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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to generate graphs for analyzing the testing process in test director?

The graphs that are created during the test director testing process let you keep a track of the progress of the test plan, test runs, defect tracking, requirements and so on. Such graphs can be generated at any point of time during the process and also from any of the test director modules. The graphs created by the test director are based up on the default setting however they can be customized by the user.
A project consists of data of different types. The graphs that you create using the test director can help you a big deal in analyzing the relationships between these different types of data. Each of the modules of the test director comes with a number of graph generating options. After you are done with generating the graph, you can customize its various properties so it comes out exactly as per your specifications and displays the information you want and in the way you want. 

Now we shall mention the steps following which you can generate a defects graph which will show the summary of the defects by status as well as priority levels. 

Steps for generating Defects Graph

Follow the steps:
  1. Click on the defects tab to turn on the defects module of the test director. The defects module will be displayed in the defects grid.
  2. Now for choosing a graph go to analysis menu, then graphs, then summary, then group by status option. This will open up a defects summary graph. This graph is grouped by status by default.
  3. Next you need to clear the default filter. Clicking on the filter button will do the task for you. The filter dialog box will open up. You will see that the detected by field is set to the current user name by default. Here, click the clear button and the applied filter will be removed by the test director.
  4. If you want to define a filter for viewing the defects with high to urgent priority then click the filter condition box for the priority field in the filter dialog box. Clicking on the browse button will open up the select filter condition dialog box’. Then select the required logical expression in the right pane and in the left pan select the level. Click OK to save the settings and close this dialog box.
  5. Next for defining a filter for viewing the defects that are not closed click the filter condition box for the status field. Again open the select filter condition dialog box by clicking on the browse button. Select the ‘not’ logical expression and select closed in the left pane. Click OK to close this box and once again click OK to close the filter dialog box.
  6. For setting the X axis of the graph select priority on the right side of the window for viewing the number of defects according to priority.
  7. Clicking on the refresh button will refresh the graph i.e., a new graph will be displayed.
  8. For displaying additional defect details click on a bar segment of the graph. A drill down results dialog box will display the defects related to that bar segment. Close this dialog box by clicking on the close button.
  9. There are various graph views available such as the data grid view and pie chart. Clicking on the corresponding options will display the graph as a pie chart, grid and so on.
  10. Close the graph and click on the back button to go back to the defects module. 

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