After reading various best practice documents from
various customers using Spira and reading the Spira manuals from top to
bottom again, I now understand the disconnect. Our company follows a
Defect-centric development and test process whereas SpiraTest is designed
to be Requirements-centric. This is why we keep hollering that we need
to group Defects in a release and generate test sets from Defects. This
is probably also why you keep scratching your head. We don't care if
requirements have been met or not. Our process ties together Defects and
Features into a release and then runs test against them. The functional
units have paired tests and then we look at Defect coverage instead of Requirements
So, where am I going with this diatribe? Well, just that I don't believe that there is a test tool on the market that follows a Defect-centric approach. This means that we go back to spreadsheets or learn to adapt. I am voting that we learn to adapt and adopt a Requirements-centric development and test approach. Our questions related to generating test sets based on defects and out frustration with the tools inability to handle hierarchical test sets (needed for paring tests) just evaporate.
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