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TestRail 5.0 – Full JIRA Test Management & More

Gurock Software Blog - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 10:01


After working on this release for many months we are excited to announce TestRail 5.0 today, a new major update of our popular test management application. For the new TestRail release we are introducing an all-new & best-in-class JIRA integration with full JIRA Server and JIRA Cloud add-ons to directly view and track linked TestRail test results, test cases and reports inside JIRA.

TestRail 5.0 also introduces new live defect reports to directly see the status of all linked issues and test results in one place, new options to lookup the status of linked requirements from external tools as well as detailed section statistics for test runs and milestones. We are also adding new options to integrate TestRail’s statistics with Confluence and other tools, improved Markdown formatting options, new test result history and context tabs and much more. See below for all new things in TestRail 5.0 and learn how to get started!

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  • TestRail 5.0 launched today with an all-new & best-in-class JIRA integration
  • Introducing JIRA Server (P2) and JIRA Cloud (Atlassian Connect) add-ons
  • Directly track linked TestRail test results, cases and reports inside JIRA
  • New real-time defect reports in TestRail for JIRA & dozens of other tools
  • Improved requirement management integration with live lookup
  • New section statistics and test result context tabs for faster testing
  • Confluence and wiki dashboard integration, improved formatting & much more
Universal JIRA Server and JIRA Cloud Add-ons

TestRail’s rich integration with JIRA and dozens of other issue, defect, requirement & test automation tools has always been a big factor why many teams switch to and adopt TestRail every week. For TestRail 5.0 we reviewed, redesigned and updated every aspect of our integration to add more unique integration options to TestRail. After months of work and working closely with the team at Atlassian, we are proud to launch a universal JIRA test management integration for TestRail with both JIRA Server and JIRA Cloud.

This makes TestRail the only test management tool that offers the same rich integration options for both JIRA Server and JIRA Cloud by including a native JIRA Server plugin and Atlassian Connect add-on for cloud instances. This way customers can easily use TestRail together with JIRA in every possible combination, and be sure that the integration always works even after possibly migrating to the cloud in the future.


Linked Test Cases and Results in JIRA

A popular request we received from customers over time is that it would be very helpful to see more details about linked test results and test cases directly in JIRA. TestRail’s push feature already allows you to easily include test details in new JIRA issues and we are now extending the integration with richer details in JIRA.

With TestRail’s new JIRA add-ons, authenticated TestRail users can now directly see details such as test result comments, attached files, screenshots and the live status for linked results inside JIRA. Additionally, linked test cases (for JIRA requirements and user stories) are accessible from the JIRA issue sidebar for a full two-way requirement, issue and test case integration.


Accessing linked test results, test cases and related details directly in JIRA

TestRail’s new JIRA integration also makes it easy for users to expand linked results to lookup more detailed test result information from JIRA, allowing testers, developers and managers to directly see the related test result comments, attachments and attributes at a glance.

Looking up rich test results details, comments and screenshots from JIRA TestRail Metrics & Reports in JIRA

Our design goal for TestRail is to make it as easy as possible for the whole team to stay up-to-date on the testing progress, including testers, developers and managers. To help with this TestRail includes many statistics and live reports to get actionable insights from your testing efforts. Now, customers regularly mention to us that some of their team members “live in JIRA” (hello development managers!) and it would help them tremendously if some of TestRail’s rich statistics could be accessed from JIRA.

So with TestRail 5.0 we are introducing exactly this and now embed and support viewing TestRail’s dashboard and project statistics directly in JIRA for authenticated TestRail users. TestRail’s integration also automatically remembers the selected TestRail project to automatically map statistics to JIRA as you view them. The new embedded statistics make it much easier to track your testing efforts from JIRA and also directly jump to relevant test runs, milestones and test suites.

Viewing project dashboards and metrics directly in JIRA

Real-Time Defect Reports

One of TestRail’s big advantages is that it doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel by having its own issue or requirement management module. Instead, TestRail directly integrates with JIRA and dozens of other tools without having to duplicate and synchronize any data. TestRail allows you to lookup the live status of any linked issues and bug reports and with TestRail 5.0 we are introducing new defect reports to directly see the status of all linked issues and defects at a glance.

