Thursday, March 10, 2011

Microsoft Test Manager Navigation Cheat Sheet

When you are first learning how to use a feature rich tool like MTM, I find that a navigation cheat sheet comes in handy.  I have highlighted all the menu and tabs along with an short description of each so this can be referenced when needed.

The Plan menu is where you start and organize your Test Planning.
The Contents tab has a tree view of your Test Plan artifacts which includes Requirements, Test Suites and Test Cases.
The Properties tab has the definition of the Test Plan which includes Description, Run Settings and Test Plan Status.
The Test menu contains what you need to execute and analyze tests.
The Run Tests tab is a interactive tree view that allows you to execute your Test Plan artifacts as created above.
The Verify Bugs tab has a list of bugs that are ready for verification or to track bugs that were created by the tester.
The Analyze Test Runs tab has the Test Run Summary, Results Overview, Tests & Attachments.


The Track menu contains team project information in addition to build and test impact.
The Queries tab filters work item information on your team project through Private or Public team queries.
The Assign Build tab allows you to change the build associated with the Test Plan and associated work items.
The Recommended Tests tab displays the tests that are recommended by comparing what has changed between builds.
The Project Portal tab is a link to the Sharepoint Portal integration with TFS.

The Organize menu contains all the setup and configuration for the Testing Center.
The Test Plan Manager tab allows you to create, open and delete the Test Plans.
The Test Configuration Manager tab allows you to create, open, delete and change configuration variables for Test Configurations.
The Test Case Manager tab allows you to create, open, copy and filter Test Cases.
The Shared Steps Manager tab allows you to create, open, copy, action recording, and filter Shared Steps.
The Lab menu contains a view of all the virtual environments in your test lab.
The Environments tab allows you to interact with your virtual and physical test environments.
The Test Settings menu contains a view of the data & diagnostics collected for manual and automated test runs.
The Test Settings Manager tab allows you to create, open, delete, and copy Test Settings.
The Library menu allows you to manage your test lab artifacts.
The Environments tab allows you to create(based on one or more virtual machines), deploy, open and delete environments.
The Virtual Machines and Templates tab allows you to import, open and delete virtual machines from VMM.
The Controllers menu allows you to manage your test controller and test agents.
The Test Controller Manager tab contains your test controller and allows you to delete, bring online, take offline, restart and configure your test agents.

The Documentation menu contains documentation for your test plans and test runs.
The Test Plan Summary tab allows you to generate and print a Microsoft Word document
that contains Test Plan details, Test Suite details, Test Case details, Test Configuration
details.
The Test Run Summary tab allows you to generate and print a Microsoft Word document
that contains Test Run details, Pie Charts on Test Outcome, Failed Tests by Type, and
Test Analysis by Type and Unanalyzed Failures by Owner.


Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant

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