Configuration Tab/Window - Graphs

The Configuration tab in the Analysis View module and the graph configuration window in the project reports' Configuration tab enable you to select data to be included in a graph.

ALM Editions: Cross project graphs are not available for Quality Center Enterprise Edition, Quality Center Community Edition, or Quality Center Express Edition. For information about ALM editions and their functionality, see ALM Editions. To find out what edition of ALM you are using, ask your ALM site administrator.

How to access configuration tab/window of graphs

Configuration tab:

Use one of the following:

  • In the Analysis View module, select a graph, and click the Configuration tab.
  • If you have the required administrator permissions, in the Analysis View module's Analysis Menus tab, select a graph and click the Configuration tab.

Configuration window:

  1. On the ALM sidebar, under Dashboard, select Analysis View.
  2. Expand the analysis tree and select a project report.
  3. In the project report, select a section node.
  4. In the Graph Selection area, select a graph and click Configure.

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How to configure entity or business view graphs

User interface elements for entity graphs and business view graphs are described below. The available configuration options depend on the graph type.

UI Element

Graph Type


Business View Business View

Enables you to select a business view on which to base the graph. Click the browse button next to the box, and select the desired business view from the list and click OK.

Period Entity (progress and trend graphs only)

The time period covered by the graph. Select a time period from the drop-down list:

  • Custom. A time period between any two dates. Set the start and end dates.

  • Week/Month/Quarter/Year. A fixed time period any time in the past. Use the arrows to jump to the next or previous period, or set the start or end date of the period in the drop-down calendars.

  • Last. A time period ending at the current date. Select a time unit (day, week, month, quarter, or year) and set the number of time units you want to cover in the graph.

  • All days. Includes all time periods from the beginning of the project until the current date.

Age Grouping Entity (Defects only)

You can group all defects older than a certain period (for example, older than six months) in one column, and all defects more recent than that period in a second column. Alternatively, you can group the defects by all available periods.

  • Select a period to group the defects in two columns.

  • Select No grouping to view all of the available periods.

Resolution Entity (progress and trend graphs only)

The time interval at which data is grouped on the x-axis.

Display Options Entity (progress graphs only)
  • Select Raw Data to view the number of requirements, tests, or defects over the period of time you selected.

  • Select Changes over Time to view the change in the number of requirements, tests, or defects over the period of time you selected. Each record begins at 0.

  • Business View
  • Entity (summary and age graphs only)

Select the data that displays on the y-axis.

  • Select Count to display the total number of items (for example, a count of open defects).

  • Business View graphs. SelectCount Distinct and choose a field to display distinct values for that field.
  • Select Sum of and choose a numerical field. For example, in Defects graphs, choose Estimated Fix Time to display the estimated time required for fixing the defects. Choose Actual Fix Time to display the actual time spent on fixing the defects.

  • Business View
  • Entity (summary graphs only)

The information displayed along the x-axis of the graph.

Tip: In cross-project graphs, select QC Projects to display the data by project.

Grouped By
  • Business View
  • Entity

Select a field to determine the information by which ALM groups data in the graph. You can group the data only by string or list fields.

Tip: For cross-project graphs, select QC Projects to group the data by project.

Progress or Trends graphs: If you set a filter on the same field as the Group By field, groups in the graphs may include values that you filtered out. This is because in progress and trend graphs the filter operates on current values, while groupings operate on historical values. For example, say the Group By field in a Defects graph is set to Status, and the current filter includes all defects whose status is Open. When the graph is generated, all previous statuses of the open defects, such as Rejected, will appear in the graph even if Rejected was not included in the filter.

Show 'Not Covered' parents Entity (Requirements only)

Choose whether to include parent requirements with a Not Covered status.

Show full path Entity (summary graphs only)

In summary graphs, if you select Subject, Plan: Subject, Test: Subject, or Test Set: Name in the X-Axis field, ALM displays the full path of the test subject folder.

Filter State  

Enables you to set dynamic filter conditions for graphs that are generated from within the Analysis menu in specific modules.

  • Custom. Enables you to define a customized filter in the Analysis Menus tab.

  • Special filters. The following predefined filtering options are provided:

    Note: When adding a graph to an Analysis Menu of a different module type from the new graph, you must use the Custom filter type. Selecting a special filter results in the graph being generated with no filter at all. For example, if you add a Defects graph to the Requirements Analysis Menu, and select the Context filtering option, ALM ignores the selection and generates the graph with no filter at all.

    • Context. Filters information according to the filter that is currently selected in the module.

    • Selected. Includes information for the currently selected entity in the module only.

      Note: In the Test Lab module, the selected entity is the selected test run instance, and not the selected test set.

