HP Quality Center Tutorial (Day 5) – Executing Test Cases Using ALM/QC

In our last HP Quality Center tutorial, we learned how to create test cases and link them to requirements.  For that, we took an example of Gmail application and explained how to create and add test cases in Quality Center.

Please read our previous tutorial Creating and Managing Test Cases, as we are going to use same Gmail.com test cases for execution in this tutorial as well.

What You Will Learn:

How to Execute Test Cases Using ALM/QC

Step #1: In the Test lab tab, choose the test set that you would like to run and click on “Run Test” or “Run Test Set”. Run Test- will execute the test set selected and the “Run test set” will run the entire set one test after the other until the end.  Click on “Being Run”. (Click on images to enlarge)

Step #2: If it is an automation test and the tool is integrated, then it launches and runs it in the testing tool. In that case, it auto-populates the test result.

Step #3: Since ours is a manual test, we will have to execute the steps manually on our AUT and set the results. Go to the test status field and click on it to set it to a certain value. You can also enter the actual result in the space provided.

Step #4: I am going to choose “Passed”. And am going to do the same for all the steps.

Step #5: When done, click on the cross button to the dialog. The following confirmation message is displayed. Click Yes

Step #6: Now you see, the status of the test is marked as passed.

Step #7: Let us execute the next test in the list.  I will follow the same steps and fail just one of the steps. The status of the test goes to failed if any one of the steps fails.

Tip: You can change this status any time you wish by clicking on the status column and setting the desired value.

Check the execution status in the Test Plan tab:

Once you have executed the test case, go back to the test plan tab and open the corresponding test case. Go to Test Configurations tab and the following is how the execution status gets reflected.

Check the execution status in the Requirements tab:

As you can see, the corresponding requirement’s direct cover status has changed to “Passed”.

Double click on the requirement and go to “Test Coverage Status”

Points to note:

1) The different states of a test case execution can also be customized by the Admin.

2) You can choose to parameterize a manual test by adding parameters to it. When the test is run, the actual test data can be entered.

3) At every step in your ALM, you can send email through it. To do so, find this icon in your ALM window and click on it. For example, in the test plan tab, I am clicking on it.

Once you click on it, the following dialog opens. You can enter the required details and send an email.


In previous and this tutorial we learned – how we create tests, add steps to the tests, link the tests to requirements, create test sets, adding tests to test sets, Executing the tests and finally backtracking our way to see how each activity affects the statistics each time.

Since we have seen how to pass or fail a test case, the only thing left to learn is to know how to add a defect for the failed test case. We will cover defects and other miscellaneous topics in the next tutorial which is also going to be the last in this HP Quality Center/ALM training series.

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