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Reporting consistently ranks among the most critical tasks for any quality management team.  Rational Quality Manager recognizes this, but also acknowledges that every organization is unique and has unique reporting requirements.  Accordingly, Rational Quality Manager offers 3 reporting options to quality management teams.

Option 1: Out of the Box Reports

This is the simplest reporting option.   These are the native reports that you get in the Rational Quality Manager reporting module when you install the tool.  These reports offer strong filtering capabilities, so that you can focus in on the information you’re looking for.  These reports however, are not customizable.  These reports are based on the live data within the RQM database.

Option 2: Rational Common Reporting

If the lack of customization of the Out of the Box reports causes you heartache, then Rational Common Reporting is your answer.  Rational Common Reporting is a web based reporting application that is bundled with Rational Quality Manager.  Built upon IBM Cognos reporting technology, it allows you to craft queries, modify and create reports.   It is comprised of two main components: Query Studio and Report Studio.  Query studio allows you to create queries to extract the data you want, and Report Studio allows you to create reports that present the data the way you want to see it.  These reports are based on data warehouse snapshots which are periodically taken of the RQM database.    Reports are constrained to a single RQM server.  Every one of the Out of the Box reports is available through Rational Common Reporting.

For a quick look at Rational Common Reporting, you can check out this video:

Option 3: Rational Insight

Rational Insight is at the top of the hierarchy, offering the customization of Rational Common Reporting but extending it so that reports can collect data from multiple servers and tools, such as Rational Team Concert.   This option offers all the full capabilities you would expect from an industrial strength data warehouse reporting tool: authoring and execution of transforms (ETLs), REST and XML data types and modeling of queries.   This is the most powerful and comprehensive of the reporting options.   For integrated product delivery teams using multiple IBM tools that want consolidated, centralized reporting, this is the solution for you.

The bottom line here is that Rational Quality Manager places significant importance on reporting, and offers 3 choices for teams to generate the reports they need.

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As of a few minutes ago, Rational QualityManager 2.0.1 went live on Jazz.net.  Key highlights in the release are:

  • Introduction of Master Test Plan

  • Project Templates

  • Audit enhancements

  • Snapshots for execution result records

  • Expanded PDF Print

  • Copy of manual test steps

  • Duplication of test artifacts

  • Artifact section management

  • Full text search

  • Test artifact filtering

  • Performance improvements

  • Suite categories

  • Support for OSLC QM 1.0 specification

We’ll be exploring some of these new enhancements over the next few posts here on Quality Manager.  For now, head on over to jazz.net to read more about these individual items and to download Rational Quality Manager 2.0.1.

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The 2008 inaugural release of Rational Quality Manager introduced a new approach to test case management.  The Rational Quality Manager dynamic test plan allowed test cases to be associated to a test plan in a non-hierarchical nature.  There are many benefits to this approach, the main being that in a distributed test team, where many people are working off a test plan, having tests tied to a hierarchy often makes them difficult to find.  While the categorization, of filing of test cases in folders of folders of folders might seem logical and simple to the person who originally created and organized the structure might seem logical and obvious, for anyone coming in new to the structure, navigation is much more difficult.

You can think of this as similar to the way Google and Yahoo took to indexing the web.    Yahoo originally, and still available today, used hierarchical directories to categorize web content.   Google of course simply put all websites into one group, and enabled you to find what you were looking for with a powerful search facility.  Both valid approaches, but how do you find what you want on the web?  Exactly.

What made Rational Quality Manager approach possible was the advanced tagging and searching mechanism.  Using a paradigm similar to the Google approach, all test cases are stored in one bucket, with a very powerful and fast search feature that enables you to find what you are looking for based on all the common identifying properties of a test case such as names or tags.  Rational Quality Manager’s web 2.0 sytle dynamic filtering further enhances this, enabling you to see search results returned as you type.

Hierarchies, however, are not without their benefits.   Viewed from above, they provide a good graphical representation of content.   You can quickly see relationships between artifacts and get an idea of the number of artifacts in a certain area, such as the number of test cases for a given requirement.

Accordingly, new in Rational Quality Manager 2.0 is a hierarchical view of assets.   In this tree view you can see how the Viscosity Defect is attached to the Viscosity Execution of the Viscosity Test, attached to the Viscosity Test Case of the Viscosity Requirement in the Red Test Plan in the Paint Shop project.

Rational Quality Manager 2.0 Tree View

This powerful new view enables testers to visualize relationships while still being able to leverage the powerful searching and tagging facilities for finding test cases.  Two approaches to viewing your data, with two different benefits makes this one of Rational Quality Manager 2.0’s most powerful features.

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If you were at the Rational Software Conference 2009 you got wind of some of the new features headed our way in Rational Quality Manager 2.0.  With the arrival of Beta 2.0 you can now download the latest and have a look at some of the key features:

  • Risk Based Testing
  • Productivity Boosters
  • Reporting and Closed Loop Analysis

Over the next few weeks we’ll look a little closer at these features, and dive deep into how you can use these features to manage the risk associated with your quality management projects.

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