aqua saves time and keeps your IT & Tech product clients satisfied

84% of users abandon applications after just two crashes. aqua's robust test management solution helps you schedule testing efforts to spot bugs and block application updates before issues are solved

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IT company with 9-digit valuation detects 98% of major defects through proper testing

A software development company in Germany struggled to continue releasing features every two weeks while keeping the app stable. The internal QA solution offered little continuity between tickets, which made issues slip.

aqua helped organise regression testing to improve the efficiency of QA specialists while reducing time spent on regression testing by 34%

aqua has helped over 30 enterprise IT product companies level up their QA

Our work with the client started with a QA audit to identify the biggest bottlenecks in the workflow and the challenges behind them. Below are the initial findings

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Testing efficiency

The QA team struggled to see if they are keeping up with QA tasks. Similarly, the team lead could not see if there is extra capacity for individual testers or the entire team.

Adding task overviews and planning visualisation to the internal QA tool would distract developers from the main product

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Progress visualisation

For our client, QA often was the bottleneck for the features requested by the product owner and just implemented by the developers.

It was impossible to tell when QA clears the feature for production without nagging the QA lead all the time

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Poor communication

Tracking issues locally blocked proper communication between fellow testers and the development team. Issues would get lost as somebody goes on vacation. Developers would not know they need to fix a particular bug.

The lack of written communication across reproducing and solving the bug led to redundant effort in tech product testing

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Test hierarchy

Like most product companies, our client needed to run a lot of integration testing to ensure all components work properly. Pinpointing when exactly the app breaks is vital to isolate issues, too.

The internal QA tool lacked hierarchy-related functionality to keep up with all the integration testing scenarios

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Regression testing

While new features breaking existing functionality is part of the process, our client could not afford it to happen on production.

The nature of the service meant that monthly subscribers would cancel their subscription over disruption

Key aqua features that save time and money for SaaS & Tech companies

aqua helped the client ditch their outdated internal QA tool to optimise a wide range of testing procedures, make the process transparent and synchronise development

Agile board

aqua allows you to run the QA effort just like modern companies run their development. Our software supports a Planning Board overviewing all tasks across sprints, Scrum Board to plan individual sprints, and Burn-Down Charts to see how your testers progress.

Both testers and their Lead can see where they stand and hold each other accountable to the scope of work and ability to meet it. aqua is a perfect tool for tech companies' new features testing

QA dashboards & reports

Increasing testing transparency is beneficial for non-QA employees, too. This is why aqua offers dashboard functionality providing a quick testing overview for anyone at the company. For example, Product Owner may notice an abnormal churn rate on iOS, confirm that it coincides with a spike in bugs of the iOS client, and ask Project Manager to escalate fixing them.

aqua’s reporting functionality requires even less effort to keep track of QA effort. You can use one of our templates or take time — once — to configure a custom report, schedule it to generate a new version every x days and automatically receive it in your inbox

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Collaborative testing

Our software is packed with functionality that cultivates communication and helps you keep everything in writing. Each ticket has a comment section to discuss progress on reproducing bugs or adjusting a test case. Individual team members can be nudged to take a look at a particular item. Users can opt to receive notifications when a particular ticket changes status, e.g. a test case just failed. Software development has long been collaborative, and aqua does the same for testing in IT companies

aqua Notifications
Testing organisation

aqua helps you organise all tickets to quickly find the relevant ones. You can distribute requirements, test cases, test scenarios, and bugs across multiple testing projects. They are further split into folders. This level of detail helps you run through essential tests first to quickly deploy a new feature or hotfix without breaking the product.

Your testers can also save time with our Views functionality. It is a preset of filters that can be configured once to display all tickets fitting certain criteria later. Once set up, it will take testers one click to see critical issues assigned to them, while the QA lead will easily browse all failed test scenarios.

All items can also be bound by a workflow. For example, you can set up bugs to go the route of Create > New > In Progress > Solved > Closed <> Delivered. It is also possible to make certain fields mandatory when creating a ticket, e.g. they all must have priority, be assigned to someone and/or be placed into a certain sprint

Testing organisation with aqua test management tool
Test scenarios and dependencies

Test scenarios are vital for regression testing, since it requires a thorough sweep of existing code. aqua’s test scenarios are dynamic, as they reference test cases instead of duplicating them once. It means that your regression (or any other) test scenarios are always up to date relative to changes in the test cases.

Dependencies block progression of a test scenario if some of the test case(s) have failed. This is how you avoid product-breaking issues making it into the live product: no update is pushed unless the essential test scenario(s) is all green

Dependencies of test cases in aqua

Agile board

aqua allows you to run the QA effort just like modern companies run their development. Our software supports a Planning Board overviewing all tasks across sprints, Scrum Board to plan individual sprints, and Burn-Down Charts to see how your testers progress.

