Add component based test functionality similar to HP BPT to VST/MTM.
From my experience so far with VSTS/MTM the design of the tool requires either programming savvy testers or a programmer embedded in the test team to automate tests. With multiple product teams, I currently have a more cost effective module using HP BPT. In each of my teams, non-technical product SMEs can easily learn to create reusable component based BPT (Business Processing Tests) scripts. One small team of automation engineers (4) using HP QTP then automates tests for many test teams who then run those tests. With existing SME based product test teams, it would be difficult to justify adding the programming assistance needed for automating with VSTS/MTM tools.
We have a backlog item to add more features to Coded UI Test Editor with the goal of significantly minimizing the Code required for creating/maintaining Coded UI Test.
In addition, we are proposing a graphical editor to manage the recorded methods.
Eran Damelin commented
We developed such a concept using the shared step work items in TFS
in other words, the tester creates a test case and drags the automation shared steps into the test case he created
after you run a build it works!!!
You skip over this BPT process and go direct to a 5th Generation script-less framework. With this you can teh create BPT type artifacts and also create true Agile Automation.