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 required 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 may 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 set up and start managing test scripts within minutes.

Cons:

1) No feature to assign test cases to a 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 an 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.