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Everything You Should Know About TestFLO Custom Fields – Part 1

Boguslaw Osuch - 12 December 2016 - 0 comments

Want to transform your Jira into a smart test management environment? TestFLO is your go-to plugin. TestFLO allows users to create a functional repository of test cases relevant to specific test conditions and coverage criteria. You can fill test plans with both manual and automated test cases from your repository. All the while, TestFLO will be filling out your test log for future reference and developing quality reports with plenty of insightful metrics that show the status of your testing process.

You’ll be able to continually evaluate your testing process and adapt it to respond to particular needs.

TestFLO is a viable alternative to the classic testing environment TestLink – have a look here to learn more about why you should make the move from TestLink to TestFLO (it’s easier than you’d expect!).

What are Custom Fields?

In TestFLO, test cases are regular Jira issues. Create a “Test Case” issue type, choose a name for it and it will appear in a drop-down list where users select either “Automatic” or “Manual” options.

Sometimes you might need to add a field to your test case or test plan. With TestFLO, you can add a custom field. TestFLO pulls all custom field types that are included in plugins you’ve installed in your Jira, and groups them into a functional library. But that’s not the end of it.

TestFLO itself features a selection of practical custom field types which you can use for all issue types, not just for tests.

In this tutorial we cover all custom field types included in TestFLO to help you make the most out of this incredibly productive feature.

Here’s everything you need to know about custom fields to take your test management to the next level.

Steps – Dynamic Table Field

With Dynamic Table, you can create a table with custom columns for storing the steps which need to be taken for the execution of your test case. You can use this field in other issue types as well, for example, to store organized data or decompose tasks.

You can easily add or remove rows and groups. All you need is a simple drag and drop to add new data. Import data from CSV and change it using a smart inline edit function. You can also check the statuses of your steps and review the change history of your table.

Dynamic Table allows browsing and editing test case steps in a clear and straightforward manner. A smart use of this chart will render your testing more efficient than ever. Have a look here to learn more about its configuration.

Steps Progress – Dynamic Table Color Status CF

This custom field is just perfect if you’d like to create a steps progress bar showing the progress of steps in your testing. Passed, in progress, and failed steps are marked in different colors, giving you an instant view into the progress of your test case or test plan. Your actions are divided into those happening in the user interface and admin panel, together with their input and the expected result.

This custom field is essential if you’d like to have full control over your testing process. Here’s how to configure the field to serve your testing needs.

Color Status

This custom field allows to represent issue status in the form of an understandable colored bar that helps in the quick visual recognition of the issue status. This field comes in handy when displayed as a column in your Issue navigator.

You can choose your custom colors to represent all issue statuses you need. Here’s a more in-depth look at the configuration – it’s very simple and straightforward. Remember that the Color Status custom field doesn’t replace the default status field. Consequently, it might become slightly confusing for your Jira users. Still, you simply need this custom field if you’d like to use the practical Subtask Color Status / TP Progress field.

Subtask Color Status / TP Progress

This is a custom field that displays the progress bar of subtasks or related issues. You can use this field to indicate subtask or issue progress in their progress or number value.

Just like Color Status, this custom field makes orientation around your issues and subtasks easier for users, helping them to quickly recognize the progress in critical areas and pinpoint issues which require their attention.

It doesn’t take a lot of time to get this one running. Go to your Configuration panel and choose Custom Field. Then pick a type called InTENSO [TMS] – SubTasks color status.

Tick the ‘Use subtasks’ box to calculate progress by subtask realization. All that’s left is to select statuses that will be recognized as finished, and your job is done! If you’d like to learn more about all the custom fields available in TestFLO, don’t miss out on the second part of our tutorial. Be sure to check out our blog regularly for more information about plugin updates, practical step-by-step guides, and more.

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