Creating Baselines

A baseline is a snapshot of your library at a specific point in time. You can use a baseline to mark any significant milestone in the application lifecycle management process. A baseline includes all the entities defined in the library, including requirements, tests, test resources, and business components. Baselines also include the relationships between the entities in the library, such as traceability and coverage. Baselines enable you to keep track of changes made to your project over time.

In the following exercise, you will create an initial baseline that will later be compared to another baseline to evaluate the impact of changes.

To create a baseline:

  1. Make sure the Libraries module is displayed.

    If the Libraries module is not displayed, on the ALM sidebar, under Management, select Libraries.

  2. Add a baseline to your library.

    1. In the libraries tree, select the Library1 library.

    2. Click the Create Baseline button. The Baseline Verification dialog box opens, and a verification process begins.

      The Verification results window displays the results of the library size verification. The process checks that the size of the library does not exceed the limit defined in Site Administration.

    3. Click Continue. The New Baseline dialog box opens.

    4. In the Baseline Name field, type Baseline1. Click OK. The baseline is added to the libraries tree, and the creation process begins.

      The baseline is created in a background process, and may take some time. You can continue working in ALM during the baseline creation process.

    5. In the Details tab, click the Description pane and type Baseline of tests and requirements.

  3. View the baseline log file.

    In the Details tab, click the View Log button. The Log: Create Baseline dialog box opens and displays the progress. Click Close to close the dialog box.

    The View Log button is no longer displayed.