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Test Management

Test management is referred to the activity of managing the software testing process. It is an undeniable fact that software testing improves its quality. Through test management the team has the opportunity to plan, develop, execute as well as assess the entire testing activities in overall software development effort. Moving into the details it includes coordinating efforts of the professional involved in testing, tracking the dependencies as well as relationship among the test assets.

There are different phases of test management that starts with organizing, planning, authoring, execution and ends with reporting. Let’s learn the details of each of phases. In the first phase of test artifact and resource organization it involves organizing and maintaining the list of items to be tested along with other things used for testing. This addresses how the teams track the dependencies as well as relationships among the test assets.

The test planning is all about a specific set of tasks that answers the query of why, what, where and when to test. Test authoring is the procedure of capturing specific steps that are important to complete the test. It gives answer of how something will be tested. In test execution tests are conducted by assembling the sequences of test scripts to a suite of tests. This phase can be called a continuation of finding query that how something will be tested, but this time more specifically.

In the last and final phase of test reporting the varied results of testing effort are analyzed and communicated. This phase helps the team to understand the current status of project testing along with overall quality level of the software.

All these phases yields lot of valuable information from which the team can define, measure and track the quality goals for the concerned project. However, it is also important to remember that other than managing the software and hardware test artifacts and resources, the testing team also requires an effective management.

Thus, the test management should coordinate efforts of the team members in the testing phase. This includes controlling the security and permission for the testing teams as well as artifacts. In case of projects involving more than one team in different locations organizing the site and coordinating the team must be important.

It is highly recommended to start test management activities early to alleviate the inevitable upcoming time constrains. Selection of right test management tool can not only save time, but also improve the quality of the deliverables and that too right on time.

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