Test documentation is the process of generating reports or documents to validate and verify the result of executing a test case. Test documentation is an important part of the software testing process as it will help you to understand the behavior of the software application under different scenarios and also report errors if any. With an effective test documentation strategy, organizations meet the auditing and compliance requirements while releasing a new or upgraded version of a software product. Test reports help developers and users get a detailed overview of the testing objectives, create a test plan, determine the test execution process, and analyze the test results.
What happens if you don’t have test reports?
Imagine a situation where you conduct regression testing after an application update and do not have the necessary documents to support the testing objective and outcome. How will you know whether the testing was successful and will meet the audit and compliance requirements? The absence of test documents will also put a question mark on the stability of the tests and slow down the software development process.
Take a look at the challenges faced by organizations due to the unavailability of effective test execution reports:
- Failure to understand test strategy.
- Unable to create a test plan.
- Cannot analyze the cause of failing tests.
- Not able to detect bugs or errors in testing.
- Lack of collaboration between stakeholders.
- Non-compliance with regulatory policies.
- Delay in software development life cycle.
Opkey overcomes these challenges by generating different types of test execution reports. Opkey also has a generate document feature that helps to download test execution reports in a customizable format. Test reports and documents reflect on the test execution results and provide insights into the software. By analyzing the information in the test execution reports, you can identify the cause of broken test cases and find ways to improve the software. Opkey’s reporting and documentation tool also helps bring all the stakeholders together by mutually sharing information and working together to resolve defects in the software. Overall, Opkey’s reporting and documentation tool helps organizations adhere to audit and compliance guidelines and ensure that the software conforms to the policies and standards determined by the regulatory authorities.
Test execution reports in Opkey
You can export execution reports in Opkey after the test execution is complete. Opkey has 6 types of execution reports that display the following information:
- Summary report- Name and status of the test cases. (pass/fail/executed/incomplete/skipped).
- Detailed report- Name of the test case, test steps, view snapshots, and status of the test (pass/fail).
- Outline report-Information about executed test cases (pass/fail/not executed).
- Integrated data report- Detailed information about the input parameters added to function libraries and their values.
- Gherkin report- Failed steps of test execution with snapshots.
Pre and post-validation reports
This is an advanced feature of Opkey where you can upload pre and post-execution reports of a test case. You can also export, update, rename, and delete the reports as required.
- Pre-execution reports- You generate a pre-execution report without the execution of test cases. It contains the input data and the expected output.
- Post-execution validation report- You generate a post-execution report after the completion of the test execution. This report has input and output data, session names, session dates, snapshots, messages, and plugins.
Test reports for ERP applications
Opkey generates different kinds of automation reports for ERP applications like Salesforce. Take a look at the different types of reports:
- Quarterly Certification report-Test scenarios and test cases along with passed and failed tests.
- Coverage gap report- Business critical test cases and uncovered tests.
- Impact analysis report- Snapshots of test cases before and after release.
- Test run report- Status of testing and details of test runs based on scenarios.
- Test case report- Test scenarios, test components, pre and post-execution results.
Generating test execution reports and documents are an effective way to improve the quality of the software. Test reports and documents can help the organization meet audit and compliance requirements that are essential to put the software into production. Apart from this, accurate reporting is the key to minimizing testing errors, reducing testing time, saving money, and maintaining data security.