Both testers and their Lead can see where they stand and hold each other accountable to the scope of work and ability to meet it. aqua is a perfect tool for tech companies' new features testing

QA dashboards & reports

Increasing testing transparency is beneficial for non-QA employees, too. This is why aqua offers dashboard functionality providing a quick testing overview for anyone at the company. For example, Product Owner may notice an abnormal churn rate on iOS, confirm that it coincides with a spike in bugs of the iOS client, and ask Project Manager to escalate fixing them.

aqua’s reporting functionality requires even less effort to keep track of QA effort. You can use one of our templates or take time — once — to configure a custom report, schedule it to generate a new version every x days and automatically receive it in your inbox

reporting with aqua

Collaborative testing

Our software is packed with functionality that cultivates communication and helps you keep everything in writing. Each ticket has a comment section to discuss progress on reproducing bugs or adjusting a test case. Individual team members can be nudged to take a look at a particular item. Users can opt to receive notifications when a particular ticket changes status, e.g. a test case just failed. Software development has long been collaborative, and aqua does the same for testing in IT companies

aqua Notifications

Testing organisation

aqua helps you organise all tickets to quickly find the relevant ones. You can distribute requirements, test cases, test scenarios, and bugs across multiple testing projects. They are further split into folders. This level of detail helps you run through essential tests first to quickly deploy a new feature or hotfix without breaking the product.

Your testers can also save time with our Views functionality. It is a preset of filters that can be configured once to display all tickets fitting certain criteria later. Once set up, it will take testers one click to see critical issues assigned to them, while the QA lead will easily browse all failed test scenarios.

All items can also be bound by a workflow. For example, you can set up bugs to go the route of Create > New > In Progress > Solved > Closed <> Delivered. It is also possible to make certain fields mandatory when creating a ticket, e.g. they all must have priority, be assigned to someone and/or be placed into a certain sprint

Testing organisation with aqua test management tool

Test scenarios and dependencies

Test scenarios are vital for regression testing, since it requires a thorough sweep of existing code. aqua’s test scenarios are dynamic, as they reference test cases instead of duplicating them once. It means that your regression (or any other) test scenarios are always up to date relative to changes in the test cases.

Dependencies block progression of a test scenario if some of the test case(s) have failed. This is how you avoid product-breaking issues making it into the live product: no update is pushed unless the essential test scenario(s) is all green

Dependencies of test cases in aqua

Traceability

Many companies can track bugs and test their software development fine without a pro-tracking system. But aqua brings full traceability to your organisation and helps you to find answers to the most important questions in a matter of minutes:

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Is this requirement tested at all/ tested enough?

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Who did test that and how?

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What did they do exactly to verify it works?

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With what kind of data? User inputs?

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What version have they tested, in which browser & OS?

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Have the test cases been reviewed and possibly updated after the requirement changed?

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What defects have been found? Have they been retested? How exactly have they been retested?

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Who did change the requirement? What has been changed?

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All-in-one solution saves money

aqua can be the central hub for all your IT needs, separating ALM from pure testing tools. You can use aqua for requirements management, quality assurance, defect management — something that would usually take three separate tools. Things also move faster when your staff communicates in the same tool; you can spot bottlenecks easier by seeing if the feature/improvement/fix has been stuck for too long.

Another way to save costs is to bring QA into the development process early on. Thanks to aqua storing requirements, your testers can review them before passing them on to developers. This potentially saves dozens of man-hours, as you prevent extra work from QA and development that flawed requirements could have caused

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Top-down issue tracking improves bug detection rate

It gets difficult to plan tests, keep track of test results, and resolve issues as your organisation gets bigger. This is how our IT product testing management tool helps your QA team stay organised and transparent:

 

  • Separate tickets into five types: requirements, test cases, test scenarios, bugs, and scripts
  • Create a fully flexible folder structure within the projects and organise tickets in the most effective way for your workflow
  • Nudge your team members personally or send them notifications via email right from the application
  • Discuss progress on the ticket and nudge colleagues with a mention to help you out
  • See every specialist’s workload and state of the project with Views and Filters
Agile functionality with aqua test management tool
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Agile boosts efficiency and transparency

It’s no secret that product and service companies live and die by what they can fit into a sprint. Prioritising the right requirements & defects alongside effective planning of the sprint is how you make sure that developers and QAs will know what to work on and deliver the new functionality on time and hit the sprint goal.

It’s even better when you can visualise and track the progress together with the team.

aqua’s agile functionality is built on three scrum pillars:

Transparency

  • Backlog to give an overview of what’s planned and needs to be done.
  • Sprint description to clearly define the goal. 
  • Agile board to check the progress and keep everybody on track.
  • Discussions under each item to keep every change under the radar.

Inspection

Burndown chart to see how the team works, track if there are any deviations and predict whether the planned world will be delivered on time.

