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SuWain's avatar
Occasional Contributor
7 days ago

Zephyr Squad or Zephyr Scale?


I'm working on improving connectivity between the disparate tools in use at my current company.  We are constrained to using IBM Doors for Requirements Management and have Jira for Workflow Management.  We need to connect the two and the connection between these would depend on picking up the actual Jira tickets, for example we have would instances of Requirements in both systems, kept in sync by an integrator.  And we'd somehow have to update the Requirements in Jira with a link to the tests.

This is all Data Centre by the way.

I want to add Testing inside Jira to this mix.  Does anyone have any experience of this type of thing.  If we were to go with Zephyr Scale would we still have connectivity as the Tests aren't actually Jira issues.  If we want a compliance Matrix from Requirements to Work Items to Tests, is that still doable when Tests aren't Jira issues.  Are tests in Scale easily searchable and do they use the Jira linkage system?

I'm very torn.  I've used Squad before and am pretty certain it will do what we need, but Scale is 'prettier' and has more reports and functionality.

Any advice would be welcome.


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  • duck-tester's avatar
    Occasional Contributor


    I have recently just migrated all of our testing from an external 3rd part product to Zephyr Scale, part of the move was also moving one of our large teams from Zephyr Squad to Zephyr Scale.

    The main difference between Squad and Scale is Zephyr Squad is designed for small agile teams. So this is why their testing items appear as Jira issue types on the sprint board as efforts of work. It is every single person's responsibility for that single testing effort.

    Zephyr scale on the other hand, as you said is prettier. It has its backend which makes searching faster as it only searches Zephyr and not the entirety of your Jira Cloud. Also, the ability for cross-team collaboration across different Jira projects is something that we are already using heavily.

    As for compliance, you can link test cycles or test cases (or both) to a Jira work item to show that testing has been performed on that item. Also, this creates a traceability link in Zephyr which can then be pulled from the reports section.

    They also utilise the Jira dashboards well and this is great for a quick view of what is going on in the day-to-day testing world in real time. Think of the dashboards as your reports only you can see many at one time

    I hope this helps and if you need more information please let me know!