No doubt about it, speed to market drives revenue. Companies race to release new software products, enhancements and value-add services to entice buyers and either beat their competitors to market or support their business strategy and revenue goals. Speed to market is absolutely essential —and absolutely dependent on QA.
Streamlining software development in waterfall methodology amounts to reducing the part of the lifecycle exclusive to testing. But quality focus and comprehensiveness don’t have to suffer if testing starts as early as possible in development and repeats, with rapid, seamless feedback directing development to faulty functionality for resolution and retesting.
Quick fixes in dev and repetitive testing don’t work effectively in waterfall methodology. When waterfall timelines are accelerated, critical errors may occur. There’s not enough time to test everything, and without in-process insight through QA during development, the testing team cannot adequately prioritize critical tests.
That pressure fades with QA testing planning and execution that take place nearly simultaneously with development, based on the basic functionality defined by business analysts at the project’s initiation. Overlapping processes speed projects to completion and to the market quicker, saving time and resources and generating more revenue as a first-mover provider.
Scalable Test Case Management
As waterfall methodology takes a plunge off the deep end, and agile and DevOps methodologies seek to deliver synchronized, collaborative development and QA, teams benefit from replacing legacy testing applications with more holistic application lifecycle management tools like Jira intervene. While these tools coordinate project planning, requirement management and defect tracking, they often fall short in test case management, especially for larger companies with enterprise-level QA teams working on multiple projects at once. Development tools alone are not enough to ensure speed to market. Companies also need:
- The ability to create and reuse test suites and runs for regression or to validate new features
- Test data organization options like a folder hierarchy
- Test case versioning detail
- Test execution histories for defects
- Sharable test case objects across projects
- Immediate support for test automation, out of the box
- API support
- Easy, single-point test case update functionality
- Test configurability across browsers and operating systems
Efficiency to Move Large QA Efforts to On-time Delivery
Speed to market not only succeeds in generating revenue on single products but enables the entire organization to develop additional software products. They cash in on quantity, in the form of revenues collected across multiple products, and build company reputations for frequent, reliable, innovative releases that respond quickly to customer demand. However, without scalability and efficiency in testing, companies will struggle to hold onto their success and keep operational costs in check.
Enter test case management solutions that integrate with your development tools and offer more robust capabilities than simple plugins. Seamless integration makes adoption a no brainer because of what it delivers — efficiencies beyond those inherent in your development tools and scalability, often with the support of training.
Add on or Integrate from the Outside?
With minimal headaches, you can supplement developmental strengths and methodologies while gaining automated testing options, and the ability to rerun tests or reuse tests in a separate but integrated workflow for QA that also generates test case coverage reports. (Most tools, do not enable reports that include manual, automated and session-based test executions.) The traceability that keeps your testing honest, detail around test cycle and suite execution, test step execution status, versioning and test environment configurations appear on a centralized quality platform for optimum test case management.
Using Jira as an example, there are two compatible test case management options: add-ons and dedicated test case management solutions. Add-ons, purchased through Jira’s Atlassian Marketplace, look and feel like Jira, and use the same dashboards. They also let you link test objects to other issues. But they limit test cases to unique projects and require manual test creation. Add-on versioning in general lacks sophistication, so test case runs replicate data across execution steps, diminishing the value of version histories. Test organization capabilities also fail big organizations, with no logical folder infrastructure.
Dedicated test management tools integrate with JIRA from the outside but include richer testing functionality, specifically:
- coordinated manual and automated test execution that communicates with application lifecycle management tools;
- reusable executions for scalability;
- comprehensive histories of test executions with performance detail for pass/fail analysis;
- cross-project test case use and
- multiple test methodology support.
Keep It All Together
Large, active software development organizations will continue to choose tools like Jira for their application lifecycle management. But if they are to maintain a competitive edge and meet speed to market business objectives, they need a test case management solution that improves testing inside their testing tools.
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