4 Work Items

Work items are any item that requires a tester's attention. If the integration with Jira is configured, this can be stories, tasks, or bugs within a sprint. Since the Jira items are synced with qTest Pulse and the status of Jira items are marked as Completed when all of the test cases have passed, a tester doesn't have to constantly switch between Jira and qTest Pulse. 

 

The list of work items can be viewed on the "Activity" page on the top navigation. Once this page is reached, work items in the current active sprint of the selected project will be shown by default. You can switch to see work items of other projects or sprints by selecting correct options in Project and Sprint drop-downs.

You can view work items in 2 modes: Grid and List

1. Grid mode

  • Status:

Works items in Gird mode are arranged into 4 columns which are 4 status of a life cycle. This mean each work item will be moved through these phases as below

 

         - Pending: the work item has not been assigned

         - Planning: the work item has been assigned to specific QA. The QA now can start writing test cases for it

         - Execute: the work item is ready for test execution 

         - Completed: test cases for the work item have all passed and the item is now closed. 

Dragging & dropping of work items is supported to move works item between status columns. The ability to do this will depend on the status of the item. Below is the details:

         - Pending work items cannot be moved to any column. It is automatically moved to Planning when a user is assigned to it

         - Planning work items can be moved to the Execute column only if all test cases have been approved or if there are no test cases for the item. Work items in Planning are automatically moved back to Pending if all assigned users are removed from the item. 

         - Execute work items can be moved to the Completed column if they have no test case or their test cases have passed. They can be moved back to Planning column as well

         - Completed work items can be moved back to Execute and Planning columns

Information shown on each work item: 

  • Name: the work item name. Clicking on it opens the item. 
  • Test cases: the numbers of test cases written for the work item
  • Effort: The estimated total amount of time needed for testing 
  • [+] button: used to assign a work item to a team member. When a user is added to the work item, their profile image will be added to the left of Add button
  • Test case bar: If the work item is in "Planning" status, the bar displays status of new and approved test cases. If the work item is in "Execute" status, the bar displays execution status of the test cases. 
  • Work item menu: From this menu, you can select to Edit, Archive, Add Test case or Delete a work item.

2. List mode

In this mode, work items are arranged as rows and grouped by status. Each row shows the same information about the work item as in Grid mode. List mode shows the additional fields: 

  • Test Cases/Runs:

         - Total: indicates the number of test cases belonging to the work item

         - Remaining: 

             + In Pending group: Remaining is equal to the total

             + In Planning group: Remaining is the number of test cases are not approved

             + In Execute group: Remaining is the number of test cases whose execute status is not Passed

             + In Completed group: Remaining is always zero

  • Effort:

         - Total: indicates the estimated amount of effort in hours to execute the test cases 

         - Remaining: 

             + In Pending group: Remaining is equal to the total

             + In Planning group: Remaining is the estimated amount of hours to test the non- approved test cases 

             + In Execute group: Remaining is the estimated amount of hours to test the test cases that have not passed. 

             + In Completed group: Remaining is always zero

  • Created/Modified: the date time when the work item is created/modified in the system