One of the most frequent questions the Rational Tester gets about Rational Quality Manager is what makes this tool better than “Tool X”?
It’s a great question – and it frustrates me every time, as our competitive guidelines at IBM prevent anyone in engineering from researching any competitive offerings. Sure – I’ve heard about product X and Y, and likely even Z – but my knowledge is usually word of mouth, unverifiable, and quite often wrong! Effectively, I know about as much about product X, Y and Z as I do about Quantum Mechanics. (In case we haven’t met, rest assured, I know nothing about quantum anything.)
So – how then to respond?
Well – thing I find with Rational Quality Manager is that what makes it so powerful are a bunch of little things. Littls tidbits if you will. And I’ve started to document them. My first tidbit went up today, and talks about how Rational Quality Manager helps testers eliminate duplicate data such as duplicate defects and duplicate requirements. It’s a really handy feature, and one that an internal IBM study found was the single most effective action a test team could do to improve their efficiency.
I’ve posted a short video about it on YouTube. Have a look…