Using Releases and Builds

Each project within qTest Manager has its own Test Plan in which you can define the high-level milestones and testing objectives.  Inside the Test Plan, you can define the start and end dates for each release and build and specify any testing goals that may be involved.  Once the releases and builds have been created, you can add specific requirements to the release and/or build scope. 

If your team uses an external ALM such as JIRA, Rally, or VersionOne, the release plan will likely have been established already in the other tool.  If that is the case, feel free to use the Test Plan as a lightweight feature to create the releases as “containers” to build actual plans in Test Execution.

Create a Release

Creating releases in the Test Plan allows you to show high-level milestones and incorporate pertinent release notes.  The releases that are created in the Test Plan module will also display automatically into the Test Execution area, which will allow you to build a granular hierarchy to organize test execution activities. 

Follow these steps to create a release.

  1. Select the Test Plan module, then click the New Release icon in the left panel. 

  2. Enter the Release Name in the Title area at the top of the screen, such as Release 3.1.
  3. In the Status field, a status of ‘Planned’ is automatically displayed.

    : To
     create custom fields or modify any existing system fields, see the article Field Settings.

  4. Enter the Start Date and the End Date for the release.
  5. In the Description text box, enter a description of the release.  In the Release Note text box, you can also enter information about what is included in the release (e.g., new features for development).
  6. In the Resources area of the page, under Attachments, optionally add any attachments (e.g., a Word document or Powerpoint presentation) to provide more information about the release.
  7. Click the Save button to save the release.  The following message is displayed.
    Changes were saved successfully.
    The new release is displayed in the left panel of the window.

Create a Build

A build is another milestone within the Test Plan, similar to a release.  A release can consist of multiple builds within it.  To create a build, perform the following steps.

  1. Select the release in which to create this build from the left navigation panel and click on the “New Build” icon on the toolbar.

Add Requirements to the Test Plan

Once you have created releases/builds in the Test Plan and created requirements, you can add requirements to the release or build scope by performing the following steps. 

HINT:  A requirement can be a part of one release or build scope only.  If a requirement is part of one release scope and gets added to a different release’s scope, it will be moved to that release instead of being part of both releases. 

  1. Click the Add button located in the Resources area of the Release page.  The Requirements pop-up window is displayed.

  2. Expand the folder to locate the applicable requirement.  Then, select the requirement from the Requirements pop-up window.  

  3. Adding a requirement to the build scope can be done in a similar manner.

    After you add the requirement to the release or build scope, the Target Release/Build field on the requirement is updated with the corresponding Release (e.g., Release 3.1).


See the following articles.

Using Releases in Test Execution

The releases that are created in Test Plan will also display automatically in the Test Execution area, which will allow you to build a granular hierarchy to organize test execution activities.


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