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What is the best way to set up RQM to support a maintenance and new development stream?

Colin Thorne (22421619) | asked Mar 04 '13, 11:57 a.m.
My team is coming to the release of the first version of a product, and we are using RQM to maintain our test plan, test suites, test cases, etc. We also run our tests from RQM using the RQM command line adapter.

I now need to set up RQM to have two sets of tests (by tests, I am talking about test plans, test suites, test cases, test environments, execution records and test results):
  • A set of tests which will be used for regression testing on the maintenance code stream. I expect these tests to change slowly when problems are found and fixed, so they can't be a read-only copy.
  • A set of tests which will be used for the next release. Initially this will be the same set of tests we already have. We will be adding (and probably removing) tests as our product is developed.
I have been trying to find the best way to set up RQM and hopefully find some best practices. What does anyone else do?
We are a small team and it will mainly be the same engineers working on both code streams and test cases.
I am using RQM and will shortly be moving to RQM 4.0

Thanks for any guidance.

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Tory Jaskoviak (52015) | answered Mar 18 '13, 4:09 p.m.
Hi Colin,

I found this library article concerning some process customization, including timelines and workflow:

Here is an article dealing with testing and requirements (if you use RM):

This is a great doc with general best practices and lessons learned:

There is also some information in the Info Center (3.X) concerning "Planning the test effort":

Hopefully this is a good place to start.
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Colin Thorne commented Mar 21 '13, 9:18 a.m.

Thanks Tory, looks like some useful documentation that I can use to help make a decision.

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