There are many ways to write & manage test cases inside Jira. Some of these options are more advanced and scalable than others. But they all have a few things in common: They provide testers with a way to plan, design & execute their tests and create reports. They also help testers and QA teams collaborate.
Test Case Management in Jira
One of the most popular ways to write & manage your test cases is to use a dedicated testing app integrated with Jira. These apps often have a good combination of features, scalability and a variety of reporting & metrics tools for teams that want to integrate testing with their CI/CD pipelines, work on multiple Jira instances or even use integrations with other systems such as GitHub or GitLab.
However, while most of these Jira marketplace apps provide some level of tester productivity and reporting & metrics, they do not support the core testing features that you need to be successful: grouping by functionality (via folders), maintaining a specific order, easily starting & reusing test runs and quickly viewing your test results at a glance.
The best way to use Jira as a testing tool is to use a test management app that uses specific issues types and field types to write & manage your tests, track your test runs and generate test reports. This will allow you to maintain a high level of traceability between your user stories, requirements & test artifacts.
This is the only way to guarantee that every test you run in Jira is fully traceable to its source, so you can quickly identify and fix any resulting defects. It also ensures that all your team’s QA efforts are aligned with the needs of stakeholders, helping you deliver products that have high value and are able to withstand the test of time.
Zephyr Scale supports a variety of reports for tracking your test executions in Jira. These include test summary and metric reporting, as well as a Traceability Matrix that shows test cases by the status of their executions.
Daily test execution progress and Test cycle and tester metric reporting are two key metrics that show your team’s test results in Jira. These metrics can be used to track your team’s progress and help you identify any issues that might need further testing or escalation.
Creating Tests in Jira
If you need to create new test issues, the simplest way is to click on Create Issue at the top of your screen. This will open a new page with a test creation dialog box. Then, select a Project and Issue Type for the issue that will be created.
Once the issue is created, it can be renamed, sorted and filtered based on different criteria. You can also assign it to a user by clicking on ‘Assign To’ under the ‘Actions’ column, beside the test row.
Using a test management app in conjunction with Jira is usually a better approach for larger testing & QA teams. The combination of tester productivity, reporting & metrics and scalability provides a more comprehensive testing solution that can help you get the job done faster and easier.