Explore work items with the Test & Feedback extension

Last Update: 4/7/2017

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Use the Test & Feedback extension (previously known as the Exploratory Testing extension) to explore existing work items and associate them with a new or an in-progress exploratory session. After a work item is associated with a session, all new bugs, tasks and test cases created in the current session are automatically linked to that work item. This enables end-to-end traceability, and simplifies tracking and management of issues.

You can explore:

  • Work items belonging to a requirement category, a feature category, or an epic category
  • Requirements-based test suites and test cases.

You can explore a work item from the Kanban board or from the extension.

Explore work items from the Kanban board

  1. In the Kanban board, open the shortcut menu of the work item you want to explore, and choose Do exploratory testing.

    Opening the Do exploratory testing menu item

  2. A banner in the Work hub shows which work item is associated with your session.

    The banner shows the work item for your session

  3. Launch the Test & Feedback extension. If there are acceptance criteria for the work item, these are shown.

    Launching the Test & Feedback extension

    If you have not already started a session, start one now. The work item is automatically associated with the current or new session.

  4. All bugs, tasks, and test cases you create will automatically be linked to the current work item.

    Viewing the current work item

Explore work items from the Test & Feedback extension

  1. Open the Explore work item page in the extension and search for the work item you want to explore.

    You can search using the work item identifier or keywords in the work item title.

  2. Select the work item in the search results and choose Explore selected work item.

    Selecting the work item in the search results

  3. The work item is now associated with the in-progress session. If there are acceptance criteria, these are shown.

    Viewing any acceptance criteria

  4. All bugs, tasks, and test cases you create will automatically be linked to the current work item.

    Viewing the current work item

Q&A

Q: Can I explore multiple work-items in the same session?

A: Yes. To explore another work item, you must first dissociate the current work item from the in-progress session. Open the Explore work item page and choose Change.

Changing the work item you are exploring

Then associate the new work item with the in-progress session as described above.

See Also

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