Some things get better with time, but unfortunately this isn’t the case for ageing software.
In today’s business climate, Legacy test management solutions are old news. Packed with features resulting in slow operation, they hold up DevOps teams, as well as require high cost maintenance, and these are just some of the problems.
With 2019 closing in, it’s time to review the signs that it might be time to let your application lifecycle management product or legacy software tool retire.
- Ask yourself, how much is it costing you?
On top of the expensive license cost, you may find that your forking out more on maintenance fees and database expenses, as well as having to consult experts, and build additional features and functions.
- Valuable test management time is wasted fixing tools
With dated interface, limited browser support, frequent software crashes and unwieldy navigation, new testers are growing frustrated having to deal with the inefficient interface. They are unable to execute simple tasks with ease and in the end, it’s tester productivity and overall output that suffers.
The architecture of older tools, don’t quite mesh with CI/CD or project management tools.
- Scaling isn’t possible in an Agile environment
How can you scale if your tool is not built with the Agile team in mind? Agile and DevOps are now required by organisations, in order for them to deliver software at an acceptable speed. Legacy tools do not comply with modern development, therefore cannot keep up with the challenges, which is down to the unwieldy design of them.
- Real-time insights and data are insufficient
Throughout the lifecycle, the agile pace of development requires metrics to be instant in showing progress. Modern test management tools offer real-time, dashboards and advanced analytics, as well as cross project reporting for various metrics, giving you high visibility. Quality remains consistent with this data, meaning informed decisions can then be made.
If your business is struggling to use legacy test management or application lifecycle management tools, as a result of any of these issues or other problems not identified in this article, then it might be time to consider their retirement.
This doesn’t mean you’ll be left with nothing, you can migrate easily with solutions provided by QMetry, who offer a standalone solution inside Jira for growing Agile teams.