History Report

Okay, my recent post was about my Changes Report. In this post I’m writing about my History Report, which is a spreadsheet.

(If your history report is a spreadsheet, too, you may want to skip the first three paragraphs below, and resume reading at Each verdict cell.)

Headers

The left headers are in the first few columns at the left; their job is to identify each row as belonging to a single test verdict. I’m using the Ruby gem MiniTest::Unit, so the identifying information is: suite name, test name, method name, verdict identifier.

The top headers are in the first few rows at the top; their job is to identify the build and summarize the results. Each column’s headers include the date and time, the build identifier, and the count of each possible outcome: passed, missed, failed. The leftmost of these build columns is for the most recent build. Older builds are represented in columns to the right.

Body

Each column (other than those I’ve just mentioned) show the verdicts for a single test run; the most recent run is just to the right of the identifying information, and the older runs are to the right of that.

Each verdict cell shows the outcome for the verdict in that row: passed, missed, or failed. These outcome cells are colored according to their values. (See my post on colors.)

Beyond that, there’s one other important bit of data involved: if the verdict or its underlying data changed since the previous test run, the verdict is rendered in bold and italic, and is in fact a link. The link takes me to the very verdict in the Changes Report, and there I find the full information about the verdict: its expected and actual values for the current and previous test runs.

The bold italic link is present only when there was a change in the verdict. That means that for an old (unchanged) verdict, I can look to the right to find the most recent bold italic link, and that tells me when the most recent change occurred.

The remaining item I’ll be adding (soon) is a column for defects. Each cell will be a link to the defect item (in Rally), if there is one.

Oh, and did I say? Both my Changes Report and my History Report are generated automatically from the test logs (the only exception being the defect information, which must be updated manually).

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