Everybody Wins: Jira + Test Management
Your development team uses Jira. And because they’re comfortable using it to manage issues, they want to keep using Jira. But when it’s time for testing, the tool does not make life easy.
As a quality analyst or product owner, you’re forced to use a combination of manual documents and Jira add-ons to limp through test case management. It creates a lot of extra work.
Why should your productivity suffer because dev doesn’t want to give up Jira?
It doesn’t have to.
How To Succeed Without Jira Plugins for Test Management
If you want to manage testing easier without giving up Jira, do these three things:
1. Make Integration a Top Priority
By integration, we mean both with Jira, and within your testing process.
Your test plan depends on visibility between requirements and tests and issues. Use a tool that can automatically link your requirements and tests. These links provide insight into your test coverage and testing progress — what tests you’ve run and whether the tests passed or failed.
And when a test does fail, a built-in integration with Jira should let you easily create an associated Jira issue ready for the developers to fix — without leaving the comfort of your chosen test management tool.
Integrated testing makes life easier for both your testing team and your developers. You both get to use the tool that makes you the most productive.
2. Get Traceability
If you track bugs in Jira, test cases in Excel, and requirements in Word, you don’t have reliable traceability.
Tracing your test cases to requirements and issues will help you:
- Know that necessary tests have been run before moving on to production.
- Keep track of records — including passed tests, success rates, and bugs found.
- Prove you have control over your process — how and when requirements are validated and verified.
If you’re integrating Jira with an automated testing tool, make sure it provides end-to-end traceability. And easy reporting, like a traceability matrix.
3. Choose the Right Fit
Integration is the best of both worlds if you want both test management and Jira. But make sure you’re getting access for everyone who needs it without paying for licenses you won’t use.
Some solutions require you to buy licenses for every Jira user, even if only a handful of your users actually need visibility or quick access to test details inside your test management solution. And for your occasional users, options like floating licenses which are shared between multiple users can be an appealing choice — it provides transparency between dev and test teams without breaking the bank.
If a mandatory minimum license count doesn’t make sense to you, make sure there’s a flexible licensing model so you only pay for what you use.
Jira + ALM Makes Everybody Happy
You can save immeasurable time and frustration by using a single testing tool that manages testing, seamlessly integrates with Jira, and provides end-to-end traceability.
- See Jira issues in Helix ALM.
- Create a Jira issue from a failed test
- Attach test results to Jira issues.
- Link requirements to Jira tasks.
There is no minimum license, and floating licenses are available.
So your dev team can keep using Jira, and testers can use a tool that’s designed to work for them — both together in a single integrated solution.
Try it for free and see if it works for your team. You can also sign up for a demo for a bigger picture.