September 30, 2015
A Closer Look at TestTrack Dashboard Widgets
Now that you’re getting familiar with TestTrack dashboards, let’s dive a little deeper into the anatomy of a dashboard—the widgets. Widgets are the configurable, interactive views of data that make up a dashboard. There are a variety of widget types your team may already use or want to use. We’ll take a look at a couple of widgets that you may already be familiar with and a few new ones introduced in TestTrack 2015.1.
Currently assigned to me widgetThe Currently Assigned to Me widget shows a list of items assigned to you. This widget can help you quickly find items you need to work on. To open an item, click the tag (e.g., FR-4) or summary. You can also sort based on values in a column. Click the column heading to sort it. Click it again to switch between ascending and descending order. An arrow next to the heading indicates the order. To sort using another value, press Shift and click another column heading.
Recent activity widgetThe Recent Activity widget displays the 20 most recent activities performed on items. This widget can help you quickly see what items were recently added or updated and keep a pulse on what’s changing in the project. To open an item, click the summary of the activity performed (e.g. Test Run was edited).
Count widgetsCount widgets show the number of items that pass a specific filter. The filter name is also displayed in the widget. You can see that count widgets are colorful. A widget may have a colored border that always stays the same or one that changes as the number of items that pass the filter increases or decreases. For example, the Issues Overdue for Testing widget above is configured to have a red border unless there are no issues that pass the filter. Then, the border is green. A lot of teams use ‘stoplight’ colors (red, yellow, green) to give a quick indicator of where things stand. To go to the filtered list of items, click the widget.
New! Chart widgetsChart widgets show data in a variety of chart formats. These widgets can help you visually understand overall project metrics and status. There are many chart types available: area, bar, column, combo, line, pie, and scatter charts. You choose the item types to include and the data to show in the X- and Y- axis. If you already use live charts, you can copy the settings from most of them to easily create a new chart widget. Want more information or to focus on a specific data point? You can:
- Mouse over data in the chart to view more information.
- Mouse over a data type in the legend to highlight that data on the chart.
- Click a data type in the legend to hide that data from the chart. Click the data type again to show it.
- Mouse over a widget and click to expand it full size.