Re-thinking Manual Testing

Nicholas Skaggs nicholas.skaggs at
Fri Feb 1 21:18:16 UTC 2013

Excellent feedback, thank you Phil. I will add it to the list that a 
launchpad mini-session would be of use to everyone. In the meantime, 
please explore and ask questions if you get stuck. Launchpad has some 
nice documentation:

I'll put together a really quick guide to complement that with just what 
you need to know to contribute to the projects we have now.


On 01/31/2013 08:26 PM, Phill Whiteside wrote:
> Hi,
> Puts hand up... when I initiated the classroom sessions requiring 
> people to "Have an ISO" and "Have KVM / VBox / TestDrive" installed, 
> the classroom team balked. They stated that we were taking too much 
> for granted on what knowledge a new comer would have. I have gone to 
> length to re-edit that section[1]. You  are now speaking in a language 
> that I do not understand, so there is about zero chance of a new comer 
> understanding it.
> You are expecting some one to know how to branch something from 
> launchpad? Well, I certainly do not and consider myself a reasonably 
> competent ubuntu user.
> Regards,
> Phill.
> 1.
> On 30 January 2013 23:10, Nicholas Skaggs 
> <nicholas.skaggs at <mailto:nicholas.skaggs at>> 
> wrote:
>     So, in an effort to bring more focus and exposure to manual
>     testing, I've been a bit busy setting up a cleaner way for
>     everyone to contribute testcases. In that vein, I'd like to
>     announce that the manual tests on the tracker(s) are now all on
>     launchpad. There is a launchpad project and you can branch and
>     submit merge requests to get new testcases or testcase
>     modifications in. In addition, you can easily file bugs when you
>     find something wrong in a testcase :-) Check the project out here:
>     Check out the tests here:
>     <>
>     So what does this mean for everyone? Let me share my thoughts and
>     talk about ways you can help.
>     It means anyone can see all the testcases in use at anytime, and
>     feel free to contribute / suggest edits, just like any other
>     ubuntu project. We will sync the testcases in the branch to the
>     tracker as updates happen to the branch. This solves several
>     problems of the current system; namely, only testcade admins can
>     edit the actual testcase, and credit for the testcase is not well
>     represented.
>     So what do we need help with?
>     1) The QATeam wiki (
>     <>) needs updated to reflect the new
>     project
>     2) The workitems found on the wiki
>     ( moved to bugs on
>     launchpad instead to enable better tracking. For example,
> This
>     will allow us to better describe the tasks. We can tag them as
>     to-do, and then assign and track and work them inside launchpad
>     instead of the wiki.
>     3) And of course, manual testcases need to be written and updated :-)
>     In addition, I'm working on a tutorial to demonstrate writing a
>     manual testcase under the new process (similar to the autopilot
>     tutorial). What else would you all like to see happen with manual
>     testcases? What would help or hinder your contribution? Let me
>     know your thoughts. Thanks!
>     Nicholas
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