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Rational Quality Manager

Quality management · Manual testing · Continuous improvement

What's new in Rational Quality Manager

4.0.6 (February 2014)

Usability and productivity enhancements
  • For easier planning and tracking with test suites, enable a new feature so that test case execution records are created automatically at the time of test suite execution record creation.
  • Support for systems testing through enumerated project execution variable.
  • Demo: From Rational DOORS Web Access, link requirements to Quality Manager test script steps for enhanced traceability.
Find out more

4.0.5 (December 2013)

Preconditions for managing test plan approval

New preconditions allow you to ensure that a test plan is approved only when all test cases have been approved.

Demo: Adding preconditions to require test cases

Advanced test artifact organization using categories
  • Improved ease of use for creating categories
  • Ability to add multiple custom sub-categories for a test artifact category
  • Filter sub-category selection values in the inline filter based on parent category selections
Enhanced control over long-running test suites

You can now pause and resume, and stop the execution of test suites. If you pause a test suite run, it takes effect after the current running automated test script finishes. If you stop the execution of test suites, all of the execution requests that have not completed are canceled.

The following picture shows the Stop Run and Pause buttons in the Test Suite Execution Console.

Improved workflow for approving test artifacts

You can see all of the workflow enabled child artifacts in a test plan in the new sections: Test Scripts, Test Case Results, and Test Suite Results.

The new sections improve the workflow for the multi-artifact approval process because you can transition between states and approve or reject artifacts without leaving the test plan editor.

Restore deleted test artifacts

If you need that deleted test artifact back, you can now restore it in the Trash view. To open the Trash view, click Admin > View Trash.

The following picture shows the dialog for restoring a deleted artifact.

Preconditions for managing test plan approval

New preconditions allow you to ensure that a test plan is approved only when all test cases have been approved.

Demo: Adding preconditions to require test cases

Learn more about what's new in 4.0.5

4.0.4 (September 2013)

E-signature and test execution results enhancements

New features help you track test artifacts and activities for auditing.

  • E-signature can be set up as a requirement for locking or approving test plans, test scripts, test suites, execution results, and test suite results. To perform an E-signature, a user must enter user ID and password and select a meaning for the signature from a set of user pre-defined values.
  • The following information is captured automatically at execution time: tester information and the workflow states of the referenced test plan, test case and test script, where applicable, at the start of the test execution.
  • For auditing purposes, it is possible to query the list of all testers involved in running a test in the table views and export that information to CSV and PDF formats.

Demo: E-signature and test result audit improvements

Manual test script editor enhancements

The manual test script editor offers new ways to manipulate a set of test steps at once, to deal with test data and execution variables or to turn a set of test steps into a new keyword.

More real estate is dedicated to the content of the steps and users can choose from several layouts and options to display the script in the most convenient way for the work to be accomplished.

Demo: How to use the manual test script editor (4.0.3 Tech Preview)

Learn more

4.0.3 (June 2013)

Enhanced virtualization integration

Integration of IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server with Rational Quality Manager: Testers can now plan and control virtual components availability for testing and accelerate testing cycles.

Enhanced keyword usage

Enhanced keyword-driven testing support for multi-channel testing helps QA teams reuse test scenarios across multiple end points such as web and mobile, including an enhanced integration with automated test execution solutions such as IBM Rational Test Workbench through keywords.

Product line testing

Product line testing using duplication and linking of test artifacts as a way to manage the test of product variants. You can now duplicate and link an artifact as a way to support the need for parallel development and configuration management, including:

  • Make a shallow copy with no references
  • Make a shallow copy with references
  • Make a deep copy of test cases

Demo: Watch to learn more about the duplicate artifacts feature in 4.0.3.

Productivity improvements

Productivity improvements including the ability to customize main menu organization and test artifact templates, do in-line editing in table views, utilize the trash view and the permanent delete operation

Demo 1: Watch to see how to take advantage of the new menu customization to match your needs.

Demo 2: Watch and see what new artifact template features are available.

4.0.2 (March 2013)

Fixes for improved quality and performance, and new browser support for Firefox 17 are all part of our latest release.

