Managing the team with work items

You can use work items to manage your work and to manage the work of your team.

With the Jazz-based work item system, team members can assign tasks and defects to each other and view everyone's status. Test plan authors and test case designers can distribute their work for review and track the status of each reviewer. Test cases can be linked to development work items to better track the progress of product features.

Prior to version 3, work items were managed locally within the tool itself or in an external defect provider, such as Engineering Workflow Management or Rational® ClearQuest®. In version 4, by default, work items are no longer managed locally. Rather, they are managed in the external defect provider.

If you use the Change and Configuration Management (CCM) application of Engineering Workflow Management as your defect provider, you can view the remote work item in an embedded tab within Engineering Test Management. The My Tasks widget will be updated accordingly to show the remote work items and defects. Bidirectional links are also created automatically for traceability and navigation. As a result, you can easily navigate to the work item from Engineering Test Management and also navigate to test artifacts from the Change and Configuration Management work item.

Predefined work item types

The following table lists and describes work item types and explains how they are represented in different versions of Engineering Test Management.

Work item type Description
Requirement An externally stored requirement work item. Starting in version 3, Engineering Test Management no longer uses the local work item system to store any type of requirement. All requirements, except the proxies for requirements imported from Engineering Requirements Management DOORS®, are requirement references to Requirements Management (RM). The proxies for Engineering Requirements Management DOORS are stored locally in the quality management (QM) database as modeled objects (not work items).
Defect An externally stored work item used to track a defect in the application under test. Starting in version 3, new Defect work items are stored by your Change and Configuration Management (CCM) provider. Defect work items migrated from version 2 are stored locally. However, the migration sets up Engineering Test Management so that it appears as just another CCM application. Therefore, you access local work items the same way that you access work items stored by any other CCM provider.
Task-Quality An externally stored work assignment that is typically associated with a test plan, test case, or test script. For example, when a user is asked to complete a section of a test plan, that user is assigned a Task-Quality work item. Starting in version 3, new Task-Quality work items are stored by your Change and Configuration Management (CCM) provider. Task-Quality work items that are migrated from version 2 are stored locally and accessed the same way as migrated Defect work items.

In version 3, any new requirements that you create are created in the Requirements Management (RM) application that can be installed with the product. It is recommended that you create Defect and Task-Quality work items in the Change and Configuration Management (CCM) application or another external CCM provider.

Note: Using a project area that has been migrated from version 3, it is still possible to create and manage Task-Quality work items within the tool, but to take full advantage of lifecycle integrations, it is highly recommended that you create and manage new work items in the Change and Configuration Management application.

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