Ability to sort Tests within Test Cycle in Zephyr

Hey there,

Sorting in Test Cycle is working quite poor - first item added by tester goes to the end of the list. This is not good, because normally tester adds quality-critical itemsat first , while minor items are added to the cycle last. But, due to Zephyr Test Cycle sorting options, items appear reversed, meaning that testers see minor tests first, and critical are somewhere in the end of the list, on last page.

BTW pagination in Test Cycles is another pain - why do we get 10 items on one page?? For Enterprise systems I need way more items within single Test Cycle.

Combining these two requests in one solution in upcoming releases will make many people happy and satisfied. Please consider this while planning further releases.

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Gents,

Zephyr 2.0 introduced a way to do this - though not in Cycle View.

Navigate to "Search Test Executions" and this is where you can accomplish your goal.

Use ZQL (Zephry Query Language) to seach by Your Test Cycle Name (cycleName) and you will get back all the testcasese in the Cyclethe. Then you can sort on a field field and execute as needed. Currently we know we're missing the testcase name from this list but it will arrive in our January Release.

Kind Regards,

Chris

I have the same original question but this answer does not help me. Our test cases need to be executed in a specific order but there is no field that contains that information - in our current Test Case Management solution we can sort test cases manually by dragging items around in the list. Test executions are generated in an order that matches the test cases but can then also be manually reordered if required.

Does Zephyr have any functionality to support manually ordering tests?

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Hi,

In  Zephyr  2.5.0.25001732 Released 2014-07-22  the release notes says: "Tests in a Test Cycle can now be re-ordered for execution via simple drag-n-drop". I have upgraded to Version 2.5.4.25401885, but I cannot make this functionality work..

kind regards Lene

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Hi Artem,

Thanks for the feedback. I'll send these ideas to the development team for consideration for a future release.

Kind Regards,

Chris

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I agree with Artem. This is something that could easily be improved. There are a couple of options that would be better than the current sort order (which is most recently added at the top).

1. The tests within a cycle could be sorted by Priority. This assumes that each test is prioritised accurately, and that priorities are consistent across all versions / cycles (a reasonable assumption in most cases)

2. The tests within a cycle could be sorted with the most recently added tests at the bottom, as per Artem's original post

Actually, I think the best long term answer to this problem is to allow project administrators to configure which columns in the Text Executions view users can see. If they want to sort by 'date added' or by 'priority', or don't want to see 'labels', then let them configure the view to display or hide those columns.

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Zephyr 2.5.1.25101747

Sorting is really a pain. An administrator should be able to add fields and dictate if they appear as a sortable column in Cycle View. As test cycles evolve, steps may be added or deleted and there is currently no way to insert new test steps in the order that the user wants. The fact that this feature is missing is crippling to us and almost makes Zephyr unusable. We have had to use some very hacky work-a-rounds to make it somewhat functional in the hopes that the Zephyr development team will add this obviously needed ability in a (hopefully) soon to come release. It is beyond me to imagine that this wasn't considered to be a critical feature when the plug in was originally designed. PLEASE make this a priority!

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For a product of this maturity, the lack of sortable test cases is a major flaw. All our testing also needs to be sequential and the inability to sort tests into the right sequence is a deal breaker.

Proper grouping would help alot too ... an awesome product but absolute basics seem to be missing 

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