Wednesday, October 24, 2012

UI/Navigation - What's new for Microsoft Test Manager 2012 RTM Part 1

There are so many changes that have been introduced with Microsoft Test Manager 2012, I have decided to do a series of blog posts to go over the details.

So the first part in this series of What's New in MTM 2012 is UI/Navigation improvements.

Icons
If you can't tell which icon is for Microsoft Test Manager 2012, don't worry neither can I especially with my horrible old lady vision.  All joking aside though I put the Microsoft Test Manager icons next to the appropriate version of Visual Studio to distinguish the difference(aren't I clever).


Microsoft Test Manager 2010 next to Visual Studio 2010


Microsoft Test Manager 2012 next to Visual Studio 2012



Modern UI Splash Screen
Modern UI = lack of color in this case.  Doesn't it make everything feel shiny, new and welcoming.



















Test Plan dialog navigation shortcuts
If you have accumulated a long list of test plans, you can use type ahead.  If you press 'Enter' on the selected plan it even opens the plan up for you.


















Team Project Hyperlink
Shortcut that allows you to switch to another TFS team project quickly.





Test Plan Hyperlink
Shortcut that allows you to switch to another Test Plan quickly.





Close icons on all MTM screens and dialogs
Hooray for an easy way to close things!


















Test Case Work Item WPF screen meets Modern UI
Ever wondered what a WPF and Modern UI child would look like - well here you go.  I asked how much it would cost to have a colored version and well the product team just laughed. :(

Test Case Work Item Modern UI screen
Multi-line steps(Alt+Enter), Rich text formatting, and a re-sizable splitter.  Now like me you can have the last laugh by adding rich text color to this Modern UI.





























Build reports and changesets are easily accessible hyperlinks from the Assign Build tab
Now that's the beauty of an integrated system like TFS.  In a click you'll know all the details about the build and changeset(developer checked-in files).


Build reports and changesets are easily accessible hyperlinks from the Recommended Tests tab
Now that's the beauty of an integrated system like TFS.  In a click you'll know all the details about the build and changeset(developer checked-in files)


Assign Testers copy functionality
The assign tester's dropdown now allows you to copy and paste the value into another dropdown.  Watchout super copying wiz on the way.

Configurations dropdown
Wondering where the columns of configurations disappeared to.  Configurations are now simply located in a multi-select dropdown.








Consistent context switching between Plan menu & Test menu
If you select a test suite in the Plan menu, then switch to the Test menu - the same item is selected.  It's almost as if the tool could read my mind.





Copy Link
This creates a pasteable(is that even a word?) special MTM link that looks like this.
mtm://vsalm:8080/tfs/tailspintoyscollection/p:Tailspin%20Toys/testing/workitem/open?id=40

You can share this link and then paste it in Windows Explorer, it will open up that item automagically.





Test menu has moved tabs and added new ones
The Verify Bugs tab moved and Exploratory tabs were added.

Build info moved to the right
It used to be right above the test suites panel.




View dropdowns
A dropdown is much nicer way to display these options.





















Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant

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