Tool Mentors > Rational TestManager Tool Mentors > Creating a Test Case Using Rational TestManager

Purpose

This tool mentor describes how to use Rational TestManager to create a Test Case.

It relates to this Rational Unified Process information:

Overview

A Test Case answers the question: "What is it that I need to test?"  Test Cases provide the foundation
of your testing effort. Collectively, they organize the testing criteria: 

  • What to test
  • How to test
  • When to test

They contain information pertaining to design, requirement validation, implementation, and configuration.

Use test cases as the basis to validate requirements, which may be based on input from a variety of sources: Use Test Cases in a Rational Rose model, specifications, Rational RequisitePro requirements, marketing collateral, code comments gleaned from code reviews, and change requests. 

A Test Case always resides in a test case folder of a test plan.

This tool mentor applies to Windows 98/ME/XP/2000 and NT 4.0 platforms.

Tool Steps

To create a test case, perform the following steps:

  1. Insert a Test Case
  2. Fill in the Properties of a Test Case

1. Insert a Test Case To top of page

The first part to creating a test case is to insert a test case into TestManager. 

  • From the Planning tab of the Test Asset Workspace, click File > Open Test Plan.
  • Select the appropriate Test Plan
  • Select the appropriate Test Case Folder, and right-click Insert Test Case. The New Test Case dialog box displays.
  • The name of the test case is the only required field. Name your test case according to what it validates, for example: Create Account. At  the Name field, input the appropriate name and click OK.

Help icon   Refer to the following topics in the TestManager online Help:

  • Inserting a test case folder into a test plan (Contents: planning tests)
  • Inserting a test case into a test case folder (Contents: planning tests)

2. Fill in the properties for the Test Case To top of page

In addition to assigning a test case name, you can assign other properties. For example, you can assign a test case owner, specify the configurations and iterations associated with the test case, and add pointers to external documents associated with the test case.

Test case properties can include:
  • A description of the test case — Use this field to explain exactly what system behavior your test case validates.
  • The design of the test case — These are the step-by-step instructions of how your test case performs the specified test, including how to verify proper behavior.
  • The owner of the test case — Assign ownership of feature areas through test cases to structure your team.
  • The configurations associated with the test case — Specify the hardware and software configurations on which the test case needs to be executed to verify proper behavior.
  • The iterations associated with the test case — By associating a test case with an iteration, you make it part of the acceptance criteria for that iteration. This helps give you insight into when you need to execute your test cases.
  • The test inputs associated with the test case — Associate test inputs with test cases. Test inputs are the motivators for the test case. A test case may be one of many that verifies the test input; for example, a requirement. Test inputs come from a wide variety of sources: Use Cases in a Rational Rose model, specifications, Rational RequisitePro requirements, marketing collateral, code comments gleaned from code reviews, and change requests.
  • The external documents associated with the test case — External documents may contain anything from detailed test designs to specifications of data to be used with the implementation of your test case.
  • The manual and/or automated implementation of the test case — Implement your test case either by automated test scripts, manual script, or both.

Help icon   Refer to the following topics in the TestManager online Help:

  • Associating a Configuration with a Test Case (Contents: Planning Tests)
  • Associating an Iteration with a Test Case (Contents: Planning Tests)
  • Designing Tests (Contents: Planning Tests)
  • Associating an Implementation with a Test Case (Index: Implementing)



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