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New Version Of Agile Accelerator

HP announced by the end of December 2010 a new basic version of the agile accelerator 4.0. There is now a version for QC 10 and a version for QC11/ALM available. New support is included for unit testing. Development tasks can be tied to unit test cases (NUnit, JUnit, or FitNesse). Continuous integration tools like Cruise Control/Hudson can be called from within QC to start the build process. Agile reporting is streamlined. There is also a new team-based Sprint burndown chart that shows a burndown comparison across teams.

The basic module can be freely downloaded from this link.

HP Quality Center Agile Evolution

Recently, I provided an agile perspective on the Vivit TQA Webcast “New Features of HP Quality Center and Product Roadmap” by Raziel Tabib.

The webcast was focusing on version 11 of QC.

I got feedback, that existing customers of QC wonder how QC supports agile development in earlier versions. So I created an overview, which describes agile support from version 9.2 up to 11.0. It’s not meant to provide an in depth detailed description about features. Rather, it should provide orientation for existing and new customers what they can expect from different QC versions to support agile development.

There are 3 horizonal layers. On the bottom I’ve listed “agile enabling features”. Having those in place experts are able to build “custom agile solutions” which I have described in the middle layer. The upper layer holds “ready made” agile solutions. Currently HP provides the “Advanced agile accelerator” here.

Each QC version includes the features of previous versions. That’s why I decided to only list new features for a specific version. (Click on the picture to view an enlarged version).

HP QC support of agile in various versions

Agile Support In HP Quality Center 11

On September 7, Raziel Tabib presented “New Features of HP Quality Center and Product Roadmap” in a Vivit Webcast. Raziel is a Sr. Product Manager in the HP ALM suite of products.

In this blog I review the webinar from an agile perspective. The complete Webinar along with Q&A is available as archived session for Vivit members. Note, that basic Vivit membership is free.

http://www.vivit-worldwide.org/article.cfm?id=1199

Raziel started the announcement with a big bang: The presentation content is no longer roadmap, but reality, “HP Quality Center 11 is available as of today”.

In this release HP sets the focus on the application lifecycle management (ALM) message. They even place an ALM product on the pricelist, “ALM 11.0”. It represents a suite of products that helps customers to manage their products along the entire lifecycle, e.g., Requirements Management, Development Management, Quality Management, Performance Management and Project Dashboard. This supports the agile perspective insofar as it provides a holistic view on all development activities.

One aspect of the holistic view is the integration into developer environments. QC 11 comes with an out-of-the-box integration into the eclipse IDE. Once a Sprint has started the developer can stay in his working environment – e.g. Eclipse IDE – and update user stories, tasks and defects. All changes will be reflected in HP QC. This integration provides a large potential to accept QC as an agile repository for the project. Overhead is minimized; no switching of tools (from developer perspective) once a Sprint has started.

Backlog management with QC 11 will be much more intuitive than before. The key to usability is a new feature named “custom ordering” in the requirements management module. With this long-awaited functionality it is now possible to drag a user story exactly to the position which represents its priority in the backlog. Prior versions of QC needed to use custom attributes and workflow programming in order to achieve that functionality.

A whole new set on reporting is available in Quality Center. From an agile perspective the possibility to integrate those reports into external web pages, like wiki-pages is the most interesting one. Now, teams can use their agile reporting environment of choice. QA managers can check-out their dashboards without the need to log into QC.

Sprinter

Manual testing is greatly enhanced by a new tool called “Sprinter” (any Scrum affiliation is purely coincidence J). Better screen usage, annotation possibilities, recording of test actions and parallel testing of multiple target systems summarize the new functionalities. Agile teams practicing “exploratory testing” will love that tool.

Side by side clients

Starting with HP QC 11 it is possible to have several client versions of QC on a single machine. While this isn’t an intrinsic agile feature it will contribute to a successful transition to agile development.

Agile teams can explore the newest HP QC 11 version with all of its features for agile teams. Still they can work with a different HP QC version in operation.

HP is taking the agile movement serious. Release after release they have added functionality to make life easier for agile teams. The only challenge for customers is that it is not that easy to see. Most of the features are just built-in enablers. With the exception of the agile accelerator experienced users are needed to turn these features into great agile solutions.

