Team Services | TFS 2017 | TFS 2015
The Test & Feedback extension (previously called the Exploratory Testing extension) helps teams perform exploratory testing and provide feedback. Everyone in the team, such as developers, product owners, managers, UX or UI engineers, marketing teams, early adopters, and other stakeholders can use the extension to submit bugs or provide feedback and contribute to the quality of your product.
What is the Test & Feedback extension?
The Test & Feedback extension is a simple browser-based extension you can use to test web apps anytime and anywhere, and is simple enough for everyone in the team to use. It helps to improve productivity by allowing you to spend more time finding issues, and less time filing them.
Using the extension is a simple, three step process.
Capture your findings quickly and easily using the tools in the extension. Capture notes, screenshots with annotations, and screen recordings to describe your findings and highlight issues. Additionally, in the background the extension automatically captures rich data such as user actions as an image action log, page load data, and system information about the browser, operating system, memory, and more that can serve as a starting point for debugging.
Create work items such as bugs, tasks, and test cases directly from the extension. The captured findings automatically become a part of the work item. Users can file a bug to report an issue with the product, or create a task that indicates a new work requirement. The extension can also be used to create test cases for scenarios discovered during exploration.
Collaborate with your team by sharing your findings. Export your session report in Standalone mode, or connect to Team Services or Team Foundation Server (2015 or later) for a fully integrated experience including exploring user stories and backlog items, simplified tracking and triaging of bugs and tasks, and managing feedback requests in one place.
As users perform exploratory testing, you can get insights from the sessions in the Test hub of Team Services or TFS. View completed exploratory sessions and derive meaningful insights across all the sessions. Get end-to-end traceability such as a breakdown of the work items created, the work items explored and not explored, session owners, and more.
Install the Test & Feedback extension
Check the list of supported browsers and decide which you want to use.
Download and install your chosen browser, if you haven't already, then open it.
Go to Visual Studio Marketplace > Test & Feedback and choose Install.
Follow the instructions shown to install the Test & Feedback extension in your browser:
If you are using Google Chrome, choose the Install link to open the Google Chrome web store and follow the instructions to install the extension.
If you are using Mozilla Firefox 50.0 and higher, choose the Download link and save the file to a local folder on your computer.
Select and drag the downloaded file and drop it on any tab in Firefox.
You need to install the extension or add-on only once. Afterwards your browser will update it automatically.
Select an exploratory testing mode
Open the extension you installed in your browser by choosing the icon.
Decide if you want to use the extension in Connected or Standalone mode.
Available to all users of Team Services and TFS 2015 or later:
- Users with Basic access: Full capture and create capabilities to submit bugs, tasks, and test cases. Includes collaboration capabilities such as end-to-end traceability, rich insights across completed exploratory sessions, simplified tracking and triaging for bugs and tasks, and more.
- Users with Stakeholder access: Full capture and create capabilities, except for test cases, to submit feedback and respond to feedback requests from the team.
- Feedback experience is available only in Team Services and TFS 2017 or later.
Available to everyone. No connection to Team Services or Team Foundation Server is required. Take notes and screenshots with inline annotations to capture issues. Create bugs and export a session report to share findings.
If you have problems connecting to Team Services or TFS, you may find the topic TF31002: Unable to connect useful.
Try this next
- Use the Test & Feedback extension in Connected mode
- Use the Test & Feedback extension in Standalone mode
- Get stakeholder feedback with the Test & Feedback extension
Q: Which web browsers does the extension support?
Some browser versions do not currently support all the features of the Test & Feedback extension.
|Capture screenshots with inline annotations||Yes||Yes|
|Capture screen recordings||Yes||No|
|Capture page load data||Yes||No|
|Capture user actions log||Yes||No|
|Capture system information||Yes||No|
|Create tasks and test cases||Yes||Yes|
|Create feedback requests||Yes||Yes|
|Export session report for sharing||Yes||Yes|
|End-to-end tracability for workitems||Yes||Yes|
|Simplified bug and task tracking and triaging||Yes||Yes|
|View and get insights from sessions||Yes||Yes|
|View similar existing bugs||Yes||Yes|
|Test app on devices using cloud providers such as Perfecto||Yes||No|
|Manage feedback requests||Yes||Yes|
For more details, see Visual Studio Marketplace.
Q: How do I play the video recordings I created with the extension?
Q: Does the extension support Team Foundation Server?
A: The Test & Feedback extension supports Team Foundation Server 2015 and later. All users, including stakeholders, can use the extension in Connected mode with all the functionality except session insights and the request and provide feedback flow, which are supported only for TFS 2017.