December 23, 2010

Open vs. Closed Workflow State Attributes

Helix ALM

Most TestTrack workflows consist of several states, each representing a status in the process. Usually, several of these states are considered "open", meaning more steps are needed before completing the item. Also, there are states that are considered "closed", meaning that an item is finished when it reaches that state.

In TestTrack, open vs. closed is designated through the use of state attributes. Each state in the workflow must have a state attribute of either "Open" or "Closed". [caption id="attachment_6467" align="aligncenter" width="194" caption="State Attributes"]State Attributes[/caption] You can use state attributes several ways. Since you can filter based on state attribute, you can build a filter so you get a list of all items that are open. This would show you all the items that are currently in a state whose attribute is open. [caption id="attachment_6469" align="aligncenter" width="371" caption="Open Items Filter"]Open Items Filter[/caption] You can also create a Live Chart that shows you the breakdown of Open versus Closed items. Using that chart in a folder gives you a quick glance on how you are doing.

[caption id="attachment_6473" align="aligncenter" width="307" caption="Live Chart Set Up"]Live Chart Set Up[/caption] You can also report on state attribute. When you create a trend report, you can select the "Open vs. Closed" option. This report will show you how many items were open and closed during the period you select (day, week or month). [caption id="attachment_6474" align="aligncenter" width="248" caption="Open vs. Closed Trend Report"][/caption]