“To ensure the software does what it is supposed to do and that it does not do things that were unintended.” This is the eloquently accurate way that Inflectra collaboration and customer success gurus defined its purpose in its free white paper on “How to Choose a Test Management Tool.” It continues with: “This requires two types of testing; verification that the requirements have been met, and verification that they have not been exceeded in undesirable ways.” There’s no doubt that if you are developing or servicing a software, you need a test management app to get it done. Today we give you the gist of Inflectra’s guide to entice you to dig in and read it!

Discover Your Needs… Discover Your App

The only way to choose the right test management software for your development team is by first opening the conversation, asking the right questions of each teammate, of each task, to know his or her particular steps, process and needs. Inflectra dives right into the questions you need to ask, but here’s a quick checklist:

  • What are our goals? Why do YOU want a test management app?
  • How are we organized?
  • How does our organization flow? What’s our workflow?
  • How do we communicate?
  • How granular do we want to go?
  • Do we want to self-host or lease a service? Buy or lease?
  • What tools do we already work with that we want to integrate with?
  • How much time do we have to dedicate to enacting a new process?
  • Do we need to work from anywhere?
  • Do we need audit trails or versioning?
  • Do we want to change our tools?
  • What would we like to automate? (And what do we still trust more manually?)

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What does your app need to do?

Think about how your workflow goes already. What does a test management app have to do to fit into that workflow? Here’s a condensed version of the requirements, technical, flexibility, and otherwise, that Inflectra helps you to consider more deeply:

  • Do custom integrations exist between our favorite tools and this test tool? A public API?
  • Is this software going to provide you with the right support and training to implement your testing effectively and efficiently?
  • What are the mobile options?
  • What else do we need to use this tool?
  • How granular must this testing tool go?
  • Do you want to write your own test cases or would you like the app to have model-based testing?
  • Do we want instant notification?

What do you want to know?

“Test engineers are concerned about the journey, managers are interested in the destination.” Your test process is only as good as the analysis you gain from it. You want to slice and dice data into consumable, insightful bits.

What do you need to do? Make a list of must-have metrics. Then, if these are your priorities, look for testing tools that reflect level of flexibility and data manipulation you desire, and then those that filter into an easy-to-read dashboard for your manager.

What else should you ask?

Inflectra’s whitepaper on how to choose the right test management tool for your business covers loads more, including:

  • Test automation
  • Explanatory testing
  • Defect reporting
  • Determining if your team needs one or two testing tools
  • Creating your requirements relationship
  • Release management
  • and a lot more!

So what are you waiting for? Read Inflectra’s white paper on How to Choose a Test Management Tool today!

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