DOORS for test quality management: Yes, you heard me right!
If you don’t have the right tools for quality management in place when you are working on a project, you could end up facing some tough challenges.
About four or five years ago, I worked for a defense company in Turkey where I was responsible for configuration management and IBM Rational tools maintenance activities for the IBM Rational DOORS, Rational ClearCase, Rational Rhapsody and Rati
After a while, I realized that we could easily link the test cases to our requirements. In the event of a requirements change, we could realize this shift through “suspect links.” In addition, it was easy to do a gap analysis and generate a document—such as a test plan—as a project deliverable with RPE. After we encountered a problem when we ran a test case, we would print and sign the test cases to adhere to the necessary regulations. We also entered the test results and defects manually.
Now, we have another great product for quality management, and that is IBM
To clarify, the Test Tracking Toolkit is a set of attributes which enables the collection of a test run’s results and then holds this test data such as actual results, test engineer and comments. In every test run, because those attributes are duplicated, you can differentiate the test results. To use the toolkit, you just need to follow these steps:
1. Create or update the test definitions to define which attributes you will use for your test case and runs. Click Tools > Test Tracking > Create Test Definition.
2. Create a form to record test results. Click Tools > Test Tracking > Define Test Run Results Form. If you need to, you can add or remove and reorder the form fields with the menu.
4. Track your test run and enter in the results. During the test run, click Tools > Test Tracking > Enter Test Run Results. This displays a simple test run navigation window where you can easily go forward and backward between test steps to enter their results.
Even though Test Tracking Toolkit works well in most cases, it may not be the most suitable tool for testing a more complex system. And so, it still might be worth it to think about using RQM—which has some nice capabilities and extra functionality—to manage the test cases for your project. In this context, automated test execution, lab management and collaboration with other products in the IBM Rational portfolio can provide some great advantages.
Have you considered using IBM Rational DOORS and the Test Tracking Toolkit or IBM Rational Quality Manager to manage your tests?