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    How to handle not being able to alter baselines

    We are currently evaluating HP Quality Center as a test case management tool. We really like the product in the demo's we have seen but one thing that we don't like is the way it handles baselines. When we branch out software to start a new release we would create a baseline so we can alter the test cases to reflect the new features/changes. What we are worried about is when we have to go back to an older release of our software and make changes but we can't alter our older baselines to reflect those changes. We brought this up with the company that gave us the demo and he didn't have a solution.

    Can people look at the scenario I bring up below and see if you have ran into the same issue? If so how do you cope with it? There is a good chance that what we are describing isn't really an issue and the demo person misunderstood our concerns.

    Lets say we create a baseline for our software's 2.0 test cases just before we branch to start editing them for changes in version 3.0 of our software.

    1 month down the road there are a number of defects/changes to the software that have to go out in a patch release 2.1 of our software.

    We can't go back to the 2.0 baseline and update the changed areas and add in the new functionality/changes. Hence having a 2.0 baseline, an updated 2.1 baseline and a continuously changing 3.0 version of test cases.

    Before we push out our 2.1 software patch we will need to run through manual and automated tests that have the updated 2.1 fixes/changes but they won't have all the altered 3.0 changes that we are actively updating.


    Is the above scenario indeed a limitation with Quality Center? If so has anyone found a work around to the problem?

    Thanks advance for your input, we want to make sure we can work around this before we invest a ton of money into this software solution.

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    Re: How to handle not being able to alter baselines

    Hi Jtlee,

    The scenario you have described above is supported in QC Premier edition.
    After setting the baseline for version 2.0 you can branch this baseline to other location\project to work on version 3.0.
    In the same time you can alter the initial testcases to reflect changes that happen in version 2.0 (for patches\fixes etc...) and set baseline again (2.1\2.2 etc...)

    I hope it helps.

    Raziel

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    Re: How to handle not being able to alter baselines

    Tabib, thanks for the response, that is great news. Too bad it is in their top tiered software package, you would think that would be a standard feature. I haven't got too far into pricing but I am sure the premier version + licenses isn't cheap.

 

 

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