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carolynb
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Using Google Docs for test cases
      #599965 - 11/04/09 09:44 AM

Hi,

I know many organizations use Excel for their test cases. Has anyone tried using Google Docs as an alternative?

We are considering it so that we can keep everything in the cloud, but I'm worried about the functionality available on the Google Spreadsheet application.

I'd like to hear about others' experience with this.

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Carolyn


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Joe Strazzere
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: carolynb]
      #599972 - 11/04/09 10:22 AM

I've used Google Docs for spreadsheets before.

I don't know of any Excel feature that you would need for test cases, that doesn't already exist in Google Docs.

On the other hand, I wouldn't want my company's secrets (test plans, bug reports) stored in "the cloud". Too much business risk. (Search for Google Docs Security...)

Before you take that path, you may want to discuss it with upper management in your company. In general, they hate to be surprised...

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Rich W.
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #599999 - 11/04/09 02:00 PM

I totally agree with Joe on this one. If you don't like what you see with his search Google "Cloud Docs Security"

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Krish_Jayaratne
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Rich W.]
      #600006 - 11/04/09 03:22 PM

Yes, most of the businesses never want to store internal docs outside company-owned systems. Google docs are handy form many things but they are scanned and indexed too ..

In the other hand, why do you want to use spread sheets to store the test cases? Though this is a common practice, you can get free test management applications that make QA life easier; things like creating test cycles/sprints, recording executions and many other features are not there in Excel.

Krish


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TerryZhou
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Krish_Jayaratne]
      #601020 - 11/11/09 10:40 PM

why don't you use test director?

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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: TerryZhou]
      #601102 - 11/12/09 06:28 AM

Some things are easier to store and report on in spreadsheets, I've done it from time to time, not every Test Management system works for everyone and some are outside of budgets. Spreadsheets, typically, are already available in a workplace that has Office or Offfice-like applications.

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Colombian_TE
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: michaeljf]
      #601946 - 11/18/09 08:41 AM

I personally think your QA process overall will improve by moving away from spreadsheets.

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chengyuan
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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Colombian_TE]
      #602119 - 11/19/09 03:51 AM

Though spreadsheets are useful, I like use TD for future

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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Colombian_TE]
      #602142 - 11/19/09 05:27 AM

Quote:

I personally think your QA process overall will improve by moving away from spreadsheets.




Mine won't, its a good process and works for us.

What leads you to the conclusion that spreadsheets are bad for everyone?

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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: michaeljf]
      #602195 - 11/19/09 07:43 AM

Only one thing leads me to that same conclusion Michael; "Office 2007"!

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Re: Using Google Docs for test cases [Re: Rich W.]
      #602201 - 11/19/09 07:52 AM

Carolyn, we are not the only ones who think it's a bad solution:



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