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Managing Test Cycles

Waterfall Development (with Test-Execution Cycles)

Test Management for Jira supports traditional/waterfall development and testing processes. Traditional approaches demand that you plan test assignment and execution in advance, sometimes even before any code has been released. Using Test Management for Jira, you have the ability plan who will execute what test and when. Plus, you can track and compare the estimated progress against the actual results in real time, during test execution.

To plan testing efforts in waterfall, you need to create and manage test cycles, which are containers/groups of ordered test cases assigned to testers and environments. When a test case is executed, a test-execution result is generated and linked to the test cycle. The test case stores useful information, like the tester responsible for the execution, the execution date, the defects raised, the environment used, and the status of the execution (e.g., passed, failed, etc). With that in mind, when you generate reports and statistics filtered by test cycle, the information displays test-execution results, metrics, and coverage of the test cases associated with the test cycle, since the cycle is the container/group.

Managing Test Cycles

This task shows you how to create test cycles, add test cases to test cycles, and initiate testing runs.

1. With a project open, click Cycles.

2. Click New.

The Create Test Cycle screen appears.

3. On the Details tab, fill in the standard and custom fields.

4. Click the Test Cases tab.

5. Click Add Test Cases.

The Add Existing Test Cases screen appears.

6. Select the desired test cases, and then click Add.

With test cases added to the new test cycle, you can drag-and-drop to reorder, delete, filter, and assign testers and environments.

7. Click the Traceability tab.
Here you can link issues, Confluence pages, Web links, and/or test plans to the test cycle.

8. Click the Attachments tab.
Here you can attach files to the test cycle.

9. Click the Comments tab to add comments for the test cycle.

10. Click the History tab to track changes.

11. Click Save.

Your test cycle is created, and a notification appears on the screen.
Click Go to test player to start executing the test cases immediately.

12. Click Back to return to the Cycles view, where you can review your test cycles.

13. Select a test cycle, and click Run button to start executing the test cases.

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