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Feature Friday - Xray Integration - Get More Visibility and Improve Test Management

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July 22, 2022

They say the difference between a good city and a great city comes not with wealth, infrastructure, or capital, but with transportation. Quality public transportation, dedicated bike lanes, a solid bussing infrastructure, and a maintained train system, all connect people across cities allowing for events, ideas, and movements to thrive. There is a very similar parallel within a testing solution. Seamless integrations are the buses and trains that interconnect the aspects of quality assurance creating an efficient and scalable process. This week’s Feature Friday focuses on Qyrus’ out of the box integration with Xray and we are joined by Steve and Brett to hear more.

Tell us more about the Xray integration offered by Qyrus, and its use cases.

Brett:
Xray is a test management tool from Atlassian with Jira Integrations. Qyrus provides the ability to link tests with Xray issues. With this feature, users can quickly manage their test cases at different stages of development. Reporting is then available on Qyrus as well as Jira.

Steve:
The first target group would be companies that already have test management with Xray and want the ability to run the tests using Qyrus. The second target group includes users that have no test case management. With ease, the user can choose a Qyrus script and automatically add it to Xray enabling both Qyrus’ test automation and Xray test management benefits with ease.

A quick integration can offer a robust or targeted solution. Therefore, it is always important to figure out how this feature can impact quality assurance as a whole, rather than just one aspect of the cycle.

What is this feature’s overall impact on the testing process? 

Brett:
The overarching value of the feature comes with the synergy of testing and reporting and test case management. To be specific, if the cases are already on Xray, we can swiftly map a given Qyrus script to its accompanying Xray issue and environment making a seamless path for management and execution.  

Steve:
Also, if you have already existing suites in Qyrus but do not have test case management and proper issue management, you can also quickly integrate Qyrus suites into Xray, quickly creating environments to log and manage any issues across test cases.

How might this integration help testers, developers, and business technologists? What value can this feature bring to them?

Steve:
A tester would build the tests out on Qyrus and then link those tests to Xray issues. In the case where Xray issues are not currently being used, the tester can create and link from the Qyrus UI and automatically create Xray environments that can then be used for test case and defect management.

Brett:
A developer would primarily log Xray issues allowing the tester to link those issues with Qyrus scripts. The developers have the ability create these issues during their development phase providing unit testing and ultimately enabling a shift left.

Steve:
A business technologist can go through Qyrus tests and visual reports and log defects straight to Xray. This allows business technologists to take a step into the testing and development realm, while still utilizing their expertise.

Does the same or similar functionality exist without Qyrus, and how do competitors address similar problems? 

Steve:
Before Xray integration was added to Qyrus, a tester would achieve this functionality by only using Xray. The tester would run their scripts on Xray and get valuable information on the status of a regression suite but no individual step executions or results. The user would have to enlist another testing platform for per step executions and manually relay the issues and changes to Xray.

Seemingly unique, helpful, and consistent throughout the overall testing process, is this a one-time use feature, or is this something that will be used on a daily level to impact organizations and processes?

How do you see this integration impacting day-to-day operations across organizations? 

Steve:
Daily users will find themselves leveraging Xray’s high level designs with Qyrus’ step-by-step execution and reporting capabilities. This way testers can develop scripts in accordance to Xray environments and keep their entire QA process in tandem.

Brett:
Not only are you streamlining the QA process but you are also utilizing the power of two quality solutions. Not only will you find tests, executions, and reporting on Qyrus, but those reports are also relayed on Xray which maintains organization and manages defects.

Just like any major city, connected resources share power and value. In a similar manner, connecting testing and test case management solutions with seamless integrations can make the most of differing features and expertise to amplify the quality assurance process. Not just Xray integration, Qyrus offers a range of integrations straight out of the box! Be sure to tune in next week to learn more about Qyrus!

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Authors

Brett Banich
Brett Banich
Senior Consultant, Qyrus
Steven Schultz
Steven Schultz
Consultant, Qyrus

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