The new Defects tab for test runs, test plans and milestones show the latest status and details of all pushed and linked defects. And because TestRail always pulls the latest information from your issue and bug tracker when you open the report, there’s no need to synchronize or update any data manually!


Live JIRA & other defect status reports linked to test results in TestRail

Live Test Run Section Statistics

TestRail 5.0 also adds new features to the test suite and test run pages. To make it easier to see the test results per group (e.g. sections such as feature modules or grouped tests based on test type etc.), TestRail now shows small graphs next to group titles to indicate the distribution of results in that group. Testers can now also lookup the detailed test results of the selected group. Additionally, TestRail also shows the number of test cases in a group from the test suite/test cases page in addition to the number of tests per group on test run pages.


Easily review test results by group (sections, feature modules, test types etc.)

Reference Lookups & JIRA Requirements

TestRail allows teams to easily link test cases to external requirements stored in JIRA, other issue tracking tools, in wiki applications or dedicated requirement management tools. This also allows you to run rich and detailed coverage and traceability reports for your test cases, requirements, defects and test results in TestRail.

TestRail 5.0 is now also adding capabilities to directly lookup the details and status of requirements directly in TestRail without having to leave the application. Similar to TestRail’s existing defect lookup functionality, you can now also configure the integration to enable lookups for references and requirements. This works for all existing and future defect plugin integrations, so you can lookup references from JIRA, Redmine, FogBugz, Rally, Axosoft and many other tools.

Live requirement lookup in TestRail for JIRA, Redmine, FogBugz and many other tools

To make it easier to create new test cases for requirements, user stories and use cases stored in JIRA, the new JIRA integration also includes a button to create new test cases from a JIRA issue. This not only allows you to select the TestRail project (and optionally test suite) TestRail also links the new test case to the JIRA issue automatically.

Create new test cases for JIRA issues with automatic reference links New History, Context & Defect Tabs

We always try to design and include new features that help teams be more productive with their testing efforts and prevent duplicate work. For TestRail 5.0 we are adding new context tabs to the test pages to make it much easier and faster to see recent and related test results as well as relevant issues/defects and their status.

For example, if you are executing your tests against multiple platforms such as different browsers or mobile devices, the new History & Context tab helps you quickly see results of other related test runs. Likewise, the new Defects tab helps you discover recently linked and created issues to make it easier to reuse existing issues and reduce duplicates. The new tabs are available directly from any test page.

contextSee important context information such as recent test results and defects at a glance Confluence & Third-party Dashboard Integration

When we designed the new embeddable dashboard and project pages we thought, why stop with JIRA and why not build pages that users can embed in other applications as well? We regularly receive requests from customers asking about integrating statistics in Confluence, SharePoint, intranet portals etc. So in addition to launching the JIRA dashboard integration, we are also making new Embeddable Dashboards available. Any application that can embed external pages, e.g. via iframes or similar, can now easily integrate TestRail’s dashboards.

Embeddable dashboards for Confluence, intranets and wiki applications

Improved Markdown Table Formatting

TestRail uses Markdown formatting to allow users easily format links, include screenshots, use headings and various other text styles and formatting options for test cases, descriptions and results. Markdown works great for both technical and non-technical users as it’s easy to learn and fast to use. For TestRail 5.0 we are adding new powerful table formatting options to make it easier to include full tables in your test case details. TestRail also includes a handy table build dialog to easily select and design your table options.

Powerful new table formatting options for Markdown in TestRail Additional Improvements

TestRail 5.0 also comes with many additional new features, improvements and productivity enhancements. We’ve listed some of the additional enhancements below and and please see our full changelog below for a complete list of changes.

Plans & Milestones for Test Results

TestRail’s Tests & Results tab for test cases now also lists related milestone and plan configurations. This makes it easy to distinguish test results for different platforms, configurations, versions and sprints. JIRA Integration Wizard

TestRail 5.0 also comes with a new JIRA integration wizard to quickly set up the JIRA defect and reference integration. Just select the JIRA version and enter the connection details to start using TestRail with JIRA with just a few clicks.

