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Software Testing Using TFS 2018 or VSTS Course Outline

 (2 days)
Version 2018
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This two-day course is designed for testers who need to gain a solid practical knowledge of testing applications using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2018 or Visual Studio Team Services.

The course focuses primarily on the use of the web-based Test Hub, with some topics including Microsoft Test Manager 2017.

The course teaches you how to design test plans that include test cases, test suites, and test configurations. Best practices are also discussed, including how you can use shared parameters and shared steps to reduce maintenance overhead.

We will examine how the web-based Test & Feedback extension improves productivity by allowing you to spend more time finding issues, and less time filing them. Attendees will learn how testers and developers can work more closely together to reduce the time it takes to find and fix software defects. Testers will learn how to manage their test plans over multiple iterations and how cloning and copying between test plans can save time and effort.

The course also looks at how you can add, edit, and execute tests using the Kanban board. Finally we’ll examine creating a test/QA dashboard to illustrate progress and take a brief look at test automation.

This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools upon your return to the workplace.

Product and Version Compatibility
Team Foundation Server or Visual Studio Team Services
This course is equally applicable to teams using either Visual Studio Team Services or an on-premises Team Foundation Server.

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to:
Explain the testing capabilities of the Visual Studio ALM product suite
Create and manage test plans and test suites
Manage test configurations and assign non-default configurations to test cases
Create high quality, maintainable test cases
Execute tests using both the web-based test runner and Microsoft Test Runner
Use Test Case Fast Forward to help speed up the testing process
Create actionable, high quality bug reports
Verify resolved bugs and manage the bug lifecycle
Conduct exploratory testing using the Test & Feedback extension
Conduct exploratory testing using Microsoft Test Manager
Manage test plans over multiple iterations and releases
Create a dashboard to show test status and progress
Report on test results and testing progress
Gain an overview of how to create automated coded UI tests

This course is designed for team members who perform the role of tester within their team in either a full-time or part-time capacity. The course would also be beneficial for developers looking to increase their knowledge of testing.

Attendees should be familiar with testing theory and practices.

Course Outline

Module 1: A Lap Around the Testing Tools in Visual Studio
A look at the Visual Studio product family
Introducing Microsoft Test Manager
The role of Team Foundation Server 2018 or Visual Studio Team Services
Configuring our VSTS account

Module 2: Planning Our Testing Effort
Reviewing requirements on the backlog
What is a test plan?
Defining our test plan strategy
Test types in Visual Studio

Module 3: Creating Our First Test Plan
Creating a new test plan
Organizing test cases using test suites
Mapping requirements to tests
Test configurations

Module 4: Authoring a Manual Test Case
Creating a new manual test case
Using Grid view to author and edit test cases
Appropriate use of Expected Results
Tagging test cases for better organization

Module 5: Executing Test Cases
Defining which tests to include in a test run
Assigning a tester to run tests
Executing tests using the web-based Test Runner
Executing tests using the Microsoft Test Runner

Module 6: Data-Binding Test Cases
Adding parameters to our test cases
Using share parameters across multiple test cases
Maintaining shared parameters

Module 7: Refactoring Test Cases
Creating shared steps
Reusing shared steps
Shared steps in the Test Runner
Best practices for shared steps

Module 8: Raising and Verifying Bugs
Raising a bug
The bug lifecycle
View bug states
Verifying a bug fix

Module 9: Exploratory Testing
What is exploratory testing?
Installing the Test & Feedback extension
Creating bugs and test cases from exploratory tests
Eliciting and managing feedback

Module 10: Focus on Microsoft Test Manager
Data collectors in MTM and balancing storage
Test Case Fast Forward
Action recordings
Raising bugs using the Microsoft Test Runner
Exploratory testing using MTM

Module 11: Testing from the Kanban Board
A lap around the Kanban board
Interacting with tests from the Kanban board
Copying and reparenting tests

Module 12: Managing Test Plans from Iteration to Iteration
The need for a test release management
Moving from iteration to iteration
Cloning test plans
Copying test cases to the next iteration

Module 13: Reporting Test Progress
Test-related reports in TFS
Creating a test/QA dashboard
Analytics in VSTS
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