Useful Tools for Testers

To ensure a smooth and thorough testing process, testers and QA resources can utilize various tools to ease their work. Software testing tools not only simplify testing efforts, but also help get software/application faster to the market and sustain quality while maintaining speed.

We have segmented the tools into Utility, Test Management and Collaboration tools.

Test Management Tools

Test management tools are used to store information on how testing is to be done, plan specific testing activities, and report the complete status of quality assurance activities.

1.  Testworthy

Testworthy is a comprehensive, robust automated test management tool, which empowers software organizations to thoroughly plan and execute testing on their products, and deliver seamless experiences to their customers, faster. Its features include a centralized ecosystem to collaborate with all stakeholders to manage tests, requirements and test cases on one platform; track results, test plans and execution. Testworthy’s ability to repurpose and reuse test cases, and generate customized test reporting with real-time dashboards and actionable insights makes it a complete test management tool. The tool also provides smooth integration with JIRA and other best-of-breed systems.

2.  TestFlo

TestFLO is a JIRA add-on that provides a comprehensive test management process into JIRA allowing for rapid Test Plan creation and copying. It supports flexible configurations for Agile teams and projects, smoothly integrates with defects and requirements by providing broad traceability metrics, and extensive reporting including all JIRA metrics and statistics. It also seamlessly integrates with CI tools like Jenkins or Bamboo for automated tests thereby allowing publishing test results in real-time.

3.  Requirements and Test Management for Jira

This tool helps to plan and track the development process from requirement collection to production and significantly boosts efficiency. It enables planning requirements, writing test cases and adding them to test plans, tracking test executions, and reporting defects inside Jira instance. Primary benefits include solid support for JIRA native functionalities, tree-structured relations between all apps&rsquo elements, streamlined processes, and hassle-free migration of test cases from external tools.

4.  TestRail

TestRaih4l provides comprehensive, web-based test case management to help teams organize testing efforts and get real-time insights into testing activity. The tool allows to capture details about test cases or scenarios with screenshots and expected results. TestRail is highly customizable, with cloud-based or on-premise installation options.

5.  Selenium - Test Automation

Selenium is one of the most popular software testing tools. It’s specially designed for automation testing of functional aspects of web-based applications, and supports a wide range of platforms and browsers. Selenium supports parallel test execution, saving time and resources. It supports almost all commonly-used languages such as Java, Python, C#, Perl, PHP and JavaScript.

6.  Apache JMeter - Open Source

The Apache JMeter app is an open-source software designed to load and performance test functional behavior and measure performance of websites. This tool stores its test plans in XML format which allows users to generate the test plan using a text editor. JMeter is one of the few manual testing tools that can be also used to perform automated and functional testing of applications.

Utility Tools

Utility Tools are supportive tools that help perform the primary function, which is testing in this case. Here are 6 tools most often used by software testers to aid them in their work.

1.  XMind

XMind is a mind mapping tool which helps record ideas as soon as they come to your mind. The tool produces attractive and simple charts and mind maps that not only record ideas but also brainstorm for new ideas.

2.  LambdaTest

LambdaTest is a cross-browser testing tool where you can perform cross-browser testing of your website or web app across 2,000+ combinations of browsers and operating systems!

3.  XNote Stopwatch

This free and simple tool for manual testing allows you to record time and test various time-based events.

4.  HandBrake

An open-source video transcoder, HandBrake works on all Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. Not just testers, but everyone can use this tool to make videos for free. The primary motive of this tool is to help users convert videos from supported source formats to MKV and MP4.

5.  Fireshot

Fireshot is one of the most useful Firefox plugins that enable users to take screenshots of their screen. Not only does the tool allows testers to take a screenshot, it allows them to edit the image, save it as PDF, add text, print, email or upload directly to various platforms including Flickr, Facebook, and more.

6.  Notepad++

Notepad++ is the replacement of Notepad. It is basically a source code editor and text editor which is multilingual.

Collaboration tools

Collaboration tools help team members stay connected with each other, share reports and other data, track progress and overall communicate better. Efficient collaboration tools are a must for a seamless testing process, especially for teams spread across multiple geographical locations.

1.  Asana

Asana is a cloud-based platform where team members can log in from anywhere, as long as they have a working internet connection. It helps teams track, organize and monitor their work. The dashboard has three panels which gives access to all the data related to your project. For project owners/primary stakeholders, Asana also provides data regarding all ongoing projects along with individual data like pending tasks and the person responsible. Overall, Asana is a great tool to track progress, improve collaboration, stay on schedule and streamline communication.

2.  Slack

Apart from being widely used as an instant messenger, Slack is also an effective team collaboration tool. It allows users to segregate discussions into different categories based on the purpose or department, provides file sharing and a search feature, and the ability to customize or set preferences based on the unique goal/needs of a team.

3.  Confluence

Confluence is a collaboration tool used to help teams collaborate and share knowledge efficiently. With confluence, it is possible to capture project requirements, assign tasks to specific users, and manage several calendars at once with the help of Team Calendars add-on. The tool allows to build a knowledge base for documentation and product requirements, create collaborate and comment on project plans, share information between stakeholders and integrate with external apps like Trello and JIRA to streamline work.

In a nutshell

When it comes to tools, there is no ’one size fits all &rsquo You should adopt a tool keeping in mind factors such as maintenance cost/effort, quality of customer support, license and training cost, hardware/software requirements, quality of customer service, and support policy of the tool. By doing so, not only will your solution’s quality improve drastically, your team will also be more efficient and satisfied with their work!