It goes without saying that in the software development world, it is critical to monitor the progress of your project and resources, from the issues encountered to team member workloads. Within the software quality assurance effort, reporting on the projects under test, the current build and status of issues, and resource workload are some of the specific reports that we here at OnPath Testing gather as part of our testing services to report to the stakeholders. Not surprisingly, most every project management tool will have its own report generation system that draws on the latest numbers of the project, and the software testing tool JIRA provides the convenience of a powerful dashboard for this purpose.
The JIRA dashboard makes it very easy to view and analyze the statistics for different fields such as projects, versions, and users, all filtered and expressed graphically with the help of pie charts, graphs, and other data displays. JIRA refers to these charts and data items as gadgets, which can be customized both by their placement on the page as well as their appearance and behavior. You can also set an auto-refresh time period for a gadget so that there is no need to manually query or refresh in order to see the latest results on your efforts and team.
The gadgets available on the JIRA dashboard can help the QA lead prepare a variety of reports:
JIRA offers many more reports which can be placed on the dashboard such as the Resolution Time Report and the Recently Created Issues Report, all of which help the QA team lead in keeping the quality assurance process on the right path.
Cloud testing, automated testing, functional testing, regression testing - software quality assurance work take significant time and effort and attention to detail, but with some basic knowledge of metrics to watch for there is every reason why any team should be successful at it. Plus, with tools such as JIRA and its built-in customizable dashboard gadgets, you can not only track your stats, but make them stand out with style!