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Monday, November 26, 2012

How to add and match defects in Test Director?

Location of the defects and their effective repair forms an inseparable part of the application development and indeed of the test director testing process. Defects can be submitted by almost everyone involved with the development process such as the developers, end users and of course testers. The test director eases all the testing processes and thus defects can be submitted through it and can be tracked until they are appropriately repaired. 

In this article we shall discuss the following two things:
  1. Adding defects in the test director and
  2. Matching defects in test director

Steps in adding defects in Test Director

Whenever a defect is submitted to the test director it is processed through the following  four stages:
  1. New
  2. Open
  3. Fixed
  4. Closed
Addition of the defects to the test director can be carried out at almost any stage of the test process. Below we state the steps that you need to follow in order to add the defects in test director:
  1. Open the test director project with which you are concerned and log on to it.
  2. Next step involves displaying the defects module by clicking on the defects tab. The defect data will be displayed by the defects grid in a grid where each row is a representation of an individual defect record.
  3. Clicking on the add defect button will open up the ‘add defect’ dialog box. The fields displayed in red color are mandatory to be filled up.
  4. Fourth step involves describing the defect by providing the following details:
a) Summary: i.e., what problem the defect actually caused.
b) Category
c)  Severity
d) Subject
e) Detected in version
f) Description:
It includes the part of the code where the defect was discovered and 
what problem was actually encountered.
  1. Now you need to attach the URL address for the page where the defect was found by clicking on the Attach URL button. Clicking on that button will open up a attach URL dialog box. There type the address of the page and click OK. This URL will be displayed above the description box by the test director.
  2. Next run a spell check for the text in the description box. If any errors are found follow the replacement suggestions.
  3. Click on the submit button to submit the defect to the test director project.
  4. Finally, close the add defect dialog box by clicking on the close button. The defect will be added to the defect grid.

How to match defects in Test Director

- The purpose of matching the defects is to find similar defects so that the duplicate ones can be eliminated from the project. 
-  Every time a new defect is added the list of keywords is stored by the test director from the description and summary fields. 
-  The stored keywords are then used for matching the defects. 
- Articles, coordinate conjunctions, wildcards and Boolean operators are ignored by the test director while matching the two tests. 
- Below mentioned steps are for matching defects in test director:
  1. Like for adding the defects this also requires displaying the defects module. Do this by clicking on the defects tab.
  2. From the defects grid select the one you want to match. If in case you cannot find the required test search it using the clear filter/ sort button.
  3. Now click on the find similar defects button to find similar defects. The results will be displayed in the similar defects dialog box by the test director.The defects are searched based up on percentage of the similarity detected.
  4. Finally, click on the close button to close the similar defects dialog box. 

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