See Release Notes for a list of fixes >
System requirements >

4.0.1 (November 2012)

Speed up test creation and edition
  • Be more efficient with additional ways to create, edit, sort, filter, and query test artifacts.
  • Capture screenshots directly from the manual test script editor and during manual test execution.
  • Quickly find Test Case Execution Records by filtering the view based on Test Case categories.
  • Use test plans or the team area to filter test cases in a table view.
  • Edit many test cases and test results at once with additional bulk update actions.
  • Ability to generate Test Case Execution Records directly from Test Case Execution Records table view.
  • Organize test data using custom categories.
  • Select records from test data to be used during test execution.
Filtering by test case categories


Capture screenshot feature
Build the right tests with requirements-driven testing
  • Visualize requirement coverage gaps with the new Coverage view.
  • You get the ability to see backlink status in traceability view.
  • Improved link labels between DOORS requirements and Rational Quality Manager test artifacts.
  • Improved Requirement Collection Links section.
  • When reconciling a master test plan, see which requirements are already covered by its child test plans.
Reconcile tests with requirements
Meet regulatory requirements through advanced customization
  • New addition of the required approvals precondition.
  • Change automatically test artifact state based on the state of the formal review approvals.
  • Auto-lock test artifact based on test artifact state.
  • In manual testing, mandate actual result for every step, when step fails.
  • Prevent modification of an approval group once it has been completed.
  • Archive and copy approval groups.

Demo: New in the 4.0.1 web UI
Watch how to use preconditions and follow-up actions to guard against the creation of faulty test scripts for a project.

Auto-lock triggers for test artifacts

Get deeper insights with new reporting and dashboard options
  • Report on many more parameters thanks to the new RRDI schema.
  • View master and child test plans in reports -- and a new report parameter: Most Recent Iteration Only.
  • Test status across multiple milestones.
  • Enhancements for Java ETL logging.
  • Export manual test script to PDF in condensed format.
Master test plan and child test plans

Integrate your test automation frameworks with Rational Quality Manager

  • Interface any test automation tool with Rational Quality Manager using the new test execution adapter SDK.
  • OSLC Automation Service Provider preview.
  • Make Rational Quality Manager part of your continuous integration testing system with the ability to start test execution using Apache Ant scripts.
Integrate with Atlassian Jira

IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters extend Rational Quality Manager to integrate with Atlassian® JIRA® -- submit defects from Rational Quality Manager.

More about IBM Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters >

JIRA integration

4.0 (June 2012)

  • Many new features for test planning, test execution, requirements, and reporting
  • New test recorder for recording manual scripts
  • Support for project and team dashboards
  • CSV export feature for table artifact views
  • Integrations with DOORS 9.4 and Rational Quality Manager 4.0 OSLC V2 integration
  • New functionality and improved user interfaces for working with requirements
  • Changes and improvements to the RQM Reportable REST API
  • Clustering for high availability
  • Server renaming so that you can change the public URLs of servers
  • Read more ...

3.0.1 (June 2011)

  • User definable hierarchy organizations
  • Ability to establish dependencies between categories
  • Enhanced requirements capabilities within Rational Quality Manager
  • Read more ...

2.0.1 (March 2010)

  • Introduction of master test plans and project templates
  • Expanded capabilities to locate, edit, and copy test artifacts
  • Support for Windows 7, Windows 2008 Server R2, and Solaris
  • Read more ...

2.0.0.1 (October 2009)

  • Collaborative ALM - new integration with RRC
  • System z Linux support
  • Expanded environment support - Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.5
  • Read more ...

2.0 (July 2009)

  • New risk based testing
  • Customizable reporting
  • New hierarchical views
  • Read more ...

1.0.1.2 (October 2009)

1.0.1.1 (April 2009)

  • Adopts the 1.0.1.1 release of the common server architecture that RQM shared with RTC
  • Upgrade installation
  • Read more ...

1.0.1 (March 2009)

  • Multiple Project Support
  • Common Server Architecture
  • Read more ...