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In a very typical scenario, To create a test, many testers currently sit at a PC and alternate between completing an action in the application under test and writing the step on a notepad. When the test is complete on paper, the tester (or in some cases an administrative assistant for the testing group) types the steps into a standard test template, frequently using either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel. Following this procedure, a single manual test is essentially written twice.
Eliminating the need to write each test twice can save you time for other testing.
In addition to writing tests twice, much time is spent adapting existing tests for similar new tests. For example, a tester might create a test to log into the application under test as an administrator, and then adapt that test to log into the application under test as a regular user. This adaptation typically takes one of two forms:
• Open the existing test, edit steps as needed, and save the test with a new filename.
• Open a new test template, copy steps from the existing test, edit steps as needed, and save the new test.
Reducing duplication among many tests reduces the time you spend maintaining test scripts.
Testers typically receive many new software builds during a development cycle, often at an increasingly rapid rate toward the end of the cycle.
When a build contains a new feature or a fix that requires modifying the steps of a test, all of the tests that relate to the new feature or fix must be updated to reflect the change in the application under test. Although this update process is not difficult to manage when only a few tests require updating, when dozens (or hundreds) of tests are affected by changes to a commonly used area of the application under test, such as a login screen, updating can be very time-consuming. Eliminating or reducing the work that is required to keep many tests up to date can save you time for additional testing.
As you increase the efficiency of your testing effort, you can use the saved time to conduct additional tests. Rational Quality Manager can help you work more efficiently in each of the testing activities:
• Creating tests: Rational Quality Manager helps you to manage reusable content and use it in similar tests. As a result, you spend less time authoring tests.
• Running tests: Rational Quality Manager associates text to be typed in the application under test with an execution step. Rational Quality Manager also associates verification text with a test step, and then compares the comparison. Rational Quality Manager provides test data variables so that you can define a test once and run it many times to accommodate different data input values. These features save you time typing in the application under test, comparing actual to expected results, and testing different data values.
• Reporting test results: Rational Quality Manager provides customizable reports that reflect test result data from all phases of the project. These reports save time that you would have spent manually tabulating test results for reporting.
• Maintaining tests: Rational Quality Manager reduces the amount of required test maintenance by storing reusable content only once. As a result, you spend less time updating many similar tests.
IBM Rational Quality Manager: Execution variable displays deleted when execution status is changed from Approved to re-open
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Under IBM Rational Quality Manager v4.0.3 , say you have added a few execution variables and these variables are assigned to Test Steps for a given Test Case.
Modified date: Mar 25, 2015 1:19:33 PM
From the UI perspective; the Execution Variables are still associated with each of the steps; however, the Execution Variables View is empty. So basically there are two issues here.
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IBM® Rational® Quality Manager provides extensible APIs that enable test-automation tools from various industries to be integrated into the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) environment. These APIs make the automation tools' capabilities available in Rational Quality Manager, providing a rich user experience. After an integration is built, it goes through a rigorous validation process and then is available to users.
ETAS LABCAR-AUTOMATION (LCA), an automated testing tool widely used in the automotive industry, now integrates with Rational Quality Manager through these extensible APIs. MicroGenesis, an IBM business partner, built this one-of-a-kind integration, enabling users from the systems space to leverage the power of collaboration and the enhanced traceability of the CLM environment. (All copyrights and trademarks related to LABC
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Stéphane Leroy (Unleash the Labs CLM, IBM Software Engineer) has created a wonderfully simple table to outline the Test Lab mana
And don't miss Stéphane's most recent posts surrounding his expertise in RTC and enterprise modernization!
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Under IBM Rational Quality manager (RQM) v3.x release onwards, during the course of creating a new defect work item, you are allowed to select the record type. Below are 2 such scenarios where the record types differ between older (2.x) and newer versions (3.x onwards) of RQM.
The functionality to select record types ( RQM/CQ integration) was added via RFE 25717 in version 4.0.1; this is the current default behavior (i.e. functioning as intended).
Add Dashboard viewlet in process template with image and text formatting for reuse in IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)
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You can refer the below technote to perform the basic pre-requisite steps in IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) before beginning with adding a viewlet/widget.
3) Click the Browse button to select available widgets and select Headline
4) Click on Add Memento
4.1) To have a viewlet without Title Bar, you can set the Trim option -> No Trim
5) Add a Property to the memento.
6) Add 2 more Property named "text" and "image"
8) For property "image"
Paste the copied Image Location on a notepad for editing.
