Manage Manual and Automated Testing in a Single Tool
Test automation is becoming a critical part of the development lifecycle across all types of products and industries. As automation exponentially increases test complexity, testing teams need a unified, structured solution for automated test management to ensure the highest quality product.
To meet this need, the latest Helix ALM Release 2022.2 delivers enhanced automated test management capabilities. Helix ALM now enables teams to manage both manual and automated testing in a single tool for better control, improved visibility, and comprehensive test coverage.
Let’s explore how Helix ALM can help your team streamline automated test management to increase testing efficiency, understand the impact of test results, and gain control of testing throughout the CI/CD pipeline. But first, let’s take a closer look at how we define automated test management.
Table of Contents
- What is Automated Test Management?
- Streamline Automated Test Management for More Efficient Testing
- Manage Manual and Automated Testing in One Place to Improve Control
- Understand the Impact of Automated Test Results – When It Matters
- Gain Control of Testing Throughout the CI/CD Pipeline
- Other Enhancements in Helix ALM Release 2022.2
- Upgrade to Helix ALM Release 2022.2
What is Automated Test Management?
Automated test management is how an organization or team manages their automated testing strategy, test cases, and test results – and ties all of these to their development workflow – to ensure product quality and end-to-end traceability across the product development process.
Why do you need an automated test management tool? A good automated test management solution can help you:
- Better understand automated testing results
- Increase testing efficiency by enabling more testing in less time
- Improve product quality, safety, and reliability through better test coverage
Optimally, your automated test management tool will also allow you to tie test results back to business and technical requirements to ensure continuous traceability and compliance.Back to top
Streamline Automated Test Management for More Efficient Testing
No matter where you are in your test automation journey, Helix ALM can help you better manage your automated testing to improve testing efficiency and ensure comprehensive coverage.
As you scale up your automated testing, you’ll quickly find that tracking thousands (if not tens of thousands) of test results with spreadsheets is simply unsustainable. With Helix ALM’s governed automated test case management and structured data flow, you can achieve consistent, reliable test automation at scale.
By using Helix ALM for automated test management, you’ll reduce or eliminate the manual effort required to track automated test results and tie them back to test cases. Automatically upload build and test results to Helix ALM, regardless of your automated testing tool(s), and associate the results with test cases for complete traceability.
With modular and reusable test cases in Helix ALM, you can even reuse test cases in more than one set or automation suite to further increase testing efficiency. Organize automation suites by functional area, specific testing type, or any logical way that supports your testing needs. You’ll be able to see results for specific testing areas and more easily identify failures so you can resolve them faster.Back to top
Manage Manual and Automated Testing in One Place to Improve Control
Complex organizations may have multiple testing teams working in silos on different tools. Unfortunately, this kind of siloed testing can result in testing “blind spots” that can introduce risk and keep you from identifying issues and defects until it’s too late.
With the latest Helix ALM release, you can now use a single, structured test case management tool to manage both manual and automated testing. Create, manage, orchestrate, and report on all types of testing – all in one place.
Using a single tool to manage both manual testing and test automation provides better control over your testing as well as a complete, 360-degree view of your testing strategy and coverage. This single pane of glass visibility helps keep manual and automated testing teams, along with all other stakeholders, on the same page. And that helps improve visibility and collaboration across your organization, so you can identify issues and defects faster and resolve them earlier in the development cycle.Back to top
Understand the Impact of Automated Test Results – When It Matters
A powerful automated test management tool like Helix ALM can help you optimize your testing cycle. By incorporating test automation into the development cycle, you can identify issues early to reduce product development risk and ensure on-time delivery.
With Helix ALM, workflow events & triggers are tied directly to automated test results so you can understand the impact of test results when it matters. Stakeholders get timely, continuous feedback on test cases and results. Your organization benefits from faster mean time to resolution (MTTR) and better alignment.
Helix ALM enables rapid failure analysis by providing clear functional status of automated testing per test case. You’ll be able to correlate error sources across builds and time to trace results back to requirements for a better understanding of errors.
If an automated test fails, you can easily open a related issue directly from the test case. This fast feedback allows your team to quickly investigate and resolve issues. And you’ll always have an up-to-date view of your complete quality picture.Back to top
Gain Control of Testing Throughout the CI/CD Pipeline
No matter what tool(s) you’re using for automated testing, Helix ALM can build a bridge to your continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline for continuous traceability.
For teams using Jenkins, use the native Helix ALM Jenkins plugin to trigger any build activity for automated testing and review build and test results in Helix ALM. You’ll be able to connect to one or multiple Jenkins servers, projects, or branches. You can also run Jenkins projects directly from automation suites in Helix ALM, to easily run any particular test without switching to Jenkins.
For other automated testing tools, use the Helix ALM REST API to seamlessly submit any test results to Helix ALM on demand. This RESTful API approach enables continuous flow of quality data into one place where it can easily be traced back to requirements to better understand coverage.
Helix ALM’s automated test management functionality enables better control of testing across the DevOps workflow. You can consolidate build test results to your workflow and achieve automatic mapping of all moving parts in the CI/CD pipeline. Test results are associated to builds & automated suites in Helix ALM for seamless traceability.
You’ll gain a better understanding of quality trends and impact with a comprehensive pipeline overview of all automation test executions, side-by-side, so your team can deliver on time with uncompromised quality.Back to top
Other Enhancements in Helix ALM Release 2022.2
For a complete list of all features and enhancements included in Helix ALM Release 2022.2, check out the release notes.Back to top
Upgrade to Helix ALM Release 2022.2
Already using Helix ALM for Requirements Management and want to improve your traceability by tying requirements to testing in a single tool?
Or maybe you’re already managing manual testing in Helix ALM and want to bring your automated testing team into the same tool for better collaboration and visibility across your organization.
Upgrade now to take advantage of all the new features and enhancements in Release 2022.2.
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