Test Cycle Status: pending activation, active, locked, closed
Depending on when you access a test cycle that you were invited to, it may be in one of the following phases:
Pending Activation: Test cycles in the Pending Activation status aim to recruit and prepare the testing team ahead of the formal project launch (not all test cycles will go through this phase). When you receive a test cycle in this phase, please accept or decline the opportunity as soon as possible because there are typically limited slots available on the testing team. When you accept the test cycle, you will receive an email notification when the test cycle activates. If you decline the test cycle, you will no longer receive notifications about the test cycle (nor will you be able to participate in it). For pending activation test cycles, please do not perform any testing until the test cycle is in Active status.
Active: Test cycles in the Active status are ready for testing. To participate, you will first need to accept the test cycle (read through Scope & Instructions carefully before committing to participate). Once accepted, you will be able to submit bug reports and/or test case results. If you come across the "File a Bug Report" or "Submit a Test Case Result" buttons disabled, click here for more details.
Locked: Test cycles in the Locked status are no longer available for bug reporting and test case submission (you may claim available test cases, but cannot submit them unless the test cycle reactivates). There are special cases in which the customer may reactivate a locked test cycle, so please view the test cycle chat for this information. Remember, test cycles may lock well before the stated "End Date" listed in the platform. Note that the "End Time" will display according to your machines system clock time, meaning the end time should display the time for your location. The customer may temporarily lock the test cycle to adjust the scope and instructions. Additionally, there are instances where a test cycle experiences an unusual spike in participation, which then requires the customer's review prior to reactivation - if deemed necessary. Therefore, if you're able to participate in a test cycle, please do so as early as possible, submitting in-scope findings sooner rather than later. When a test cycle locks, it may not reactivate again, so do not count on submitting any bugs unless the customer or project manager mentions otherwise in the Discussion Thread.
Closed: Test cycles in the Closed status are permanently unavailable for testing.