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Summer 2016 Release Notes

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Feature Breakdown

Lifecycle
Team Edition
Lifecycle
Catalyst Edition
Lifecycle
Enterprise Edition
Lifecycle
Ultimate Edition
Continuum
Delivery At A Glance     In this Edition In this Edition (Required)
Value Stream Board       In this Edition  
Roadmaps       In this Edition  
Team Feature Capacity     In this Edition In this Edition  
Data Mart     In this Edition In this Edition  
Program Board Filters       In this Edition  
Improved Dependency Visualizations       In this Edition  
Scope Change Report     In this Edition In this Edition  
Analytics       In this Edition  
Integrations In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition  
Platform Updates In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition  
Continuum Updates         In this Edition
System Requirements Changes In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition  
Miscellaneous In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition In this Edition  

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IP Filtering          

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Delivery At A Glance

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Delivery at a Glance

Delivery at a Glance provides clear visibility of the evolution of your product from development all the way to your customer’s hands, right within VersionOne Lifecycle. From product inception to delivery, you can automatically identify work items & commits contained in VersionOne Continuum™ packages and watch work items increase in maturity as they flow across the value stream. Delivery at a Glance gives you the power to track development work past its “done” stage once it leaves an agile team, all the way to the point it is promoted to a production environment.

Once configured, Delivery at a Glance will automatically populate with data flowing from your version control system, continuous integration servers and deployment automation activity into Continuum and produce rich visualizations to provide valuable insights into the current state of your delivery pipeline.

Value Stream Board

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Value Stream Board

The Value Stream board provides visibility into the delivery of portfolio items based on the stories or defects being delivered in Release Trains. It also indicates upstream dependencies that cross Release Train boundaries or that must be satisfied outside of the Release Trains - for example, by a supplier or another part of your organization represented in the planning/project hierarchy. This knowledge enables you to focus on the communications that matter most for successful solution delivery. 

Customers practicing SAFe, will recognize this board as a Value Stream planning artifact. 

Using the Value Stream Board also allows you to determine:

  • Portfolio items that are not planned or not completely planned.

  • The Release Trains responsible for delivering capability portfolio items.

  • Identify dependencies between Release Trains or other parts of the organization.

In addition to being able to verify the results of your planning session, the Value Stream board can be used throughout delivery to track progress.

Roadmaps

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Roadmap Board View

We've used your feedback to take a big step forward in roadmapping capabilities. Create roadmaps of your plans and display them in either of two forms: Board views that focus on delivery, or Timeline views that show the duration of work. The newly updated roadmapping functionality focuses on any level of your portfolio tree to communicate plans internally or externally with a wealth of flexibility in your chosen display. No longer do you have to keep your roadmap in sync with your 'real plans' - because both views are based on your existing portfolio items, the double-entry and sync'ing up have been eliminated. 

Features:

  • Select Timeline or Board view

  • Show any level of your portfolio tree by setting the Type

  • Customize the information displayed in each view

    • Filter the items displayed

    • Group the items by strategic theme or other list attributes (including custom fields)

    • Choose the column timeframe in the Board view: 10 Weeks, Monthly, Quarterly, you decide

    • Color items by any single-value list attribute (including custom fields)

  • Publish a roadmap to an internal and/or external audience

Timeline panels created in PlanningRooms will be automatically converted to Roadmap panels upon upgrade. 

The Legacy Roadmap feature has been marked as deprecated. Legacy Roadmaps will still be available after upgrading to this release to allow for continuity and time to begin using the new Roadmaps. A note has been added to the Legacy Roadmap view to alert users. The Legacy Roadmap feature will be removed in the Winter 2017 release.

Team Feature Capacity

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Team Feature Capacity

For organizations that initially plan a Release, or Program Increment, using Feature Swag, or a combination of Swag and Estimate, the Release Scheduling page now allows visibility into both of these metrics. 

Each Team and Release visible on the Release Planning page has two Capacity Planning bars. The top bar indicates Planned vs. Target Swag and the bottom bar indicates Planned vs Target Estimate.  By separating the information into two bars, you can initially plan at the feature level, using Swag, without having to break down those features into stories. Then, as breakdown occurs, you refine the plan at the story level, using Estimates.  Finally, if Swag and Estimates are both using the same units, you can quickly compare the two numbers throughout the planning process. 

In addition to the new Capacity Planning bars, we also improved the tool-tip.  In addition to giving you the numerical information, the new tool-tips also act as a legend for the information being presented on the bars. 

To enable feature-level planning for teams, a Target Swag attribute is now available on the Team Details page.  This attribute behaves similar to the existing Target Estimate (previously called Target Velocity) field, except it allows you to specify how much Swag the team can deliver on average.

Finally, we have added a new Team Capacity Report, that is available on the Reporting page as well as in-line on the Release Planning page.  The Team Capacity report is a cross-tabular report that allows you to view and compare each Teams Capacity to what was planned in the Release, or Program Increment.  The report also provides a breakdown into where the Team Capacity is being utilized.  The rows on this report represents the features being delivered and the columns represent team delivering those features.  The intersecting cell indicates how much Estimate, or Swag, the team owns for the feature.  When aggregating on Estimate, the report also indicates work owned by the team, but not assigned to a feature. 

Program Board Filters

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Program Board with Team Filter

You can now filter the Program Board by team, portfolio item, and portfolio item owner. These filters reduce the information on the board to selected portfolio items and the cross-team dependencies that must be satisfied in order for those portfolio items to be delivered. 

