5 best test management tools for Jira teams


12 April 2017 • 11 min read

    If you want to release a flawless product, you need a solid test management strategy. Are you using Jira to organize and manage tasks at your organization? If so, there’s something you should know: you can transform your instance into a powerful tool for test management thanks to a range of dedicated plugins.

    Using Jira for test management

    Organizations which use Jira for managing the requirements and tasks in their project development can also set up and manage tests in the same instance.

    Extending the functionalities of Jira to cover test management is a smart move.

    Here are some good reasons why Jira can be such a great environment for test management:

    • You won’t need to create a new infrastructure;
    • You won’t have to implement new tools;
    • No need for staff training;
    • Agile teams can include test cases in your sprint;
    • interdisciplinary teams will thrive in Jira ecosystem.

    Everyone at your organization knows Jira like the back of their hand, so there’s no additional cost of training and implementation involved in turning your Jira into a powerful test management tool.

    Top 5 test management plugins

    Here are 5 test management plugins you should consider when setting up your testing process in Jira.

    We divided them into two categories:

    • plugins that work only in Jira and require no integration with an external system;
    • plugins which need to be integrated with an external system.

    Jira plugins

    1. TestFLO 

    TestFLO is a tool which covers the entire test management process in Jira. It transforms regular Jira issues into smart Test Cases and Test Plans, allowing its users to define tests steps, create a test plan, and execute tests in a single place.

    Users can import Test Cases from software such as TestLink, Zephyr, CSV, or REST. Tests can be executed from Jira on Jenkins and Bamboo, and the results of automated tests can be automatically imported from jUnit, Selenium, and other tools into Jira.

    On top of that, the plugin grants access to a range of powerful traceability reports and metrics, defect tracking functionality, smart reports module, and snapshots of Test Cases contained in a test plan or story.

    1.  Zephyr for Jira

    Another smart tool for testing in Jira is Zephyr. It allows to seamlessly integrate testing into the project cycle, allowing users to create, plan and execute tests directly in Jira. Zephyr offers functionalities for filing, linking and tracking defects. Users can track the progress of their tests execution in a smart Execution Navigator. The tool also grants access to a range of quality metrics – teams can configure and track them, share dashboards, and create 2-way traceability reports which can then be exported.

    Zephyr supports 7 languages and offers some smart integration options with tools such as Crowd, HipChat, Capture, Confluence, as well as test automation and CI tools.

    Jira + external system plugins

    1. TestRail for Jira Test Management 

    This plugin integrates TestRail to Jira Server or Cloud, offering a wide selection of smart test management integration options which can work for teams of all sizes.

    Users can manage, track and organize their QA efforts, benefiting from TestRail’s rich test management environment. At the same time teams can link and create Jira issues, view relevant test results in Jira and integrate their TestRail testing reports with Jira and Confluence.

    The plugin offers access to actionable reports and metrics, rich test plan configurations, automated API integration, and a flawless user interface.

    1. QMetry for Jira 

    Perfect for Agile teams, QMetry Test Manager for Jira is a fully-featured test management solution that helps teams reduce the release cycle times by bringing agility into the testing cycle.

    The tool allows QA teams to get involved earlier in the development cycle and build relevant test scenarios while continuously testing early development builds.

    With QMetry, users can create and reuse modular test scenarios and benefit from the tool’s auto-suggestion feature which offers test scenarios based on particular story details. Teams can collaborate on test scenarios using HipChat, Confluence, or Jira Capture, and benefit from thorough reports and analytics.

    1. qTest Scenario for Jira 

    The last tool in our guide is a plugin that supports end-to-end workflow for BDD, TDD, and ATDD in Jira. Teams can create tests, manage defects, handle resolution, and oversee test completion in Jira.

    qTest Scenario has a built-in Gherkin editor where users can build their own features and scenarios directly in the plugin. Teams can also use their existing setup and easily import and export feature files they need.

    The tool automatically creates traceability to build a connection between tests, results, stories, and defects. Additionally, the testing process in each release or sprint is visible to the entire organization.

    Key Takeaway

    Jira is an excellent project management solution which easily lends itself to test management. Why invest in expensive tools when you can quickly transform your instance into a powerful testing tool? Try one of these 5 plugins to extend the functionalities of Jira and build a productive test management environment at your organization.

    Deviniti is an Atlassian Platinum Solution Enterprise Partner and a Platinum Marketplace Partner. We’ve developed two Jira add-ons for requirements and test management, as well as dozens of applications for other purposes available on the Atlassian Marketplace. If you need any support in finding the right solution for your business, feel free to go through a short quiz on our website.

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