To enhance the quality of a product or service, manual and exploratory testing are crucial. However, DevOps emphasizes automated testing. Today, in modern software development practices, everybody in the team including developers, testers, managers, and owners contributes to improving the quality of applications. Azure Test Plans is a one-stop solution for all these needs.
Keeping each team member’s requirements in mind, a few years ago Azure DevOps launched a new service called Azure Test plans. This service provides browser-based test management solutions for exploratory, planned manual, and user acceptance testing. Azure Test Plans also provides a browser extension for exploratory testing and gatherers feedback from stakeholders.
A Test Plan is a container to group Test Suites - a collection of test cases. In Azure DevOps, you create your Test Plan and then create your Test Suites inside of it. Now, when you create a Test Suite inside your Test Plan there are three options:
Depending on your choice, a Test Suite will allow you to pull in all of the Test Cases that you want to Test. Once you have your Test Suites created, and the Test Cases inside, you will be able to execute the entire Suite and that will become a Test Run.
With Azure Test Plans, a team can leverage manual testing right from within their Kanban board. This provides end-to-end traceability because tests and defects are automatically linked to the requirements and build being tested, which also helps you track the quality of the requirements.
You can add, view, and interact with test cases directly from the cards on the Kanban board, and progressively monitor status directly from the card. Developers and testers can use this feature to maximize quality within their teams.
Exploratory testing is an approach to software testing that is described as simultaneous learning, test design, and test execution. It supports planned testing by being completely unscripted yet being driven by themes/tours. Exploratory testing can be leveraged by all team members including developers, testers, managers, product owners, user experience advocates, and more. This way it brings quality.
For simple Testing needs, the Kanban board is sufficient, but for larger teams, it is not useful. Larger teams deal with more complex needs, such as creating and tracking all testing efforts within a test plan scope, testing across multiple configurations, distributing the tests between multiple testers, tracking the progress against the test plan, etc. Hence, you need a full-scale test management solution.
Planned manual testing in Azure Test Plans fulfills this need. It lets you organize tests into test plans and test suites. Test suites can be dynamic -requirements-based-suites and query-based-suites - that help understand the quality of associated requirements under development. Also, it could be static to help you cover regression tests.
Be it Agile, DevOps, or Waterfall software development approach, testing plays a crucial role in delivering quality software. However, DevOps stresses automated testing, yet you can’t undermine the role of manual and exploratory testing if you crave excellence. But here’s the hard truth: to meet all your testing needs in one place can give you nightmares unless you use the Azure Test Plan.
Azure Test Plan provides a single platform for all your testing needs required by your organization. Be it manual, automated, or exploratory, this feature from Azure DevOps won’t disappoint you.