Querying for defects

This topic describes how to find defects that testers have submitted.

graphic is a workflow diagram that shows the Query for defects task
and its two subtasks: Configure development dashboard and View and
triage defects. Click this area to get information about fixing defects and verifying Click this area to get information about fixing defects, delivering, and building Click this area to get information about verifying fixes Click this area to get information about assessing iteration completeness Click this area to get information about configuring the development dashboard Click this area to get information about viewing and triaging defects

After the testing team deploys and tests the latest build, team members submit defects for problems that they discover. In your role as development lead you must find those defects, review them, and triage them.

Before you begin

Before you query for defects that were found in the latest build, the testing team must deploy the build, run their test cases, and submit defects for test cases that fail.

Step 1: Configure the development dashboard

The dashboard that is associated with the project area provides the information that you need to manage the project. IBM® Engineering Workflow Management includes predefined lifecycle queries that return work items that are linked to requirement and test artifacts. After you create the dashboard, add widgets to display the results of lifecycle queries.
  1. Create a project area dashboard.
  2. Add pages, or tabs, to organize the content. For example, consider creating separate pages for requirements, development, and testing.
  3. On the testing page, add three work-items widgets.
  4. Configure each widget to display the results of one of these lifecycle queries:
    • Defects affecting Requirements
    • Defects blocking Tests
    • Plan items with failing Tests

Step 2: View and triage defects

After you configure the dashboard, review the items that are displayed in each the work-item widget. Review the test cases to learn more about the failures. Check the priorities of the related requirements. Open each defect in the work item editor. Decide whether to fix each defect in the current iteration or in a future iteration. Set the Planned for field to the target iteration. Assign each defect to a developer.


You have configured a project dashboard where you can quickly see new defects. You have reviewed and triaged those defects.