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Reconciling test cases with associated requirements in the Requirements Management application

When requirements are changed or are deleted in the requirements source application, you can reconcile the associated test cases with the requirements to show the latest requirement status. You can then identify as suspect test cases that contain requirements that are changed or are deleted.

About this task

Identifying suspect artifacts helps you update test plans and test cases quickly and accurately by responding to requirement changes. When a test case is marked as suspect, you can open a quality task to update the test case.


  1. Open a test case that has one or more requirements associated with it.
  2. Open the Requirement Links section.
  3. Select one or more requirements; then click the Reconcile Requirement icon Reconcile Requirements in Collections and Reconcile Requirement icon.
    The Reconcile Requirement window opens. In the Actions section, one or more of the following actions are displayed: Reconcile Updated Items or Reconcile Deleted Items.
  4. To reconcile test cases with updated requirements, complete the following steps:
    1. In the Actions section, select Reconcile Updated Items.
      The requirements associated with the action are displayed in the table.
    2. Review the changes to the listed requirements.
    3. Select one or more requirements to apply an action to associated test cases.
    4. Click an action icon.
      • Ignore: No action will be applied to associated test cases for this reconcile operation. The requirement will be displayed as modified in future reconcile operations.
      • Clear Suspicion: If associated test cases are listed as suspect, their status will be updated to clear this state.
      • Mark Suspect: Associated test cases will be marked as suspect.
      For selected requirements, the pending operation is displayed in the Action column. Repeat steps 4.c through 4.d until each requirement has a pending operation listed under Action.
  5. For any modified requirements, to update the associated test case, select Create New Quality Task.
    You will be prompted to create a quality task for each test case that is associated with the selected requirements when you click Finish.
    Note: You can create a new quality task only for the requirements for which you chose to apply Mark Suspect. The Create a new Quality Task option is disabled when Clear Suspicion or Ignore is applied.
  6. Click Finish.
  7. If you chose to create a new quality task for modified test cases, a window opens prompting you to create the quality tasks.
    1. Click the Create New Quality Task button.
    2. Select the task type.
    3. In the Summary field, enter a brief headline that identifies the work item.
    4. In the Filed Against field, select a category that identifies the component or functional area that the quality task belongs to.
    5. Assign an owner to the task.
    6. Set a due date for the task to be completed.
    7. Enter a description of the quality task and click OK.
    A quality task is created in the Change and Configuration Management application. The task appears in the My Tasks widget of the personal dashboard for the owner that you assigned the quality task to. The Links section of the quality task shows a related test case link for the test case associated with this task.
  8. If you receive a message prompting you to close and reopen the test case to show the latest changes, do so.

What to do next

After the quality task is resolved, you can change the suspect status of the test case so that the test case is no longer marked as suspect.

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