M3 Rational Quality Manager Release Spurs Need for Training

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IBM’s third milestone release of version 4.0.1 of Rational Quality Manager has catalyzed an increase in demand for IBM Rational quality manager training. Like many other software consulting firms, Mid-Atlantic based Arcisphere Technologies has felt a noticeable increase in demand for services.

Long-time M2 users are now faced with the daunting task of reconfiguring the way they use the software to accord with the new allowances.

Long-time M2 users are now faced with the daunting task of reconfiguring the way they use the software to accord with the new allowances.

The newest edition of Rational Quality Manager boasts the ability to capture images for manual tests, force the capture of Actual Results when a test fails, use test plans to filter test cases in the table view, and edit saved queries.

The newest edition of Rational Quality Manager boasts the ability to capture images for manual tests, force the capture of Actual Results when a test fails, use test plans to filter test cases in the table view, and edit saved queries. Users will also have the ability to select iterations during text execution with datapools and edit test artifacts in table views. Though these new features were developed and implemented to respond to consumer need and improve the user experience, long-time M2 users are now faced with the daunting task of reconfiguring the way they use the software to accord with the new allowances.

Ryan Bryant, senior consultant at Arcisphere Technologies, notes that many long-time clients are requesting custom training packages to facilitate their teams’ transitions from M2 to M3. “I do a lot of work with a team in Boston: they are eager to work with the new features, especially the new data pool feature, but they recognize the need for retraining. When you become so fluent in a program, even slight changes will throw off your fluidity and it is imperative that all team members be up to speed and operating on the same page--especially when we are talking about quality assurance.”

Bryant goes on to note that though the improvements are geared at saving time and promoting efficiency in the development life cycle, users must be trained in the changes to be able to leverage the benefits of the new features. “In M3, there’s this nice feature where users can view Test Plans and Test Cases, side by side. The view can be confusing, but once you get the hang of it, you will quickly be able to pinpoint what Test Plan a Test Case is part of and even identify orphan Test Cases, and so on.”
The initial Beta phase of Requirements Quality Manager was released in 2009 and the software has since undergone many fixes and improvements to facilitate the user experience and meet the software development lifecycle needs.

About Arcisphere Technologies

Arcisphere Technologies helps clients navigate the end-to-end software development process using the IBM Rational product line. Founded by former IBM employees, Arcisphere’s team has unmatched expertise in the best practice techniques and strategies for simplifying the software development process to maximize the efficiency and productivity of clients. Arcisphere Tech builds collaborative relationships with clients in order to understand their changing needs and deliver results, and offers Consulting, Training, Staffing and Staff Augmentation services to deliver business solutions that are fully customizable to both the immediate and long-term goals of each client.

Learn more about Arcisphere at http://www.softwarelifecyclepros.com or by calling (888) 553-6563

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