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Using qTest platform to employ enhanced test case management tools

With its suite of test planning, scheduling and managing programs, the QASymphony qTest platform is test management software tailored for the Agile methodology.

QASymphony's qTest is test case management software that offers users enhanced code coverage tools designed for use in software development and application lifecycle management.

QASymphony also offers its qTest eXplorer and qTest Insights software as add-ons as part of its test management software offering, which further increases the platform's test case management abilities. Combining these three products allows enterprises to effectively monitor their entire testing process from end to end and ensure a successful rollout.

The qTest platform is a user-friendly test case management tool that provides value to not only testers and test managers, but also developers, scrum masters and other Agile team members. Although it's a niche product for Agile methodologies, it's not geared toward any particular industry. It can be useful to organizations of any size -- especially those who employ Agile methodologies, or those who are in the midst of or considering an Agile transformation.

For test automation, qTest offers a number of out-of-the-box integration options, including with TestNG, Junit and Cucumber for Java to create, schedule and report back execution results. Continuous integration tools, including Jenkins and Bamboo, allow testers to analyze test results by build. Finally, integrations with Agile test project management software, including Rally and VersionOne, create an agile application lifecycle management suite.

How does qTest enhance ordinary test case management tools?

The qTest suite of programs allows organizations to manage the results of a variety of automated or manual tests that have been run on their developed applications. Users can accumulate this data via the platform's qTest eXplorer testing environment, integrations with third-party testing programs or manual input.

The need for a single location where test results can be reported and accessed by appropriate team members becomes increasingly important with a large number of tests being performed to ensure a successful rollout. The qTest platform includes a centralized database, along with several features that enhance typical test management software, so app launches can be organized and successful.

The software includes test planning and execution tools. Users can create testing schedules and define their own procedures and requirements, which can be seen and accessed across the company, should a user so choose. It also includes test case management tools that allow users to create and manage test cases, as well as import them from third-party software.

The qTest platform lets users establish testing requirements that can be locked to test cases, and it allows them to create test-specific configurations. Combining the planning and execution tools with the qTest eXplorer testing software add-on provides users with one centralized location to perform and track their testing initiatives.

QTest gives testers an environment that automatically captures bug and defect information during the testing process for future reference. And, with the qTest eXplorer add-on's easy integration with bug-tracking tools like JIRA and FogBugz, any bug or defect that is discovered can be easily exported, documented and accessed by the proper DevOps team member. Together, these features help ensure the apps in question conform to the requirements established for it before delivery or launch.

Additionally, qTest provides tools for interactive and real-time visual reporting on software testing initiatives with the qTest Insights add-on. The software can be used to track the time and number of resources being dedicated on testing projects, and see at what level individual users are performing their tasks. Generated reports can be converted to PDF and PNG, making them easily shareable.  

The platform offers collaboration tools that let users leave comments to fellow users on data listed in the program, and to establish notifications when updates or changes are made to data they are linked to. These features help ensure projects are completed as accurately and efficiently as possible.

Who benefits most from qTest test management software?

For any enterprise developing and testing software, the qTest platform would be an excellent fit as a test case management tool. It can be used by all development, testing and quality-assurance groups because of its range of testing tools and its user interface that promotes project efficiency and  continuous integration for all steps of the testing process. In addition, the ability to integrate qTest with app testing tools such as JIRA -- enhanced by the qTest Scenario JIRA plug-in -- makes it a great choice for enterprises that intend to manage multiple projects.

How is the QASymphony qTest platform licensed and priced?

The qTest platform is available as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering intended for use on today's most popular web browsers. QTest test management software is offered through a variety of per-seat licensing options, including named-user, concurrent and read-only. Pricing is based on customer requirements, with annual and multiyear contracts available.  

QASymphony sells qTest directly and offers both on-premises and SaaS versions. Implementation and support services are included in the license price. Additional customized support programs are available based on customer needs. There is no standard support pricing. There is also a customer support website where customers can submit tickets and receive prompt responses.

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This was last published in February 2016

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Why did your company choose QASymphony qTest for its app testing needs?
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Code coverage is not a functional testing that "traditional QA" is responsible for. But it's a useful tool for programmers to catch particular classes of errors.
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I think Albert is right. The most I think a coverage tool like this can do is coverage of abstract understanding of a product or product component.
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I’m still not sure how qTest enhances ordinary code coverage. It seems to be more of a test management tool (which may help you see the extent of testing of a given type that has been completed) than anything that directly supports code coverage, which is typically associated with structural code coverage - statement, branch, multi-condition, etc.
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