Do you know QoT (Quality of Things)? Let me introduce you. It’s an ALM client that runs on tablet devices and supports off-line testing.
But I see QoT as more than this boilerplate description. In my eyes, QoT is a cute little friend for manual testers. I like to picture them saying, “Hi, QoT. Let’s go testing,” before they start work. (I also imagine they pronounce the name as “kot” because “kyu-oh-tee” is too long.)
Why do I find this client so endearing? Because it shows that manual testing is still important. Its value goes beyond software testing to—when you think about it—testing anything.
Here are five reasons manual testers love QoT just as much as I do:
You can easily bring QoT to any site and conduct manual testing. For example, its off-line testing capability is perfect for an isolated location with no network connection.
We see this a lot in manufacturing, healthcare and construction. They conduct their testing off-line in factories, controlled medical sites, etc. Then they record the test results and defects in QoT and sync the data back to the ALM/Quality Center server when they have network access.
Before you start testing, QoT allows you to download test sets to a local device so that you can access them off-line.
ALM test instances are usually organized in a tree structure. With QoT 2.8, our latest release, you can choose to download all subfolders.
Figure 1. Download options
During testing, QoT shows the test cases, steps, and expected results. Recording your test results with evidence is simple:
- Your test results can be in rich-text format.
- You can attach files.
- Or you can use your tablet’s camera to capture test results.
And if a test step fails, the defect submission is just one-click away.
Figure 2. Test execution screen
With QoT 2.8, you can view user-defined fields (UDF) of test steps for more information, which you can use for several purposes.
For example, you can use UDF to define the template to make sure that testers record results in the right way. Or, UDF can display test data that is not easy to remember.
Figure 3. Example usage of user-defined fields of test step
When you end off-line testing, simply select the test sets you executed and upload the results. If you submit defects in the context of your test (see figure 2), they are uploaded together.
QoT allows you to set default value and mandatory fields for a user or users. These capabilities save you from extra work and ensure that you won’t forget to record key information.
If you are a QA manager, QoT helps you enforce processes in your testing team. Set rules so that only test instances meeting certain conditions can be downloaded for execution.
Conditions can include the attributes of the test, test set, or test instance. For example, you could set a condition that tester can only download high-priority tests.
In QoT 2.8, you can also specify the status of a test set as part of the condition. The figure below shows a rule that only approved test instances can be run.
Figure 4. New feature to use test set status as rule condition
In online mode, QoT supports single sign-on authentication, just like other ALM clients. And in off-line mode, you can set a passcode to protect access. It’s no wonder why enterprises in regulated industries are using our secure QoT client.
5. Stays with You When Your ALM Evolves
It works with not only ALM/Quality Center but also ValueEdge Quality and ALM Octane. As quality practices evolve in your organization, you might be using these products in parallel. Or maybe you’ve migrated to ValueEdge Quality or ALM Octane. No matter how your ALM solution changes, QoT is always with you.
“Hi QoT, let’s go testing.” Sounds like a manual tester is just getting started.
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Check out these resources:
- Get QoT
- For Windows and Android
- For iOS - Visit Apple AppStore to install
- QoT demo video
- ALM/Quality Center use cases in regulated industries
- QoT 2.8 for iOS may need 1-2 weeks to appear in AppStore from the time of this writing.
- For Android users, the latest version remains to be 2.6.