Tricentis qTest Initial Setup

RyanO'Neill
Sr. Manager Quality Assurance at Forcepoint LLC (Formerly Raytheon|Websense)
The initial setup was very straightforward since Tricentis did most of the work for us. We're using a hosted cloud product so for us it was, "Here's your username and password." We received extensive support from, at that time, QASymphony, and Tricentis now, in getting up and running, understanding the product, and getting the information that we needed to make the best possible use of the product and to be successful. QASymphony and Tricentis have excelled at making sure that we are successful. I have a regular meeting with my success manager and she's always on call to be able to help us with issues. Globally, for our organization, it took about six months for complete adoption. That was not Tricentis' fault. That was just how long it took us to get everybody up to speed and onboard. If it came down to how long it took Tricentis to do the deployment, it was probably a day and we were up and running and ready to go. There was not really a lot of configuration required on their side. The effort to get a large, global organization transitioned from one tool to another is not trivial. With Tricentis' help we were able to do it in what I would call an "impressive" six months. Our implementation strategy was varied. Globally, we have many different projects and project teams and they all were using different tools. Some were simply using spreadsheets, while others were using tools like Zephyr. All of them chose to transition over to the central qTest test case management system. Each team had a very different implementation and that's definitely where Tricentis' support shined. View full review »
RobinaLaughlin
Assistant Vice President, IT Quality Assurance at Guardian Life Insurance
We did a prototype two years ago and demo'ed it. It definitely played strong. The price point was right and then we started road-mapping it in 2018. We started implementing in October of 2018. We have a lot to do here so it took us until June of 2019 to get us all to steady-state. But it went without hitches, and that's probably due to a combination of how much planning we put into it and its ease of use. You need to plan it. You need to know what your JIRA templates look like. You need to know what your JIRA workflow is, and then you need to understand what you want qTest Manager to look like. If you're integrating with JIRA, that will be the defining piece in how all of that structure will look. Once you understand that — and fortunately, I have control over both in my department, so we are really intimate with what our Jira template looks like — it really maximizes how it integrates and the efficiency of how to get to where we wanted to go. It sounds like it took a long time, but it was really a lot of planning time and then we did the cutover. We also had a lot of training that we put into it. Having done this before, qTest was, by far, one of the easiest ones I've done. We do internal audits on our own. We look back quarterly and say, "Are we meeting our own processes? Do we have reliable, reputable standards with our projects and the metrics, the way we count things? Are we consistent?" I do you think you have to measure yourself, in addition to measuring your projects. That's really helped us significantly. As for adoption of the tool, it's been really easy. It has simplified a lot of things. Things are right there. You can quickly drill through and it's pretty intuitive to pick up. There's not a lot of complexity around it. There are not a lot of unnecessary fields. The training on it and the adoption of it have been a lot easier than with HP. View full review »
NancyMcClanahan
Quality Assurance Team Lead at Parkview Health
The initial setup was easy to use, but you have to make sure that you follow the process that is associated with how you manage your testing overall. Our deployment took about six months. That was because of the data that we had to load. The strategy was to make sure it was working for all of Epic, which is our EHR system. We wanted to get that part done first. We then started making the third-party applications and got all that data into it. We waited about a year to make sure that the third-party applications had their regression test cases in the system, and we still add new application data in, as we go forward, separating the implementation of our EHR. In terms of the adoption of the solution within our company, it's much more user-friendly. It allows everything to be in a central location. The data management becomes more critical because you have everything right there at your fingertips, versus a spreadsheet which could be located anywhere. View full review »
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reviewer1215417
Senior Director of Quality Engineering at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Because we have used tools like this in the past, we knew what we were getting into and we hit the ground running. So the initial setup was pretty straightforward. Compared to vendors we've worked with in the past, they've been extremely responsive, especially on the client success side of things. We've had that type of support and they have made sure that our needs are met. They have set us up with training and the like and that has been a really good experience. Our deployment of the solution took a couple of months. Our complexity was that the test cases were being managed as tickets within JIRA and not necessarily using a test management plugin. The conversion of the test cases, and ensuring they were being transferred and translated into a single entity of the test case, was quite a big project. What we were using before was a JIRA plugin. Given the way it was designed, what we had to do was extract everything into Excel and then import things in. That part of the tool works phenomenally. It's just that we had well over 20,000 test cases to deal with. We wanted to make sure we organized them into libraries. So it took a bit of time to get everything instated in proper order; to make sure that we didn't just dump everything in there. We had one person doing the initial deployment. On Tricentis' side, there were two people involved in training us as well as our client support person. At this point, there are just two of us who are managing the tool. We tag team, but being that I am the senior director of the organization, I've tried to become the subject matter expert. I didn't really have anybody to delegate it to. That's why it's been a challenge that Insights is not behaving for us. We've got 50-some licenses, but we probably see a peak of concurrent at no more than between 15 and 20. We're a medium-size company with about 1,300 employees. Mostly it's quality engineers who are using it. Developers have access to help with test cases. We're trying to get scrum masters in there to use Insights but with the challenges we've had with it we've backed off the roll-out of that. qTest, is being used quite extensively. But there are just two of us who mostly use Insights. It's good in its ability to correlate all of the results coming from a double-digit number of scrum teams from across the globe. We can see the status of that testing. For our team, the adoption of the solution has been fantastic. It has been well-received. You couldn't ask for a more straightforward, user-friendly, easy-to-use tool on the qTest side, from a user perspective. View full review »
