Benefits of Test Management Tool - Rally


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In this Testing newsletter edition of Marlabs, have detailed about one of the most popular Test Management tool for agile methodology. Know the advantages of Rally over Traditional Test Management Tools, Rally editions and Rally Integration with other test management tools, CRM and IDE.

Also, Marlabs detailed how their clients were benefited in the in the test sprint cycles & different activities that were performed using Rally tool.

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Benefits of Test Management Tool - Rally

  1. 1. Marlab’s Volume IV Welcome to the 4th issue of Test Digest. INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Go Agile Go Rally 2 Marlabs Testing Updates 6 Quality News & Views 7 Know Your Teammate 8 Cartoon Space 8 In this edition, our focus is on Agile testing. As per Forrester, “Agile development is rapidly becoming the norm” . Agile has taken many forms and moved well beyond the Agile manifesto. There are also so many different methodologies classified under Agile- Scrum, Feature/Test driven development, eXtreme programming. Specific to testing-As per the World Quality Report 201314, Agile development is widely adopted, but still gives rise to problems for testing- the key challenges reported by executives include – Lack of a good testing approach to fit in with the Agile development, low levels of test automation, lack of Tools to create reusable test sets , difficulty in identifying the right areas on which Testing should focus. This edition includes an article on the benefits and use of Rally, in one of our Agile projects. Enjoy the edition and keep your feedback coming in! December 2013
  2. 2. Sri Harsha B Agile methodology is a very popular process that has been followed in most of the development and testing projects. Rally is one of the popular Test Management tools in the agile world, which covers end to end process of a Project which includes :  Requirements creation  Task Estimation  Test case creation  Test Execution  Defect Tracking  Reporting & Time Sheets Advantages of Rally over Traditional Test Management Tools :  Real time picture of project status.  Co-ordinate multi-team releases, every feature and sub system stays synchronized with QA focus.  Shared product backlogs, hierarchical projects, roll up reporting and advanced analysis.  Integrated application lifecycle data provided to everyone.  Idea Management, Agile portfolio management, time and Cost tracking, full quality management  Extended Rally’s functionality with customer features, displays and reports. T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D P A G E 2
  3. 3. continuation of ‘Go Agile.. Go Rally..’ Rally Integrations : Rally can be integrated with:  Test Management tools: IBM Rational Software, HP, VSTS  Source code management: Github, Perforce  Defect Management: JIRA, Bugzilla, VSTS, RCQ  CRM: Sales force, Oracle Sales Cloud  IDE: Eclipse, VSTS  Build Release Management: Jenkins, Electric cloud Rally Editions Comparison: Case Study of Rally for Marlabs Internal Projects : It’s been used in one of Marlab’s prestigious client’s project effectively from last 4 sprints Each sprint is designed for 4 weeks of duration and starts with Sprint planning meeting, where in QA and Dev teams need to provide their estimates for the user stories. T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D P A G E 3
  4. 4. continuation of ‘Go Agile.. Go Rally..’ Tool has been used across different phases of sprint cycle as shown in the diagram. It’s been used to capture, track and report defects On a high level Rally hierarchy starts with Project ->Iterations -> User Stories ->Tasks, defects Complete end to end Agile process can be tracked using this tool Different activities which are performed in Rally are as below : o Create customized Dashboard of individual priority o Sprint progress tracking which shows the planned velocity and current status. o Creating and updating the tasks for a user story o Create defects and link it to user story o Setting up the notification rule to indicate the changes to respective story owners o Generation of reports for each sprint. For e.g. Burn down chart as shown in below image., etc. T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D P A G E 4
  5. 5. continuation of ‘Go Agile.. Go Rally..’ Some Sample Screens of Rally Platform : T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D P A G E 5
  6. 6. Trainings HP Unified Functional Test & Application Lifecycle Management A 2 day training was conducted on “HP-UFT & ALM” by Vikas Joshi. The training covered new features of UFT 11.5, how it differs from QTP 11, integration with ALM, BPT concepts Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential – Winston Churchill T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D P A G E 6
  7. 7. ME : Vivek Hosmani, born in Bangalore and spent my next 5 years in Delhi (which i vaguely remember) then back to Bangalore where i did most of my Education and then to Pune for my postgrad and currently in the peaceful city Mysore. On Role : Test Engineer DOB : June 7th Interests : It‟s a BIG list, but the prime ones are Football (with which my day start with) and Music (Rock/Electronic comes first in my favorites, but it‟s the songs from recent Kannada movie „Lucia’ tops my current playlist). Also love to spend my leisure stumbling upon sites which feature latest on mobiles/technology Favorite Gadgets : My Lappy and Mobile Aspirations : Not to limit myself to one thing or aspect. I love to learn new things, expanding my horizon of knowledge in every aspect and to give back something good to the world. Looking forward to it. Inspiration : Living in different cities and meeting different people has been an amazing learning curve in various aspects of daily life .So i try to take my inspiration from all the good things in each one i meet and each place has to offer. About Marlabs: Has been an amazing start to my career here with great humble and supportive people who stand by the phrase - "Marlabs Family". Rajesh Sundararajan Sriharsha Kumar B R Murali Dubutavalu Varaprasadarao Yarra T E S T D I G E S T © 2 0 1 3 M A R L A B S S O F T W A R E P V T L T D . . . . P A G E 7