This seems like a vibrant community I stumbled across, so figure I could repost a thread I’ve posted in another QA forum long time back for additional input:
I’ve never used any test (case/plan) management solutions before, so was wondering if there is any commercial, free, or open source solution out there that would meet our particular needs:
Our product is so feature rich with interactions between various features that there is too many features and its interactions such that it is difficult to effectively define the breakdowns of particular test plans or sets of test cases for the various feature categories along with how to scope the priority of the tests.
We have 3 test scopes for executing tests based on priority - BATs (or basic acceptance tests) that constitute our first pass testing, extended BATs, and finally regression testing. Each scope builds upon a previous scope. Extended BATs include BATs and regression includes all.
The problem is we may have tests broken down by feature sets along with subfeatures or feature interaction for a particular high level feature group. We do our test cases in Excel, so we break down the feature category for a particular high level feature group by worksheets. Each worksheet tab has a test case spreadsheet template format that has columns to further break down the features into subfeatures. Within each of these worksheets, we have rows of test cases, some of which are scoped for BATs, some extended BATs, and some regression. This seemed most intuitive for test case management and development.
However, when we do test executions and in terms of company management/leadership review of the test results, they like to see everything for a high level feature group lumped into a single spreadsheet (best if no individual worksheets) with all BAT test cases executed, or regression test cases, etc.
This is a pain to manage and would require copy & pasting between spreadsheet formats if we don’t stick with one format specifically.
So I was wondering if there are test management software that is flexible enough with a nice GUI frontend for us to enter or import test cases in one format, then export or publish the test cases for execution (and/or reporting) in a different final format. By format I don’t really mean import CSV, export HTML/PDF, both input/output would be in Excel or CSV, but the way the data is presented would be different. The final output is a merge of more than one input dataset.
Anybody out there with test plans as complicated as ours? What’s the best test management software you’ve used?