The URL that gets copied will look something like below example:
Without Trim set (Step 4)
With Trim Set (Step 4.1)
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Under IBM Rational Quality Managerv4.0.3, When adding default reporting widgets to RQM dashboard you might encounter the following error:
In order to validate if these default reports are working fine, you may execute the etl jobs for QM applications. However in this scenario, you could notice that the etl job execution was showing no specific errors pertaining to these reports or widgets. You can navigate to the QM and ETL jobs to find if any error gets logged. In most of the cases, you can find an error message :
This fragment is the one that extends the foundation reporting functionality to use specific tools designed in RQM. It acts like a "bridge" between foundation and RQM reporting functions. Since the bundle couldn't be loaded, the reporting functionality in RQM is not working as expected.
To confirm , you can navigate to this URL to see if he bundles are activated for the application.On the left pane of the window, click on Internal Tools >> Component Status. All the components listed there are expected to be displayed with green status. Pay special attention to the com.
Since the bundle that acts as a bridge between the BIRT engine and specific RQM reporting functions can't be resolved, you might encounter such errors. The primary reason could be that the .jar files (com
First thing you could try is replacing the problematic bundle mentioned above with a clean one while troubleshooting advances, as it is easy and may actually fix the issue. Get a copy of the above mentioned .jar files from a fresh installation of similar version of RQM and perform the below steps.
2. Shut down RQM
Exporting dateTime (timestamp) values into Rational Quality Manager through the RQMExcelWordImporter plugin
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This blog entry is to provide suggestions to users who are surprised at incorrect / mismatched date attribute (TIMESTAMP) values seen in RQM artifacts while the data is exported from Excel using the RQM Excel Exporter.
In most cases, the excel export will succeed but you might see that the "date attribute" field, is not in accordance with what is exported.
The dateTime (Date/Time which translates to TIMESTAMP) values in Rational Quality Manager artifacts like Test Case, Test Plans and execution artifacts like Test Case Execution Record undergo translation when the data is coming from excel through the "Export to Repository" option in the RQME
A dateTime value passed through the excel sheet should follow a format yyyy
More details on the syntax are available at the date
RQM Client and RQM Server in same time zone: If the RQM client (where excel is used) and server are on machines in the same time zone? the TIMESTAMP value specified in the sheet is exported into RQM as is.
RQM Client and RQM Server in different time zone: If the RQM client and server are on different machines? the TIMESTAMP value specified in the sheet is converted to the time on the RQM server and used. to avoid this (i.e., to ensure the TIMESTAMP value is as per client time zone) you should use dateTime (TIMESTAMP) string as 2014
For example: 2014
If the excel exporter is on a machine in a different time zone, replace the timezone string highlighted above with the relevant value.
You can use a Java Applet online like a sample one here to get the timeZone string : http
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Rational Quality Manager v4.x: Best Practices in Manual Testing- In this video presentation, Dennis Schultz and Joshua Burton take you through an introduction to manual testing with Rational Quality Manager v4, and beyond, including test case designs, recording manual tests, and augmenting manual tests with automation.
And don't miss the next two videos with presentations based on content from last year's IBM Innovate!
Rational Quality Manager v4.0.1: Best Practices, with Examples, Part 1- with Allison Lynch, Advisory Test Architect, and Kathy Endres, Test Architect, Rational System and Integration Test. Topics include: - Test Planning and Construction, Test Plan, Test Case, Test Suite, and Test Script
Rational Quality Manager v4.0.1: Best Practices, with Examples, Part 2- with Allison Lynch, Advisory Test Architect, and Kathy Endres, Test Architect, Rational System and Integration Test. Topics include: Test Execution and Administration
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Rational Quality Manager v4.0.4: Understanding and Managing Test Case Execution Records (1 of 6)- 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 introduces test case execution records and explains why they are so important.
We've embedded the entire 6 video series playlist here, as well as added links below to allow you to navigate directly to each video if desired:
Exploring Test Case Execution Records (2 of 6)- This video explores existing Rational Quality Manager test case execution records and introduces different ways of generating test case execution records. More info: www.jazz.net
Generating Execution Records for a Single Test Case (3 of 6)- This video demonstrates how to generate test case execution records for a single test case.
Generating Execution Records for All Test Cases In a Plan (4 of 6)- This video demonstrates how to generate test case execution records for all of the test cases in a test plan.
Generating Test Case Execution Records (5 of 6)- This video demonstrates how to generate test case execution records without specifying iterations, test environments, or a test plan.
Test Case Execution Records and Generating Test Results (6 of 6)- This video demonstrates how to run tests using generated test case execution records and how to generate test results without executing test scripts.
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Our folks were busy the last few weeks of 2013 pulling together some new educational material to help you better understand how you can use test case execution records with IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM). A new six part video series was published to help explain how you can use test case execution records to plan, execute, and report on testing activities.
