Software to manage test plan documents
I'm looking for a very simple document management system for our manual test plan documents - word and excel.
I'm the automation guy and I'm doing this for our principle qa engineer who writes the test plans.
The principle qa engineer wants to see who is working on which test plans, so a status field of work in progress is needed along with a handful of other fields (is the test plan ready for automation? automated?)
This is for a windows system. There are 2-3 engineers writing test plans and there are 3 and sometimes up to 10 automation engineers, and also 3 and sometimes up to 10 manual testers.
We have between 150-200 test documents and do not expect to add very many more, maybe adding 10 more each year at most.
A document management system will spare me from maintaining an excel spreadsheet with document status and etc.
A code library system like SVN won't work because you can't indicate document status "at a glance."
We have been using HP ALM, but are moving away from it as it has had reliability issues.
I am looking for a system that is free and easy as our needs are very simple. I've looked at sharepoint and it seems like overkill for our needs and it seems to me quite a bit of overhead.
We need to keep this system "in house" - meaning I can't have our documents on some 3rd party website.
Forgot one other requirement, the principle qa engineer would also like versioning. And backup would be nice, but I'm sure I could do backup myself if necessary, a pretty simple script would take care of that I think.
You'll want to look into what's called a TCM (Test Case Management). This will definitely help your productivity when doing reports and analytics on the metrics. HP Quality Center (i'm guessing you're moving away from that) is a good one if you have the money and plan on doing heavy automation with HP's tools. I'd probably recommend Test Rail in your case, they have one of the cheaper on premise versions. I think Zephyr desktop is pretty good in terms of creating reusable test cases to reduce redundancy and more accurately report coverage..