Over the last few years, technology has enabled developers to create some amazing things. And it’s proven to be quite beneficial for the people as it has given us access to so many new software, gadgets, and apps that have made our lives a lot easier.
However, developing a new software is not always easy. Even after working so hard on a project, somehow a ’bug’ may creep in, causing the software to malfunction. The bugs cause the software companies a lot of time, effort, and of course – money. In fact, software errors cost the economy USD 1.1 trillion in assets and more than 315 ½ years of lost time.
A research by the IBM Company concludes that the cost of software bug removal increases with time. For example, a developer works at the rate of $25 per hour. Since the defect removal process at the stage of architectural planning takes approximately 2 hours, the overall cost will be $50.
In case, the defect was found at the second development stage, the cost of its removal would multiply by 5, thus equaling to $250. If the bug was found and removed during the testing phase, the cost of removal will be tenfold, whilst at the beta-testing phase, it will to increase 15 times equaling to $500 and $750 respectively.
And of course, the cost of removing the same defect after the release will increase 30 times and can cost the software company in terms of money and reputation.
Based on the above example, it is safe to conclude that a product release can be a lot cheaper and safer if software automation testing is conducted at the earliest and repeated at every stage of the development phase.
Saving on testing tools initially can lead to unsatisfied users and significant loss of funds, which is why it’s important that software developers have bug testing tools in their bucket to avoid any potential mishaps.
Mentioned ahead is a list of a few quality assurance tools that will not only keep your software secure and bug-free but will also help to streamline your issue management strategy and cut IT costs.
Bugzilla is a free bug tracking tool that allows teams to create numerous projects and track unlimited numbers of bugs. This tool is written in Perl and while it is recommended for Linux users, it is also compatible with Windows and Mac OS X systems.
Bugzilla is easy to use with a simple interface. From the main page, users can file a bug, access open bugs assigned to them and view help documentation. Teams can collaborate and share views about any ‘issues’ the software in the development phase is facing.
Additionally, admins can set user permissions to define which users or team can see/edit specific bugs.
Some other specifications include:
- Time tracking which allows users to set the time for the bug fix
- Automatic reporting
- Duplicate bug detection which means that when a new project is added, the software testing tool will search for similar bugs
Redmine is compatible with Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and UNIX and works on the Ruby framework. The users can download the app and install it conveniently on their own internal servers.
With Redmine, the teams can collaborate via activity feeds and email notifications. Users can also share files and post messages via Gantt charts and calendars.
Some notable features of the free bug tracking tool include:
- Defines user permission
- Time tracking
- Source code integration
And just like Bugzilla, Redmine is also free to use on any number of projects.
Fossil is another free bug tracking tool that also has version control, wiki, and blog mechanism integrated into one package. It runs on OS X, Windows, and UNIX with built-in capabilities for simplifying project management issues within the workforce.
Some of its key features include:
- Easy networking using HTTP(s) and SSH for any communications across the network
- Automatic checking for bugs
- Its ability to be downloaded to be compiled with your own internal servers
MantisBT runs on PHP and is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Teams can download MantisBT on their own servers or purchase the hosting software against a monthly/annual subscription fee.
The MantisBT dashboard displays a ’My View’ tab which shows unassigned bug tickets, project timeline, and recently modified/resolved tickets. Users can collaborate through messages or comments and stay updated with team activities via RSS feeds.
Some features of MantisBT include:
- Time tracking
- Notifications through email alerts
- Access controls to set up role-based access for each user
MantisBT is free to use whilst a paid plan is also available that unlocks advanced features.
YouTrack is a bug tracking software that is available in both cloud-based and stand-alone service.
With YouTrack, users can track both individual and team progress from a live dashboard which shows updates in real time.
Some of its additional features include:
- Notifications for updates through email or IM
- Time management
YouTrack is free for up to 10 users while large teams can sign up for the free 30-day trial to see how they like the tool before making a purchase.
6. Pivotal Tracker
The cloud-based bug tracking solution is geared towards agile software development teams that follow the scrum methodology. It has the ability to scale from small projects to enterprise-sized teams of over 50 members.
The dashboard features a “Project Page” which allows users to check every project they are involved in and share views with other team members.
Some main features of Pivotal Tracker include:
- Notifications through email notifications
- Reporting and analytics
- Task board that features each project at its specific stage
The Pivotal Tracker is free for use for up to three users after with several different payment plans available for ease of use. A 30-day free trial is also available for companies that wish to try the product before making a purchase.
These were the reviews of some of the top bug tracking tools that you can use to safeguard your software. Try them out and let us know which ones you found best. Good luck!
Authored By - Alycia Gordan
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