Mastering Testing with Visual Studio "11" Beta

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Course Description

This two day course, currently running using the Visual Studio “11” beta, is designed for testers looking to get up to speed with testing using Visual Studio “11” as quickly as possible.

The course focuses on features of Microsoft Test Professional “11” beta which is a standalone product or part of Visual Studio “11” Ultimate edition. The course teaches you how to plan and execute your tests using the Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) product. It looks at test suites, test plans, test cases and test configurations and how you can make your tests as resilient as possible.

During the course attendees will also learn how testers and developers can work more closely together to reduce the time it takes to find and fix software defects. Through the efficient use of new data collectors, developers should be able to pinpoint issues quicker than ever before. Testers will also learn how to manage their test plans over multiple iterations and releases of a product including how to deal with different code branches within the same Team Project.

This course includes hands-on labs to reinforce practical skills and ensure you’re ready to use the tools on your return to your workplace.

Course Objectives

This three day course is designed for team members who are responsible for the installation, configuration and administration of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013.


This three day course is designed for team members who are responsible for the installation, configuration and administration of Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2013.


Attendees should be familiar with Visual Studio and the basic use of Team Foundation Server.


Module 1: Introduction to Agile Testing

  • Traditional vs Agile Testing
  • How “Agile” relates to testing
  • Becoming an Agile tester
  • Understanding testing terminology
  • Keys to effective testing

Module 2: A lap around the testing tools in Visual Studio “11”

  • A look at the Visual Studio product family
  • Introducing Microsoft Test Manager “11”
  • The role of Team Foundation Server “11”

Module 3: Creating our first Test Plan using Microsoft Test Manager

  • Creating Test Suites
  • Mapping requirements to tests
  • Creating and managing test cases
  • Configuring Test settings including data collectors

Module 4: Executing test cases

  • Assigning a test case to a tester
  • Navigating the Microsoft Test Runner
  • Recording reliable action recordings
  • Test Case fast Forward

Module 5: Raising and Verifying Bugs

  • Raising a bug from the Microsoft Test Runner
  • View bug states
  • Verifying a bug fix

Module 6: Tracking our test progress

  • Assigning a new build to our test plan
  • Determining what’s changing between builds
  • Examining impacted tests

Module 7: Refactoring Test Cases

  • Creating Shared Steps
  • Reusing Shared Steps
  • Shared Steps in the Test Runner
  • Best Practises for Shared Steps

Module 8: Exploratory Testing with MTM

  • What is Exploratory Testing?
  • Exploratory Testing in Microsoft Test Manager
  • Creating Bugs and Test Cases from exploratory tests

Module 9: Test Release Management

  • The need for a Test Release Management plan
  • Moving from Iteration to Iteration
  • Copying Test cases to the next iteration
  • Dealing with multiple branches

Module 10: Test Automation and Coded UI Testing

  • Planning test automation
  • New Project types in Visual Studio “11” Beta
  • Creating Coded UI tests from action recordings
  • Using the Coded UI Test Builder
  • Enhancing and data driving your Coded UI tests
  • Using the Coded UI Test Editor

Module 11: Web Performance and Load Testing

  • Creating Web Performance tests
  • Data driving your tests
  • Creating and executing Load Tests
  • Understanding Load Test results
  • Upgrading Web Performance and Load Tests from VS2010

Module 12: Reporting test progress and the status of tests

  • Producing test progress reports
  • Using Test Scribe to produce Test Plan documents
  • Creating ad-hoc reports using Excel

Module 13: Testing Metro Style Applications

  • Configuring your Windows 8 device for testing
  • Configuring Data Collectors for Metro testing
  • Testing on remote Windows 8 devices

Module 14: An overview of Lab Management

  • What is Lab Management?
  • Using the Lab Center in MTM
  • Creating and managing lab environments
  • Configuring tests to run in a lab environment