Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How to Install Microsoft Test Manager 2017 aka Visual Studio Test Professional 2017

Although most testing features are available in the web now, there are still some only available in Microsoft Test Manager 2017.   I have written up the instructions to get you up and running quickly with the latest.

  1. Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional installs Microsoft Test Manager 

    • Click Download VS Test Pro 2017 button
    • VS_TestProfessional.exe will be downloaded amazingly quickly

    • Click Install
    • Go thru the install wizard

    Anna Russo
    Sr. ALM TFS QA Consultant 

    TFS 2017 Auto Create Test Cases from Acceptance Criteria & Bulk Copy Test Cases Tool

    This post is long overdue, but when you have twins life becomes this adventurous twinado roller coaster!   I have been asked many times if my tools Auto Create Test Cases from Acceptance Criteria  & Bulk Copy Test Cases Tool  work with TFS 2017, the answer to that is YES!  Since the Visual Studio Marketplace is in preview some of the features like editing the compatible version are not available yet.  After a lot of inquiries I was finally able to update the extension page to reflect the compatible version of 2017.  Here's a refresh on what the tool does below. Thanks for your support and patience!

    TFS users put a lot of great information in the Acceptance Criteria field of the Product Backlog Item to ensure that the PBI meets a certain level of quality.  Usually tester's then create test cases manually(boo!) so that they can report on the testing of that PBI.  Well that's all until today, because now there is a tool that auto creates test cases efficiently so that you can spend more time on the most valuable activity - TESTING!

    Here's how it works:

    1. Click on Connect to TFS Team Project
    2. Select Project Collection and Team Project
    3. Find Query (e.g. "PBI Sprint 1")
    4. Double-click to Run Query 
    5. The Query Results of PBI's will be displayed on the right
    6. Enter Delimiter (e.g. "-").  The delimiter is used to separate the acceptance criteria and create multiple test cases.
    7. Click on Create Test Cases and wait for the AnnaBots, I mean tool to do all the hard work for you.
    8. Viola test cases were automatically created and linked to the PBI!
    9. The resulting test case looks like this with the Acceptance Criteria in the Title and Expected Result field and the PBI in the Action.
    10. The resulting PBI has the 2 test cases automatically linked.

    Anna Russo

    Saturday, April 23, 2016

    New version of TFS 2015 Tester Power Tool - Bulk Copy Test Cases is now available!

    One of my favorite things to do is share tools that are helpful for testers.  I have been releasing this Bulk Copy Test Cases tool since 2011!  Yikes tempus fugit!  I continue to get lots of comments of how helpful this tool has been over the years, so thanks for all your support.

    Click here to download the new version Bulk Copy Test Cases Tool 2015


    Anna Russo
    Sr. ALM TFS QA Consultant 

    Monday, February 1, 2016

    What's New in Microsoft Web Test Management 2015 - Filter Test Plans

    It's really a conundrum to decide whether to continue gazing at gorgeous sunrises or checking out new testing features that have been released  :)

    The force is strong with the techie in me...

    Filtering test plans is one of those things that really streamlines your usage of multiple test plans and makes them easily accessible from the test plan dropdown.

    First you need to click on the test plan filter icon

    Then enter criteria you would like to filter the test plans on and click on Run query

    The test plan dropdown is filtered with the test plans that match your criteria, yay!!

    Anna Russo
    Sr. ALM TFS QA Consultant 

    Thursday, November 5, 2015

    How to Install Microsoft Test Manager 2015 aka Visual Studio Test Professional 2015

    If you are interested in how to install Microsoft Test Manager 2015, I have written up the instructions to get you up and running quickly with the latest.

    1. Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional installs Microsoft Test Manager 
      • Download Visual Studio Test Professional https://www.visualstudio.com
      • Click on Downloads
      • Under Visual Studio Downloads > Click on Visual Studio 2015
      • Select Test Professional 2015
      • Choose format: Select Web Installer
      • Click Download button
      • VS_TestProfessional.exe will be downloaded at amazingly quickly
      • Go thru the install wizard

    Anna Russo
    Sr. ALM TFS QA Consultant 

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    What's New in Microsoft Web Test Management TFS 2013 Part 2

    I have to give kudos to the test product team and the features they have been delivering with the quarterly updates.  I am going to recap the test features that have been delivered in TFS 2013 Update 2.

    Column options for test cases bulk entry/edit grid view
    I have been asked multiple times about bulk editing test cases in Excel.  With the bulk entry/edit grid view in Web Test Manager BUILT-IN you can do this all from the web.  In this example I would like to update the priority of multiple test cases to add to my regression suite.

    So when you are in grid view, you will think Anna there is no way to customize the columns that are displayed because there is no option to do so.  And you are correct, the key is to make sure you are in List view as shown below.

    Click on Column Options

    Select Priority column from Available columns and move it to Selected columns

    Select Grid from View option and you will see the Priority column.  Now you can bulk edit multiple Priority columns at record breaking speed.

    If you would find it helpful to have the column options button on the grid view, guess what you can vote here for it USER VOICE - VOTE FOR COLUMN OPTIONS ON GRID VIEW

    Print and Email test artifacts from Web Test Manager
    This is a very exciting feature to talk about, because for all of Microsoft's Test Manager history you would have to download the Test Scribe add-on in order to get this functionality.  Well thank goodness for more built-in easy to use features.

    There is now an Email Print test artifacts button available under the test plan.  Now if you have ever adjusted the pane splitter you won't see this new feature.  Just move the splitter over and magically the icon appears!

    The email print options are as follows.  I think it's important to note if you would like everything from a test plan, select the test plan and the option that states Selected suite + children.

    And the output is in html format which is fantastic, because I can click on the test case id hyperlink and it opens the test case.

    Shared Parameters for Test Cases
    Parameters have always been an important part of test cases, but the reusability Shared Parameters gives you is even more awesome!

    You can take any of your current parameters and select the Convert to shared parameters option.

    Give the shared parameter a name and click on Create

    When the Shared Parameter is created, click on the work item hyperlink

    And this is where it gets really exciting, Shared Parameters are work items with an awesome grid!!  Ok maybe I'm the only one who gets excited about work items and that I can query them, get alerts on them, history - you know that kind of stuff.  (Yes I know how normal I am...)

    Another benefit of the Shared Parameter being a work item is the bidirectional link of which test cases are referencing this Shared Parameter.

    Hope that helps,

    Anna Russo
    Sr. ALM TFS Software Process Consultant

    Monday, May 12, 2014

    Load Testing using the Visual Studio Online Cloud

    Last week, I co-presented with Charles Sterling a Program Manager from Microsoft on Using the Cloud to Load Test and Monitor your Applications.  Here's how super easy it is to setup a load test in the cloud, give the steps below a whirl and let me know what you think.

    Create a web performance test
    • File > New > Project

    • Select Web Performance and Load Test Project

    • Click on the web test recorder

    • Record the web test and click on Stop when done

    Create a load test
    • Right-click on the Web Test Project (this is the most unintuitive part, but there is a screenshot to the rescue)
    • Select Add > Load Test

    • Select the options from the Load Test wizard
    • Double-click on Local.testsettings

    • Select Run tests using Visual Studio Online

    • Click to Run the Load Test

    • From the Load Test menu > Load Test Manager
    • It displays the current in progress Load Test
    • I can click on the dropdown arrow and select Open to see further details

    I really miss setting up an entire load test infrastructure....not really :)