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Test Activity Excel Report

You can use the Test Activity report to help monitor the number of manual tests that the team has run over time. This report is available only after the team creates test plans and starts to run tests by using Microsoft Test Manager. For information about how to define test suites and test plans, see Organizing Test Cases Using Test Suites.

For information about how to access this report, see Excel Reports (Agile).


You can view the Test Activity report from the Test dashboard. You can access this dashboard only if your team project portal has been enabled and is provisioned to use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. For more information, see Access a Team Project Portal and Process Guidance.

In this topic

  • Data in the Report

  • Interpreting the Report

  • Updating and Customizing the Report

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A team uses Test Cases to define both manual and automated tests that it can run and manage by using Test Runner and Microsoft Test Manager. By using Microsoft Test Manager, you can create not only Test Cases but also test suites and test configurations that support testing your project. You can use test configurations to define how you want to run your Test Cases and test suites. You can group your Test Cases together by organizing them into a hierarchy of test suites in your test plan. By creating test suites, you can run sets of Test Cases as a group. For more information, see Defining Your Testing Effort Using Test Plans.

Required Permissions

To view the report, you must be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned the Read permissions in SharePoint Products for the team project.

To modify or customize the report, you must be a member of the TfsWarehouseDataReaders security role in SQL Server Analysis Services. You must also be assigned or belong to a group that has been assigned the Members permissions in SharePoint Products for the team project. For more information, see Grant Access to the Databases of the Data Warehouse for Visual Studio ALM and Managing Permissions.

Data in the Report

You can use the Test Activity report to understand how well the team is completing tests. This report is based on a PivotChart that shows the most recent four weeks of data that was captured for test results and that is stored in the data warehouse.

Test Activity Excel Report

Required Activities for Monitoring Test Activity

For the Test Activity report to be useful and accurate, the team must perform the following activities:

  • Define Test Cases and Test Plans, and assign Test Cases to Test Plans.

  • For manual tests, mark the results of each validation step in the Test Case as passed or failed.


    Testers must mark a test step with a status if it is a validation test step. The overall result for a Test Case reflects the status of all the test steps that were marked. Therefore, the Test Case will have a status of failed if any test step is marked as failed or not marked.

    For automated tests, each Test Case is automatically marked as passed or failed.

  • (Optional) To support filtering, assign Iteration and Area paths to each Test Case.

Interpreting the Report

You should expect the Test Activity report to vary depending on where you are in your product development cycle. Early iterations should show a gradual increase in the number of manual test cases that have been run.

You can review the report to answer to the following questions:

  • Is the trend of manual tests that the team is running consistently increasing?

  • Do you identify any spikes in the test activity that you cannot account for?

The Test Activity report indicates the results for each Test Case run for each test configuration and for all test plans. Spikes that might occur may be early indicators of problems in either the test activity or the quality of code that is being checked in.

You might want to check the status of recent builds, bug status, and code churn to determine whether the metrics for each of these factors can help explain the changes in test activity.

Updating and Customizing the Report

You can update the Test Activity report by opening it in Microsoft Excel and changing the filter options for the PivotTable report. You can customize this report to support other views, as the following table describes.



Test activity for an iteration

Change the filter for Iteration (default=All)

Test activity for a product area

Change the filter for Area (default=All)

Test activity for a specific test plan or suite of test plans

Change the filter for Test Plan (default=All)

Test activity for automated test cases

Change the filter for Is Automated (default=False)

Test activity for the last six, eight, or more weeks

In the Columns PivotTable Field List, replace @@Last 4 weeks@@ with a different Set

For more information about how to work with and customize PivotTable and PivotChart reports, see the following pages on the Microsoft Web site:

See Also


Test Dashboard (Agile)

Test Plan Progress Excel Report

Artifacts (Agile)

Other Resources

Excel Reports (Agile)