Defects are frequent occurrences in the software development process. Managing defects manually or with simple tools like Word is a poor remedy to the problem.
Defect management requires suitable bug tracking tools. These tools facilitate communication between teams, allow quicker detection of bugs and prompt solutions.
The market is saturated with defect management tools. Selecting a bug management tool can be a difficult decision. A tester will have to make a careful assessment of project needs, examine tool features and find the best match.
We look at 4 competitive defect management tools and make a comparative analysis:
Kualitee is fast becoming a known name in the market for bug tracking. Kualitee’s forte is its powerful and interactive dashboard, consolidating bug reports, test scenarios and updates in one place. Kualitee’s project management makes a tester’s life easy as they can create their own testing project with requirements, and add users to view results and make updates. The user interface is intuitive, allowing access to all projects. Testing activities are automated with Selenium as the playback tool for testing. The tool integrates with other apps, allowing for data syncing and app releases. Kualitee has a mobile version, so users can log defects on-the-go. The tool has multiple login categories for users. It can assign different roles to QA developers and managers. Kualitee has many levels of reporting and formatting.
Bugzilla is a popular bug tracking tool. It is based on the Perl programming language. The user interface is outdated and does not have many custom options. However, users find comfort in familiarity with installations. People without technical knowledge can use the tool. Bugzilla’s strongest feature is its advanced reporting systems that generate different types of formats like graphs and pie charts as well as automate documentation. Bugzilla integrates with test management tools and email systems.
Mantis is another recognized bug tracking tool. It is written in the PHP scripting language. One of its outstanding features is that it supports database testing. It works with MySQL, MS SQL, and PostgreSQL databases. Its downside is insufficient reporting features. The user interface is not up to par with current industry standards, offering limited functionality. It is easy to use, however, the appearance is unattractive. Only one screenshot can be added at a time, which can be frustrating for those who report with illustrations. The tool is slow to process large amounts of data, making it unfitting to use for long term projects.
Airbrake is a cloud-based bug reporting tool. It is easy to set up. Airbrake integrates with other issue tracking tools like JIRA and SLACK. Its user interface is attractive. It groups together errors of the same type. A useful feature is that of email alerts, enabling good communication for the project. Airbrake’s downside is offering too much information that is not required. For example, for an error message on the UI, there are hundreds of lines of backtrace information being sent.
Now that you have read about these 4 defect management tools, which one are you likely to pick for testing your next project?
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