When it comes to the software development lifecycle (SDLC), test management is one of the most important disciplines to include within a robust evaluation process.
Test management is the practice of closely managing and monitoring application testing to ensure that resources are being focused on high-risk or important areas of the software. With test management, a test manager or team lead can closely organize, control, analyze, and trace the testing process while managing testing resources.
If you’re unfamiliar with the role test management plays in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), this guide is here to help. Below, we will break down the test management process, including why it’s important, how to implement it, and different test management toolsyou can utilize to streamline the process.
Test management is important because it ensures an organization is delivering a high-quality, bug-free software application that meets the customer’s requirements or demands. In addition, it enables organizations to:
The Test Management process can be divided into two main parts, including:
During the planning phase of the test management process, a test manager will establish a comprehensive plan of the test life cycle. This includes:
The second part of the test management process is the actual execution of the test. This includes:
The test management process is intensive, as it requires a significant amount of time and resources to plan. A test manager is also responsible for many major aspects of the process—including analyzing risk, estimating the required resources, building a testing team, and adapting to unforeseen issues to ensure things stay on track. Fortunately, deploying a central testing management tool can help them keep everything in order.
With a centralized test management tool, a test manager can do things like improve visibility of test cases, requirements, and defects, as well as easily measure testing progress and team member productivity from one platform. In addition, a test management tool should offer real-time analytics and metrics on software quality and provide a single pane of glass to view all aspects of the testing cycle.
Essentially, a centralized test management tool should:
At Micro Focus, we’ve made it simple to centralize the test management process. Micro Focus ALM Octane enables organizations to tightly align quality efforts from development to release, employ a broad range of tests anchored by automation, and continuously monitor and improve for increased throughput.
ALM Octane also fosters an open approach so that quality is visible, traceable, and continuously improved. By synchronizing quality and testing with Agile and DevOps processes, risks are mitigated early in the software delivery value stream – speeding the way for faster delivery and improved customer satisfaction.
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