Raja-Veeraraghavan
Automation Lead at LogiXML
The initial setup was a little bit difficult. Once we started with qTest, we had to migrate all our test cases from Micro Focus ALM. That's where we had a few difficulties in implementing this. We had the help of a migration manager from Tricentis who really helped us out. At that particular stage, I had difficulty setting this up. Once it was done I was so relieved. It did take time. We thought it would take a week's time, but it took a month to finish the entire task. The code didn't work as it was supposed to in the wizard for the migration. It's true that our company's repository in Micro Focus ALM was very large, so it was difficult for us to take everything from there. We had to break the repository in half, and we had a lot of issues with IT here, and with Tricentis there. Everything got settled, but it was not quick. View full review »
JovanKangrga
Testing Lead Manager at PDC Energy
The initial setup was challenging. There are certain areas where it's very strict in how you have to set up your project. There are some strict guidelines that you have to follow. You have to have a release and a test plan. You can't do certain things within the test design module or test execution module. There are only certain ways that you can set up a folder structure, whether it's related to a cycle or a test suite or a module. I would prefer fewer restrictions. The restrictions are what made it complicated. Deployment itself was done over a weekend. This is not on-prem, it's in the cloud. I set up the structure and then had to understand how to load the test scripts. It was very fast. Our implementation strategy was to get it done as soon as possible. It was very off-the-cuff. There was no time to plan. I landed here right before this test cycle was supposed to start and I knew that if we left it as a manual execution we would fail miserably. For me, the plan was to identify, learn, and implement a tool, all within less than a week. It took me two weeks, including training myself. There was no plan other than "we need a tool." View full review »
VSwaminathan
Product QA Manager at Reflexis Systems
The initial setup was straightforward. I was not involved in that process. It was done by the IT team in discussion with qTest counterparts. But overall, I didn't see any challenges. It was planned for a specific day, and it was completed on that day. There was one person from our side and one person from Tricentis involved. The adoption has been good. The organization is impressed with the features and the value that it will add to our QA processes. That's definitely a positive. It's definitely doing what we were expecting. We haven't seen any concerns from the end-users or management. View full review »
reviewer1219371
Manager, IT Quality Assurance (EDM/ITSRC/Infrastructure) at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. There were clear project templates and clear user templates available. We were able to add and update roles as needed. The user list was already available. All we had to do was checkmark and save. It was really seamless setting up users within the tool. Likewise, we could model it as a waterfall or agile template, and it then gave us the workstreams created in the folder structure mechanism within qTest. These are all good features that allowed us to quickly set things up and keep things moving. It's hard to say how long it takes to set up qTest because it's handled by Tricentis. All they told us was that they had finished their deployment. We were given a sandbox and some sample projects to be evaluated and tested. We had a month or so during which all our testers were given access to those sample projects. We tested them and we said we were good to go. The production environment was then available for us to roll out our projects. Our organization’s adoption of the solution has been pretty positive. Users were looking forward to it. They embraced it pretty quickly and pretty well. View full review »
reviewer1229907
Division Chief with 10,001+ employees
Getting the software installed was pretty complex. It was all command line. They removed the MongoDB, which was good, in 9.6. But once it was installed, the configuration of getting the users in there was pretty straightforward and the integration for JIRA was straightforward. Setting up the projects was straightforward. I had to fish around a little bit to understand the different ways I could set up project admins and the working groups. And I'm working on who are the people who will have read-only access. We spent about a month on the deployment. As part of the implementation strategy, I got my strong, federal staff involved to look at it and understand how we would use the integration with our planning, and how we would expect people to use it. We considered what kind of training we would put together for them. We had the training from Tricentis and we went through that, but then we had our own in-house training, based on our business practices, to try to show how we use the tool. Adoption of the tool is really easy. The tool is intuitive enough. It was easy to get people into it. View full review »
ChrisFirst
Senior Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup is a little bit wonky. What you need to do to get the job done is not intuitive. It takes more time to train people than if it were a little bit simpler. Getting all the products set up and getting all the testers assigned took a while. The adoption of qTest in our organization has been average. People aren't against it. They comply. But again, because we don't have a formal QA team, it's our biggest option. When we ask people on the business side to use it, they are pretty good about using it, as long as we show them how to. View full review »
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