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Visibility in Software Testing – Utilizing your Test Management Dashboard

QualiTest’s Test Management Dashboard functions as an integral part of our extensive on-going engagements to build and deploy a variety of reports that provide visual...

QualiTest’s Test Management Dashboard functions as an integral part of our extensive on-going engagements to build and deploy a variety of reports that provide visual data and analytic capabilities about the client’s product and testing status. These dashboards can be sent to the client on a periodic status of the client’s choosing.

What can the client view in the Test Management Dashboard?

QualiTest understands our clients’ needs to easily gain visibility to the most important software testing data. To cater that need, reports generated by the test team can be dissected into categories, such as function level vs. system level, and where the most bugs are being detected.

QualiTest provides six types of dashboards, including:

  • Release Quality dashboard – Displays a system’s overall quality prior to a release
  • Test Automation Dashboard – Measures data about automation test cases
  • Functional Tests Dashboard – Measures data about manual test cases
  • Defects Dashboard – Measures the types and locations of defects on a system
  • Non-functional Tests Dashboard – Displays test results from non-functional tests, including integration with testing tools
  • All-inclusive Dashboard – Includes all five types of dashboards

Each dashboard is configured for each client, allowing the client to view certain relevant data about their project, and not have to slog through irrelevant, extraneous information. The relevant data is information that the client has specified as important to them. This is beneficial to the client, as they can save time by receiving clear visibility to only the information that is important to them.

Automation Dashboard

The following examples display excerpts from the Automation Dashboard. The goals of this particular dashboard are as follows:

1. Show the status of the entire automation effort vs. project goals beyond a specific release
2. Provide statistics within a certain release, such as test cases run/bugs found

Functional Tests Dashboard

The following examples display excerpts from the Functional Tests Dashboard. The goals of this particular dashboard are as follows:

1. Show the status of the testing cases by functional test levels, displaying the focus and status of each functional service.
2. Provide statistics over a certain amount of time about the test cases executed with a passable status vs. those that remain to be executed.

KPI Graph

Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are used as part of QualiTest’s Service-Level Agreement (SLA) to evaluate the success of a testing project. These KPIs can be based on any number of service goals, including fulfilling deliverables, identifying all high severity defects, cost per bug found, etc. The KPI dashboard displays data about your project’s KPIs, and how QualiTest is fulfilling your requirements. Having a metric for each KPI is invaluable, as it allows continuous improvement for your organization and reduces overhead.

You can view a complete list of QualiTest’s KPIs here.

What are the Benefits of Using a Test Management Dashboard?

  • Visibility – Enhanced management and collaboration with QualiTest, within your organization, and with your clients.
  • Continuous Improvement – Benchmark current system and/or testing status and drive improvement over time.
  • Results Based Testing –View and measure your Key Process Indicators and compare your results to your SLA.
  • Reduced Overhead – Reduce time by receiving clear visibility to all the data you require.
  • Benchmark Resources – Compare your vendors, capabilities, deliverables, etc., through a juxtaposed assessment of your resources and benefits that are at your disposal.