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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 What's the purpose of Test Plans?

The purpose of the test plan is to provide an overall test planning and test management view of your test initiative. You can customize the test plan’s fields to track: Scope, Risks, Strategy, Pass/Fail Criteria, Test Bed and so on. If that makes sense, you can also track test execution cycles by associating test cycles to a test plan. By doing so, you will be able to track test cycles from the test plan perspective. In addition to that, there are several reports you can filter by test plan (which will aggregate all stats/results from the child test cycles linked to the test plan). Test plans are not required for regular TM4J usage. Learn more: Waterfall Development with Test Plans.

 Does TM4J support traceability links with Issues in Jira and Confluence Pages?

Yes, TM4J is tightly integrated with Jira so you can link test cases, test cycles and test plans to any Issue type in Jira. TM4J also offers traceability reports to track traceability and coverage under the 'Legacy reports' section. We will be introducing all reports in this section within the new reporting section for TM4J in the coming months.

 Does TM4J support versioning for test cases?

Yes, basic versioning functionality is available to test cases. Version control is enabled by default and allow teams to collaborate and manage multiple versions of test cases in parallel while keeping data integrity and providing an audit history of changes. Versions can be viewed and compared for audit purposes. Learn more: Creating New Test Case Versions.

 Is it possible to change the order of Test Cases in a Test Cycle?

The order of test cases within a test cycle can be set from the 'Test Cases' tab under the test cycle view. Here, you can drag and drop test cases into the preferred order. This is how they will be shown from the test player.

TM4J does not currently support the 'test suite/set' functionality, which allows you to organize groups of test cases outside of a test cycle, though you can use folders to organise your test cases at this stage.

 Does TM4J support call to test functionality to reuse test cases?

Yes, call to test is supported natively. Instead of duplicating or copying and pasting test cases or steps, you should focus on breaking down them into smaller, reusable pieces and then recombines these tests to achieve larger end-to-end testing scenarios. Test cases can be referenced (called) in other test cases to create nested reusable structures. Learn more: Reusing Test Data with Call to Test.

 Does TM4J support test cases with parameters?

TM4J Cloud does not currently support parameters to be used within test cases. This feature will be introduced in the near future.

 Does TM4J support Agile methodologies?

Yes, with TM4J, small and agile teams can manage testing in a lightweight and straightforward fashion. You can create and link test cases or acceptance tests to user stories/bugs and create test cycles directly from the issue screen in Jira or the kanban board.

 Does TM4J support data-driven test cases?

TM4J Cloud does not currently support test data to be used within test cases. This feature will be introduced in the near future.

 Does TM4J support BDD (Behaviour Driven Development)?

TM4J Cloud does not currently support BDD type test cases. This feature will be introduced in the near future.

 Does TM4J offer REST API to automate tasks or integrate with automated testing tools?

With our REST API, which is free when you install Test Management for Jira, you can access testing data from Jira and carry out a variety of useful tasks, such as migrating from another tool by importing your data, integrating with automated testing tools, and more. By using the API, you can publish automated test-execution results to Test Management for Jira and use our powerful reporting to view metrics on your entire testing process. The API is HTTP-based and can be used from any framework, programming language, or tool. Learn more: REST API.

 Does TM4J support custom fields?

Yes, TM4J supports custom fields for test cases, test cycles and test plans. Learn more: Configuring TM4J.

 Does TM4J offer reporting capabilities?

Yes, TM4J offers a range of cross-project reporting and for improved visibility. There are also 4 legacy reports that will soon be moved across to the new reporting suite. Custom reports are not supported yet. Learn more: Reports.

 Does TM4J supports Jenkins?

TM4J Cloud does not currently provide a plugin for seamless integration with Jenkins. However, you can use our REST API to integrate with automated testing tools. This plugin will be introduced in the near future. Learn more: REST API.

 Does TM4J supports importing/migration of test cases?

Yes, you can easily import test cases from Excel or CSV files by using the importing wizard.

 Does TM4J supports Gadgets?

TM4J Cloud does not currently provide gadgets for the Jira dashboard. This feature will be introduced in the near future.

 Does TM4J supports JQL functions?

TM4J Cloud does not currently support JQL functions.

 How does TM4J pricing work?

Atlassian requires that you purchase the same license level for apps as you have for your base product. They explain this here.

There is unfortunately not a way to purchase a lower license tier for apps at this time.

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