Friday, 20 July 2012

Testing: Editing Tests In-running with Microsoft Test Manager


A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues here asked if it possible to edit test scripts while you are running them in Microsoft Test Manager. I didn't know, and a quick bit of google-foo resulted in nothing conclusive. So, I reached out to the testing community through the fairly new and excellent SQA Stack Exchange.

Here is my original question:
http://sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/3411/is-there-a-patch-in-microsoft-test-manager-to-allow-for-editing-tests-while-runn


Although the answer given didn't didn't deal with my issue on MTM 2010, it did set me on the right path.

So, can you edit a test case while running it? The answer is, sort of.
You can't add a step into the test you are currently running, but you can edit the original test case so future runs are correct. Below is an explanation on how to do this.


http://blogs.msdn.com/b/gautamg/archive/2010/12/11/faq-editing-test-case-while-using-test-runner.aspx

I tried to find out if MTM 2012 was going to have such a useful feature, but I have not been able to find a definitive answer. Most of my searching seems to lead back to Microsoft telling us how good MTM 2012 will be for exploratory testing.
Hmmm..
Unless they have done a complete ground-up redesign of the interface, I do not think Microsoft Test Manager 2012 will be the right tool for that job.


I will cover that in another post. 
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