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Software Testing Using TFS 2017 or VSTS

ALMT | 2 Days | Intermediate | Testers, QA Engineers, Developers

This three day course is designed for testers who need to gain a solid practical knowledge of software testing using Visual Studio ALM and Microsoft Test Professional (MTM).

Microsoft MVP: Visual Studio and Developer Technologies

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This two-day course is designed for testers who need to gain a solid practical knowledge of testing applications using Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2017 or Visual Studio Team Services.

The course focuses primarily on the use of the web-based Test Hub—with some topics including Microsoft Test Manager 2017, which is both a stand-alone product and part of Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise edition.

The course teaches you how to design test plans that include test cases, test suites, and test configurations. Best practices are also discussed, including how you can use shared parameters and shared steps to reduce maintenance overhead.

We will examine the web-based Test & Feedback extension to improve productivity by allowing you to spend more time finding issues, and less time filing them. Attendees will learn how testers and developers can work more closely together to reduce the time it takes to find and fix software defects. Testers will learn how to manage their test plans over multiple iterations and how cloning and copying between test plans can save time and effort.

The course also looks at how you can add, edit and execute tests using the Kanban board. Finally we’ll examine creating a test/QA dashboard to illustrate progress and take a brief look at test automation.

This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools upon your return to the workplace.

If you have more than 5 people to train it can be more cost effective to have Martin come onsite and deliver a private course just for you. You can request a private course to be delivered onsite at your offices.

Schedule of Software Testing Using TFS 2017 or VSTS classes

You can view our full list of training classes as well as our specialist Scrum & Agile Courses from as well as our DevOps & ALM Courses from and Accentient.

We have a number of public classes upcomming in the next few months on our Training Schedule that might be of intereste

Learn more than you ever have before

At the completion of this course, attendees will be able to;
  • Explain the testing capabilities of the Visual Studio ALM product suite
  • Create and manage test plans and test suites
  • Manage test configurations and assign non-default configurations to test cases
  • Create high quality, maintainable test cases
  • Execute tests using both the web-based test runner and Microsoft Test Runner
  • Use Test Case Fast Forward to help speed up the testing process
  • Create actionable, high quality bug reports
  • Verify resolved bugs and manage the bug lifecycle
  • Conduct exploratory testing using the Test and Feedback extension
  • Conduct exploratory testing using Microsoft Test Manager
  • Manage Test Plans over multiple iterations and releases
  • Create a dashboard to show test status and progress
  • Report on test results and testing progress
  • Gain an overview of how to create automated Coded UI Tests

This course is for you if…

This course is designed for team members that perform the role of Tester within their team in either a full time or part time capacity. The course would also be beneficial for developers looking to increase their knowledge of testing.

Before coming to the course

Attendees should be familiar with software testing theory and practises.

Assessment and certification

Why Martin Hinshelwood & naked Agility

Martin Hinshelwood is the Founder/CEO of naked Agility Limited and has been their Principal Consultant and Trainer on DevOps & Agility for four years. Martin is a Professional Scrum Trainer, Microsoft MVP: Visual Studio and Development Technologies, and has been Consulting, Coaching, and Training in DevOps & Agility with Visual Studio, Azure, Team Services, and Scrum since 2010 and has been delivering software since 2000.

Martin is available for private consulting and training worldwide and has many public classes across the globe. courses

For our ALM Training courses we try to maintain thme with the latest and last version of TFS & VSTS. We can discuss trainings on older versions as well as helping you upgrade prioior to training.

  • Team Foundation Server 2013 [depricated]
  • Team Foundation Server 2015 [depricated]
  • Team Foundation Server 2017 [new]
  • Visual Studio Team Services (Was Visual Studio Online)

Note: Remeber that there is is only a loose relationship between TFS and Visual Studio. You can use Visual Studio 2012 with TFS 2017.

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Module 1 – A lap around the testing tools in Visual Studio 2017
  • A look at the Visual Studio product family
  • Introducing Microsoft Test Manager 2017
  • The role of Team Foundation Server 2017 or Visual Studio Team Services
Module 2 – Planning our testing effort
  • Reviewing requirements on the backlog
  • What is a Test Plan?
  • Defining our Test Plan strategy
  • Test types in Visual Studio
Module 3 – Creating our first Test Plan
  • Creating a new Test Plan
  • Organizing test cases using Test Suites
  • Mapping requirements to tests
  • Test configurations
Module 4 – Authoring a manual test case
  • Creating a new manual test case
  • Using Grid view to author and edit test cases
  • Appropriate use of expected results
  • Tagging test cases for better organization
Module 5 – Executing test cases
  • Defining which tests to include in a test run
  • Assigning a tester to run tests
  • Executing tests using the Web based test runner
  • Executing tests using the Microsoft test runner
Module 6 – Data binding test cases
  • Adding parameters to our test steps
  • Using share parameters across multiple test cases
  • Maintaining shared parameters
Module 7 – Refactoring Test Cases
  • Creating Shared Steps
  • Reusing Shared Steps
  • Shared Steps in the Test Runner
  • Best Practises for Shared Steps
Module 8 – Raising and Verifying Bugs
  • Raising a bug
  • The bug lifecycle
  • View bug states
  • Verifying a bug fix
Module 9 – Exploratory Testing
  • What is Exploratory Testing?
  • Installing the Test and Feedback extension
  • Creating Bugs and Test Cases from exploratory tests
  • Eliciting and managing feedback
Module 10 – Focus on Microsoft Test Manager
  • Data collectors in MTM and balancing storage
  • Test case fast forward
  • Action recordings
  • Raising bugs using the Microsoft Test Runner
  • Determining what’s changing between builds
  • Examining impacted tests
  • Exploratory testing using MTM
Module 11 – Testing from the Kanban board
  • A lap around the Kanban board
  • Interacting with tests from the Kanban board
  • Copying and reparenting tests
Module 12 – Managing test plans from iteration to iteration
  • The need for a test release management
  • Moving from iteration to iteration
  • Cloning Test Plans
  • Copying Test cases to the next iteration
Module 13 – Reporting test progress
  • Test related reports in TFS 2017
  • Creating a test/QA Dashboard
Module 14 – An overview of Coded UI Testing
  • Creating Coded UI tests from action recording
  • Using the Coded UI Test Builder

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