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Plan Manual Tests using Team Web Access

Create test plans to track manual testing for sprints or milestones. That way you can see when the testing for a specific sprint or milestone is complete.

  1. If you haven't already, create your team project and create your backlog.

  2. Connect to your team project and then open Team Web Access from Team Explorer.

    Use Team Web Access to plan your tests

    Or simply open Team Web Access directly from your browser. For example, to connect to the server named FabrikamPrime use: http://FabrikamPrime:8080/tfs/, then you can select your team project.

  3. Go to the Test hub.

    Choose the test hub from Team Web Access
  4. Create a test plan for your current sprint.

    New button in the test plan explorer pane
  5. Name the test plan. Check the area path and iteration.

    Create button in the create test plan dialog box
  6. Now add test suites for the backlog items that need manual tests. (These backlog items could be user stories, requirements or another work item based on the setup of your team project.)

    New button in the test plan explorer pane

    You use requirement-based suites to group your test cases together so you can track the testing status of a backlog item. Each test case that you add to a requirement-based test suite is automatically linked to the backlog item.

  7. Add a clause to filter by the iteration path for the sprint. Run the query to display the backlog items.

    Add new clause button to update the query.
  8. Choose the backlog items that you want to test this sprint.

    Select items from the list. Then create suites.

    Now you've created a requirement-based test suite for each backlog item.

Tip Tip

Team Foundation Server 2013.3 includes work item types for test plans and test suites. After creating your plans and suites, you can open them from either team web access or Microsoft Test Manager and manage them as you would other work item types. For more information, see Use test plans and test suites after a TFS 2013.3 upgrade.

A: If you are using on-premises TFS, you can install TFS 2013 Update 3. Then you can add custom fields and workflows to test plan and test suite work item types (WIT). For example, add an extra field to identify the reviewer for a test plan, or add a field for the test type to know if the test suite is for regression or functional tests. To learn how to use test plans and test suites after upgrading, go here.

A: Static test suites can contain any test case that you want. Or, they can contain other test suites—just like folders. Add a static test suite from the Test Plan tab with the context menu or the plus icon on the toolbar.

A: Yes. You can create a static test suite to do this. Drag test suites to group them in a static test plan.

Use static test suites like folders

A: Use a query to group together test cases that have a particular characteristic - for example, all the tests that have Priority=1. The suite will automatically include every test case that is returned by the query that you define.

A: Yes. If you have installed Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2, you can export test plans, test suites and test cases using Team Web Access. You can select the detail that you want in the report. You can then email or print this report for review.

Choose a test suite, right-click and choose Export

Change the test case fields in the report by adding or removing columns from the list view of the test suite.

A: Yes. Choose the Print option from the Export dialog box, then choose Cancel from the Print dialog box. The data for the report is displayed. Select all the text, then you can copy and paste it into a Microsoft Word document if you want. All the formatting in the report is retained.

A: Yes. For example, you can edit the XSLT file to add a company logo or change the format of the data. Make a backup copy of this file before you edit it. These changes will apply when any user exports data from a test plan. The XSLT file is on the TFS server in this location:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Team Foundation Server 12.0\Application Tier\Web Services\_tfs_resources\TestManagement\v1.0\Transforms\1033\TestSuite.xsl

Keep a copy of any changes you make to this file, because this file could be overwritten if you install a Team Foundation Server update.

This location might be different, based on the installation path for TFS and the locale: <installation path>\Application Tier\Web Services\_tfs_resources\TestManagement\v1.0\Transforms\<locale>\TestSuite.xsl.

A: You can only do this from Microsoft Test Manager. If you have installed Visual Studio 2012 Update 3, you can open a test plan in MTM directly from Team Web Access. (The most recently installed version of MTM is launched.)

Open test plan using Microsoft Test Manager
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