Sample Defect Plugin

TestRail comes with defect plugins for various tools to easily push and look up defects. We now also include a sample defect plugin to try the integration even if you don’t have a working issue tracker connection ready quite yet.

Project User Access Visibility

You can assign different users and groups to different projects in TestRail so you can restrict project access with fine-grained permissions. TestRail 5.0 now also hides users without access from the project’s Todo tab and assign dropdowns.

More Detailed Action Confirmations

It has happened to all of us: deleting many files on your computer by mistake, even if you only wanted to remove a small folder. TestRail 5.0 now detects when you try to delete or update many cases at once and asks for a second confirmation.

Getting & Upgrading to TestRail 5.0

Upgrading to TestRail 5.0 is easy and we recommend upgrading to benefit from the new integration options, reporting improvements and all the other enhancements we released today. We’ve included all the required details below to get TestRail 5.0 up and running, depending on the edition you use:

  • TestRail Cloud: your account has already been updated!
  • TestRail Server (licensed): you can download the latest version or renew your support plan from your customer portal account.
  • TestRail Server (trial): please contact us to upgrade your download trial.
  • New user: want to try TestRail? Get a free trial.

You can also review the full change log to learn more about all new features, improvements and bug fixes included in TestRail 5.0. If you have any questions or feedback about the new version, please let us know!

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Introduction to GWT (Google Web Toolkit) DFE (Data Format Extension) in LoadRunner

HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 07:26


The intention of this blog is to introduce you to GWT (Google Web Toolkit), and explain that GWT-DFE is one of the standard LoadRunner Data Format Extensions that encodes and decodes data that is transferred in the Transport level via HTTP Protocol.


Keep reading to get a deeper understanding of LoadRunner extensions.


(This post was written by Yoav Agami from LoadRunners R&D team)

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Introduction to GWT (Google Web Toolkit) DFE (Data Format Extension) in LoadRunner

HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog - Tue, 09/15/2015 - 07:26


The intention of this blog is to introduce you to GWT (Google Web Toolkit), and explain that GWT-DFE is one of the standard LoadRunner Data Format Extensions that encodes and decodes data that is transferred in the Transport level via HTTP Protocol.


Keep reading to get a deeper understanding of LoadRunner extensions.


(This post was written by Yoav Agami from LoadRunners R&D team)

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Meet Becky Clinard our New Performance Lead

uTest - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 22:21

As you may have seen in our forums post we are looking for testers interested in Load & Performance so that we can build our Performance Team. For those interested there will be resources to help build or improve your experience. We will be doing this by providing  blog posts, valuable course tracks, skill tests and […]

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STARWEST, Anaheim, USA, September 27 – October 1 2015

Software Testing Magazine - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 15:50
STARWEST is a six-day software event and conference that features pre-conference training, in-depth half- and full-day tutorials and conference sessions covering major software testing issues and solutions. In the agenda of the STARWEST conference you can ...
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.NET Inspiration

NCover - Code Coverage for .NET Developers - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 12:58

Part of what makes our .NET community so great is the diversity in it – from the people to the projects we are all working on. There is never a dull moment! We wanted to take a moment to highlight two MVPs and what they are working on. You may get inspired.

Tatsuya Ishikawa

ncover_mvp_tatsuya_ishikawaAfter being awarded his MVP in July 2014, Visual C# MVP Tatsuya Ishikawa set off on his tech journey with his invention of an innovative test automation library for Windows applications, Friendly. Now, as a new MVP, Tatsuya has accelerated working on community activities with the mission to share his software with the community and provide more efficient test automation technologies to the industry. When he introduced Friendly to the international community at the MVP Showcase in his first participation at an MVP Global Summit, Tatsuya was recognized as second most popular presenter.

In addition to programming for Windows applications, Tatsuya is also the CEO of Codeer Ltd, a software development company. Check out more of what he’s up to on his blog.

Fujio Kojima

ncover_mvp_fujio_kojimaBased in Fukui, Japan, Fujio Kojima is a software development instructor and 11-time MVP. His career began in 1997 with a private website where he delivered ideas about Window programming, hoping to boost the Japanese IT industry. Since then, he has been given opportunities to network and exchange ideas with other developers from all over the world, in particular through the MVP Global Summit.

