# 5 Tracking
If you don’t know where you are going, how will you get there?
When you plan your testing by including Milestones, Targets, Requirements, and issue tracking you can ensure you are on the right road to success.
Remember that high quality testing does not happen without some sort of tracking that maintains test quality. As your test environment undergoes development and change, your systems can measure how many defects are found and the number of times a test has passed or failed. This can tell you which are your most effective tests and which of those might need to be changed to be improved.
The approach of ‘more tests = better testing’ does not always create an effective quality approach. Knowing which tests are your most effective and which should be employed at each testing step can add value.
#4 Test priority
The ability to know which tests that should be run at every change, and which should be left to run as an overnight batch can save you a lot of stress and make your testing more effective. If you run ‘all tests’ every time a developer makes a change, you will soon find that your developers will avoid testing, because they do not want to wait for a large test run to complete.
Unfortunately, many QA teams still use Excel spreadsheets for test management and their ‘integration’ is a manual effort. Any integration that you can add to your test management process will improve the quality of your testing.
Testing is a lot more effective if it integrates with your development environment. With TestQuality you can integrate with Continuous Integration platforms: Jenkins, CircleCI, Travis, and Automated Test systems: Selenium, Cypress, Cucumber, JUnit, PHPUnit, Jasmine, Mocha, Jest, PyUnit, PyTest and NUnit.
Automatically importing your test results into your management tool will save a lot of time and reduce errors.
#2 Historical data
When you manage your tests with a good test management tool, you will have a useful record of test history. This can tell you a lot about each individual test, and how useful it is to you. Plus, it can increase the value of each test. A test that passes can be good news. But a test that ALWAYS passes or ALWAYS fails, is not that useful at all. However, a test that fails, then creates an issue for the developers to fix, and then passes after the issue is fixed. That is a high-quality test!
In TestQuality we keep the test history of every test case and show instant metrics on the dashboard for you to track what tests are good and which are bad. When you have the test history to hand, a regression test failure can be a lot less complicated to investigate.
Managing your manual testing and migration to automated tests can be an important part of your test management. For example, in TestQuality’s dashboard, you can instantly see what is the current status of ‘manual versus automated tests. For those tests that you still need to be manual, TestQuality’s test authoring interface and import-export functionality minimises your pain-points with an easy to use step-by-step approach.
For more on Test Management and Testing Metrics, visit us at https://testquality.com where you can get an account for free and start improving your testing. For anyone reading this and still using an Excel spreadsheet for your test management, we also have a cool import feature for csv and excel files.