“Metrics are for doing not for staring. Never measure just you can. Measure to learn . Measure to fix.”-Stijn Debourwere

One of the most important aspects of continuous quality is to measure and analyze every step in the testing process

For that matter, in any industry reports helps to track the progress and take necessary action to improve the process. By measuring the various aspects of testing process we can understand what works well and what doesn’t. .This makes us to take appropriate action to speed up the testing process to achieve quality delivery.

In a typical software quality assurance process, we need to measure following key items.

Test run summary

A complete summary with relevant metrics on how each test run fared with respect to the test cases. No of passed or failed tests gives us a direct correlation of the quality of the product with respect to their requirements.

Milestone/Release summary

Every testing sprint is based on specific milestones and we have the associated test runs which provide us a snapshot on how good the results are with respect to the relevant sprint.

Issues summary

This gives a clear graph of the open issues based on priority, severity and test scenarios. A deep-rooted analysis of the defect summary can help teams figure out the root cause of defects and how to avoid them in the future.

Test cases summary

Shows the clear picture about how many test cases created based on business requirements. And how each the developed product is in terms of the test cases.


In the data-driven development, these reports help us to find the status of your project where we stand? When there are more issues logged in particular test run necessary actions need to be taken in the development process. The reports show the clear picture of the work allocation among the testers, open test runs, outstanding issues.

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Sivaranjani R

Sivaranjani R

With more than 6 years of experience along with an ISTQB certification, hands-on technology professional working in eCommerce project environments. Quick in her work but very detailed as well, Ranjani always tries to better herself and is eager to learn new technologies with excellent leadership qualities managing a QA Team.

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Hi Sivaranjani,
This is an absolutely interesting piece on Quality Assurance and how QA process is significant in testing process. The 4 key items you mentioned are really useful in typical software quality assurance process. Yes I agree that continuous quality is to measure and assess every step in the testing process.