There are many reasons why it’s worth to create multiple Test Plans during a single cycle of testing. Separate Test Plans can be used for testing single requirements, modules of the software, or simply grouping the Test Cases by their test type or level. This testing strategy improves the transparency of your testing process as each set of Test Cases can be easily evaluated separately. However, if you’d like to see the overview of the testing campaign as a whole, it might become a bit inconvenient.
A Master Test Plan is a solution that aggregates multiple Test Plans on a single issue, and it can be implemented with TestFLO. It’s the next level in a test management structure. Master Test Plans make it easy to track the overall progress of tests and control its state through a workflow like in the case of any other Jira issue type.
At first, we need a new issue type for the Master Test Plan. Simply add it to Jira as usual.
Secondly, we will add this issue type to our issue type scheme to use it in our project.
The Master Test Plan issue type is now available, but we need to do a few more things to get it fully functional.
After adding the Master Test Plan issue type, we need to have a method for creating relations between Master Test Plans and Test Plans. We’ll use the Enhanced Issues Picker custom field for this purpose.
We have set up a Master Test Plan field that allows us to link Test Plans with Master Test Plans. In the next step, we will create a panel to display Test Plans on a Master Test Plan.
The most important benefit behind implementing a Master Test Plan is increased transparency when using multiple Test Plans. To achieve this goal, we have to add a new Panel Filter Result (PFR) panel on the Master Test Plan issue view.
We are almost ready. Test Plans linked with Master Test Plans through the Master Test Plan field are now visible on the Master Test Plan issues in a convenient panel. The last thing to do is adding a progress field that will show the overall progress of all Test Plans on the Master Test Plan view.
By default, Test Plans use the TP Progress field to show the aggregated progress of Test Cases. We need a similar field on the Master Test Plan to easily track the progress and increase reporting capabilities.
That’s it! Our Master Test Plan issue type is ready to go.
Four simple steps. That’s all it takes to implement a solution for tracking multiple Test Plans on a single issue. The Master Test Plan makes it possible to aggregate Test Plans using a custom field, show their most important data in a customizable panel, and monitor the overall progress.
The Master Test Plan issues allow you to take a look at your test execution activities from a higher standpoint. You can also work on it like on any other issue in Jira. Design a workflow, add custom fields, configure screens, and take full advantage of the test management process.
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Marcin ŻurawieckiMarketplace Partner
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