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Spring 2015 Release Notes

Scorecards    
Portfolio Planning Menu      
Portfolio Item Terminology    
Portfolio Item Level Differentiation    
Configurable Bubble Charts      
Communities
Account Administration  
Core Reporting Updates
Data Mart Updates    
Analytics      
Integration Updates
Platform Changes
System Requirements Changes
Miscellaneous
Auto-Upgrade Dates May-2 May-2 Apr-25 Apr-25

 

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Release Summary Video

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Get a quick tour of the major features of this release. The Release Summary video includes segments on:

  • Scorecards
  • Analytics
  • Report Technology Updates
  • Portfolio Planning Menu & Terminology
  • Portfolio Item Levels
  • Bubble Chart
  • Communities

Scorecards

Project Scorecard

Available for Programs, Projects, Portfolio Items and Teams, the Scorecard is a central location for key metrics in software delivery.   This feature can be accessed from the Report menu, the Details page of the above mention items, and from Planning Rooms.  In addition to be being available in the application, the Scorecard is responsive and URL addressable, enabling you to view it on a monitor in your office or on a mobile device while you travel.   The Scorecard page is broken down into 3 parts.  At the top there are summary metrics that give you the big picture of the remaining work.  The middle section contains charts that trend this work over time.  Finally, at the bottom of the page, the work is broken down into smaller components, by Project, by Portfolio Items and by Team.  Additionally, on the Team Scorecard, a Member breakdown is provided.  

Portfolio Planning Menu & Epic Terminology Updates

A new main menu section has been added to begin to consolidate functionality used for portfolio and program level planning. Now, you can more easily focus on higher level planning separate from your managing product-level backlog. 

In addition, the Epic attribute has been renamed as a Portfolio Item to help reduce confusion around the term 'Epic' and its use in the application versus its use in the evolving marketplace and frameworks such as SAFe. 

With these combined changes, the new contents of this section are:Portfolio Menu, Terminology & Planning Levels

Plus, you can still link directly to relevant Roadmaps via the roadmap icon next to the Project Navigator or in the project path when hovering over any project title.

The terminology changes will be rolled out in your system upon upgrade. If you would prefer to switch from 'Portfolio Item' back to 'Epic' terminology in your system, ask your system administrator to use the Terminology Overrides section on the Admin > Configuration > System page to update the Portfolio Item entry to 'Epic'.

Portfolio Item Level Differentiation  

Color has been introduced to more clearly differentiate the various levels of planning. Select a color to represent each Portfolio Item Type so you can understand at a glance whether you're viewing high level initiatives or lower level features. The Portfolio Item Types already conform to your internal lexicon, so now you can associate colors with them to differentiate as easy as, say, stories and defects. See the difference in the newly named Portfolio Tree, Portfolio Kanban, Portfolio Timeline, Portfolio Item Details and in the hovers, just in case you ever need a reminder. 

Configurable Bubble Chart

Configurable Bubble ChartThe Bubble Chart represents a method to view and compare portfolio items across multiple dimensions at once. The Bubble Chart is now much more powerful with the ability to configure the dimensions to display. That is, you can select which attribute is used to display for the:

  • X-Axis
  • Y-Axis
  • Color
  • Size

Select from existing or custom fields on the chart configuration to utilize any internal value you choose to track on your various portfolio items. Like filters, your configuration selections are sticky so they will be saved when you return to the chart. As a user-level option, you can also choose to examine the same set of portfolio items from different angles simply by adjusting your configuration parameters and selecting one or more new values for your dimensions.

CommunitiesCommunities View

Establish, evolve and promote Agile best practices across teams and throughout your entire organization with Communities in VersionOne.  This solution drives consistent behavior and promotes the evolution of Agile teams.

Agile coaches can now create and make available to all users content on how to do Agile and how to use VersionOne “your way”. Also, ad-hoc Communities of Practice can be created to allow for sharing any content (agreements, best practices, etc.) between users with a common interest, i.e. UX Professionals, Agile Testers, .Net Developers.

Quick Search allows the users to easily find the topics they are looking for from anywhere in the application.

Many pages in the application also have the quick topic reference link (next to the Collaboration button). You can pin relevant topic for each one of the pages to ensure that all users see topic related to that page. For example, the topic on User Story Estimation may be pinned to the Backlog page.

To jump-start the creation of the communities and the evolution of the practices, VersionOne is now pre-seeded with a set of common Agile best practices, developed with the help of Agile coaches and evangelists. These practices can easily be changed, evolved or replaced with the needs of your organization.

Account Administration

Administrative users can now see certain account information details on the new page found under the Administrator --> Account menu.

Following information is displayed, when available*:

  • Product edition
  • Renewal date
  • Renewal quote or invoice
  • Number of licensed users
  • Number of current users
  • Your VersionOne contact info

*Those accounts with non-standard setups (e.g. multiple production instances) will not yet have direct access to some account information.

