Trying to compare different software test case management tools?

The test management tool you end up selecting will be used by various team members with different skill sets. Hence,zeroing on the best test management tool can often be an overwhelming process.

Here is a list of seven different things you might want to consider while comparing various test management tools. 

Adaptability to Different Development Methodologies

Projects in an organization often follow different development processes, such as Waterfall, Agile, or a combination of the two. While comparing test management tools, look for whether or not the tool can easily map to more than one development methodology.

Features such as flexible custom fields or an ability to create custom roles and permissions can be of great help here. Similarly, an ability to set up specific workflows and notifications or even change the application UI can be useful in adapting to different development methodologies. 

Ramp-up Time

A key feature to consider when comparing different test management tools is how quickly the tool can be adopted by different users within your organization. 

Free trainings if offered by the vendor can help you expand understanding of the tool among team members.  Similarly, having a dedicated customer success manager and an excellent support ensures you get can quick resolution to issues when ramping up. 

Integrations

Integrations, especially with requirement and defect management systems, automation tools, and CI tools, make it easy to setup and scale a DevOPS process. Hence, look for that when comparing test management tools.

 Out of the box Integrations with commonly used open-source tools such as Selenium or SoapUI, or commercial tools like Jira, ensures you spend less time developing and maintaining custom integrations over time. 

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Roll back to previous versions 

Test cases change frequently. New features may be introduced or the original requirements may be altered. Overtime, you realize some changes you made were not correct and thus may want to roll back to an old version.

With the right test management tool, you should be able to track these changes in an organized and sequential manner.  An ability to revert back changes if and when needed can be highly beneficial. 

Scheduling Capabilities

Scheduling gives you the ability to run automated tests unattended on specific dates and times from a test management platform. 

Hence, while comparing multiple test management tools look for how quickly can you setup automation schedules across variety of automated tests such SoapUI, Selenium, TestComplete etc. 

Security 

One of the largest benefits of test case management platforms is they allow multiple users to access the tool simultaneously. The challenge with this however is that security can become tricky to maintain. 

When deciding which test management tool to use, it’s crucial to a tool that addresses security issues upfront. For example, look if the tool can lock test cases that are already being worked on. Support for SSL and Single sign on can be helpful in protecting confidentiality and setting up a custom authentication system. 

Cost

As with any decision, pricing should be one of the most important factors to take into account when comparing various test management tools.

You should not only be comparing the upfront costs of purchasing each tool, but also the costs for training, implementation, and support. 

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