The benefit of using a testing tool

Currently HP Quality Center is the testing tool that is being utilized for testing by my client to help manage their testing requirements; therefore I thought this would be an ideal topic to explain the different lingo.

What is HP Quality Center?

HP Quality Center allows you to organize high-quality applications quickly and effectively by:

–  Providing a consistent, repeatable process for gathering requirements

–  Planning and scheduling tests

–  Analyzing results

–  Managing defects and issues

The benefit of using a testing tool like HP Quality Center is to help manage testing requirements based on business process needs. HP Quality Center is widely used across ERP implementation to ensure real-time visibility of requirements and associated defects to evaluate quality and business risk. Some of the key benefits are:

–       Prioritize testing based on business risk

–       Access testing assets anytime, anywhere

–       Schedule and execute tests automatically, 24×7

–       Analyze readiness with integrated graphs and reports

–       Manage defects and trace them to tests and requirements

Why Test?

–  The process of executing software to verify that it satisfies specified requirements and to detect errors.

–  The process of analyzing a software item to detect the differences between existing and required conditions (that is bugs), and to access the features of the software item.

– The process of operating a system or component under specified conditions, observing or recording the results, and making an evaluation of some aspect of the system or component.

Beware of test tool terminology?

The first time you use HP Quality Center on a SAP project – the old terminology you were once comfortable with on other SAP projects takes on a whole new meaning like (Test Scripts vs. Test Scenarios or Test Plans vs. Test Cases)

 Don’t be unnerved they are just words but to help you out here are the definitions.

Here is the breakdown and example from the HP Quality Center testing tool.

Test scenarios are a set of test cases or test scripts that ensure the business process flows are tested from end to end. They may be independent tests or a series of tests that follow each other and the sequence in which they are to be executed.


Test Case is a set of test data and test programs (test scripts) and their expected results. Test case validates one or more system requirements and generates a pass or fails results. It will consist of information such as requirements testing, test steps, verification steps, prerequisites, outputs, and test environment, etc.


Test scripts are used to refer to the instructions for a particular test that will be carried out by an automated test tool.


Test Plan is a document describing the scope, approach, resources, and schedule of intended testing activities. It identifies test items, the features to be tested, the testing tasks, who will do each task, and any risks requiring contingency planning.


Test Set is a list of test cases planned to be executed within a specific test phase.



There are various types of testing that you can perform as well as multiple testing tools depending on the method of testing that you are attempting; above is a high-level explanation of the HP Quality Center testing tools and the benefits of using the automated tool rather than manual.

Please do not hesitate with questions that you may have and I would be happy to research to provide you with answers to your inquiry.

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