Adaptation

Refine the previous sprints, plan the new sprint based on what you learned through the work and progress

Testing organisation with aqua test management tool
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Consistent testing protects your business

Our testing functionality helps you achieve 100% test coverage with as little redundant effort as possible. This way you make sure that essential tests are not ignored in the pre-release rush while potentially postponing others.

You can gradually balance the need for updating the app sooner vs. addressing all the new and lingering issues.

Here’s what makes testing with aqua smooth:

 

  • aqua supports unlimited number of test cases and test scenarios
  • You can easily copy and paste test steps between test cases
  • Test scenarios can reuse as many test cases as you need
  • Test scenarios always use the latest version of test cases, saving hours on otherwise updating test scenarios manually
  • Test cases, too, can be updated in bulk, so you avoid making the same changes dozens of times
  • Nested test cases prevent duplicates: you can even have one master test case that governs all the test cases
  • Nested test cases automatically act as dependencies, ensuring your QA doesn’t sign off the new build before essential tests are green
  • aqua stores history of test executions so you can verify what exactly was tested and compare it to previous executions
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Test automation reduces repetitive work

Once a hot debate, it’s clear now that a good balance of test automation and manual testing is beneficial to IT companies. Automating repetitive tests improves coverage by simultaneously verifying things work properly on all browsers and devices. There is no need to test these things one by one or try to find some tablet and an older Android phone that you lack for manual testing. Automated tests run in parallel and eliminate the need for obscure hardware.

Automation also gives your team more time. QA specialists can switch to exploratory testing, thus improving the defect detection rate. They will also have more time to create detailed bug reports, reducing the time it would take for developers to fix the issues. Developers, thanks to automated tests run alongside code deployment, can immediately see if something is wrong and try fixing it. These are man-hours that you save across the sprint.

aqua supports all major automation solutions (full list below) with out-of-the-box integrations. You can use REST API to link aqua with others

Integration

aqua integrates with all the most popular tools among testers:

UnixShell

Perform shell tests and utilize shell scripts no matter the OS

Ranorex

Automate testing for your web, mobile, and desktop software

Jenkins

Harness continuous integration and continuous delivery with industry’s leading automation server

UFT

Utilize a 20-year-old solution for automating functional and regression testing

Selenium

Test web applications efficiently with Selenium’s simple web browser automation solution

JMeter

Run load testing enhanced by dozens of third-party plugins

MSSQL

Automate database testing for databases powered by MSSQL

SoapUI

Nail manual and automated API testing

Oracle

Automate database testing for databases powered by Database Oracle and MySQL

and of course, REST API

You can connect aqua with any tool that your company uses for testing or any other purposes. It doesn't matter if the other tool is too new or niche: REST API is a universal answer

Migration

Switching to aqua is simple as that and cost-effective

Compared to other vendors, you don't need additional costly migration tools. aqua’s team has developed our own migration solution. It reads all data from your current software, converts it into suitable formats, then writes it to aqua, allowing to:

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Migrate huge data
volumes

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Fulfill explicit compliance
regulations

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Ensure revision security
throughout the migration

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Preserve expanded File history right after the migration is done

Migration to aqua on average takes 1 day:

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Merge the fields of your system with the fields and values of the aqua elements (requirement, test cases, and test scenarios)

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Import the created file to aqua

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Our migration tool converts all read-out data into a needed format and imports it right to aqua

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Thanks to the intuitive, well-structured, and multilingual software interface, your testers master most of aqua’s functions after just a few hours

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Our clients speak for us

Companies that want to keep up with digital change trust in aqua

“I was surprised to find such a comprehensive and mature tool for test management in the German market without having taken it seriously beforehand. aqua offers a connection to our existing tools like J-Meter, Jira and SoapUI. We have successfully replaced Testlink and have achieved impressive transparency across the entire QA.”

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Jörg Großmann
Head of Development, Bank 11

“I was impressed by the fact that such a large project with data transfer ran relatively more smoothly than a version upgrade of the Quality Center with project migration. We are happy to have chosen aqua.”

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Stefan Halstenberg
Product Owner Testing Tools, Atruvia AG

“For many years, aqua has been the central component of our test management. Further test automation and test tools as well as databases are connected around aqua. The aqua support and development team is a reliable partner for the implementation of the customer requirements of the KBA.”

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Jörn-Hendrick Sörensen
Test Manager, KBA

“Manual test cases are easily automated with aqua. Seamless integration with test automation tools helps here. Test cases can then be executed with different test data, thanks to variable sets maintained in aqua.”

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Dennis Seidel
QA Specialist, megapharm

“Thanks to aqua we were able to take our test management to a new level. The possibility to design modular and parameterizable test cases leads to a very slim structure, enables a high reusability and accelerates the creation of new tests. We are happy to have chosen aqua.”

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Slavcho Mavrodiev
Head of Software Development, CREM SOLUTIONS
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