The first under-utilized feature I’d like to address is Project Planning and Tracking. Also referred to as simply PPT it was first introduced in ALM version 11.0 and has been carried over to the newest version 12. This feature allows your organization to track application readiness by defining goals for activities of an application release. Your team has the opportunity to define those goals and activities at a more granular level and then use project management capabilities such as Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s), Gantt Charts, Milestones, and Scorecards to monitor, analyze and report on your Release and QA progress.
These PPT features allows you to select content relevant to your project or release to be included as release scope items – for example, a change to an existing customer screen, a change to a web page; a new customer portal or payment method, whatever you need to track for your release window. You can also include defects that link to selected project requirements, test cases, and tests sets (and their associated test instances, runs, and run steps). This enables the inclusion of all these linked items instead of hunting and pecking to find them!
In addition, the HP ALM software includes a number of out of the box KPI’s to help you measure your release goals and then generate those scorecards to measure and review your progress. So even if you have never built your own KPI’s, milestones or scorecards in the past, the software now provides the ability to gain a measure of project management over your releases and quality assurance activities, and share those metrics with members of your organization anytime you need them.
If you currently have the ALM 11.0, 11.5 or 12 software, great, make sure to look into this particular under-utilized feature to help your business increase quality and productivity. If you are already using this feature, give yourself some kudos! If you haven’t yet downloaded or demo’ed the ALM/QC software, what are you waiting for?
Don’t forget to read upcoming part 3 and 4 of this blog series to learn more about other great under-utilized features in ALM QC.
Please contact Checkpoint Technologies today and we’ll be happy to help you with your Quality Assurance and Testing needs. Plus we can help set up and optimize your ALM Quality Center instance. Just my thoughts!