He has been a big fan of C# and .NET since 2000 and enjoys conducting user meetings and study groups to mentor the next generation of programmers. Check out his latest tips on his blog or on Twitter @Fujiwo.

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Six Steps for Successfully Scaling Agile Webinar

The Seapine View - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 09:30

Like most organizations, you probably don’t need to be convinced of the benefits gained by adopting Agile practices. But you may struggle to balance how Agile teams work with the planning and management needs of the wider organization.

Join us for a 30-minute webinar on September 23 to learn 6 steps to get started on the path to successfully scaling Agile. You’ll learn about:

  1. Using a Kanban process to manage the flow of new high-level features or epics
  2. Ranking features using Traditional Portfolio Management scoring
  3. Creating a project Roadmap to communicate the plan and manage changes
  4. Defining the User Stories required to deliver each feature
  5. Ranking each story in your User Story backlog
  6. Adding tasks to each story and delivering in sprints

We’ll also demonstrate how these steps can be put into practice with TestTrack and answer your questions during a live Q&A session.

Don’t miss out on this informative webinar—register now!

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How to support new conference speakers

The Social Tester - Mon, 09/14/2015 - 09:30

It’s so good to see new speakers on the speaking circuit recently and new initiatives, like Speak-easy, bringing fresh voices to our industry. However, new speakers are often incredibly nervous on stage. It’s natural – even seasoned conference speakers still get nervous – I still ask myself “Why Do I Do This?” before each talk. […]

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Divergent Thinking is Great for Innovation and Agile

Divergence is a concept that implies that something is different or develops in a different direction.  Divergent thinking takes this concept and applies it to help you gain new insights and solutions.  This concept can be extremely important in achieving an innovation mindset.  This can benefit your focus on innovation and agility leading to better business results.  
For a company, divergent thinking can be used as a technique that provides an opportunity to create an internal market place of ideas.  These ideas can then be discussed, refined, and evolved into multiple solution options. Divergent thinking provides individuals, teams, and companies with the ability to consider lots of possible ways to satisfy a business need. Once divergent thinking occurs, there is a need to pair this with convergent thinking so that one solution is decided upon and experimented with. 
Unfortunately Divergent thinking isn’t encouraged in many of work cultures.  While most companies will say they want new and innovative ideas, there is an angst to move quickly to an answer which typically negates the possibility of sufficient divergent thinking.  Converging too soon reduces options and opportunity. 
If you are looking to infuse a mindset where innovation can thrive, then explicitly introduce divergent thinking into your organization.  Innovation is often introduced in the form of hack days.  This is periodic and event driven.  A more effective approach may be to apply continuous divergent thinking throughout many of the steps of your idea to delivery (aka, end-to-end) process. 
Some may ask, “What is to keep divergent thinking from distracting or slowing down our work?”  The simple answer is to apply a time-box technique for divergent thinking.  A brief example is if you have a business opportunity (aka, idea), allow for a period of time to silently identify all possible solutions.  Place the ideas onto large post-ids and post them up.   
The key is to conduct the divergent thinking silently since this ensures no negative or anchored prejudice interferes.  Divergent thinking works best when ideas can flow freely without opposing opinions.  Once the time-boxed divergent period is concluded and all of the ideas are collected, then convergence may commence.
Divergent thinking is a great way to gain new insights and ideas for solutions to business problems and products.  If you are looking for ways to infuse innovative thinking into your organization, consider applying divergent thinking.  Divergent thinking may allow you to come up with the next generation idea or the 10x gain which can lead to better business results. 
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Weekend Testing Fun

Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin - Sun, 09/13/2015 - 23:51

I love Weekend Testing and the chance it gives to collaborate with and learn from testing practitioners around the world. However, weekends are my only time to play with my donkeys and catch up with friends and family, so I rarely have time. In past years, I was able to participate in Weeknight Testing Europe, because it happened during my lunchtime, but AFAIK that has kind of died out. However, the first weekend in September was a three day weekend for us in the USA, which gave me the extra time I needed! I followed the instructions from our facilitator, JeanAnn Harrison (whom I’m proud to say contributed to More Agile Testing), which had me frantically draining my iPhone at the last minute by leaving on the LED flashlight plus every app I could open.

