As we approach the the July 7th launch of the public beta for IBM Rational Quality Manager, we thought we’d take a little time to start diving into some of the key features of IBM Rational Quality Manager. Today’s topic: The Test Plan.
The test plan is a structured test plan, in that test plan content is structured into individual sections. Each section has its own editor and owner. Some sections are simple text sections (such as Business Objectives), others link to other test artifacts (c as Test Cases) and yet others are tables that establish and measure against criteria (such as Exit Criteria). We’ve built relatively powerful editors for each of these types of sections, to make it feasible to consolidateall your data. I don’t think anyone is claiming, for example, that our text editor is going to replace Microsoft Word – but it is powerful enough to offer all the key features you need (with support for tables, images, all common formatting) to offer a strong alternative to word for capturing your test plan core information.
The test plan table of contents yo see above is the default test plan. You are free to add or remove sections as you see fit.
When we designed the test plan, the idea was to find a way to consolidate all the multi-dimensional data of modern test plans into one interface. Today, your test plan informationi s probably spread across Word, Excel, your defect tracking system and your test automation tool. With Rational Quality Manager, we’ve attempted to build a consolidated interface so for the first time a test plan can be self contained. One spot for all information.