June 24, 2010

Configuring Story Points in TestTrack

Helix ALM
While planning the TestTrack 2010.1 release, we talked to a variety of customers and soon realized that every team uses story points slightly differently. Most commonly, the teams use story points as a high-level estimate of the difficulty of a specific task or work item. TestTrack is flexible in allowing you to manage stories in a variety of ways, we've outlined a straight-forward process here to get you started. As you become familiar with using story points, feel free to tweak your TestTrack configuration to better meet the need of your team. To use story points in TestTrack, you need to create a custom Story Points field and configure time tracking.

Create the Custom Field

  1. Login to TestTrack and choose Tools > Administration > Custom Fields.
  2. Add a new custom field, name it Defect Story Points, and be sure to make it an Integer field so that you can do column totaling in list windows.

Create custom story points field

After it is created, the Story Points custom field is available in your add and edit windows.

TestTrack custom story point field in defect view

Configure Time Tracking

  1. Choose Tools > Administration > Project Options and select Issues under the Time Tracking folder.
  2. Select the Story Points custom field from the Story Points field drop-down menu to enable time tracking.

TestTrack link custom field to story point

You have now configured TestTrack to use story points! In the following screenshot, notice the Story Points column and the column total at the bottom of the list window. There is also a live chart that shows story points for the current sprint.

TestTrack folder view with custom story point field

With this configuration you can start to implement story points for your projects while using estimated hours at the same time. Once your team feels comfortable using story points, you can remove the hour-based estimates if you'd like.