AgileQC Newsletter 2010 08 released

On August 31, 2010 we released the new AgileQC.net newsletter with information about agile development and HP Quality Center. The newsletter contains the following items:

  • Upcoming Webinar: HP Quality Center New Features
  • HP User Group Meeting Germany on September 14/15, 2010
  • HP’s Agile Accelerator
  • Forrester Wave: Agile Development Tools
  • Potential New Agile Solution from HP
  • Agile Testing Metrics

Read the AgileQC newsletter 2010 08

Best regards,

Andreas Birk
Gerald Heller
(Editors of AgileQC.net website and newsletter)

Business Process Modeling and QC

Gerald Heller

Those of you who are engaged or interested in business process modeling might enjoy the following news.

On July 27, 2010  I got aware that HP currently works on a built-in integration with modeling tools (ARIS,Provision…). The integration will support any modeling tool that supports BPMN (with the ability to export to XPDL file format).

The information came from Adi Kidron, an HP employee. It was posted on the LinkedIn HP Quality Center Group.

This integration will not only strengthen the testing side of HP Quality Center, but also support better the requirements process.

It will be interesting to see what other built-in modeling interfaces we may see in the next version of HP Quality Center.

Agile ALM with HP and CollabNet

Gerald Heller

On June 15, 2010 CollabNet® announced a collaboration with HP that will provide customers with an end-to-end Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) solution that supports software application development from requirements definition, through development and testing, to release. The end-points of the integration are HP Quality Center and the CollabNet TeamForge™ platform.

While CollabNet® has a pretty general integration and synchronization framework, this solution is specifically interesting because of its agile context. The integration provides bi-directional synchronization of requirements, epics, user stories, defects, tests, and more.

I’m pretty impressed by the outcome. It allows developers, project leads and testers to stay in the environment they use most. For example, if a developer adds a new task to a user story in TeamForge/Eclipse, the task will also appear as a sub-requirement of a user story in HP Quality Center. As a result a tester, who works in Quality Center will have the same information at hand. All relevant data is synchronized between the two environments. Even comments are being synchronized.

This looks pretty cool to me. It will definitely be worthwhile to give it a try. There is quite some potential for increases in work efficiency.

There is a recorded demo from CollabNet®, which provides a good impression of the integration.

HP SWU 2010: What To Expect?

Andreas Birk

HP Software Universe 2010 opens today in Washington D.C. Conference and exhibition will last for four days until June 18. I wonder what news it will bring for the HP Quality Center product family?

To set expectations, let’s look back to HP Software Universe Europe that took place in December 2009 in Hamburg. There, I participated in a QC roadmap presentation by HP product managers Roi Carmel and Raziel Tabib. They highlighted the following feature areas for the next release of QC (codename Maya):

  • Requirements management with integrated business process modeling (BPM), requirements templates, tracebility matrix, and other enhancements
  • Accelerated manual testing with new user interface and concurrent execution of tests on multiple platforms
  • Unified functional testing on business process layer, on application / GUI layer as well as on service / component / API layer
  • Quality project management with enhanced control and visibility for quality management on overall project management level
  • Extension of integration opportunities through the new and additional QC REST APIs

These announcements have set the stage and our expectations. Let’s keep an eye on what will be presented at Software Universe. Particularly interesting will be how those new features will be mapped on HP’s licensing model.

On AgileQC.net, Gerald and I will report and comment on forthcoming news and announcements.

Agile Perspective on HP Software Universe 2010

Gerald Heller

HP Software Universe 2010, the annual conference of HP Software & Solutions, will take place on June 15-18 in Washington D.C. I checked out the event program at https://www.hpsoftwareuniverse2010.com and put particularly attention at the agile perspective. Overall, the track on agile application development includes ten presentations. Five of which will be presented by customers, five by HP.

There is one session that really caught my interest. It is called Demonstrating ROI and breaking down the barriers between development and QA and will be presented by Todd DeCapua from ING Direct. Todd will talk how a 180-person development team overcame organizational barriers and formed 16 agile scrum sprint teams that delivered new features and functions to customers on a weekly basis. That looks cool to me; it will be very interesting to learn how HP tools have contributed to this approach.

In the session Using HP Quality Center workflow and customization interface to manage testing process flows Michael Deady from JCPenney will show how testing groups control the process flow for various testing methods, including agile, using QC 10 workflow customization.  This may give valuable insights into things that work.

HP provides a couple of talks which will provide insights into how it uses QC for their own product development. Probably the most interesting session from HP about agile will be How HP BTO applications support agile development today and in the future, by Raziel Tabib, Product Manager at HP. You can expect to get some impressions about agile support in the upcoming HP Quality Center release.

Stay tuned. In subsequent articles on this blog, I will keep on reporting about news from the upcoming Software Universe.