One of the new and exciting features of Microsoft Test Manager 2012 is the enhanced support for Exploratory Testing. In the Test section of Testing Center, a new menu entry is available called “Do Exploratory Testing”. This is completely focused on Exploratory Testing.
The first time I started an Exploratory Testing session I noticed that one of the features is not working; Audio recording. I immediately noticed the warning;
OK, so where to start? All data automatically gathered during testing is configured by “Test Settings” using Data Adapters. The Test Settings can be setup through the Test Plan properties;
Scrolling down to the “Run Settings”, there is a pulldown list for Test Settings for Manual runs;
When clicked it shows a short list. Now we need to add a new entry or change an existing one;
Give it a name and click the tab Data and Diagnostics;
Notice the entry “Video Recorder”? By default it’s switched off. Switch it on by clicking the checkbox;
Click the Configure button
Check the “Enable audio recording” checkbox and click “Save”; Save and close the Test Setting and go back to “Test” > “Do Exploratory Testing” from the main menu. Now start exploring, but choose “Explore with options” by clicking the down arrow at the right of the Explore button;
In the options, select the Test Settings you have just created;
Click “Explore” and notice the information in the lower left side of the screen;
It works! Keep in mind that video/audio recordings are only saved after closing/saving the exploratory test session. So if you create a bug during the test session and don’t close the test session, the video/audio will not be available yet in this bug!