Test Management with JIRA: Xray vs SynapseRT

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Introduction

I have been using JIRA Software for the past few years for issue tracking, and overall I have been very happy with it. For testing management, in the past, I have used TestLink, but decided it was time I looked into finding something that integrated with JIRA so I could manage all of my testing in one place.  A quick search yielded the three main test management add-ons for JIRA are: Zephyr, Xray and SynapseRT and I have looked into all three.  Because many comparisons have already been written for Zephyr, I decided that I would focus this post on comparing Xray and SynapseRT.

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Software Defect Tracking

Introduction

Entering and tracking defects, is one of the main tasks for testers. It is important that any time that a defect is found (whether it was actively being looked for or not), that it is logged. Even if you are not sure if it really is a defect, or if you think it maybe isn’t really that big of a deal; I believe it is better to log it, analyze and then if necessary close it, than it is to just ignore it. This article explains the process of software defect tracking and give recommendations on how to implement a defect tracking system.

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Software Testing Processes

So you have decided you want to implement a more formal approach to testing your software, but don’t really know where to begin. In this article I will outline a basic structure of the software testing process, including some tips for test case writing, and suggestions for some tools to use in testing. There is no one set process that works for all types of projects or for all teams, so I’m hoping this will get you started, and you can adapt the process to fit your own needs.

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