Core Reporting Updates

Enhancements

In this release the following charts were updated to use the new Reporting technology:  

  • Active Member Trend
  • Defect Priority Trend
  • Defect Resolution Trend
  • Defect Status Trend
  • Effort Trend
  • Issue Trend
  • Project/Program Summary
  • Request Trend
  • Story Velocity By Risk
  • Story Velocity By Type
  • Velocity By Date
  • Velocity By Priority
  • Velocity By Project
  • Velocity By Status

Fixed

The following issues, some might call them defects, are resolved in this release

  • Chart Title is partially hidden
  • Workitem Cumulative Flow includes work closed before report start date
  • Epic Cumulative Flow includes work closed before report start date
  • Other defects closed in previous point releases

Data Mart Updates

  • Added indexes and restructured some queries to reduce the ETL load performance.  
  • The meta-data used to populate the Custom Reporting UI is properly updated when Custom Fields are removed from the Core VersionOne instance.

Analytics

Enhancements:

  • The filter parameters on the Feature Completion SAFe Dashboard panel and chart were updated to align with the Epic Progress SAFe Dashboard panel and chart.  Both panels include the same set of Epic filters and they both report the current state the selected Epics.  
  • Filtering on the Issue Trend Dashboard panel was updated to align with those available on the Issue Summary panel.  This change provides improved visibility into the impact Issues are having over time around dimensions such as Type and Source among others. 
  • A date based version of the Agile Earned Value panel was added to the Analytics Dashboards.  This allows you to trend work delivered against a plan when teams work on different iteration schedules.   

Fixed:

The following issues, some might call them defects, were fixed in this release.

  • Epic Progress Report crashes when multiple Epic Status values are selected
  • Added Target Estimate values to Velocity Planned vs. Actual

Integration Updates

New: Tasktop Dev for VersionOne

VersionOne has partnered with Tasktop to offer an enhanced integration with Visual Studio and Eclipse IDEs. This enhanced integration provides developers with the ability to create and manage VersionOne Epics, Stories, Defects, Tasks, and Tests (including effort tracking) all within the context of their IDE.

Tasktop Dev for VersionOne is a free IDE plugin available to all VersionOne customers and replaces VersionOne's current native Visual Studio and Eclipse plugins.

For documentation and downloads, see Tasktop Dev for VersionOne

Sunset: VersionOne Integrations for Visual Studio and Eclipse

With the release of the new Tasktop Dev for VersionOne integration, we are formally sunsetting our native integrations for Visual Studio and Eclipse following our documented Sunset Policy for Integrations.

Updated: VersionOne Integration for TortoiseSVN (v1.1)

This integration has been updated with the following changes:

  • Updated: Recompiled with .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Updated: Removed iteration filter

For documentation and downloads, see VersionOne Integration for TortoiseSVN

Updated: VersionOne Integration for Bugzilla (v8.4.2)

This integration has been updated with the following changes:

  • Added: Support for Bugzilla 4.4 (up to 4.4.2)
  • Updated: Recompiled with .NET Framework 4.5.1
  • Added: Ignore SSL certificate configuration
  • Fixed: Support new and previous bug workflows

For documentation and downloads, see VersionOne Integration for Bugzilla

Updated: VersionOne Integration for TFS (v4.0.2.0)

This integration has been updated with the following changes:

  • Fixed: TFS Listener supports using a proxy
  • Added: Test Events diagnostics in TFS Listener Configuration tool

For documentation and downloads, see VersionOne Integration for TFS

Platform Updates

New: Community Asset

A community is a place that contains a collection of topics. A community has the following attributes:

  • Name (text): The name of the community
  • Description (long text): Displayed as “Community Purpose” in the application.
  • Topics: Multi-relation to Topic (see below), reciprocal of Communities.

New: Topic Asset

A topic represents the current state of an evolving practice within a community. It is a resource that serves as a focal point for discussion. For now, a topic must have at least one Community relation. Topic attributes include:

  • Name (text): The title of the topic
  • Description (long text): The contents of the topic. The application supports displaying formatted HTML here.
  • Communities: Multi-relation to Community (see above), reciprocal of Topics.
  • MentionedInExpressions: Multi-relation to Expression, reciprocal of Mentions.

Updated: List Type Value Color Attribute

A new required attribute has been added to list type values used for dropdown lists to assign each a color. The Portfolio Item Type is the first list to make use of the new color attribute within the application's user interface.

For information about working with list type values via the VersionOne API, see Working with List Types.

Deprecated: Java and .NET Object Models

The Java and .NET Object Models have been deprecated and are no longer supported by VersionOne. They are now open-sourced and supported by the development community. Please see VersionOne Java SDK and VersionOne .NET SDK for alternative API libraries.

System Requirements Changes

None

Miscellaneous

  • Removed Infragistics Graphing Libraries
  • Upgraded HighChart libraries
  • Images can be inserted into rich text fields while creating a new asset