PractiTest vs. Zephyr Squad/Scale
If you’re in search of a test management tool, you may be aware of the wide variety of tools available. This task can be intimidating at first, which is why it’s best to start by comparing the main features to help differentiate between them and select your final choice.
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PractiTest vs. Zephyr Squad/Scale At a Glance
PractiTest and Zephyr Squad/Scale are test management solutions often considered by test teams.
Zephyr Squad/Scale are primarily test case management add-ons in the Atlassian marketplace, residing inside of Jira. They rely on Jira for storage, defect management, requirements, and more. As such, they target smaller-sized businesses.
PractiTest is an autonomous test management platform that integrates seamlessly with Jira (Cloud, Server, and DC) and many other external third-party tools. It is a complete end-to-end solution, from requirements through testing to issues, allowing you to manage and visualize all testing artifacts and Jira issues in one place. As a robust stand-alone tool, this platform targets larger- sized businesses and corporates.
“All Jira solutions are really slow compared to PractiTest and lack a lot of features.”
– Oldrich Klima, a QA Lead at MoroSystems
How PractiTest and Zephyr Squad/Scale Stack Up
The following comparison reviews the main features to take into account when considering which one will best fit your QA needs.
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|Requirement and User Stories Management||
|Test case management||
|Test Sets and Execution Management||
|Security and Certifications||
|Service and Support||
Pros and Cons
- End-to-end solution - full traceability between requirements, tests, and issues
- AI-powered features
- Unique hierarchical filter tree to organize all project information and data
- 2-way integration with Jira and other tools, multiple ways to integrate automation
- Advanced customizable dashboards and reports
- Security compliance - SOC type II and ISO 27001
- Free and responsive customer support
- Outdated UI
- A part of a complete set of tools
- Resides within Jira
- Strong and advanced BDD module
- Compromised performance as Zephyr uses Jira storage
- No security compliance
- No Exploratory Testing
- Zephyr Squad lacks test management and reusability functionalities
- Dashboard and reports are not very customizable
- Traceability and links between entities is not clear
- Team - $49 per user/month
- Corporate - Contact us
- Additional free read-only users with comments
- Cloud, 100 users - $4,780 per year
- Server, 100 users - $5,618 per year
- Data Center, 100 users - $5,618 per year
While both tools have their Pros and Cons, these are the main points you should consider:
PractiTest is an end-to-end test management platform that centralizes all your QA work, processes, teams and tools into one platform to bridge silos, unify communication, and enable one source of truth across your organization. PractiTest was created with testing as its focus. With PractiTest, you can make informed data-driven decisions based on end-to-end visibility provided by customizable reports, real-time dashboards, and dynamic filter views. Its reusability capabilities reduce testing time and increase efficiency.
PractiTest’s integration with Jira is the best in the market. It goes as wide as creating tests to cover issues from within Jira, and as deep as mapping any fields and editing it on any side to see realtime results.
Zephyr Scale and Zephyr Squad are Jira add-ons, where all testing is done inside Jira. Residing in Jira makes it easy for teams using Jira to have all the information in one place and keep a unified workflow. Zephyr Squad offers fewer test management capabilities than Zephyr Scale (previously TM4J). Zephyr products are a part of a complete set of tools offered by Smartbear, but the integration between the Smartbear systems is not always trivial. The Zephyr Jira add-ons offer some nice features such as BDD testing and plugins for integrations.
Working inside Jira sounds promising at first, but as your company grows, so will the testing load. Jira was not meant to handle test management utilities. Working with a tool that is not designed for testing can limit your ability to visualize testing in order to make the right business decisions. In addition, Atlassian constantly provides updates about performance issues caused by Jira add-ons, and Zephyr is mentioned multiple times.
So who is better?
If you run a small and simple testing operation and you work with Jira and other Smartbear tools, and/or if BDD is your preferred testing method, then Zephyr Squad might be more suitable for you.
If you run a small, slightly complex testing operation and you work with Jira, Zephyr Scale will be a better fit as it has more reusability features.
If you're running a large testing operation that involves a level of complexity, e.g. multiple test types, tools or teams, then PractiTest is the ideal solution. With its seamless Jira integration, PractiTest gives you the ability to run and manage all testing assets, including Jira tickets, with complete end-to-end traceability.
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What are the uses of PractiTest?
PractiTest is a test management tool, used to manage the entire testing operation. With PractiTest, you can manage all QA efforts in one place, extract valuable insights from your testing data and release better-quality software with confidence.
PractiTest allows QA managers to bring their entire QA efforts, processes, teams and tools into one shared space. With unique data organization and visualization mechanisms, teams can visualize their data to extract actionable insights. PractiTest enables teams to collaborate and connect QA to their business goals.
What is Zephyr scale vs. PractiTest?
Both Zephyr Scale and PractiTest are Test Management tools. Zephyr Scaled is a Jira add-on that can be useful for small teams with basic test management requirements. PractiTest is a robust test management platform that offers seamless integration with Jira and can be useful for large or growing teams that want to manage all their QA efforts in one centralized platform.
What is the difference between Zephyr and Zephyr Squad?
Zephyr, a part of Smartbear toolset, offers 3 different Test Management tools.
Zephyr Squad - an add-on for Jira that helps small teams with test management.
Zephyr Scale - an add-on for Jira that offers basic test management capabilities.
Zephyr Enterprise - a stand alone test management solution.
What is the difference between Jira and Zephyr?
Jira is a project management tool popular among development teams. Zephyr Scale and Zephyr Squad are add-ons to Jira that offer test management features inside the Jira workspace.
Can I use Zephyr without Jira?
Zephyr Scale and Zephyr Squad cannot be used outside of Jira. Zephyr Enterprise can.
What are the limitations of Zephyr for Jira?
The main limitations are:
- Constraint integrations and automation
- Compromised Jira performance
- Lack of flexibility
- No exploratory testing
- Low level of support
- Lack of security certifications
What is the previous name of Zephyr Scale?
Zephyr Scale used to be TM4J, built by Adaptavist. The name was changed once purchased by Zephyr and SmartBear. Read about it here
Is Zephyr Squad the same as Zephyr Scale?
No, please see the differences in the questions and table above.
What is Zephyr Squad?
Zephyr Squad is an add-on for Jira that helps small teams with test management.
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