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How to set a work item's QA Team and Phase Found using RTC Plain Java API?

cheng yingying (324) | asked Nov 28 '14, 2:58 a.m.
edited Nov 28 '14, 3:50 a.m.

According to posts in this forum, I should use following code to set QA Team and Phase Found.

IAttribute qaAttribute = workItemClient.findAttribute(projectArea, "qa_team", null);

IAttribute phaseAttribute = workItemClient.findAttribute(projectArea, "howfound", null);

workItem.setValue(IAttribute, Object);

But My Question is:

If I have known the QA Team's name(For example, FVT), and PhaseFound's name(For example, Phase 1), how to get those objects which would be used by workItem.setValue(...)?

Which class and method should I use to get the corresponding objects. I want to know how to write the code as below:

IAttribute foundInAttribute = workItemClient.findAttribute(projectArea, "foundIn", null);
IDeliverable foundIN = workItemClient.findDeliverableByName(projectArea, foundIn,
     IDeliverable.SMALL_PROFILE, null);

Of course, other implementation is welcome.

Thanks in advance.


These two attributes might be customized attributes:

displayName: QA Team
attributetype: test_team
identifier: qa_team

displayName: Phase Found
attributetype: HowFound
identifier: howfound

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Ralph Schoon (62.3k33643) | answered Nov 28 '14, 4:24 a.m.
It is unclear what type is used for these attributes. I assume it is an enumeration. If this is the case, look here
cheng yingying selected this answer as the correct answer

cheng yingying commented Nov 30 '14, 10:28 p.m.

Thanks for your help, Ralph. It really helps!

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cheng yingying (324) | answered Nov 30 '14, 10:28 p.m.
And I have a subsequent question. I've got following error when I have set values and save a defect work item. I have the permission to create a defect from UI. Does the following error mean I don't have the permission to create a defect by API? Thanks. : CRJAZ6053E The 'Save Work Item' operation cannot be completed. Permission is required to complete the operation.
      at )

Name: Save Work Item
      Severity: ERROR
            Name: Required Properties
            Severity: OK
            Name: Required Approvals
            Severity: OK
            Name: All Children Resolved
            Severity: OK
            Name: Save Project Area
            Severity: ERROR
                  Summary: Permission Denied
                  Description: You don't have permission to perform the following actions:
  Modify the process specification (modify/specification)
                  Severity: ERROR
                  Name: Avoid saving private roles
                  Severity: OK

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sam detweiler (12.5k6191201) | answered Nov 30 '14, 10:57 p.m.
Looks like you are trying to save the project area.. not just the workitem


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cheng yingying (324) | answered Dec 01 '14, 12:47 a.m.
edited Dec 07 '14, 8:57 p.m.
Thank you, Sam.

I believe I'm saving a work item(defect), don't know why it triggered the saveProjectArea. Following is the related code. And I have used the similar code to save a work item(task) successfully. Confused.

private static class WorkItemInitialization extends WorkItemOperation {
private String fSummary;
private ICategoryHandle fCategory;
private IIterationHandle fIteration;
HashMap<IAttribute, Object> fAttributes;
public WorkItemInitialization(String summary, ICategoryHandle category, IIterationHandle iteration, HashMap attributes) {
super("Initializing Work Item");
fSummary= summary;
fCategory= category;
fAttributes = attributes;
fIteration = iteration;
protected void execute(WorkItemWorkingCopy workingCopy, IProgressMonitor monitor) throws TeamRepositoryException {
IWorkItem workItem= workingCopy.getWorkItem();

Iterator keys = fAttributes.keySet().iterator();
IAttribute key = (IAttribute);
Object value = fAttributes.get(key);
workItem.setValue(key, value);

String repositoryURI= "";//    
String userId= "XXX";
String password= "XXX";
String projectAreaName= "Lotus Connections";
String typeIdentifier= "defect";

String summary = "Post install bvt";
String categoryName= "Web/Cross Functional/Automation";//args[6];//filedAgainst
String plannedFor = "Main development/Release Backlog/2014 Development";//required by task, defect
String foundIn = "Automated BVT";//required by defect
String qaTeam = "Functional (FVT)";//required by defect
String phaseFound = "Functional (FVT)";//required by defect
IWorkItemType workItemType= workItemClient.findWorkItemType(projectArea, typeIdentifier, null);
if (workItemType == null) {
System.out.println("Work item type not found.");
return false;

IAttribute phaseAttribute = workItemClient.findAttribute(projectArea, "howfound", null);
Identifier literalID_phase = null;
IEnumeration enumeration_phase =workItemClient.resolveEnumeration(phaseAttribute, null);
List literals_phase = enumeration_phase.getEnumerationLiterals();
for (Iterator iterator = literals.iterator(); iterator.hasNext();) {
ILiteral iLiteral = (ILiteral);
if (iLiteral.getName().equals(phaseFound)) {
literalID_phase = iLiteral.getIdentifier2();
System.out.println("You found phase!!");
System.out.println("not found phase");
return false;
attributes.put(foundInAttribute, foundIN);
attributes.put(qaAttribute, literalID);
attributes.put(phaseAttribute, literalID_phase);

WorkItemInitialization operation= new WorkItemInitialization(summary, category, cih, attributes);
IWorkItemHandle handle=, null);
IWorkItem workItem= auditableClient.resolveAuditable(handle, IWorkItem.FULL_PROFILE, null);
System.out.println("Created work item " + workItem.getId() + ".");

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