7 best test management tools for Jira teams

TestFLO

12 April 2017 • 19 min read

    Updated on September 31, 2021 by Magdalena Korgul, Senior Content Specialist at Deviniti

    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 apps. Which one to choose? We’ve selected the most interesting apps and researched them so that you won’t have to. Find out which test management tool for Jira will be suitable for your team.

    Using Jira for test management

    Organizations that 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 the 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 7 test management apps

    Here are 7 test management apps you should consider when setting up your testing process in Jira.

    We divided them into two categories:

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

    Jira apps

    TestFLO 

    TestFLO is a tool that covers the entire test management process in Jira. It transforms regular Jira issues into Test Cases and Test Plans, allowing its users to define test steps, create a test plan, and execute tests in a single place. TestFLO is known for its flexibility, as it allows for configuring projects’ organization, workflows, and other elements to establish accurate test management processes.

    Users can import Test Cases from software such as TestLink or Zephyr in CSV format. Tests can be run from Jira on CI Servers such as Jenkins and Bamboo. After all, tests are completed, the TestFLO plugin sends the results to Jira, where Test Cases are created in the Test Plan based on a given test result. In addition to manual testing, TestFLO is a great tool for performing automation tests and benefitting from reducing the time consumed by repetitive test executionTestFLO can be integrated with the Jenkins and Bamboo CI Servers.

    On top of that, the app grants access to a range of powerful reports and metrics, such as:

    What’s more, TestFLO can be integrated with Confluence and Configuration Manager for Jira, allowing for speeding up the work even more. Wide configuration options enable us to adjust our testing process. Another useful functionality is the Next iteration operation. Using it facilitates creating another iteration of the test plan with test cases. This way, test cases execution statutes, linked defects, and step comments are being reset, allowing for performing a repeated test of test cases in the new iteration.

    Requirements Traceability in TestFLO

    Zephyr fo Jira

    Another tool for testing in Jira is Zephyr Squad. 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 the execution of their tests 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, Capture, Confluence, as well as test automation and CI tools.

    TestFLO for Jira and Zephyr Squad are often compared by the undecided teams looking for a solution for them. We’ve prepared a comprehensive comparison of these two Jira apps. You can check it here.

    Requirements and Test Management for Jira

    Requirements and Test Management for Jira was designed to bring the whole software development process into Jira. The main thought behind this tool was to give the user more control over the project and to ease the testing process as much as possible. The tool will be the most beneficial when used by teams just starting their testing journey, or by specialists overwhelmed with heavyweight test management tools, offering even too many options. Navigation in RTM is very intuitive thanks to its structure – it’s based on Jira native functionalities, which facilitates the integration.

    RTM provides a single repository for the requirements and tests. Creating requirements is extremely simple – you can create them as regular Jira issues, and keep them on a Scrum or Kanban board. All of the objects in the app, including requirements, tests, test plans, test executions, and defects, are displayed in a transparent tree structure, allowing for an effortless organization of the development process.

    RTM provides:

    • Optional issue types: Functional Requirement, UI Requirement, Non-functional Requirement, Business Requirement, Test Case, Test Plan, Test Execution, Defect
    • Built-in requirements management
    • Detailed Test Case creation and maintenance mechanism
    • Reusable Test Plan templates
    • Transparent Test Execution view
    • Basic automated testing support (REST API)
    • Real-time reports: Traceability Matrix, Requirement Coverage, Test Case Execution, Test Execution.
    Project view in RTM

    synapseRT

    The last Jira app in our comparison is synapseRT. The advantage of this tool is its simplicity, as it allows for keeping the requirements and test management processes in one place, without complicated integration

    SynapseRT enables us for:

    • tracing the testing process from requirements to bugs
    • organize and track test cases in a convenient tree-structure format
    • execute Test Cases in cycles
    • link defects and attach artifacts to test execution 
    • import from Test Link.

    The tool can be integrated with Bamboo and Jenkins, allowing for automation testing.

    Jira + external system plugins

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

    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.

    qTest Scenario for Jira 

    The last tool in our guide is an app that supports end-to-end workflow for BDD, TDD, and ATDD in Jira. Using qTest Scenario for 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 app. 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 that 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’d like to learn more about requirements management in Jira Software, check out this video tutorial series on our YouTube channel.

    Read more on bringing requirements and test management into the Atlassian suite on Deviniti blog:

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