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Probably the most consistent part of the IBM Rational strategy has always been that to make great software you need to work as a team.   Our software delivery tooling has reflected this strategy since inception, and we are on the verge of taking our next big leap.

In this video you will see how the Jazz platform has unified the three key software delivery roles of Analyst, Developer and Quality Professional.   In the upcoming 3.0 release, all of these three roles will now be serviced from a single server.  Instead of the developer working from one tool, the analyst from another and the quality professional from a third, all three now share a common platform.  This common platform, the Jazz platform, enables far superior data and information sharing between these roles than we have ever seen before – from IBM or from any other vendor.

Here is a quick preview of what we are working on in the labs.

For best viewing, run in fullscreen and select HD/720p quality.

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Shout out to the Jazz development team who threw together a video on configuring Rational Quality Manager 3.0 and the Jazz Team Server 3.0.  This video goes through the full configuration for Rational Team Concert, the beta preview of the requirements technology, and most importantly the latest and greatest Ratioanal Quality Manager 3.0.  Solid.

PS: How cool is it that the Jazz server is running on a Mac?!?!?  Way cool.  Way.

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Having lived through several of the early builds for Rational Quality Manager 3.0, I’ve seen lots of progress on the server setup.  Release candidate 0 is now available, and the setup has become even more simplified.  For those about to embark on this release candidate, there’s a very handy post that will guide you through the new update process.

Setup and Configuration instructions for Rational Quality Manager 3.0 and the Collaborative Lifecycle Management 3.0 Server

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Thinking about going to the Innovate 2010 Rational Software Conference ?  Thinking about a discount or promo code?  You’ve come to the right place!

Register for the conference today with the code: QMT and you can save $100 off your conference fee.  This discount code is good right up to the last minute.

Register now with the Rational Tester Innovate 2010 Discount Code.

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Yesterday, the Sony PlayStation 3 network went down.  I wrote about this on the Rational Tester Blog and teased that I would leave my best guess here as to the cause of the defect.

Rarely when these big bugs surface do we ever get the true cause, but this one jumped out at me.  Why?  The first clue was in the Sony PlayStation 3 blog:

We believe we have identified that this problem is being caused by a bug in the clock functionality incorporated in the system.

The second clue came from the calendar.  Yesterday was March 1st, or as known in software testing circles, February 29th – sometimes.   This is too much of a conincidence for me.   I’m sure there was some processing issue where 2010 was considered a leap year, and the PS3 mishandled the date – perhaps a date conflict between console and the Sony gameservers which prevented people from getting on the network.

At least, that’s my guess.  If the true cause of the problem surfaces, I’ll post more.   But until then, maybe now would be a good time to review the Leap Year calculation.  We all know that it’s basically every four years, but there are some exceptions.   Here’s a pseudo-code version of the calculation:

if year divided by 400 is 0
       then is_leap_year
else if year divided by 100 is 0
       then not_leap_year
else if year divided by 4 is 0
       then is_leap_year
else
       not_leap_year

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Recently, I’ve had a few requests to talk about Rational Test Lab Manager.  Rational Test Lab Manager is an optional component of Rational Quality Manager that enables quality assurance teams to manage all aspects of a test lab: Asset Inventory, Test machine scheduling and provisioning and Asset utilization reporting.  It’s a very powerful component of Quality Manager that enables management with a host of integration points:

  • A VMLogix integration enables lab management of Virtual Machines
  • A Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database integration enables automated inventory of lab assets
  • A Tivoli Provisioning Manager integration enables provisioning and configuring of remote lab assets

As always though, it’s easiest to understand through a demo.  This morning, I posted a quick overview demo we used at our Rational Software Conference 2009.  The demonstration covers all the basic functionality and benefits of IBM Rational Test Lab Manager.  Enjoy.

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At the Rational User Conference last June, we did our first demonstration of Rational Quality Manager integrating with Rational DOORS (formerly Telelogic DOORS).    With this integrations, users of Rational DOORS who manage their software and system requirements in DOORS can link these to a test plan and test cases in Rational Quality Manager.    This link enables requirements based quality, where requirements drive the test plan.

This link is bi-directional.  Initially, Requirements are exported from DOORS to Rational Quality Manager.   In Rational Quality Manager, these requirements can then be associated to test cases and test plans.  When the test cases are run and produce a test execution result, the results are automatically sent back to Rational DOORS, where the latest execution verdict is displayed as a requirements property.

When requirements are updated in DOORS, the user can send these updates to Rational Quality Manager where the requirement will be flagged as updated in the GUI.   This signals the tester that they may potentially have to re-examine the requirements, or re-run the test as a result of the requirement change.

Requirements management from DOORS is only one of the requirements management options for Rational Quality Manager.  Besides using requirements from DOORS, Rational Quality Manager can link to requirements in Rational RequisitePro  as well as use its own native requirements management functionality.

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