Rational Quality Manager

IBM Rational Quality Manager is designed to help medium to large teams collaborate by allowing them to seamlessly share information, to use automation to accelerate project schedules, and to report on project metrics for informed release decisions.

  • Risk Based Testing to prioritize the features and functions to be tested based on priority and likelihood or impact of failure supporting best practices in Risk Management
  • Duplicate Defect Identification scans existing defects associated with a variety of related artifacts to present a list of suspect duplicates to to minimize duplicate team efforts
  • Advanced and Customized reporting that addresses the concerns and needs of business analysts and management
  • Built in ROI metrics reporting for test lab and test assets in compliance with Measured Capability Improvement Framework (MCIF)
  • Lifecycle test plan which defines the roles, processes and deliverable ownership, automates the flow of work and assets
  • Tailors content and presents information via customizable dashboards
  • Enables collaboration for distributed teams through a Web 2.0 interface
  • Shared access to and traceability of assets throughout the lifecycle
  • Manual test authoring using rich text, in line images and assisted data entry and validation for precise test definition and execution
  • Helps users achieve optimized environment coverage through test execution schedules
  • Provides test lab management capabilities to help users track, schedule and execute tests on physical and virtual lab assets
  • Central repository stores versioned history of test assets and templates for reuse
  • Support for medium to large teams with an unlimited number of members
  • Automated data collection with extensive filtered reporting

Features and Benefits

Features and benefits of IBM Rational Quality Manager Standard Edition

Risk Based Testing

IBM Rational Quality Manager’s Risk Based Testing enables teams to confidently make decisions to meet business quality objectives supporting best practices in risk management. By prioritizing efforts to assure quality where resources are limited and providing a collaborative risk management strategy, teams are able to focus on those areas of the application which are at the highest risk of failure.

Duplicate Defect Identification

Duplicate Defect Identification capability within IBM Rational Quality Manager, scans existing defects associated with a variety of related artifacts and presents a list of suspect duplicates to to minimize duplicate team efforts.

Master Test Plan

A Master Test Plan is now provided to enable the grouping of multiple test plans. Creating a new child plan creates a new test plan which inherits the data from the master test plan (quality objectives, exit criteria, etc).

Project Templates

Project Templates can now be created which will allow for the creation of new project areas adhering to business guidelines and standards and pre-populated with. This project template will contain all project information set up under the admin user including categories, categories values, test plan and test case templates, tool integration set up, test environment information, users, workflow customization’s and any other predetermined information

Support for OSLC QM 1.0 specification

The implementation of this specification provides a set of standardized REST APIs for creating, querying, and linking to test resources in RQM. OSLC-QM 1.0 takes a lightweight, loosely coupled approach to integration. This allows tools to remain decoupled from the details of the QM system’s underlying schemas, required attributes, and other process rules while still allowing their users to create and find test plan and test case resources through delegated creation and selection dialogs.

Advanced and Customizable Reporting

IBM Rational Quality Manager leverages Advanced and Customized reporting that addresses the concerns and needs of business analysts and management using built in ROI metrics reporting for test lab and test assets in compliance with Measured Capability Improvement Framework (MCIF).

User customized content and layout

IBM Rational Quality Manager provides contextual information tailored to the individual. Each user can customize the layout and content on his or her Rational Quality Manager dashboard, and, because the dashboard is continually updated, each user can view the most current information that pertains to his or her work.

Dynamic Test Plan

With IBM Rational Quality Manager, a test plan is a dynamic, living document that evolves with the project; it’s a quality contract that clearly describes project goals and entry and exit criteria, while also tracking prioritized items for validation. Static data, such as business objectives, and dynamic data, such as requirements and test cases, are captured in the plan.

Work Item tracking

IBM Rational Quality Manager can create and track prioritized work items for all team members. This capability enables teams to track of work that must be done to complete a quality assurance project. This feature establishes clear prioritized ownership for project deliverables, ensuring that nothing falls through the cracks.

Distributed access for teams of any size

IBM Rational Quality Manager is built on a Java™ and Web 2.0 technology–based architecture, so team collaboration doesn’t have to be any more complicated than opening a browser. No heavy installation or proprietary limiting Microsoft® ActiveX technologies are required.

Constantly updated team status

IBM Rational Quality Manager offers two views on the individual user’s dashboard: A work-item list that shows a tester what work has been assigned to him or her, and a team event log that updates automatically as activities occur/progress. Together these views help ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Manual test authoring

IBM Rational Quality Manager integrated rich manual test. Testers are provided with a rich text editor that can capture textual test steps alongside embedded images. Using this editor, testers can record the test steps that must be executed in order to validate a given function of their application.

Manual test assisted data entry and validate

IBM Rational Quality Manager allows you to embed test data as a property of a given test step. During test execution, manual tester will populate the Windows clipboard with this text, so that the user can paste the text into the application. This eliminates transcription errors for testers. For validating data, users can copy data from the application to the clipboard. Rational Quality Manager can then compare this to baseline data stored as part of the test, highlighting any discrepancies in the test log.

Test re-use across manual and automated tests

To enable test reuse, IBM Rational Quality Manager uses keywords, which allow testers to share common steps between tests. These can be manual steps or automated test scripts that are powered, for example, by IBM Rational Functional Tester. Creating hybrid manual tests with automated keywords is often a very simple way for manually focused test teams to leverage the power of test automation, without making a full commitment to ?a test automation framework.

Test coverage optimization

IBM Rational Quality Manager includes technology that is designed to automatically identify and select the minimum number of tests required for a given level of environment coverage. This enables testers to ensure that they optimize configuration coverage within their time or resource constraints.

Test lab management

IBM Rational Quality Manager supports distributed execution across physical and virtual lab machines. To enable this, the software includes test lab management functionality that allows testers to register their physical and virtual assets as well as schedule execution according to asset configurations. This helps remove administrative burdens and helps ensure optimal utilization of test lab resources.

Security Testing

Available integration to IBM Rational AppScan® Tester edition helps QA teams find and remediate security vulnerabilities earlier in the development process, reducing downstream cost and corporate risk. This helps eliminate the need for QA personnel to learn advanced or new security tools and enable security testing alongside functional and performance testing.

Lifecycle traceability

IBM Rational Quality Manager is designed to enable full lifecycle versioning and traceability from requirements and tests to defects and remediation. Users can create requirements directly in IBM Rational Quality Manager, or requirements can be tracked through a dynamic link to requirements management tools such as IBM Rational DOORS and IBM Rational RequisitePro® software. Test cases can then be linked to requirements, providing project managers with a way to track requirements coverage. Should any issues be found during test execution, defects can be entered and tracked to help ensure proper feature development.