Engineering Test Management
IBM® Engineering Test Management is a collaborative, web-based tool for planning, constructing, managing, and executing tests throughout the development lifecycle.
Engineering Test Management is for test teams of all sizes and supports various user roles, such as test manager, test architect, test lead, tester, and lab manager. The application also supports roles outside the test organization.
For role-based guidance about how to get started with Engineering Test Management, see Getting started with Engineering Test Management.
Engineering Test Management is the Quality Management (QM) application in the Engineering Lifecycle Management solution.
Comprehensive test planning
plan that you define in Engineering Test Management drives
activity for distributed teams through all phases of the project lifecycle.
The test plan defines the objectives and scope for the test effort,
and contains criteria to help teams determine the answer to this question:
we ready to release?
You can configure the test plan can be configured to meet the needs of your organization. You can and use the test plan to do any of for these following tasks:
- Define business and test objectives
- Establish a review and approval process for the test plan and for individual test cases
- Manage project requirements and test cases and establish interdependencies between them
- Estimate the size of the test effort
- Define the schedule for each test iteration and track the dates of other important test activities
- List the various environments to test and generate test configurations
- Create a read-only snapshot of the test plan at a specific point in time
- Define quality goals, entrance criteria, and exit criteria
- Create and manage test cases
- View test execution progress
For more information, see Test plans.
Test design with test cases
You can use the test case design-and-construction features to define the overall design for each test case. Each test case includes a rich-text editor that you can use to include background information about the test case. A test case can also include links to development items and requirements. You can associate a test case with other test artifacts, such as test plans, test scripts, and test case execution records. In addition, test cases can be combined into test suites. For more information, see Developing test cases.
Test script construction and reuse
Engineering Test Management provides a full-featured manual test editor. You can add reuse and automation capabilities to manual tests by using keywords.
With Engineering Test Management, you can manage and run test scripts that were created with other tools such as IBM Rational® Functional Tester, IBM Rational Performance Tester, Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality, and IBM Security AppScan® Tester Edition. For more information, see Developing manual test scripts.
- Run a test case directly
- Group test cases into test suites for parallel or sequential execution
- Create test case execution records and test suite execution records to directly map test environment information to test cases and test suites
For more information, see Preparing for test execution.
Test analysis, reporting, and live views
Engineering Test Management includes a set of predefined BIRT reports to help you get status on your project. Jazz® Reporting Service includes some predefined cross-project reports for test management, for example test cases per requirement, or test execution per requirement. You can use the Jazz Reporting Service reports as a starting point to develop reports that serve your specific business needs.
Engineering Test Management makes it easy to share information with other members of your team. By using the work item system in the ELM or IBM Engineering Connector for IoT, team members can assign tasks and defects to each other and view everyone's status. Test plan authors and test case designers can distribute their work for review and track the status of each reviewer. The team can see new and changed requirements. The team can also view the test cases that are needed to satisfy those requirements. Team members can see who is logged in and what they are working on. Team members can be notified automatically of changes, inputs, and iterations that affect their work. For more information, see Tracking work by using work items.
Authors of test plans, test cases, and test scripts can also place a lock on their artifacts to prevent others from editing them.
With the lab management capabilities that Engineering Test Management provides, you can create requests for the test environments that you specify in your test plan. You can then work with the lab manager to ensure that lab resources and test environments are available when needed. Lab managers can track all lab resources from a centralized resource repository and service requests from the test team. For more information, see Lab management.
You can use the configuration management capabilities in Engineering Test Management to create versions of test artifacts and link them to other team artifacts, such as requirements, designs, and models. Use configurations (streams and baselines) from Engineering Lifecycle Management applications to manage reuse, traceability, and parallel development. Assemble configurations into global configurations so that artifact versions that are linked across applications resolve correctly. Teams can use their configuration management- enabled applications to contribute requirements, models, designs, tests, and global configurations to a larger working environment. Global configurations assemble contributed configurations in a hierarchical tree view. Use global configurations to plan and manage the reuse of configurations in the many versions or variants of your software, system, or product line. For more information about configurations, see Getting started with configuration management.
Part of the Jazz community
The ELM and IBM Engineering Connector for IoT products are developed transparently on the open and extensible Jazz platform. On Jazz.net, you can download the products and their milestones, track development schedules, join discussion forums, open enhancement requests, and interact with the product developers. To learn more about the products, see the developer-written articles in the Jazz.net library or the topics about complex deployment scenarios on the Deployment wiki.