Weekend Testing is conducted via Skype chat. The facilitator provides the information about which app to test, what resources are needed (in this case, a mobile device with its battery below 15%), and other information such as a particular charter if applicable. In this case we were to test the Weather Channel phone app, with a focus on usability. The normal format I’ve experienced is one hour of testing followed by one hour of debrief, but this session didn’t follow that format.

Pairing FTW!

I prefer pairing for Weekend Testing, it’s more fun and I learn more. Shanmuga Raja and I agreed to pair, and I suggested we collaborate via a mind map. We didn’t plan that ahead, so we scrambled around and settled on Mind42. I have to say it isn’t my favorite, I prefer MindMeister (paid) and MindMup (free).

Snippet of our mind map

Snippet of our mind map

Normally I like to use the mind map to plan testing and record results. In this case, though, JeanAnn had already set out a long list of questions to guide our testing, mostly around the usability of the app, and other considerations such as how it affected battery drain. I admit to getting a bit flustered and not following my normal approach. If you click on the full mind map, you’ll see it’s a bit stream-of-consciousness. We (mostly me) recorded our reactions to the usability of the app, what we discovered as we went along, the things that puzzled us, and other information such as the devices we used.

Shanmuga’s Android phone crashed, apparently due to sudden battery drain, which was interesting. My iPhone 6 just steadily lost battery, but it didn’t seem abnormal. Having different devices made pairing especially interesting in this session, and it was fun to compare notes via the mind map.


I learned plenty from the Skype discussion. For example, I had never really thought about testing to see what an app does to the battery drain rate, though I’ve heard our own mobile developers discuss it. I also learned from JeanAnn that an app can affect the heat level of a device, I had never considered the potential issues from that.

One thing I’m working on right now is learning better ways to help other people learn testing skills. I find it hard to articulate to someone else how I do investigative or exploratory testing. So it was helpful to read the ongoing Skype discussion with comments from JeanAnn, Michael Bolton and others. This inspired me to try a charter, using the format I learned from Elisabeth Hendrickson’s book Explore It!

Explore the different settings for temperature and other metrics to discover whether they display consistently everywhere in the app.

I found an issue with the “hybrid” setting, which was supposed to give Centigrade temperatures but “anglo-saxon” measurements (eg., miles rather than kilometers). After changing to that setting, the app still showed Farenheit temperatures on some views.


After this session, I started using more charters at work, which I’ve found helpful to think about where to focus my testing and what risks could affect our new features. I’m continuing my reading to learn how to transfer testing skills to other team members. On my team, we are hoping to experiment with more tester – programmer pairing and having the developer pairs do more exploratory testing on each story before they pronounce it ‘finished’. Mike Talks has been helpful to me, with his blog posts on learning exploratory testing, and reading suggestions such as “Your Deceptive Mind“. All these ideas and techniques have been around for years, I just haven’t taken the time to make better use of them.

I highly recommend joining a Weekend Testing session. It’s a great way to hone your testing and thinking skills. Just like so many other professions, we need to practice our craft, and it’s harder to practice at work. The inspiration you can get from these sessions is priceless!

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In The News: Are Android Phones Losing Their Appeal?

uTest - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 23:33

We recently came across  an article that I felt nicely summarized some of the concerns Android smartphone users might be having as of late. Over at TechCrunch, Ben Dickson put together a recap of some of the serious security flaws that have been exploited in Android devices over the past few months. He went on […]

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Windows 10: Doesn’t 9 Follow 8?

uTest - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 20:49

If you’re an avid Microsoft user, then you’re already aware of the release of the Windows 10 OS! Microsoft has been working vigorously to build their latest operating system and began rolling it out in phases this past July. With each new release, Microsoft slowly began to make the new OS available to groups larger […]

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NCover Code Coverage Integration with SonarQube

NCover - Code Coverage for .NET Developers - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 19:33

In spring of 2015, Microsoft and SonarSource announced their partnership at the Build conference.

This goal of this cooperation is to make SonarQube easily available to all .NET users.

