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  • Blog Post: Test Plan and Test Suite Customization with TFS2013 Update3

    One of the top feature requests from Microsoft Test Manager/Test Case Management users across various forums has been the ability to customize the Test Plan and Test Suite artifacts. Based on the feedback, with Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 , we are adding the functionality to add custom fields...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Using froglogic for test UI automation with Java based applications and Microsoft Test Manager

    In just the last month i have been asked three times for a case study or examples of how to test Java based systems using Microsoft Test Manager. Knowing one of the ALM MVPs, Marcel de Vries , is finishing up a very large Java project i reached out to him to find out how he just accomplished this. Despite...
  • Blog Post: Testing devices made easier with Perfecto Mobile's MobileCloud™ platform and Team Foundation Server

    A common pain point for today’s development teams is procuring and testing the plethora of devices modern applications are now running on. To ensure the highest quality for their business-critical mobile apps, development teams require robust mobile testing solutions that address the complexities of...
  • Blog Post: Code Coverage in Microsoft Test Manager in Visual Studio Update 1

    Another in the ALM MVP Blog series. This article was written by Mike Douglas one of our most active ALM Rangers contributing to a bunch of the ALM Ranger projects!  Make sure and check out Mikes article: Continuous Feedback using Storyboarding, Code Reviews, and the Feedback Tool in Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Test Case Management features in Team Foundation Server Web Access

      Update: We have moved the test case management features for Web Access to Visual Studio Update 2.   So when you install the latest CTP for Visual Studio Update 1 these test features will no longer be present.  We plan to re-enable these features in the CTPs for Visual Studio Update...
  • Blog Post: Testing Mobile devices with Visual Studio using SeeTest plugin

    While at StarEast I met some really great partners.  One that caught my eye was Experitest with their SeeTest TM  plugin for Visual Studio.  The reason I found them so interesting is most Mobile Testing solutions force you to make a decision do you put interrupts in at the OS level (potentially...
  • Blog Post: Test Scribe for MTM 11 Beta is out

      The Test Scribe Power Tool, which is used to generate documentation for test plan and test run for Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) has been updated for MTM 11 Beta.  The updated version is here .  The MTM 2010 version continues to be here .
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Testing UI using Visual Studio 2010 Microsoft Test Manager and Fit style tables

    A while back I was sitting in a class by Rod Claar and he introduced the concept of using Fit tables for improving collaboration in software development. The way Fit tables do this is by enabling stakeholders and business analysts to enter expected input and the proper output in a tool they are comfortable...
  • Blog Post: Various test attachment size reduction features in MTM\TFS 11

    Some of you may have faced the problem of test attachments growing too fast in TFS with Microsoft Test Manager (MTM).  As you know, the test attachments can be cleaned using Test Attachment Cleaner tool which is part of TFS Power Tools .  However, even with the cleaner tool, the experience...
  • Blog Post: Test Case Migrator Plus V1.2 released

    We have completed the release of the Test Case Migrator Plus (V1.2 RTM) on CodePlex. What's new for the V1.2 RTM version Support for connecting to Hosted Team Foundation Server Preview . Support for connecting to Team Foundation Server 11 Beta . Fix to issue with read-only attribute being set for LinksMapping...
  • Blog Post: Team Foundation Service Preview–Updated videos are available

    Way back in September of 2011, Martin Woodward published a blog post that referenced a series of Channel 9 videos that were introductions to the TFS Preview. Those videos were recorded based on the version delivered at the BUILD conference. Just wanted to let everyone know that all of those videos have...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get all test points assigned to you?

    Based on my previous post , one question that came up was - How do I, as a tester, know what test points are assigned to me? In Test->Run Tests, you can click on Filter on the left side to do filtering by Tester and\or Configurations.  Refer the screenshots below.  
  • Blog Post: Application Lifecycle Management SDR on Testing in Hyderabad Feb 21st

    As a reader of the ALM Blog you already know, a corner stone of the next version of Visual Studio code named “Visual Studio 11” is delivering the next generation of Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools .  February 21 th two of the principal stakeholders for ALM tooling at Microsoft Brian...
  • Blog Post: Coded UI Test and Microsoft Test Manager Survey

    Have you used Visual Studio 2010 Test Tools - Coded UI Test or Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) in your project(s)? If so, we would like to hear your experience with these features. Let us know what you think by taking the Coded UI / Microsoft Test Manager Survey . Thanks! Shubhra Maji – Visual...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: What is the difference between “Assigned To” and “Tester” in MTM?

    FAQ : In Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), what is the difference between the “Assigned To” field of the Test Case work item and the “Tester” field in MTM.  It seems these to fields are stored independently. So if I assign someone test cases through MTM then this is not translated into the “Assigned...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why are my tests not included in the test run?

    As an alternative to Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), users can use tcm.exe command line to run and manage their test cases.  The command line way is particularly useful in running tests in non-interactive way (say via scripts). FAQ: While using “ tcm.exe run ” command to run all the test cases in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Manager stuck in "waiting for test controller" state

    This is guest post by Deepak Mittal, who is Senior Support Engineer in this space. Problem description: Microsoft Test Manager is stuck in "waiting for test controller" status after completion of test execution. Resolution: After completion of the test execution, please click on "refresh"...
  • Blog Post: How To: Associate automation programmatically

    In my previous post , I mentioned about tcm testcase /import scenario.  The tcm testcase /import associates the test case artifact with automation (which is unit test or other test type). Another FAQ related to this scenario is - Q: How can I programmatically associate automation (because I want...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get the Test Case associated with the unit test?

    For running and managing unit tests using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), the users have to do tcm testcase /import of the test assembly.  This step creates a test case work item corresponding to unit test on the client side.  With this, users can do many new scenarios – most importantly start...
  • Blog Post: QFEs and Hotfix Rollup Package for Microsoft Test Manager 2010

    In response to your requests and feedback on Uservoice and Connect we have released several QFEs and a Hotfix Rollup Package for Microsoft Test Manager.  Highlights of these updates include:  Multi-line support for editing test cases in Microsoft Test Manager Reduce the size of test data saved...
  • Blog Post: Using Lab Manager 2010 with Windows Azure Web Seminar Nov 1st

    Our enterprise team with sticky minds has put together a Webcast on Load Testing in the Cloud. Abstract: With the introduction of Visual Studio 2010 and Windows Azure we now have the ability to easily create load testing scenarios on the cloud. Using the infrastructure of Windows Azure can provide a...
  • Blog Post: Learning about the Team Foundation Service Preview

    UPDATE Feb 16 2012: All the videos referenced in this blog post have been re-recorded with the latest version of Team Foundation Service Preview. While the links remain the same, the videos pointed to by those links have been updated in-place. As you may have read by now, today is an exciting day...
  • Blog Post: Software Downloads for the Team Foundation Service Preview

    You can connect to the Team Foundation Service Preview from a number of applications as well as visiting your account URL at tfspreview.com . In the following post we talk about the client software necessary if you want to connect your development environment to your new Team Foundation Server in the...
  • Blog Post: VS ALM Library Updates on MSDN for June 2010

    Well the days are getting shorter, there's a nip in the air, and the clouds are building up again. But oh what a summer it was! Last Tuesday, if I remember correctly. However, we didn't let all those hours on the beach keep us from updating the ALM Library. Here are the results. Manual Configuration...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio ALM Hands-On Labs

    The Developer & Platform Evangelism group recently published the following ALM hands-on labs as part of the Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 training course (click to download) on MSDN: Authoring and Running Manual Tests using Microsoft Test Manager 2010 In this lab, you will learn...
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