    • Selected with Children. For hierarchical entities, includes information for the selected parent entity as well as child entities.

    • Current Entity Based. Includes information for the currently focused item in the module. You use this option to generate a graph in the Test Lab module on the test set level.

Available from: Analysis Menus tab only. You must have the required administrator permissions to view this tab.


Set Filter. Enables you to filter the data according to the criteria you choose. For details, see Select Filter Condition Dialog Box.

The current filter is displayed in the filter box.

Note: Setting the filter to the same field as the Grouped By field, may cause historical data to appear in the graph.

  • Business View
  • Entity

Clear Filter. Clears the current filter.

Base Filter  

Enables you to view the filter defined in the template project.

Available from: a shared folder if a filter was shared from a template project. For details on sharing as templates across projects, see the Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management Administrator Guide: Applying Template Project and Reports Customization to Linked Projects. (Available from ALM 15.0.1.)

Business View

Copy/Paste Filter Settings. Enables you to copy and paste filter settings from one Business View graph to another.

This is useful for reproducing complex filters in several graphs.

Note: You can perform this action only if the following conditions are met:

  • The source and the target graphs must contain fields with the same technical names.
  • The target graph does not contain more fields than the source graph, though it may contain less.
<field filter table> Business View

Enables you to filter data for Business View graphs.

  • Field name. Lists the fields in the business view.
  • criteria. Enables you to define filter criteria for each field.
  • OR. An optional column that appears when you define a filter condition for a field. Enables you to define additional filters for that field.

Note: Filter criteria for dates and strings must be preceded by an equals sign.

  • Business View
  • Entity

Opens the Select Projects dialog box, enabling you to change the list of projects in the Cross Project Selection grid. For details, see Select Projects Dialog Box.

Available from: Configuration tab (not available in the Analysis Menus tab)

Project Selection
  • Business View
  • Entity

Projects included in the graph.

To change the list of projects included in the graph, click the Select Projects button.


When working with Entity graphs, be aware of the following:

  • Every time you add or remove projects in your graph, ALM updates the fields in the Filter dialog box and the drop-down lists of the following boxes: X-Axis, Y-Axis and Grouped By. The lists contain only fields that are identical in all the selected projects. Identical fields are fields that have the same field name, label and data type. For details on customizing fields, see the Micro Focus Application Lifecycle Management Administrator Guide: Customizing Project Entities.

  • If you defined a filter condition using a field that becomes unavailable, that condition is removed.

  • If you selected a field in the X-Axis, Y-Axis and Grouped By boxes that becomes unavailable, the first field in the drop-down list is selected.

Available from: Configuration tab (not available in the Analysis Menus tab)

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How to configure composite graphs

You configure a composite graph to control which graphs are compared in the composite graph and how they are displayed in the composite graph.

  1. Select which graphs will be included in the composite graph.

    1. Select the graph from the right panel,
    2. Drag and drop the graph to the middle gray area. Alternatively, click the Add button.


    • Only entity graphs are available for selection. Build and Code Change graphs are not supported in composite graphs
    • A composite graph can include up to 3 graphs, regardless of whether they are generated for the same project.
    • Which types of graphs can coexist in a composite graph?

      Graphs whose x-axis values are text, such as age and summary graphs. Graphs whose x-axis values are dates, such as trend and progress graphs. After you select a graph, the graphs of the incompatible graph types are grayed out in the graph tree.

    Search graphs: Use the search box to filter only the entity graphs that contains the search keyword in the graph title.

    Created by me: Check this option to filter only the entity graphs you created.

    : Views the graph from the Analysis tree (go to the View tab of the graph).

  2. Edit how the selected graphs will be displayed in the composite graph.

    For each graph, you can do the following in the graph card.

    Change graph title

    Click the edit icon next to the graph title to rename the graph.

    It does not really change the graph title. The new name applies only when the graph is presented in the composite graph.

    Set time resolution

    Applicable to progress and trend graphs only.

    In the Time Resolution field, specify the time interval at which data is grouped on the x-axis.

    If the graphs included in a composite graph have different time resolution settings, the composite graph listens to the time resolution of the primary graph.

    View graph filters Hover over the filters icon () to see the filters of the graph.
    Set primary graph

    Click to set the graph as the primary graph. The primary graph by default has a darker shade than non-primary graphs in the composite graph.

    By default, the first graph you add to the composite graph is the primary graph.

    View graph in Analysis Click to view the graph from the Analysis tree (go to the View tab of the graph). It enables you to re-configure the graph if you want to have the graph present a different set of data in the composite graph.
    Change graph order Drag and drop the graph up or down.

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