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Software testing in the enterprise is becoming increasingly complex as organizations continue to accelerate the pace of delivery
By: Plutora Blog
Sep. 8, 2017 02:45 PM
Why Treating Test Management and Test Environment Management Separately Is Killing Your Efficiency
Imagine that you have hundreds of development, testing, and operations teams spread across the globe that rely on each other to execute software testing. You have 245 test environments and you release to pre-production several times a day and deploy to production once a week. How do you manage all the software tests, test data, and test environments?
Traditionally, the answer would be to fill out spreadsheets or siloed tools, send emails, and hope that everything and everyone is ready at each stage of the software testing lifecycle (STLC).
But this often doesn’t work well. Requirements change and not everyone gets notified or reads email updates. Test environments aren’t ready or available when they need to be. Further, a host of other challenges stand in the way of efficient software testing.
Why Manage Across the Entire Software Testing Lifecycle?
Four of the top challenges in application development, according to Capgemini’s World Quality Report, are:
These three application development challenges are all either made worse or better by how you manage your STLC. Many organizations have integrated testing and agile development to solve these challenges, but according to the same report these agile organizations are facing the following challenges:
Even if mature agile organizations have solved all of the problems above, they continue to be plagued by challenges managing their test environments. Those challenges include:
The simple fact is that the manual processes, spreadsheets, and legacy tools that we use to be able to depend on cannot keep up with the accelerated delivery pace of Agile and DevOps.
Why Legacy Tools Can’t Keep Up?
Most legacy testing tools do not support cross-platform or cross-browser testing. This makes it extremely difficult to ensure that your applications will provide a good experience to your customers and makes testing take longer.
Even when legacy tools are updated with new features to help them be more agile, it is very difficult to go through the upgrade process. This tends to keep most organizations from upgrading to the latest release. So, legacy tools are already slow to incorporate the innovation needed as Agile and DevOps evolve, and most organizations don’t have access to the latest features.
Just as Agile development teams use modern agile project management tools to manage the entire development lifecycle and DevOps delivery teams use fully integrated automation tools to optimize the delivery pipeline, testing teams must use tools to manage the entire software testing lifecycle and fully integrated tools to automate test environment management.
This means using enterprise testing software that combines test management with test environment management and fully integrates with the Agile and DevOps tools your teams use. An increasingly growing number of forward thinking enterprise organizations have done just that and the results have been nothing short of stunning.
Improved Quality & Predictability
“We now have improved the use of time and resources within the IT department,” says Bharat Anand, Projects and Portfolio Release Manager at United Energy and Multinet Gas. “By improving our efficiency and productivity with Plutora, we have removed the dependence on spreadsheets and improved our quality and predictability.”
Greater Visibility, Transparency, & Control
BT Financial Group has now improved the use of its IT Department’s time and resources, and reduced dependency on key personnel, which has led to fewer outages and project delays.
“Plutora allows us to have greater visibility, transparency, and control of environment composition that ensures the right configuration has been applied to environments at the right time,” says Marc Dovico, Senior Project Manager at BT Financial Group. “We now have better insight into our IT projects’ team of release and test environment managers.”
How Plutora Helps Manage the Entire Software Testing Lifecycle
Stryka has a pre-built Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM) which can be viewed across teams (both agile and traditional), projects, and features. The RTM gets populated automatically as requirements are imported into Stryka, ensuring that you don’t miss any test gaps.
Test Case Development
Test Environment Setup
The defects manager helps teams identify, manage, and track the defects found during test execution. Testers can easily categorize and raise defects with rich contextual information to ensure rapid resolution by the appropriate teams.
Test Cycle Closure
Of course, you can use spreadsheets or legacy tools, but you’ll undoubtedly have challenges at some point.
Even if you somehow manage to meet all the deadlines, team members will still have some dependencies that will impede progress.
The best way to handle enterprise testing is to use a platform that was built to manage enterprise testing in today’s Agile and DevOps environment.
An enterprise testing platform will not only reduce your risk, but also accelerate testing, not to mention that it improves quality and compliance.
To learn more about Plutora, check out this webinar: Stryka: The Next-Generation Test Management Tool.
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