Software Test Management Tool – TestLodge Review

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Over my career, I have used open source as well as licensed enterprise test management tools. Test Management tools are used to store, organize, execute and view test reports. In general test management tools provides features like managing test scripts, test planning, reporting, requirements tracking and collaboration with bug tracking tools. If you don’t know anything about test management tools then playing with it is the best way to learn without wasting time reading other documents. Most of the enterprise test management tools are available for free to try.

Today I am reviewing TestLodge test management tool which is very simple to use for any test project and even any newbie can start using it right away. Thanks Scott Sherwood, Test Lodge owner, for offering this tool for review.

TestLodge Test Management Tool Features:

Test Plan Creation:
In TestLodge you can easily create multiple test plans as per your project needs. You can select the option to create your test plan from a standard template. This comprehensive inbuilt test plan template lists all the required content areas like features to be tested, features not to be tested, approach, item pass/fail criteria, suspension and resumption criteria, test deliverables, responsibilities, schedule, risks and many more test plan tasks.

You can easily change or associate your test plan to test suites without affecting the content of test plans that may already be associated with test runs.

Test Suites Creation:
Test suites are the collection of test cases. You can create multiple test suites and add new or existing test cases to test suites. You can update test cases at any time, even when you have test runs in progress. This will take care of any requirement changes.


Test runs:
You can run over each test case and mark them as passed, failed or skipped along with an area to keep a record of the actual test result. You can perform single or multiple test runs on any test suite.

After each test run you can generate test reports, filtered by test results. This way you can easily generate bug reports and view all tests that my have failed. Below is a sample test report:

Test Run:
* Created on: 10th May 2010
* Total test cases: 20
* Cases not run: 5
* Cases passed: 10
* Cases failed: 3
* Cases skipped: 2

TestLodge Tool Pros and cons:

Pros:
1) Work collaboratively: Allow the whole team to work together online, sharing and maintaining all tests in one place.
2) Simple interface: With a simple, clean and usable interface, you can concentrate on your work rather than learning another new tool.
3) Unlimited users and unlimited test suites in all plans.
4) No installation and setup required. Everything is managed online for you.
5) All accounts come with a free 30 day trial.
6) Anyone can setup and start managing test scripts within minutes.

Cons:
1) No feature to assign test cases to tester (module owner).
2) No requirements tracking feature.
3) Can’t relate bug number to test cases.
4) No interface to track the progress of testing based on completion of test cases.
5) Monthly fees instead of one time license.

Try It Yourself:

You can try TestLodge test management tool for Free! Go to this free sign up page, Create your FREE online account (which allows you to create 1 test plan, 30 test cases and 1 test run) within a minute and compare it with your existing Test Management Tool. If you are not using any test management tool on your project yet then this is ideal time to see how test management tool can benefit your current testing process!

Comment below: what you like most about this tool and new feature request if any.




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34 comments ↓

#1 Josh Garcia

there are many expensive commercial test management tools available in market. we need a affordable tool with at least all basic features.

Thanks for the review.

Have a great weekend!

#2 Giri

Hi
We use Testlink test maganement tool but it’s having many limitations.

teslodge looks like a simple tool to use. Will have a try.

#3 Mayasen

Hi,

Thanks for this nice posting. Very clean approach. Let me check it now.

#4 Mayasen

Hey it looks nice and user friendly. Even same kind of usability is available @ some open source tools.

#5 Aman

Thanks for the Review

#6 Supriya

Hey nice tool.

Looks very clean and simple to use.

Looking for few more features on test result part to view test result based on different metrics like:

Test Plan
Test Report
General Test Plan Metrics
Query Metrics
Test result matrix
Failed Test Cases
Blocked Test Cases
Not run Test Cases
Test Cases without Tester Assignment
Charts
Requirements based Report
Test Cases without Requirements Assignment
Bugs per Test Case
Test Cases with Custom Fields info
Test Plan with Custom Field info

I know some of these result filters are already in place

#7 Mayasen

Hi Supriya,

:) your requirement shows your familiarity with documentation. The major part of testing can be exposed only by the proper documentation.

Even some open-source tools can meet you requirements.

You can find more open-source test management tools @ http://www.opensourcetesting.org/testmgt.php

#8 Sam thilak

We are not using any test management tool in our company as my project is very small and agile. but I think we should start managing our test cases.

this would be a great start.

thanks.

