Why using Jira as a testing tool is a good choice for your project

Apps, Atlassian, Test management

14 December 2017 • 19 min read

    In general Jira is considered a project management software, but not everyone knows, that it can serve as a functional testing tool as well. While Jira may not be a dedicated testing solution, it’s an integrated platform where all the projects, users and workflows can be managed in a logical and consistent way. Instead of storing requirements in a separate file, testing and defect tracking in test management tool and preparing project schedules on the side, your teams can keep all the data in a single place. And that’s a huge advantage. Here are other essential benefits of using Jira as a test management tool.

    5 advantages of making Jira your testing tool

    It’s cost-effective

    The biggest problem with separate testing apps is that usually teams are forced to prepare data, manage team members and organize workflows externally. Moving the process to Jira can cover all of users needs and is easy to implement – you can get it up and running in a matter of minutes.

    Given its wide range of functionalities, Jira offers a cost-effective entry to its platform. Compare it with any other tool designed exclusively for test management and you’ll see for yourself that using Jira for the job turns out to be a suprisingly economic choice. Imagine how much more efficient it would be to manage your whole software project from just one place.

    It’s a workflow-powered tool

    Considering the numerosity of stages and team members involved, test management relies on well-designed and flexible workflows. Tracking test progress in Jira makes the collaboration between analysts, testers and developers much easier. If you decide on implementing testing processes into Jira, you’ll provide them a possibility to work in a single, well-known tool, where all requirements, test cases, defects, Epics and user stories can be seamlessly linked to each other. Workflows are fully customizable, so that everyone could make the most of it.

    You get top traceability

    Keeping all the steps of testing and development process in one tool makes it easier to visualize and track all relations between the objects such as requirements, test cases, defects, Jira issues and more. But not only can you store all the information on a single platform, easily accessible for your team members, but also ensure traceability far more complete than simple requirements-test mapping by using Jira integrated tools such as Confluence. 

    It’s an environment most teams know

    Jira offers a transparent, user-friendly interface, where apps are intuitive and easy to become familiar with. That explains why it’s used by at least 80% of Fortune 100 companies. If your teams work with Jira on project management and development tasks, it makes perfect sense to adapt already known and deeply integrated tool for test management as well. Thanks to implementing such a solution, it won’t be necessary to invest in any extra training and that means you’ll not only be saving money, but also time.

    It promotes greater integration of processes

    In Jira environment all related issues, requirements and test cases are clearly defined and connected with each other. Project management in Jira allows to integrate all actions from analysing requirements to reporting defects and getting feedback. Your team will surely appreciate continuity and transparency in executing test plans, managing code repositories, and simply getting more tasks done in a shorter time.

    5 reasons why testing in Jira is cool

    If Jira’s basic functionalities are not enough for your test team, there are many apps available on the Atlassian Marketplace, written to help teams manage testing process. You can choose from over 166 apps that can offer your team exactly the features it needs.

    Testing in Jira at a high level

    TestFLO – Jira Test Management & QA Tool

    One of such apps is TestFLO, a fully-customizable test management solution, which allows to track test processes in Jira Server and Data Center from start to finish. This highly integrated app uses custom fields and workflows in order to help your team with executing even the most complex testing processes. Being fully flexible, TestFLO lets you keep test repository, test execution and requirements in separate Jira projects or combine all those elements in one place, depending on which solution fits yours and your team’s needs best.

    Designing tests with TestFLO is easy thanks to Preconditions field with reusable repository of preconditions and customizable Steps field with the ability to change the columns or define your own step statuses. When executing a Test Case, a tester can also add comments, attachments and defects on single Steps.

    TestFLO - Preconditions and Steps customizable fields

    Test Cases are gathered in Test Plans as a set of tests to be executed. You can easily verify the state and progress of tests with transparent, built-in reports such as Test Plan Execution Report or Requirement Test Execution Report. If there’s a need to perform another cycle of tests from the same Test Plan, you can create the next iteration based on selected strategy – all Test Cases, only failed, ones not passed or your custom selection. The overview of all Test Plan iterations can be analyzed with Test Plan Iterations Report.

    TestFLO - overview of all Test Plan iterations can be analyzed with Test Plan Iterations Report

    TestFLO can be also integrated with Jenkins or Bamboo using TestFLO Automation. This small extension allows triggering the job directly from Jira and importing the results of your automated tests run during the build.

    Would you like to learn more about TestFLO in Jira-driven test management? Have a look at these resources:

    Requirements and Test Management for Jira (RTM)

    Lately we realesed our brand new app, RTM for Jira, that adds Requirements, Test Cases, Test Plans, Test Executions and Defects to your software project. These modules transform your Jira into a fully functional test management tool where you can track the whole testing progress, even in multiple projects at a time. Collecting all data in one place makes it possible to link Requirements, Test Cases and Defects directly to Jira issues and simply improves work comfort of your team.

    Requirements and Test Management for Jira has a wide range of functionalities. The app allows to collect all Requirements and link corresponding Test Cases to them. That leads to preparation of complete Test Plans, which contain all Test Cases. Test Executions with the same structure as reusable Test Plans let you monitor the statuses of particular actions. In the end you get the Test Execution view with all the defects that occured during the process.

    One of the most interesting features in RTM is a possibility to organize each kind of objects into a tree stucture. You can also categorize folders per for example sprint, component, assignee or any other parameter, making your projects clearer for all your team members. Such a solution allows to easily set understandable requirement-test case relations and navigate through all the elements in a coordinated way to track their correct implementation.

    RTM gives possibility to organize all the objects into a tree stucture

    Full traceability of relations between the objects is also a great advantage of our new app. The Traceability Matrix shows all relations on a special panel, that makes the verification of their statuses far more simple and efficient. Thanks to this functionality, you can: 

    • make sure that Requirements are covered by related Test Cases; 
    • check if all Test Cases are included in Test Plans and Test Executions; 
    • track the defects linked to particular Test Cases and Test Executions;
    • verify Test Executions linked to Test Plans.

    What’s more, what is shown on X and Y axes can be customizable with JQL, so that you can set the filters to fit your needs best. 

    RTM - Traceability Matrix shows all types of relations on a special panel

    The second report that can be generated in RTM is Requirement Coverage. It allows to verify whether the requirements are covered by Test Cases, Test Plans, Test Executions, Test Case Executions and Defects for a given: Project, Issue type, Fix version, Component, RTM Environment, and Assignee. You can decide which fields will be presented in the report by clicking on Preferences. This way you can make sure that nothing was accidentally missed during the process, which leads to releasing a complete and bug-free product in the end.

    Requirement Test Coverage report

    If you’d like to get to know our new tool a little better, check out these articles: 

    Why using Jira for testing is worth a try?

    Jira is not a dedicated test management tool, but as it turns out – it can do even better than some of them. Assuming that Jira is created to deal with workflows and data management, it seems to be a great foundation for effective testing progress organization (and more!). There is no doubt, that using a single platform for tracking development, requirements and tests is a smart move, not only for the good of the team but also from the economical point of view.

    You can also customize your Jira instance with dedicated apps for test management, such as Requirements and Test Management for Jira or TestFLO for Jira Server. These smart tools support documenting, linking and tracking requirements as well as testing process right inside your Jira. Choose the one compatible with your version and take a free 30-day trial from the Atlassian Marketplace.

    Have you got any questions about test management in Jira? Leave a comment or drop us a line at support@deviniti.com, we’re always happy to help organizations make the most of their Jira instances for testing.

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