Victor La, Parametric Portfolio Associates
Dain Charbonneau, Parametric Portfolio Associates
Free to play? Pay to Win?
Making the right tooling decisions can impact how effective you are when managing, testing and maintaining an application. Regardless of whether a tool is – open source, free or paid – all tools have their pros and cons. The roles and duties of Quality Assurance are vast and ever-changing. However, there will always be a need to: manage test cases, verify information and automate workflow. But there is no need to reinvent the wheel! There are a number of tools/ vendors /consultants out there that will probably satisfy the needs of your team.
The true dilemma becomes:
- What is right for my team?
- Am I really getting what I need out of this?
- How much does this cost?
Culminating to a simple question: Worth it?
To decide if a tool is truly worth it, we will compare three different tools at three different price points to see which tool is the most “Worth it” to us at its given price point.
- PRICE! $, $$, $$$
- How much support and documentation is there?
- Ease to set up and use?
- Cost(s) to Maintain?
The goal is to evaluate three different categories: Test Case Management, Automation Platform & Diff Tools. After experiencing the tool, we will assess how the tool performed against our criteria and ultimately pick a “Worth it” winner per category.