7 Management Tips for Remote Software Testing

by René Ceelen, on August 24, 2023

Even if your team had the unlimited resources and time to perform software testing – it is still going to be stressful.

Add in ever-tightening timelines, the realities of working remotely, and stressful workloads, and test management gets extra dicey – even for professional testers.

In other words, no matter how you look at it, managing software testing in a remote environment can be challenging. Fortunately, with the right strategies in place, testing can still be efficient, effective, and deliver the feedback that QA managers need to hit the mark with end users.

Here are 7 test management tips and best practices the TestMonitor team has pulled together that we wanted to share to take your testing to the next level:

7 Test Management Tips and Best Practices to Optimize Remote Software Testing

Ensure Clear Communication Channels 

Establish clear and reliable communication channels among the testing team. 

Whether it is Slack, Discord, or instant messaging, video conferencing, or project management tools, ensure all parties have access to and consistently use one communication method to facilitate real-time communication, rapidly overcome issues, and foster collaboration. 

Take it to the next level with a test management tool like TestMonitor, which not only centralizes information and enhances accessibility and traceability, but also is accessible via a secure, cloud-accessible platform.

Define Clear Objectives and Scope

When testing team members are working remotely, clarity is paramount to ensure testing stays on track. 

Give your testers the direction they need by kicking-off a testing cycle by reviewing the  goals, scope, their roles, and timeline. Taking this step helps to reduce the chance of misunderstandings and misalignments, which can slow progress and foster frustration.

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Do the Upfront Legwork 

No matter how well you plan, testing timelines always seem to be squeezed.

Take the time to identify any set-up or administrative work that can be done early, such as creating the testing environment and test data, confirming that they mirror the production environment, and tester accounts are ready. Documenting, storing, and sharing test scripts via a test management tool is also a great way to streamline the upfront work.

Use a Test Management Tool 

Implement a reliable test management tool to centralize all of the testing activities. 

A test management tool allows Quality Assurance (QA) managers to create and manage test cases, track bugs, and monitor testing progress in real-time, providing better visibility and control over the testing process.

Establish Testing Processes and Workflows (and Follow Them)

Create testing processes and workflows that align with industry best practices and internal expectations. 

These can include guidelines for test case creation, execution, bug reporting, and resolution. Like many other aspects, a test management tool can be a big accelerator for this by helping to ensure consistency and continuity from test to test.

Encourage Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing 

Even among experienced testers, don’t forget about investing time to foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge by making it easy for team members to share best practices among other members of the remote testing team. 

Whether through regular virtual meetings, end of day huddles, or lessons learned sessions to exchange ideas, make communication and identifying improvements a priority 

Monitor and Measure Progress

As the saying goes, "You can't improve what you don't measure." 

Don’t overlook the benefits of establishing metrics to help QA managers continuously monitor and measure the progress of remote testing activities. Overtime, track key performance indicators (KPIs) to assess elements such as testing efficiency and the resolution of reported defects. 

This data can help identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement.

Take your Testing Game to the Next Level with TestMonitor

As expectations for faster, more efficient, and higher quality software deliveries put more pressure on testing teams, taking the time to incorporate these test management tips can give your team the edge it needs to deliver, again and again.

Pair these tips with the use of a leading test management tool like TestMonitor, which includes all of the features (and more), and your software testing team will be ready, no matter when and where they work. 

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