Plutora Test Tutorial: Test Management Tool Hands-On Review

Hands-on review tutorial of ‘Plutora Test’ test case management tool:

In many companies, testing activities are run either in expensive application management systems or directly out of Excel and other Office documents. There is simply too much manual overhead and maintenance to make software delivery efficient.

Plutora Test (formerly Stryka) focuses on supporting all testing activities in delivering software. It is part of the Plutora platform along with capabilities for environment and release management. The open API lets you integrate with your existing tools like JIRA and Selenium.

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Plutora Test‘ is a test management tool for requirements, test cases, test runs, defects and all the collaboration and reporting needed around these components. It’s cloud-based test management software useful for Agile and DevOps teams.

Features and Benefits

  • 100% Cloud: Plutora Test runs in the cloud, which enables all your project stakeholders to participate even if they are external to your organization. No need to set up shadow users in your Active Directory or create special DMZ sites for communication
  • End-to-End Test Management Features: Plutora Test replaces all existing test planning documents, requirements and related artifacts, test case Excel sheets, and the need for manual maintenance and synchronization. It gives a single view of all testing activities in real-time
  • Comment stream: As all test cases, defects etc. have a comment stream and assignment field, a user can be involved in many contexts. The comment stream gives you one place to find all your mentions
  • Test plan and traceability included: No need to prepare test plan documents and Excel sheets of requirements traceability. Plutora Test does that within the tool, along with comments and versioning
  • Integration to JIRA: Synchronize with JIRA to automatically align testing requirements and customer issues
  • Integration to Selenium: Automated tests in Selenium can be added to the test suites to provide full coverage. No more looking in multiple places for what has been tested
  • Stakeholder alerts: No more daily status emails to senior management on testing progress, as Plutora Test includes both push alerts and a detailed dashboard for all layers of management
  • Software as a Service: Plutora handles all the IT management of your Plutora Test site – it’s always up-to-date (weekly updates), secure (HTTPS, SHA-2) and available (99.5%)
  • Mobile: Plutora Test is available on desktop, tablet, and Apple Watch. This is a huge benefit when you are doing field tests or have separate test computers for your testing activities.
  • Bulk Upload feature allows you to migrate from your legacy test management software in a few clicks

Don’t let the simple and quick user interface trick you. The solution is scalable for a large volume of testing activities and ties all the testing activities together from the initiation of a project to the delivery to production and supports all development methodologies.

Important Factors to be Considered

  • SaaS/Cloud: Plutora Test is currently delivered out of three data center locations: Dallas (US), London (UK) and Sydney (Australia). You may have to take this into consideration if you or your customers have limits with regards to the geographical location of your data (EU only, only national data centers)
  • Integrations: While Plutora Test integrates with both JIRA and Selenium, the testing activities needed in your organization might need to tie into other ticket systems and test automation frameworks. Plutora is working on additional integrations and has a rich API. Moreover, Plutora works with customers to add any custom integrations they may require
  • Proximity to development activities: Development environments like Microsoft Visual Studio include testing modules that tie code changes and automated testing together. Integrating these testing modules aren’t native out of the box, but are possible using the rich set of Plutora APIs
  • Leaderboards and metrics: A part of Plutora Test Reporting is leaderboards and metrics for bugs and test execution by the team. This gamification may work quite well in some organizations, but the flexibility of Plutora Test gives organizations the option to decide not to use it if they believe it will have a suboptimal effect on team performance.
  • The test execution module is to the point, but it currently does not cover automatic screen capture/recording or exploratory testing. The roadmap lists screen capture and recordings in the upcoming few months.

The biggest consideration for you might be the transition from your existing test management platform. Plutora Test includes a bulk import and mapping feature that will let you transition in a few clicks, it works with both Excel and legacy test management tools such as HP Quality Center.

Read more about Sunsetting Your Legacy Test Management Tool.

Getting under the hood

Plutora has an extensive free and online help section that tells you all the details of working with and customizing the solution to your wish. There is also a knowledge base with some known workarounds, detailed release notes and a forum for discussions with other Plutora users.

In case you need support for problems or have feature requests, Plutora has a process in place to manage your activities.

Plutora Test consists of the following overall menu items:

  • Hub
  • Dashboard
  • Requirements
  • Test Plan
  • Test Designer
  • Test Execution
  • Defects
  • Report Center
  • Settings
  • Comments Stream

Let’s look at some of them with detail explanation.

#1) Dashboard and reports

The dashboard is a configurable overview of test and defect activities in the form of charts and graphs. The administrator can create dashboard templates that the individual users can then customize. User access privileges can be given to those stakeholders that only need to see the dashboard.

