I'm tasked with the job of motivating my fellow testers to embrace TestDirector/QualityCenter. My company finally started mandating that we use it. The advantages are obvious to management but I think many of the testers are groaning because they lost some of the freedom they had using Word/Excel to manage manual testing. To them, TD/QC feels like everything takes too long.
I'm trying to compile a list of reasons testers would want to use TD/QC. I'm trying to think of features Word/Excel would not have provided. For example:
1.Coverage Analysis Tool – Ensuring all requirements have test coverage can help testers keep requirements from slipping through the cracks.
2.“Renumber Steps” is a nice feature that makes it easy to change the test step order and delete steps.
3. Dragging Test Cases to TestSets allows reusability of tests without the maintenance cost of copying tests to different TestSets.
As testers, what are some of your favorite features in TD/QC? What makes you never want to stop using TD/QC?
1. Version Control
4. Ability to produce reports on test execution in addition to maintaining logs of test-runs....
If you check the mercury site they can you give you 10 more.
TestDirector gives you great statistics - which cases passed, which failed, and the current percentage complete. It makes it so much easier to track the progression of a project through QA when compared to Word or Excel.
I know this will not please those members who are fond of exploratory testing but...
TestDirector forces you to follow some methodology : you cannot run a test if it's not in your test plan.
This seems to be a tautology but it is the first (and small) step towards a controlled test process. Then, when you're used to plan before testing, you can start thinking of how you plan and start using the Requirements module...