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QMetry: Interview With CTO


Written by  Ravi Vadugu | 18 July 2011
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QMetry Test Management Software
QMetry
is leading test management software and has been conceptualized and designed by highly experienced test engineers who understand the exact needs and pain points of software QA teams. ToolsJournal has caught up with CTO of QMetry Mr. Manish Mathuria. Here are some highlights of the interview.


Introduction

ToolsJournal: Good Morning Everyone, we are glad to happen to have a quick chat with Manish Mathuria about QMetry, a leading Test Management Solution. Manish Mathuria is the CTO of QMetry.

Hello Manish, Can we please start with an introduction of yourself:

QMetry: Hello Everyone, I am Manish Mathuria, CTO for QMetry, a test management platform. I have about 15 yrs of experience of providing software and Software QA services with a lot of test automation and management. I also have consulting experience around Software Development Lifecycle and Agile practices. I have been working on state-of-art automation platforms and have been with QMetry since past 3 years.

The Journey Developing QMetry

ToolsJournal: Thanks Manish, how did it all start for QMetry? Please explain a brief journey of QMetry, the product design, when it started and where it is now?

QMetry: Sure! Like everything else QMetry also started from a core necessity. I am one of the co-founders of a company named InfoStretch, which to start with, specialized in software QA services business. Aiming at mid market, we provided end-to-end, horizontal, outsourced software QA services to end customers starting from enterprise, IT Software, ISVs, SAP companies and many others. We witnessed the whole range of software QA problems while offering these services. While solving these problems, we realized that test management is the fundamental problem, which is at centre point of everything else. We felt that we do not have a reliable way of controlling and managing risks. Managing the whole process of testing, let alone your team without a test management tool to help you, was extremely challenging. It is like running your distribution business or manufacturing business from excel spreadsheets. So, we started working on a solution, which we wanted to use for managing the testing problems we were facing at InfoStretch. We wanted to build a product that can be used within distributed teams and make it highly interactive and collaborative..

When we rolled it out, customer feedback was overwhelming. Some customers showed the willingness to pay for the solution. This gave birth to the QMetry’s test management solution. QMetry is a standalone company and the product is in 4th generation of its product lifecycle . QMetry has added over 45 new customers since it was launched about 18 months ago. That’s the brief story of QMetry.

The Big Challenge So Far

ToolsJournal: Well that’s a pretty good brief and within this journey what has been the biggest challenge faced so far?

QMetry: That’s a good question. Like any other product company,  the biggest challenge for us has been catering to the needs of a diverse user-base. I am not saying in a negative way, but to make any product successful you need to give/impart productivity to the users, right? With test management, that’s a little more complex problem to solve than what shows up on the surface. At the end of the day, one would think test management is an act of writing and running test cases. If that was the case, a word doc or spreadsheet should suffice to manage your testing process. The challenge is not just about performing the day to day test processes, it’s about collaboration. Giving enough visibility to senior management of the company such that they can measure and manage risk is also important.  At the end of the day, if I need to release a product within a 3 months’ timeframe, I need to know ‘today’, about what risk level I am at, and is my risk increasing or reducing with increased development.

In general,  we have two kinds of users, "Testers", who want everything to be very simple and ‘excel like’ to manage data and test cases. The other group is "Managers", who on the other hand, want to seamlessly integrate the tool  into their software development life cycle. So, developing a product that caters to the needs of both these groups can be extremely challenging. While developing the product we didn’t realize this, but over time we realized this need and focussed on delivering a tool that satisfies the needs of both testers and managers.

QMetry Features

ToolsJournal: Taking these challenges into consideration, Manish could you highlight the main features of QMetry as a product?

QMetry: In terms of features, QMetry managers your end-to-end testing process. This means, testers first need to manage product as well as testing requirements.  From those requirements, they  need to create your test cases and run them across different releases and builds of products in a collaborative way.

QMetry allows you to manage and create requirements, version requirements and write test cases against these requirements. It also allows you to associate requirements with test cases and vice versa. You can also run these test cases from QMetry . By doing so, it gives a real-time view of coverage of requirements in terms of testing, like how many requirements/test cases passed or failed and how many resources you are employing , what’s the history etc.. Other features cover integrations with many test automation tools, including all major 3rd party and partner products. You can even run the automated tests from QMetry, without having to get out of QMetry.

QMetry and ROI

ToolsJournal: That’s very interesting. To be able see the dashboard and deduce on the test coverage is great. Integrations with other tools are what many users look for. Can you provide us with an example of a customer whom QMetry has helped increase their testing ROI?

QMetry: There are several customers whom  we have helped significantly increase their testing ROI. Before buying QMetry, quite a few of our customers were managing testing and automation with discrete processes and tools like spreadsheets and separate version control to check-in and checkout. There are several factors that drive your ROI once you start using QMetry. These include both tangible as well as intangible factors. QMetry reduces testing effort by optimizing the test management process. It helps you efficiently develop and manage test assets, improves traceability, improves coverage and enables consistency across the board. Tests execution with scheduled runs and automation provide greatly reduces the overall testing effort, further enhancing the ROI. Some intangible benefits of using QMetry include the capability to assess risk and manage it effectively. Without a product like QMetry, you would not have a visibility  into the quality of the applications you are releasing .

Pricing Options

ToolsJournal: Those are some interesting points on QMetry’s ROI. Could you explain various pricing options on QMetry that are on offer?

QMetry: QMetry is available in two different packages: SaaS and on-premise. Pricing for both is roughly the same. Price ranges from $50 to $70 a month based on which licence you buy. You can find the detailed information on our website www.QMetry.com.

QMetry Future Development

ToolsJournal: Something our community would be eager to know, what is in store for future form the product QMetry itself to customers.

QMetry: Most QA teams are tired of piece-meal solutions. We are trying to build platform QA hub  where you can integrate various ALM products. We already integrate with various bug- tracking and test automation software. We would like to give customers an integrated view of multiple tools where customers can manage the entire software test life cycle from one place. We are also planning to create vertical focused test solutions. For e.g. we do a lot of mobile testing on InfoStretch side, where we are seeing a lot of unique use cases that apply to mobile testing from test management perspective. We are coming up with a solution based on the QMetry platform that will solve the various  challenges that QA teams are facing while testing mobile applications.. We will also be launching the QMetry mobile app pretty soon.

Message To Community

ToolsJournal: Thanks for that Manish. One last question, what would be one message for our community from QMetry.

QMetry: I am not trying to promote QMetry here, but QA teams need to look at test management more seriously. If your team has more than 2 or 3 testers and testing development life cycle spans over few weeks, you need to worry about how you will manage the overall quality assurance process efficiently. With globally dispersed team and increased time to market pressures, test management is no longer optional.


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Ravi Vadugu

Ravi Vadugu

An IT professional with over 12 years of experience. Project management is what i do. Curious/Interested in upcoming technologies, trends, software methodologies(e.g. Agile) and software tools. Love sharing knowledge with rest of the community.

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