#9 Software Testing Directory

I have used the old Test Director (previously from Mercury Interactive), now rebranded Quality Center from HP, extensively and find that even the high end products have the short comings you referenced in terms of building out reusable requirements referenced test cases.

I am now looking at something like the FIT framework http://fit.c2.com/ (open source) for a requirements driven collaborative testing tool, that supports agile.

That said it is very difficult to find any single test management tool that comprehensively covers planning through execution with the efficiency of test case reuse, so I will be watching these comments with interest.

#10 Scott

Supriya – Thanks for the list of features, some of these will definitely be included in the next release of the tool.

Josh Garcia – Please let me know what basic features you expect.

#11 vishal

I think its a good tool for writing test plans as well as writing test cases & executing them.

But I found TestLink is far better tool.Test engineer can perform all tasks of testing as well as each requirement could link to each test case so, tester can analyze which requirements have failed & passed.

In addition, tester can link mantis bugs so he can able to trace how many bugs for each test case required or how many test cases are required for each bug.

I think there are number of test management tools available on the open source market, its just how every one is comfortable with it!!!

Thanks
Vishal
Software Test Engineer

#12 Sush

nice tool. thanks for sharing

#13 Karthik

Looks like we should manage our test cases by tools instead of managing xls sheets.
thanks for sharing

#14 Prashant Vadher

Bdw which tool is currently most using by all companies ???

#15 fman

just for the records:
Supriya list of features is just a copy of all options present on Test Link reports section.

#16 Michelle

I just signed up,and created an account,

I don’t know how does the tool works, can anyone show me how? Thanks!

#17 Akshay

Hi
i was expecting some open source tool ………… :(
i didn’t like Test link much , may be i was comparing it with QC(quality center)
But i suggest to post an article of some open source tools , that z gonna really help people
Thanks
Akshay Bali

#18 selbaa

really superb

#19 Dave

XStudio (http://www.xqual.com) is free and includes many more features – it handles requirements, coverage, traceability matrix, bugs and even scrum-oriented project management.

One major pro of XStudio is its open-source SDK allowing to develop proprietary launchers (30 launchers are already available to run major types of tests though – Manual tests, qtp, testcomplete, JUnit, testPartner, AutoIt, NUnit etc.).

Maybe you could consider reviewing it as well?

#20 Chamara

I introduced Testlink to my organization for test management and its works fine. TestLink is one of easy to use tool and its contain valuable features as well.

Thanks
Associate QA Engineer,
Chamara

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#22 SAM

NICE…… :)

#23 SAM

I M NEW TO DIS FIELD SO NEED SUGGESTION

#24 Thao

Hi all
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#25 Rupali k

This Article is very nice and helpful too..

#26 CopyPaste

Supriya obviously copy/pasted from the TestLink Test Reports module. Not exactly what I would call “familiarity with documentation.”

#27 kk

gg

#28 Mohan

Hi
I want to know How many types of Automation tools, Performance tools and Test management tools are there. what are they?
Please send me the answer ASAP.

Thank you.

#29 Mohan

Hi
I want to know How many types of Automation tools, Performance tools and Test management tools are there. what are they?
What are the previous and current versions in the market?
Please send me the answer ASAP.

Thank you.

#30 Ria

Hi
Is this another option for QC. Because I am currently using HP QC center 10 ?

#31 Harshitha

Hi,

Is it possible to integrate Testlink with assembla?

#32 Jeremy

Love the ease with which I can create the cases, suites and runs! The only area which I find really lacking is in reporting – I have the ability to add a custom field to the test run, but have no way of reporting on that field. That would be one example of an enhancement I’d like to see

#33 Chitra

Hi,

I have integrated Assembla with TestLodge and would like to see the defect report on TestLodge. The only traceability of the defect raised is under the Failed Test runs. Is there a defect report / defect view to represent the same on TestLodge?

#34 Scott

Hi Chitra

I believe we helped you via the TestLodge support portal, but I’m just copying in the response here for anyone else who has a similar query.

Once the defect is raised in an issue tracker such as Assembla, TestLodge does not provide any further reporting on these raised defects and hands the process over to Assembla to manage. (This is essentially where the functionality of TestLodge ends and the issue trackers take over.)

If you want to view a list of all failed tests for a given date range or for certain test runs, you can use the ‘test run results’ report which will breakdown all tests that have been run for your selection and show them by their result.

If anyone ever has further questions about the tool, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at http://help.testlodge.com

Thanks
Scott

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