Currently, SonarQube and NCover are also working together to provide integration with NCover 5.

You can view SonarQube’s ticket on NCover integration here:

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The Agenda for the Geneva Conference is Available

Sonar - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 15:02

The Geneva SonarQube is going to take place on 23rd-24th of September in Geneva and it is still possible to register

We want this 2-day conference to be very valuable as possible for participants, therefore it took us a little bit of time to put it together, but we believe we have a great agenda for the conference.

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Windows Active Directory and NCover Code Central

NCover - Code Coverage for .NET Developers - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 12:17

As teams developing in the the .NET framework, a large percentage of our customers are also using other Microsoft tools, services and applications. One of the more popular services our clients use is Windows Active Directory and we are frequently asked how NCover can be used with this service.

Windows Active Directory

windows_active_directoryActive Directory is a service developed by Microsoft that authenticates and authorizes all the users and computers in a Windows domain type network. It can be used for assigning and enforcing security policies for all computers, and for installing or updating software. For example, development and QA teams using Active Directory can manage access to build servers, test machines and any other computers that are part of a Windows domain. When developers, testers or managers attempt to access these machines, either physical or virtual, Active Directory checks the credentials of these users for the particular machine and verifies whether they have rights to access.

An organization’s existing Active Directory infrastructure and process can also be used to control access to NCover Code Central coverage results and provide organization with two levels of managed control.

NCover Code Central and Reporting

NCover Code Central allows you to easily collect and aggregate coverage across any number of build servers and test machines. For teams, the capability to aggregate and share results is extremely useful in promoting transparency across an organization, reducing the feedback cycle and focusing testing efforts on the most relevant areas of code.

data-coverage-viewWhen NCover Code Central collects data, the results are immediately available through any modern web browser with access to the machine where Code Central is installed. The results are displayed in the Data Coverage View. The Data Coverage View presents results for all of your projects and allows to you drill-down to display statistics at each of six data levels: Execution, Module/Document, Namespace, Assembly, Method, and Source Code.

Using a combination of Active Directory and NCover Code Central, you can provide users with two levels of access as needed.

Active Directory and NCover Code Central

browse-coverageWith NCover Code Central Version 5, we’ve added a new option called Browse Coverage. Browse Coverage can be found on the Settings tab of the project window and allows users to make projects either “public” or “private.”

A “public” project is accessible by anyone with http access rights to the machine where NCover Code Central is installed on the configured port (11235 by default).

A “private” project requires http access rights to the machine where NCover Code Central is installed and also requires a valid user account and password in NCover Code Central.

A project can be set as “public” by selecting the option “No login required” and can be set as “private” by selecting the option “Code Central login required.” By default, all projects are set as “private” and require a Code Central login.

Using Active Directory to secure your server access, combined with the Browse Coverage option, you can easily manage access to coverage results on a project by project basis, as your needs require.

One More Thing…

report-buttonAs a quick but important side note, with NCover Code Central you can also produce and distribute self-contained HTML code coverage reports. These reports can be shared via email or as a static web page. These reports are intended to provide a higher level view of the coverage results and do not require a link back to Code Central. Learn more about self-contained HTML reports here.

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My Approach to Mobile Accessibility Testing

uTest - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 21:55

This post is a summary of an article written by our Accessibility expert, Helen Burge. To read the full article, check out this link here to Ministry of Testing. When I get asked by team members about mobile accessibility, I am often asked how difficult it is compared to desktop accessibility testing. Often the questions indicate […]

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Learn how to attain cloud testing velocity

HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 19:52

Velocity NYC.jpgI am looking forward to attending the upcoming Velocity Conference in New York on October 12-14. It promises to be an exciting show with big announcements, live demos and product launches of our performance testing solutions that you will not want to miss out on.


Keep reading to find out what we will showcase at the event.

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Learn how to attain cloud testing velocity

HP LoadRunner and Performance Center Blog - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 19:52

Velocity NYC.jpgI am looking forward to attending the upcoming Velocity Conference in New York on October 12-14. It promises to be an exciting show with big announcements, live demos and product launches of our performance testing solutions that you will not want to miss out on.


