Automation Management
9 mins read
December 29, 2023

The 9 benefits of enriching Jira with aqua TMS

Jira сan do many things for you, but it certainly can’t act as your test management tool. . Now, there are two solutions around it: you use an underpowered QA plugin for Jira or perform testing in a dedicated tool and move some processes there. But here’s a third way: you enhance your Jira workflow with a specialised Jira-friendly test management solution like aqua. Read on to learn how everyone can work in the tool that suits them best while keeping data synced.

Martin Koch
Kirill Chabanov

The gap between Jira and aqua TMS

Here are the key Jira functionality omissions that aqua addresses:

Jira lacks test-centric features — in fact, it does not have native test management functionality at all. There is no such thing as test cases in Jira. You can’t execute test cases. You can’t check the execution history of a test case, because there are no test cases and no test execution functionality. Naturally, grouping individual test cases into test scenarios that replicate use cases is impossible as well. You can’t see test coverage and can’t use metrics built upon it either.

“Fake” test cases can’t be properly organised. The Atlassian marketplace offers item templates that try to introduce a Jira testing workflow by repurposing Jira user stories into “test cases”. While you can indeed use custom fields to enter a test case name and even describe steps in a free text editor, this is still not a test case. You can’t natively complete test steps one by one, track results properly, or realistically hope to export these cases once you need a proper QA tool after all.

Test reports are not supported by Jira either. Even if you go along these subpar makeshift “Jira workflow improvements”, it will be hard to make sense of manual test results with poor formatting and no continuity. Even worse, you can’t hope to bring in results from automated testing into Jira, let alone make them synergetic with manual testing performed like that.

QA plugins for Jira are a money sink. The backend limitations mean that you should buy plugin licences for everyone in your Jira, even if they are not even a tech person. These costs rack up pretty fast, and you’re getting an inferior product compared to a test management solution.

Complexity will become a burden. Between hacky ways to create test cases or work around QA plugins, you will likely create quite an administrative overhead. This will get in the way of scaling your testing, onboarding new employees, and making the release cycles leaner when needed.These may seem like basic features, but they are essential for proper test management. Your testers will be wasting a lot of time on a setup that is barely scalable. Potential QA candidates will be running away once you show them this maze of a testing infrastructure. If it’s developers who perform QA, their potential frustration will only be exacerbated by a clunky and inefficient approach to it. Neglecting proper testing also means that you’re not really getting the advertised ALM experience from your Jira workflow management setup.

Benefits of enriching Jira with aqua TMS

The benefits of introducing aqua TMS into your toolchain go beyond changing workflow in Jira for the better. They give you a solid quality assurance structure, enhance it with cutting-edge functionality, and improve the entire application lifecycle. aqua is a dedicated test management solution with a tight Jira integration, and here is what that brings:

  • 2-way Jira sync build a real-time bridge between testing and QA. Your testers get to work in aqua, a proven test management solution designed for quality assurance of any scale. Developers and project managers may stay in Jira to track progress on requirements. When a task is edited or added in the sprint, the changes are instantly displayed to both aqua and Jira users down to item statuses and descriptions. This setup is easy to create, maintain, and scale.
  • Native AI test generation gives an unmatched efficiency boost: you save over 12 hours/week per every tester. aqua utilises the tech behind ChatGPT to create and update tests for your requirements. You can optionally let aqua AI learn from your project to get the most relevant tests possible
  • AI requirements generation is a major leap even over Jira’s core functionality. Use your voice to narrate required functionality, and aqua AI will turn it into a complete ticket. You can tweak the output via precise prompts or give a custom command to capture the requirement right
  • Workflows take away the pain of managing hundreds of tests manually while adhering to internal policies. Set up the item lifecycle once, and everyone on the team will always know when it is their turn to act, assist, or approve. This both reduces menial work and helps regulatory compliance in sensitive industries, where any key infrastructure change absolutely needs a stamp of approval. The aqua’s functionality has all advantages of Jira workflow automation with extra focus on QA.
  • Test automation becomes an option for your project, as aqua has native integrations with 10+ leading solutions including Selenium, JMeter, and Ranorex. Any other solutions can be connected via REST API while maintaining a single-hub QA setup.
  • Tool specialisation and interoperability are a great infrastructural advantage. Your devs can continue working in Jira while testers can opt for the standalone version of aqua, a market leading test management solution. The necessary data and item statuses can be synced in real-time while both devs and QA benefit from mature core functionality that suits their job best.
  • Dashboards with KPI Alerts functionality shift the paradigm from looking at dashboards to making them watch over your project. You can set up intelligent alerts, such as too many Safari bugs in a build of iOS-centric application or a Critical issue for legacy but still popular devices.
  • Insightful QA reporting is something that Jira can’t provide at all. aqua takes it to the next level: you can use any data, transform it with scripts, pick from 100+ widgets or create your own, and share reports even outside your company if needed.
  • On-Premise commitment is something that Jira lacks but aqua continuously displays for 10+ years. While Jira drops On-Premise support by 2024, aqua’s On-Premise with its 40+ banking & government clients are here to stay. Should the need to keep On-Premise make you switch away from Jira, you can still integrate aqua with a new solution or use aqua as your ALM.

User acceptance testing becomes a breeze when conducting it with aqua. Make test cases for requirements stored in Jira, then invite end-users to go through them and raise issues in a user-friendly aqua workspace. You can set over 100 permissions to limit information access; UAT participants enjoy basic aqua licences that are offered for free. Thanks to the data sync between aqua and Jira, you can avoid buying expensive short-term Jira seats just for a short round of UAT.

As you can see, aqua TMS will change Jira workflow for the better but also go much further. Apart from making Jira the gateway to great quality assurance, you also gain a standalone AI-powered test management solution  — it is both cutting-edge and mature. It truly is the best of both worlds.

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Steps to integrate Jira and aqua TMS

Here is how you connect Jira with aqua in 10 minutes and at no extra cost.

Jira + aqua TMS plugin


Jira + aqua TMS workspace integration


Both routes for aqua + Jira integration are simple, save a lot of time, and provide granularity for your needs. If you have any questions, our customer success team is happy to help.


Jira does not have native QA functionality, and any potential workaround endangers both the quality and the timeline of your project. The best answer to that is aqua, a modern TMS that can work within Jira, alongside Jira, or perform separately but stay synced. Going with aqua is also an excellent insurance for your infrastructure, especially for companies requiring On-Premise support.

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