Test Case Management

Best Practices for Test Case Management System


As the number and complexity of smart and connected devices grow exponentially, it becomes more challenging for the companies to verify and validate the embedded systems. The rise in the development and growth of the smart products has unarguably opened new avenues for companies, and redefined the notion of convenience for customers, however, the smarter the products get, the more challenging it becomes for the quality assurance team to carry out testing activities effectively. In addition to that, there are new quality measures and regulations every other day which adds even more burden on the testers when it comes to ensuring the functionality, performance, and usability of the applications. However, with the right test case management tools and some of the best practices in the industry, the testers are able to overcome these challenges for quality improvement and timely delivery of the product.

Clear performance metrics

More often than not, the testers are predominantly focused on data which traces back to defects and issues in the system, their main goal is to find defects, report them, and outline all the problems which they detect as they navigate the software application. While this approach is important for quality assurance and effectiveness of testing, it is of increasing importance for the testers to establish performance metrics to enhance efficiency. For instance, the overall speed of the test cases is a high-level performance metric which is essential for the testers to take into account in the testing process.

Monitoring the progress of test cases and testing process

Staying up to date and tracking the progress for the execution of test cases allows the team to improve the workflow and the planning process for the organization. With the use of test case management tools, managers can continuously monitor the overall process so that they can gauge how much time is required for each test case, the efficiency of the test case execution, and which assignees have handled the test cases more productively.

Build a functional structure

Creating a visual workflow, visual illustrations, and organizing the tasks in a coherent manner is vital for enhancing the testing process flow and achieve productivity. People are inherently visualizers and tend to understand organized and well-illustrated tasks and processes much better. An effective test case management system enables the managers to divide and categorize the tasks and issues by any parameters that they deem necessary, including, priority, assignee, feature, environment, etc. This makes the division and allocation of tasks between team members much easier and flexible.

Tracking the relationship between requirements, test cases, and test plans

The execution of test cases and every stage of the testing process in silos is detrimental to the quality and timely delivery of the software project. By tacking and managing the relationship between all modules and aspects including requirements, test plans, and test cases, the work of testers and developers becomes much easier as the probability and frequency of human errors and defects decrease substantially. 

 

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