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How to: Create a Work Item using Microsoft Test Manager

If you want to quickly create a work item using Microsoft Test Manager, you do not have to go to a specific view to do that. For example, suppose you are working in the Verify Bugs view to determine which bugs have been fixed and you remember a new test case that you wanted to add. You can just add this work item by using the New drop-down menu that is shown in the following illustration. This is quicker than navigating to a different view to add this work item, or using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 to add it. The New drop-down menu also enables you to add a user story using Microsoft Test Manager. This drop-down menu is shown in all the views in the Testing Center and the Lab Center throughout Microsoft Test Manager.

You can add the following categories of work items:

  • Bug

  • Test Case

  • Shared Steps

  • Task

  • User Story

Create a Work Item using Microsoft Test Manager

To create a work item using Microsoft Test Manager

  1. Open Microsoft Test Manager.


    To display the Microsoft Test Manager window, click Start, and then click All Programs. Point to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and then click Microsoft Test Manager 2010.

  2. Click the drop-down arrow on the center group switcher and then click Testing Center.

  3. On the center group menu bar, select one of the views. For example, you might select Test.

  4. To create a work item, click the drop-down arrow next to New on the toolbar and point to the work item that you want to create.

    The view that you need to create the work item that you selected is displayed. After you have added the details for the work item, save and close the item. The previous view that you were using is displayed.


    If you create a new test case, you must still assign this test case to a test suite in the appropriate test plan. For more information about this, see How to: Add a Test Case to a Test Suite.

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