Microsoft Test Manager Training Foundations

Course Description

Why choose ALPI for Microsoft Test Manager training?
  • We use certified live instructors in both our in-person and virtual classes so you can ask questions and get answers right away.
  • We focus on real-world examples.
  • We teach using interactive, hands-on exercises.
  • This ALPI course is eligible for a free refresher guarantee so you can re-take the course within 4 months at no additional charge. Contact us for information about this unique benefit that gives you peace of mind.

This hands-on course covers using all of the features of Microsoft Test Manager and the Test Essentials edition of Visual Studio 201X and Team Foundation Server 201X. You will create test plans, test suites, test cases and test steps. You will parameterize and execute test cases and explore test results and test results reporting.

Powerful features of Microsoft Test Manager such as Fast Forward for Manual Testing, rich defect reporting, diagnostic data adapters and exploratory testing capabilities are covered in depth.

You will track work items with queries and report on testing activities using Visual Studio and the Project Portal. Hands on labs allow you to experience the full range of testing and test management activities in the Microsoft ecosystem.


3 day(s)


9 - 5 pm




Approximately 50% of this course is devoted to labs.

Intended Audience

The target audience for this course includes:
  • Test Analysts
  • Test Leads and Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Automation Engineers
  • Software Developers


  • Knowledge of Software Testing Concepts
  • Familiarity with Web Applications


Course Outline:
  • Introduction – Microsoft Test Manager and Team Foundation Server
  • Overview - Microsoft ALM
  • Overview - Work Items and Traceability
  • Exploring Microsoft Test Manager
    • Plan Module
    • Test Module
    • Track Module
    • Organize Module
  • Creating a Test Plan
    • Test Plan Overview
    • Test Plan Properties
    • Key Fields and Values
    • Integration with TFS
    • Populating Test Plan
    • Introduction to Test Configurations and Test Settings
  • Creating Test Suites
    • Introduction to Test Suites
    • Creating Test Suites
    • Requirement Based Test Suites
    • Query Based Test Suites
  • Creating Test Cases
    • Manual Test Case Work Items
    • Creating Test Cases
    • Adding Test Cases to Test Suites
    • Creating Test Steps
  • Enhancing Test Cases
    • Parameterizing Test Steps
    • Creating Shared Steps
    • Importing Test Steps
  • The Test Module
    • Manual Test Execution
    • Creating Action Recordings
    • Adding Diagnostic Information
    • Creating Bugs while Executing Tests
    • Analyzing Test Runs
  • Fast Forward for Manual Testing
    • Using Action Recordings for Replay
    • Iterative Tests
    • Replaying Selected Steps
    • Viewing Action logs
  • Executing Automated Tests
    • Test Controllers and Agents
    • Executing an Automated Test From Microsoft Test Manager
  • Verifying Bugs
    • Verifying Bugs on the Test Tab
    • Creating Test Cases from Bugs
  • The Track Module
    • Queries in TFS Team Projects
    • Using Team Queries
    • Creating Custom Queries
    • Creating Reports Based on Queries
    • Project Portal Integration
  • The Organize Module
    • Organizing Test Plans
    • Organizing Test Cases
    • Organizing Shared Steps
    • Organizing and Modifying Test Configurations
  • Bug Tracking
    • Bugs and Traceability
    • Creating Bugs
    • Diagnostic Data Adapters and Rich Bugs
  • Reporting
    • Types of Reports Available
    • Leveraging Included Reports
    • Reporting using TestScribe
    • SQL Server Reporting
    • Excel Reports
    • Creating New Reports and Graphs
  • Project Portal and Dashboard
    • Introduction to Team Project Portal
    • Creating Project Dashboards
    • Modifying Your Dashboard
    • Using Portal to Create Work Items
  • Conclusions and Best Practice Recommendations