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.
What You Will Learn:
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.
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.
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:
Let’s look at some of them with detail explanation.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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