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IBM RQM Connection Utility 3.0.0 for vTESTstudio and CANoe



Vector RQM Connection Utility is an add-on tool for Vector vTESTstudio. It serves to integrate IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation and IBM Rational Quality Manager into the Vector testing toolchain - vTESTstudio, CANoe and CANoe.DiVa.
With the help of the connection utility you can:
  • Trace Item Extraction
Generate trace items out of DOORS NG requirements or RQM test case specifications.
Note: Trace items can be linked to test cases in vTESTstudio. The link to the trace item source (requirement/test case specification) is then written to the test case result in the CANoe report. An overview of the design coverage of trace items is given by the vTESTstudio traceability matrix.
  • Test Case Upload
Upload information about implemented vTESTstudio test cases to RQM.
  • Test Execution
Automatically execute a set of predefined vTESTstudio test cases in CANoe.
  • Test Report Upload
Upload test case results from CANoe reports to RQM.
The connection utility can be used with two different workflows:
  • Requirement Based Workflow
Trace items in vTESTstudio are based on requirements from DOORS NG. In order to achieve full requirement coverage, every trace item (requirement) must be linked to at least one test case implementation in vTESTstudio. A test case can be linked to any number of trace items.
  • Test Case Based Workflow
Trace items are extracted from test cases in RQM; they serve as test case specifications. For every trace item (test case specification) exactly one test case implementation must be realized in vTESTstudio.
Minimum required versions: vTESTstudio 2.1 SP4, CANoe 9.0 SP4, CANoe.DiVa 10.0. 
Minimum required versions for the usage of full functional range: vTESTstudio 6, CANoe 15, CANoe.DiVa 10.0.
Compatibility is ensured for the following versions:
IBM DOORS Next Generation 6.0 or higher 
IBM Rational Quality Manager 6.0 or higher

New Features V3.0.1:

  • Map vTESTstudio test case attributes to IBM RQM test case categories 
    • New section [TestCaseAttributes2TestCaseCategories] in INI file provides the possibility to map vTESTstudio test case attributes to RQM test case categories.
  • Reassessed verdicts from CANoe Test Report Viewer
    • A new option allows the usage of reassessed verdicts from the CANoe Report Viewer. With this option activated, the reassessed verdict are uploaded to RQM and a respective comment about the original verdict is noted in the result details.
  • CANoe Test Report Viewer links in IBM RQM test results
    • The result details of the RQM test case results now hold a link to navigate to the respective test case in the loaded report within the CANoe Report Viewer.
  • Set result details via command line for test report upload
    • New optional parameter -details provides possibility to set additional comment for the result details.
  • Weight Configurable for Test Case Creation
    • The system defined RQM test case category Weight can now be configured in INI file ([TestCaseCategories]) if a different value than the default of 100 should be used for test case creation.
  • Path to Applications Configurable
    • New section [RegisteredApplications] in INI file provides possibility to customize path to registered applications on Jazz Team Server (e.g. to quality management that default to ‘qm’).
  • Requirement types configurable
    • The requirement types to be considered for trace item extract can now be configured in INI file.
  • Extended Test-Case Based Workflow for CANoe.DiVa
    • This option supports the mapping of multiple CANoe.DiVa generated test cases to the same RQM test case. As a consequence all test case results that refer to the same RQM test case will be aggregated to one overall verdict during test report upload. A textual summary of the single CANoe test case results will be annotated to the aggregated overall verdict.

Requirement Based Workflow

  • The requirement based workflow comprises 6 phases that are visualized in the following graphic.
    1. Export requirements as trace items (connection utility)
    2. Create test cases / link trace items (vTESTstudio)
    3. Import design traceability (connection utility)
    4. Create test case execution records (RQM)
    5. Execute test unit (CANoe)
    6. Import test report (connection utility)
Interface of import/export functionality in through Jazz team server and vTest Studio

1.) Import/Export interface

Test Case Based Workflow

  • Overview
    The test case based workflow comprises 6 phases that are visualized in the following graphic.
    1. Export test cases as trace items (connection utility)
    2. Create test cases / link trace items (vTESTstudio)
    3. Import design traceability (connection utility)
    4. Create test case execution records (RQM)
    5. Execute test unit (CANoe)
    6. Import test report (connection utility)
Interface of import/export functionality in through Jazz team server and vTest Studio

2.) Import/Export interface V2

CANoe Execution Adapter

Test execution tab
This tab contains the integrated CANoe Execution Adapter, a vTESTstudio add-on that is also available as stand-alone application.
The purpose of the adapter is the activation and execution of a predefined set of vTESTstudio test cases in CANoe. This enables effective resource planning and support of various test strategies, e.g. executing all test cases that link to a changed requirement.
In test execution, choose the execution scope, see planned items and test cases and interact with them

3.) RQM Test Execution window

The adapter uses the CANoe COM API for the following actions:
  • Load CANoe configuration
  • Activation of test execution tree elements Start/stop measurement
  • Start test configuration
  • Read paths to test reports

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Related and Referenced Topics

Blog Articles:

Basics of Links and Link Types in IBM DOORS Next Generation - learn the basics about the linking and link types in IBM DOORS Next.

Linking Techniques in IBM DOORS Next - article explaining basic concepts and showing multiple ways of creation of links between artifacts. 

Link By Attribute Feature in IBM DOORS Next -  the article explains how to use the "Link by attribute" function to automatically create, update, or delete one or more links between artifacts based on values in the attributes of the artifact. 

Softacus Widgets:

Link Switcher -  widget developed by Softacus, that converts the context of artifacts links in a very short time. 

Module Link Statistics -  extension that provides users with a quick overview of the amount of the links in specific link types in a module.

Link Type Change-  extension developed by Softacus designed to enhance the functionality of DOORS Next Generation by allowing users to manipulate the direction of a link or convert it to another type of link. 

Links Builder- extension that allows the users to create a link between two artifacts in DOORS Next Generation according to the certain rules. 

Link by Foreign Attribute -  this extension allows users to create links between artifacts in the selected module(s), based on the attributes values. 

Show Attributes of Linked Artifacts -  this extension shows the attributes and links of the artifact that is currently selected. 


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