase as well as provide an extra layer of oversight to catch flaws and limit their presence in the released version.

  • Integrated Automation a great guest blog post by Sandy Jo, Director of Engineering, SaaS Products, Dell

Streamlining enterprise test management activity

Dell’s Cynthia Lovin and Tony Yaptangco recommended that by meticulously recording what features will be evaluated, what configurations will be in effect and the projected amount of time and resources needed to complete the review process. Afterward, testers can catalog various performance quality metrics to evaluate the software and the testing process.

“By taking balanced measurements of their progress, test processes and product quality, test teams can help their enterprises create successful products – and the lessons learned from each test effort can help improve planning and execution for future projects,” the pair wrote.

A sophisticated test management solution will greatly enhance these efforts, providing a host of resources that can be used to streamline the evaluation process.

Some of these benefits include:

  • Eliminating  fragmented data across multiple systems and spreadsheets
  • Reducing the amount of time building reports and running queries
  • Gaining instant visibility into project progress, pass and failure rates, areas of risk and defects

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