Final two videos in the Test Case Execution Records series

Dan has finished the final two videos in his series on Test Case Execution Records.  You can find them on YouTube following the links below:

Test Case Execution Records Part 5:
Generating Test Case Execution Records: Variations
Generating Test Case Execution Records: Variations examines generating test case execution records without specifying iterations, test environments, and a test plan.

Test Case Execution Records Part 6:
Running Test Case Execution Records and Generating Test Results
Running Test Case Execution Records and Generating Test Results shows how to:

  • Run tests using generated test case execution records and completing their test scripts.
  • Generate multiple test results in bulk without executing test scripts.
  • Find all execution records for a single iteration that have failed, passed, or not been run.
  • Work with test case execution records in a test plan as well as in a test case.

This series of videos is an excellent resource for anyone adopting Rational Quality Manager.

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Rational Quality Manager Test Case Execution Record video series

Test Case Execution Records really are the heart and soul of Rational Quality Manager.  TCER’s are what make test case reuse possible across multiple environments and releases.  I talked a bit about them in my post on Keywords and Channels.

TCER’s are also probably the most misunderstood aspect of Rational Quality Manager.  You can get by to a point ignoring execution records, but until you get a grasp on TCER’s, you probably aren’t utilizing RQM to its potential.

Dan Chirillo – a very skilled IT Specialist in the IBM Rational services organization – has been working on a video series that very clearly explain what a Test Case Execution Record is, why it is so important, and how to use it effectively.  This is a work-in-progress, but he has four of his planned six videos out on YouTube.  I highly recommend you take the time to watch them.  Even experienced RQM users will find something useful in these videos.

Part 1: Understanding and Managing Test Case Execution Records
This video is the first in a series of videos aimed at explaining how you can use test case execution records to plan, execute, and report on testing. Part 1, Why You Need to Understand and Manage Test Case Execution Records, introduces test case execution records and explains why they are so important.

Part 2: Exploring Test Case Execution Records
Exploring Test Case Execution Records explores existing test case execution records and introduces different ways to generate them.

Part 3: Generating Test Case Execution Records for a Single Test Case
Generating Test Case Execution Records for a Single Test Case shows how to:

  • Set the iterations, owner, and test environments to generate test case execution records for.
  • Confirm that the execution records were added to the test plan and are reflected in the execution status report.
  • Determine how many tests are planned for a single iteration by filtering the test case execution records list in a test plan.

Part 4: Generating Test Case Execution Records for All Test Cases In a Test Plan
Generating Test Case Execution Records for All Test Cases In a Test Plan shows how to:

  • Select which of a test plan’s test cases to generate test case execution records for.
  • Set the iterations and test environments for the execution records.
  • Confirm that the execution records were added to the test plan and are reflected in the execution status report.
  • Determine how many tests are planned for a single iteration by filtering the data in the execution status report.

Parts 5-6, coming soon, will examine generating test case execution records without a test plan, iteration, or test environment, and show how to run test case execution records.  I’ll update this post with links when they become available.