Drive ownership and accountability for tests and results

Benefits of using Test Owner

When tests have owners, it makes it easy to know who on the team is the best person to talk to or notify. This can be especially helpful in companies where several people (potentially across different teams) log into Rainforest, sometimes from different cities and timezones.

Assigning an owner to test(s)

Only existing Rainforest users can be assigned as test owners. If you want to assign someone who's not in Rainforest yet, you can invite new team members from the Settings > Team page.

Test owners can be set and updated in several ways

  • When creating a new test, we assume that if you're creating the new test, you will also be the owner and default ownership to you. If that's not the case, select any other user from the dropdown.
  • From the individual test page, from a dropdown in the settings panel on the right-side navigation. You can assign an owner to a test that previously didn't have one, or replace the existing owner of a test.
  • Select several test(s) to assign an owner from the All Tests, Saved Filter pages, Feature, or Run Groups pages.
    Select the test(s) you want to assign and click 'Assign Test Owner' (the crown icon). Please note: if you override an existing owner, the previous owner doesn't get notified. Also, you can't mass remove test owners, you can only override existing ones.
  • For Test Writing Service requests, we'll return the tests and assign the owner as the person who created the Test Writing Service request.

Suggested use of Owner

If someone on your team becomes responsible for a product area - e.g. Sarah owns the 'Checkout' feature and Amir owns the 'Registration' feature, and some of their P1 tests are included in the daily smoke suite run.

In this case, by having Sarah and Amir as owners of those tests, both are the one responsible for adding coverage for their features, writing (or requesting) and refactoring those tests to keep them up to date, reviewing their results and letting others know about them or making decisions off the back of results.

When their tests are added to the Smoke suite and someone else on the team reviews results, it's now much easier for the reviewer to know who to notify about issues. The test owner avatars will appear in individual test result pages. When you categorize a test result, you also have the option to notify someone by email - and the test owner is the the default selection.

Questions? Feature requests? Send us an email at support@rainforestapp.com to chat.

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