These videos are included in the Rati
IBM UrbanCode Deploy v6.0 integration with IBM Rational Build Forge and IBM Rational Quality Manager
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IBM UrbanCode Deploy v6.0 integration with IBM Rational Build Forge and IBM Rational Quality Manager- Discussion and examples of UrbanCode Deploy's integration with Build Forge and RQM
0:14 - Integration with Build Forge
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since August 28th! These links below are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
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Have you had a chance to check out the new 4.0.4 release of the IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products (Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer, Rational Team Concert)? This new release delivers new features and enhancements such as the following and more:
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As many of us are in the last weeks of summer break, getting ready to head back to school or get the kids ready, we're still pushing headlong forwards to make sure you get the best information you need to get your job done and get it done right the first time. Our awesome developerWorks authors are always focused on producing the right information you need... so here you go, the following articles and trials went live last week on developerWorks Rational:
Use Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
Manage test data more effectively with Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1
Create an automation framework for an HTML-based application
UML Model Metric Analysis rules-based generation of class diagrams
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer
Reconcile, a new feature in Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
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Follow-up Tests with Reports/Queries in Rational Quality Manager- Rational Quality Manager includes reporting and querying capabilities to help you stay informed about the status of your project. Use these wherever you are in the test effort to gather in-depth information on things like test case and test script states, testing coverage, test execution progress, and overall project health.
And as a bonus, This video demos how to customize the menu in Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3: IBM Rational Quality Manager v4.0.3: Customizing Menus
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These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Change, Rational Focal Point, and Rational Quality Manager issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
IBM Rational Change:
IBM Rational Focal Point:
IBM Rational Quality Manager:
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It doesn't take long for our amazing content authors to break out of a short holiday week and come back with much more to highlight for you all. In-between all the holidays, vacations, and general time-off relaxing during these summer months, we're still focused on getting you the right content when you need it, to help drive your business forward to success. Last week was no different with the following items that went live on developerWorks Rational:
Software Delivery and Lifecycle patterns for Private Cloud
Using Screen Definition II with Rational Team Concert
Enhanced distributed development with IBM Rational Developer for AIX and Linux Version 9.0
Collaborative lifecycle management
Rational Team Concert
We are also pleased to feature Contributing Author Paul Urban
Paul Urban has more than 25 years experience in developing systems, software, and hardware in the embedded and real-time systems industry. Urban is currently a senior systems market manager for IBM Rational software and has worked with Rational software in various roles since 1995.
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We're back from Innovate, IBM's Technical Summit and on the tails of our mid-year release cycles. Even with the busy schedules this past month, our authors are still committed to getting you the best information we can to help you be successful with our products an in your daily work. To that end, here's the articles, featured downloads and upcoming webcasts that went live on developerWorks Rational recently:
New capabilities from IBM put developers in the spotlight
Capture multiple tooltips in one image automatically with IBM Rational Functional Tester
Find out for yourself: 7 new video demonstrations
What's new in IBM Rational Rhapsody 8.0.3 and Rhapsody Design Manager 4.0.3
Ensure effective administration and security in Rational ClearCase 8.0.1
Simplify user management for Collaborative Lifecycle Management applications
Automate deployment of an IBM Worklight customized WAR file with Rational Automation Framework
Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight: Parts 1-4
Configure Rational Team Concert to build ISPF Dialog Tag Language components
Using PHP and cURL for server-side caching of dynamic web pages
Now available from IBM Press: Transform your business with a winning mobile strategy: IBM's Dirk Nicol helps you navigate the mobile landscape with ease. Order now and save 35% with coupon code: IBM4916
IBM developerWorks LIVE! Jam: The jam opened June 11. Come share your ideas for developerWorks.
IBM Rational Rhapsody software's specialized editions help systems engineers and embedded software developers analyze, design, develop, test, and deliver embedded, real-time systems and software.
The Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management is a set of seamlessly integrated applications that work together as one: IBM® Rational Team Concert, IBM® Rational® Quality Manager, and IBM® Rational® Requirements Composer.
Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software on the cloud: http
Rational Team Concert on the cloud: http
Rational Developer for System z on the cloud: http
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Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing your PMRs. These are the top content reused during May to help solve your Rational Focal Point, Rational Change, or Rational Quality Manager issues. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
Have you found a technote that helped you solve an issue without having to open a PMR? Let us know by rating and leaving feedback on that content using the "Rate this page" stars on the top right of the content or the box of the same name at the bottom of each technote! Your feedback is highly valuable to us as we work to improve the quality of solutions and help you solve issues more effectively and efficiently.
Rational Team Concert 2.0 communication with Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer 3.0
I started working as a Technical Support Engineer, initially on Telelogic Synergy/Change products, later on IBM Rational ClearCase for the past couple of years, and lately with IBM Rational CLM (Collaborative Lifecycle Management) solutions.