Keep reading to find out what we will showcase at the event.

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Getting Started with TestTrack Dashboards

The Seapine View - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 06:45

If you’re still using TestTrack’s Home page, it’s time to upgrade! TestTrack 2015.1 brings you dashboards in place of the Home page. You’ll be thrilled to see how much more flexible and useful dashboards are. Even if you didn’t previously use the Home page, keep reading. You’ll learn a lot about how your team can use dashboards to stay in the know.

Dashboards are the easiest, most visible way to stay current with what’s going on in a project and to make sure your whole team is on the same page. As a team member, you can easily see what you need to work on and gain visibility into the status of a release, sprint, or other project segment you’re contributing to. As a team lead, you can quickly see where your project stands overall, the team’s activity level, and potential problems—all without needing to ask people for information or generating reports.


Dashboards are the first thing you see when you open TestTrack, whether you use the native or web client. If you used the Home page before, you’ll see that it is automatically converted to a dashboard when you upgrade.

Following are some of the new, exciting things you’ll find in dashboards.

Multiple dashboards for different needs

You can create multiple dashboards for different purposes. For example, you may have a dashboard targeted at developers, one for QA, and others for managers. Or, you may have dashboards for different sprints or releases.

You can easily switch between multiple dashboards. If you’re not interested in seeing a specific dashboard, you can easily hide it and access it again later if needed.

Configurable, flexible layouts

You decide what to show on each dashboard and how to show it. You can use layouts with one to three columns. You can also add a header that spans across the entire dashboard above the columns to show the most important information. Many teams put count widgets in the header area to give that information maximum visibility.


What goes in those columns is up to you. You can drag and drop existing widgets as you create a dashboard or create widgets as you go.

Columns automatically resize as you resize the window, so no worries about overlapping data. Whether you’re working on a small monitor or projecting on a large screen, dashboards are responsive.

More widgets, better widgets

If you used the Home page, you may be familiar with the following widgets. You can now choose if you include these widgets on a dashboard.

  • Currently assigned to me—Shows items assigned to the currently logged in user.
  • Recent activity—Shows the 20 most recent activities on items in the project.
  • Count—Shows the number of items that pass a specific filter and takes you directly to the list of items. These widgets display a configurable color, which can help highlight high priority information.

WidgetsAnd, introducing new widgets!

  • Charts—Shows data in a chart to help you visualize what’s going on in your project. Choose from area, bar, column, combo, line, pie, and scatter charts. You can even create charts based on live charts that you’re already using.
  • Burn down charts—Shows the work left to do versus the total time available in a specified planning period, and the actual effort. Helps you determine if the remaining work can be completed on schedule.
  • Burn up charts—Shows the work done versus the total time available in a specified planning period, and the actual effort. Helps you determine if work is completing on schedule based on the projected progress.

See the TestTrack help for more widget information and examples.

Sharing via security groups

You can control which users can view each dashboard using security groups. For each dashboard, you can give access to a specific group or multiple groups. This helps ensure that the right people see the right information and that your team isn’t be buried in irrelevant information.

If users in that group aren’t interested in seeing the dashboard, they can easily hide it and access
it again later if they need to see it.

Fresher data

No more manual refreshing! Dashboards are automatically refreshed every 15 minutes. You can also refresh dashboards and specific widgets on demand to get fresh data immediately.

How to get started with dashboards

So, now you’re ready to dig in and use dashboards! Here are a few resources to help you get started:

  1. Watch this video for a quick overview of dashboards.
  2. If you simply want to learn how to use dashboards, start here (native clientweb client). There are also some great example dashboards and widgets in the TestTrack sample projects. Take a look at Sample Project dashboards and Sample Scrum Project dashboards.
  3. Before you start configuring dashboards and widgets, take some time to learn how to add dashboardsadd widgets, and the different widget types.
    Keep in mind that access to create dashboards and widgets may be limited depending on your team’s needs. Some teams may only allow administrative users to configure them. To give users access to configure dashboards, enable the Configure Dashboards security command for a security group. To give access to configure widgets, enable the Configure Dashboard Widgets command. Both of these commands are in the Administration category.

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