Plutora Test comes with a range of built-in reports that can be configured for everyone or just the individual user. The various reports can be added to the dashboard. These include a “Daily test progress report” that is available for each Test plan.

(Note: Click on any image for enlarged view)

Dashboard and Reports


Plutora Test - Dashboard and Reports screenshot

#2) Working with requirements

The requirements listed in Plutora Test can come from many sources. You can use Plutora Test as the master source of all your requirements and give select permissions to the people that only need to work with requirements.

All Requirements come out of the box with a name, description, category, release and a range of other properties to manage the requirements effectively. There is a comment track and an automatic activity history to provide accountability and track approvals if needed.

The Requirements Traceability and Test Case Coverage traceability is built into the tool directly.

Working with requirements

#3) The Test Plan

In many enterprise contexts, it’s still a best practice to have a test plan document that outlines the release, scope and testing activities. With Plutora Test this is maintained within the Test Plan page with all the commenting and activity features. Test plans can relate and depend on each other to create a hierarchy or collection of co-dependent testing activities.

The Test Plan comes pre-configured with test execution and defect measurements to allow test managers to monitor if both the test execution and defect resolution are on track for a successful release on the target date.

Test Plan

#4) Test Designer

This module manages test analysis and details of the test cases. Test cases can be grouped in folders and mapped to both requirements and the in-tool test plans. The test cases can either be classic manual test cases with steps or Selenium-based test automation.

The Test Designer module enables a precise approach from test plans, to test folders and test cases. Custom fields and bulk upload of test cases enables you to configure and load test cases from other sources.

Test Designer

#5) Test Execution

The test execution page is all about executing the test cases.  Select the test case, click “run”, update the details, update the status, and add attachments. While there is no direct way to do an automatic screen capture or exploratory testing yet, it’s nice to see all the test case and step details in one screen.

Test Execution

#6) Defects

Defects can be added during an execution or added independently with a name, attachments, and dependencies to other defects, test runs, requirements and test plans. Defects are assigned to a person or a team, but can also have followers of people that would like to view the status on individual defect progress. The comments stream facilitates collaboration and decision-making about the defect.

Defect triage can be supported through filtering, priority fields, and custom fields on each defect.

Defects

#7) Comments and notifications

Besides the standard features of many other test management tools, Plutora Test comes with a separate Comments and notifications module.

As all elements in Plutora Test contain both the possibility to assign a Plutora Test user to the work and the possibility of “tagging” a Plutora Test user in the comments field of the element, a Plutora Test user can be mentioned and included in many parts. The comments stream allows the user to follow up on each mention directly from the stream and go to the element for further work.

No more emailing or out-of-tool notification and no need to assign people to defects to notify them of activities. This part allows for efficient communication between distributed teams.

Comments and Notifications

Conclusion

Plutora Test is a robust, enterprise ready test management tool covering requirements, test cases, planning, execution, and defects that will help you modernize your testing efforts improving their efficiency and coverage.

The product is beautiful and the workflow fits in the natural order of the testing effort.  Bulk import helps your transition whether you are coming from a legacy tool or from spreadsheets.

The reporting is superb providing visualizations that just aren’t available anywhere else.  The requirements traceability matrix is really cool showing a mapping of requirements, testing, and the reported defects all in one place. Customization tailors the product to work with each product team.

You can try Plutora Test here.

Let us know if you have any questions, tips or suggestions about Plutora Test Test Management Tool.




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7 comments ↓

#1 Riham

Thanks for this great article.

I Can’t find any add-on for this tool to be integrated with JIRA.

Please advise.

#2 Jin

Great article and good detail.

We are looking for a new test management tool and we haven’t come across anything which can replace Quality Center and can handle selenium. This tool looks very promising.

#3 Rekha

if you have to choose between zephyr and this which one would u prefer and why ?

#4 Ankush

it is open source or not

#5 Jeff Keyes

@Riham – we are getting our listing updated on the JIRA marketplace. You can see more details (and a video) on the integration here: http://help.plutora.com/stryka/knowledge-base/jira-integration/

@Jin – Feel free to reach out to me for more info.

@Ankush – Plutora Test is not open source.

#6 Jeff Keyes

We aren’t listed yet on the Atlassian Marketplace yet – something we’ll look into. For more information on the JIRA integration. You can find that on the knowledgebase: http://help.plutora.com/stryka/knowledge-base/jira-integration/

It is not open source, but there is a free trial.

Jeff
Plutora team. I freakin love this product.

#7 Jeff Horsnell

It isn’t written within the Jira framework nor is it written in Java, so it can’t be a Jira Plugin. Stick with Zephr.

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