Complete Tutorial Mercury Quality Center Part1

Posted on Nov 24 2007 - 11:33pm by Raj

Mercury Quality Center Formerly Test Director:

The purpose of this article to cover the following topics:

  • Testdirector Introduction
  • Understanding the Testdirector Interface.
  • Understanding Requirement Analysis Module Of Testdirector.

Quality Center – Introduction

  • Quality Center is an enterprise-wide application that is based on Java 2, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)technology.
  • TestDirector™ streamlines the quality management process — from requirements gathering through planning, scheduling and running tests, to defect/issue tracking and management — in a single browser-based application.
  • Mercury TestDirector for Quality Center supports high levels of communication and collaboration among IT teams. 
  • Mercury TestDirector for Quality Center enables your organization to digitize specific quality processes and procedures within the larger application lifecycle.

Quality Center- Usage:

  • Business analysts define application requirements and testing objectives
  • Test managers and project leads design test plans and develop test cases
  • Test automation engineers create automated scripts and store them in the repository
  • QA testers run manual and automated tests, report execution results, and enter defects
  • Developers review and fix defects logged into the database
  • Project managers create application status reports and manage resource allocation
  • Product managers decide whether an application is ready to be released.

QualityCenter Login:

Type the url of the  QualityCenter in the browser window and following screen will come:


To Login provide the user id, password and Domain name provided to you.

Quality Center – Features:

Web based application with the following features

  • Requirement management
  • Test plan
  • Test lab
  • Defects management

First tab of the Quality Center is Requirement management. Below the requirement specification tab’s workflow is given:


Define the Testing scope first:

Gather all available documentations of the product under test. Documents include

  • Business and Marketing Requirements
  • System Requirements Specs
  • Design Documents

Defining Requirements:

QA tester creates a hierarchical structure, defining the requirements.
For example,the requirement topic Application Security for a
Airline reservation system may be broken down into the following:


Analyze Requirements:

  • QA managers review the requirements.
  • The requirement is assigned a reviewed status if it is approved.

Requirement Module – Document View

Requirement Module – Coverage View

Requirement Toolbar:


How to Create New Requirement ?



  • Name the requirement
  • Fill the details for the requirement
  • Fill the Description using the Description Pane
  • Add an attachment to the requirement using the Attachment Button

Requirement Details


  • Creation Date, time, etc
  • Direct Cover Status – States how its linked to the tests. By default it is Not Covered
  • Not Covered means it has not been linked to any test

Adding an attachment

  • Attaching a file
  • Attaching a snapshot
  • Attaching a URL
  • Attaching System Information
  • Attaching an Image from the clipboard

Mailing Requirements:


Modifying Requirements

  • Renaming
  • Copying
  • Deleting
  • Modifying

Converting Requirements to Tests:

  • To convert all requirements, choose Tools > Convert to Tests > Convert All
  • To convert a specific requirement, choose Tools > Convert to Tests > Convert Selected
  • Choose an automatic conversion method





  • Testdirector is a comprehensive tool to document the entire test life cycle.
  • The Requirment Analysis module provides a mechanism to document the entire requirement details of the document.
  • Testdirector also allows linking of the requirement module to the real tests in the other modules.
  • More on the other three modules (Test Plan, Test Lab and Defect Management) in the next Articles.
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