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What’s new in Rational Quality Manager 6.0.3

In this post, I am going to highlight three key enhancements to IBM Rational Quality Manager 6.0.3 that will make a difference for many of you: customization of manual test scripts, artifact comparison, and components.  For a complete enhancement list and more details about the content of this release, please see the New & Noteworthy.

Customization of manual test scripts

We started to work on this new capability in RQM 6.0.2. With RQM 6.0.3, you will now be able to take full advantage of it and author and run customized manual test scripts.

One of the customization point of manual test script is the ability to define custom step attributes that are shown as additional columns in the Manual Steps grid section of the script. In RQM 6.0.2, those attributes were read-only during execution. In 6.0.3, they can be made editable while running the test and used to capture additional details about the actual results.

This effectively enables you to create well formatted test scripts which look like the spreadsheets you might have used to do manual validation in the past.

RQM 6.0.3 Manual Test Script Customization Step

RQM 6.0.3 also brings the ability to add a new type of steps, called informational, which only have a description attribute and do not ask for a verdict or expected results at execution time. This type of steps can be used as a pre-condition or to provide guidance for the tester during the run.

Finally, a new option is available to give more flexibility on how the manual tests are executed. Once enabled, this option allows testers to run the steps in any order. In other words, you can now also use a manual test script as a checklist where the sequence of steps does not matter.

Artifact comparison

Users have now the option to compare two artifacts, such as two test cases, and visualize the differences side by side in details. From this comparison view, users have the option to start a merge operation. This new capability helps test teams with a large number of similar artifacts through reuse and refactoring activities. It is important to note that this new capability is available for all RQM project areas even if configuration management is not enabled.

RQM 6.0.3 Artifact Comparison


For project areas where configuration management is enabled, users can now define components to group together a set of linked test artifacts for which they would like to create a new baseline or parallel stream, independently from the other artifact in the same project area. For example, a test plan and all its related artifacts, such as test cases and test scripts can be placed into a specific component. RQM components can then contribute to a global configuration baseline or stream. Prior to 6.0.3, components in RQM were equivalent to project areas. With 6.0.3, you can have multiple components within the same project area. The support for multiple components is also available for requirements in DOORS Next Generation. Overall, this new capability will greatly enhanced the ability to reuse components as part of a product line engineering approach.

Additionally, RQM 6.0.3 provides the ability to visualize the version history of test artifacts in a graphical format that help users understand the parallel branches. From this tree-like view, users can select any specific version of an artifact and start a comparison or merge operation.

RQM 6.0.3 Version History

Rational Quality Manager is part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management and the IBM IoT continuous engineering solution. New users can try Rational Quality Manager on the cloud by going to  To download and install Rational Quality Manager, go to


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