Fields for import files

This topic lists the required and supported fields for the item types that you can import from an Excel file to ALM Octane.

The list values described in the tables are the default system values. Your ALM Octane workspace may use different values depending on the workspace configuration.

Field names are not case-sensitive.

User/Quality story fields

In the User stories or Quality stories sheet, enter some or all of the following fields.

Required fields
name
Free text field, maximum of 255 characters.
Optional fields (recommended)
epic
feature

An existing or new epic or feature name.

If the value matches an existing epic and feature name, ALM Octane associates the imported story with the epic and feature. If the value does not match, ALM Octane creates a new epic and feature.

The epic and feature must both be in the import file to import the values. If one of the columns is not present, ALM Octane does not import either value.

description Free text field.
author

The login name in the ALM Octane space settings for the person who created the story.

If there is no value entered, the user story sets the value as the person performing the import.

owner The ALM Octane login name for the item's owner
phase

A list value. Possible values include: New, In Progress, In Testing, and Done.

If you do not enter a value, ALM Octane sets the phase to New.

product_areas

The application modules of your workspace.

The name of the application module associated with the item. For lower-level application modules, specify the path to the application module. Example: top-level/appmod1

If you associate the story with multiple application modules, separate the names with a comma.

If the application module’s name itself contains a forward or backward slash, you must double the slashes in the Excel sheet. Example: top-level/appmod//1

An application module’s name cannot start or end with slashes.

release The name of a release already created in ALM Octane.
sprint The name of a sprint in the relevant release.
story_points Positive integer.
team The name of the team. You must assign the team to the specified release and sprint.
user_tags

Free text specifying the name of tag to attach to the item.

If the value matches an existing tag, ALM Octane adds the tags to the imported story.

Tip: Create a special tag for imported items to filter these items.

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Defect fields

In the defects sheet, enter some or all of the following fields.

Required fields
name
Free text field, maximum of 255 characters.
Optional fields (recommended)
epic
feature

An existing or new epic or feature name.

If the value matches an existing epic and feature name, ALM Octane associates the imported story with the epic and feature. If the value does not match, ALM Octane creates a new epic and feature.

The epic and feature must both be in the import file to import the values. If one of the columns is not present, ALM Octane does not import either value.

description Free text field.
severity A list value. Possible values include: Low, Medium, High, Very High, and Critical.
defect_type A list value. Possible values include: Pre-release or Escaped.
detected_by The ALM Octane user name of the user who opened the defect.
owner The ALM Octane login name for the defect owner
phase

A list value. Possible values include: New, Deferred, Opened, Proposed Close, Closed, Rejected, and Duplicated.

If you do not enter a value, ALM Octane sets the phase to New.

taxonomies The environment tags for the defect. Enter the tag names for the environments defined in your workspace, separated by a comma.
product_areas

The application modules of your workspace.

The name of or path to (for second-level modules) the application module. If you are associating the story with multiple modules, separate the names with a comma.

release The name of a release already created in ALM Octane.
sprint The name of a sprint in the relevant release.
story_points Positive integer.
team The name of the team. You must assign the team to the specified release and sprint.
user_tags

Free text specifying the name of tag to attach to the item.

If the value matches an existing tag, ALM Octane adds the tags to the imported story.

Tip: Create a special tag for imported items to filter these items.

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Manual test fields

In the manual tests sheet, enter some or all of the following fields.

Required fields
unique_id
  • Add new test: A temporary number by which to identify the test. Use this number to reference the test in a call step, or to include the test in a test suite.

    After the test is imported, it is assigned a permanent ID in ALM Octane.

  • Update test: Use the test's ID in ALM Octane, and add '@ before it. For example: '@9100.
name Free text field, maximum of 255 characters.
type

Type test_manual to indicate that you are importing a manual test.

Optional fields
test_type

A list value. Values can be Acceptance, End to End, Regression, Sanity, Security, or Performance.

Use the values allowed by UI's language.

product_areas

The application modules of your workspace.

The name of or path to (for second-level modules) the application module. If you are associating the story with multiple modules, separate the names with a comma.

covered_requirement

The ALM Octane requirement ID representing the requirements covered by this test. To specify multiple requirement IDs, use a comma as the delimiter. Make sure that the values in the Excel file, correspond to existing requirement IDs.

covered_content The ALM Octane ID number representing the backlog items this test covers.
designer The ALM Octane user name of the person who created the test and test steps.
description Free text field.
estimated_duration An integer representing the number minutes expected to perform the test run.
owner The ALM Octane login name for the item's owner.
phase

A list value. Possible values include: New, In Design, Awaiting Review, Ready, or Obsolete.

If you do not enter a value, ALM Octane sets the phase to New.

Use the values allowed by UI's language.

user_tags

Free text specifying the tags to attach to the item.

If the value matches an existing tag, ALM Octane adds the tags to the imported story.

Tip: Create a special tag for imported items to filter these items.

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Test step fields

You define test steps beneath the respective manual test header row.

Field name Description
type Type step to indicate that you are importing a test step.
step_type

Possible values: Simple, Validation, or Call.

Use the values allowed by UI's language.

step_description
  • Simple or Validation steps: Free text describing the step.
  • Call steps: The ID of the test the step is calling. You can refer either to a test that you are importing in the same sheet, by using its unique_id, or to an existing test, by using its ALM Octane ID, prefaced by '@, for example: '@9003

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Test suite fields

In the test suites tab, enter some or all of the following fields.

Required fields
unique_id
  • Add new test suite: A temporary number by which to identify the test suite.

    After the test suite is imported, it is assigned a permanent ID in ALM Octane.

  • Update test suite: Use the test suite's ID in ALM Octane, and add '@ before it. For example: '@9100.
name Free text field, maximum of 255 characters.
Optional fields
test_id

The ID of the test to include in the suite.

  • For a new test: The unique_id of the manual test, as assigned in the manual test sheet. You must include the referenced manual test in the same import file as the test suite.
  • For an existing test: The ID assigned to the test, prefixed by '@. For example: '@2001.
product_areas

The application modules of your workspace.

The name of or path to (for second-level modules) the application module. If you are associating the story with multiple modules, separate the names with a comma.

covered_content The ALM Octane ID number representing the backlog items this test covers.
designer The ALM Octane user name of the person who created the test and test steps.
description Free text field.
owner The ALM Octane login name of the test suite's owner.
user_tags

Free text specifying the tags to attach to the item.

If the value matches an existing tag, ALM Octane adds the tags to the imported story.

Tip: Create a special tag for imported items to filter these items.

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Test fields

You define tests beneath the respective test suite header row.

Field name Description
type

Type test to indicate that you are specifying a test.

You must include the test in the current test import.

test_id

The ID of the test to include in the suite.

  • For a new test: The Excel row number of the manual test, from the manual test sheet. (You must import this test at the same time as the test suite.) This is a relative value, and if you add rows to the Excel, make sure to adjust the row number.
  • For an existing test: The actual ID of the test. Note: To enter a test ID, type '@<id> in the Excel test_id cell and press Enter. For example, '@2001.

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