Test Scribe: Test Plan Documentation for TFS

Surprisingly, I’ve heard from several people that they still want a hard-copy document form of artifacts that are getting stored in TFS like Test Plan documents or Requirements documents.  I can understand some situations like if you need to follow certain regulatory requirements as so forth but don’t really see the need beyond that why you would ever want a hard-copy :)  Help me understand more if you happen to be in that boat!

Anyhow, if you need a hard-copy test plan document then you are in luck!  Test Scribe has just been released which will take your test plan information, artifacts, and progress from TFS and generate a nice Word document.  Quite handy!  If only we can get the Requirements document power tool now then we’ll satisfy that other group of people!

I'd like to announce the beta availability of Team Test's first Power Tool release for Visual Studio 2010: Test Scribe.  This tool allows users of Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 to generate a Word 2007-compatible Test Plan Document from their plan, suites, test cases, and other artifacts.  Using the tool is a fairly straightforward process, including:

   1. Launch the Test Scribe tool.
   2. Enter your server/collection URL (e.g. http://myserver:8080/tfs/DefaultCollection)
   3. Select a Project.
   4. Select a Test Plan (previously created in MTM).
   5. Click the Generate button.

The resulting document will contain (among other things) a list suites with test cases and steps detail and pie charts detailing the overall progress of your Test Plan.  You can see a screenshot below showing several sections of a generated document.  Feedback is welcome and appreciated, and you can find the tool download at http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/d18873c7-909d-4788-a56e-0c496a1d8bb9.


Many thanks and appreciation to everyone who helped get this tool out the door.

More information available here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsqualitytools/archive/2010/01/11/test-scribe-test-plan-documentation-for-mtlm-plans.aspx


Ed Blankenship

Posted in TFS | Tools | VSTS | VSTS Testing

Sunday, 02 October 2011 14:49:14 (Pacific Daylight Time, UTC-07:00)
Hi Ed,

Just finished writing MTM Testing Scorecard using TFS API, not as posh as reports generated from test scribe, but really helps in Scrum Daily Tester stand ups. http://tinyurl.com/6f5umwp

Cheers, Tarun
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