  • The Team filter allows you to see all portfolio items being delivered by the team. 

  • The portfolio item filter allows you to see which teams are responsible for delivering the selected portfolio item. 

  • The Portfolio Item Owner filter allows a person to see which teams are delivering work for the portfolio items they own.

Improved Dependency Visualizations

When viewing the Backlog Item dependency diagram, you can now select how backlog items are labeled and whether names are truncated. Additionally, in the full page view of this diagram, you can specify height and width of the diagram. These parameters are persisted on a per-user basis and use each time the diagram is opened.

Scope Change Report

The name of the Project Scope Change Report was changed to Scope Change Report. It was also enhanced to include the following:

  • Filtering results to a specific portfolio item

  • The Team column was added to each table on the report to show the team that currently owns the backlog item. 

Data Mart

Added

  • The Fact.Epic table now includes the Time Criticality and Risk Reduction attributes that were added to portfolio items in Lifecycle to support WSJF

  • The Fact.Epic table now includes the Total Remaining ToDo value. 

Analytics

Added

  • The Project Burndown Monte Carlo Simulation dashboard panel now includes the Planned End Date for the selected project when that value is set.

  • The Portfolio Item Burn-up Monte Carlo Simulation dashboard panel now includes the Planned End Date for the selected portfolio item when that value can be determined.

  • The Workitem Cycle Time dashboard panel is now available on the Program Level Dashboard.

  • The Portfolio Item Analytic Grid now contains the Time Criticality and Risk reduction attributes that were added to portfolio items in Lifecycle to support WSJF.

  • The Portfolio Item Summary data source in Custom Reports now contains the Time Criticality and Risk reduction attributes that were added to Portfolio Items in Lifecycle to support WSJF.

  • The Target Team relationship in Lifecycle is now available on Custom Reports. To view the value, select the Team data source after selecting Portfolio Item Trends.

  • A command line option was added to the installer to support customers wanting to install the Analytics cache files in a separate location from the application data files. 

Fixed

  • Portfolio Item Trend data source in Custom Reports and the Portfolio Item Analytics Grid both contain an attribute for Total ToDo Value

  • Analytic Grids for Backlog Items, Stories, and Defects contain the Class of Service attribute.

  • The Workitem Details and Workitem Trend data sources in Custom Reports contain the Class of Service attribute.

  • When exporting Analytics Dashboards, or the Analytics Panel from Planning Rooms, to PDF, the resulting document will have one page for each row on the dashboard.  Each page header will indicate the dashboard parameter values and the footer will indicate the last date and time the Data Mart database was updated. 

  • Backlog items in a Status assigned to the "Complete" Reporting Category are now considered delivered by the Backlog Item Throughput and Predictability panels on the Enterprise Dashboard.

  • Portfolio items in a Status assigned to the "Complete" Reporting Category are now considered delivered by the Portfolio Item Throughput and Predictability panels on the Enterprise Dashboard .

Integration Updates

ALM Connect templates have been introduced which will accelerate mapping generation for integrations. 

The Lifecycle to Jenkins integration was updated to include access tokens and tested against Jenkins 1.651.2 and 2.7.  A defect involving multiple changesets with Subversion was also resolved.

Platform Updates

New: Phase Asset

A phase represents each step in the delivery workflow as visualized in Delivery at a Glance. It has the following attributes:

  • Name (text): The configured name for the phase in the Lifecycle administration menu

  • Description (longtext): Optionally used to further describe the phase.

New: Bundle Asset

A bundle asset represents each container for workitems and commits for Delivery at a Glance. It has the following attributes:

  • Name (text): inherited from Continuum package name

  • ChangeSets: commits associated with the workitems in the bundle

  • PackageReference: Continuum package name or ID

  • Phase: Phase to which the bundle revision was promoted to

Continuum

  • Several bug fixes concerning setting and getting pipeline workspace array data, looping in pipelines

  • New package revision commands and data view

  • New Automate commands for interacting with TeamCity and other tools

  • Actions on Package Revisions

  • Removal of support for old style Automate variable referencing syntax varname

  • Installer now supports installation of MongoDB and MySQL separately

  • Support for latest releases of MongoDB and MySQL

For additional release details, refer to the Continuum Release Notes page.

System Requirements Changes

General

  • Added SQL 2016 Support for Lifecycle, Analytics and Data Mart

To see the full list of requirements, see System Requirements.

Miscellaneous

LifeCycle

New updates include:

  • The details page for a closed/archived item, now indicates when the item was last closed and who closed the item. These values will not change unless the item is re-opened.

  • You can now export the Analtyics Panel in Planning Rooms to PDF.  Note that this PDF export only exports the Dashboard panel, it does not export any other panel in the Planning Room.

Some feature and usability updates were made and rolled out in point releases, including:

  • Numerical ranking of Backlog and Portfolio Items

  • Numerical ranking of List Value entries in Administration

  • Terminology updates for any label directly from the Administration menu

  • Various field-level updates to make more data available for reporting within the Data Mart and Analytics

  • Captcha signup protection for new Ideas users 

  • Scope Change report filterable by Portfolio Item

  • DeliveryStream visual and performance updates

IP Filtering

To provide additional security for your on-demand VersionOne Lifecycle instance, IP Filtering restricts access to your instance to a specific set of client IP address ranges (an 'IP whitelist'). When enabled, any requests from IP addresses not matching your whitelist will be rejected before reaching the origin server hosting your instance.

To enable IP Filtering (an additional paid option), contact your Account Representative or VersionOne Support to start the process, after which Support will work with you to provide guidance and apply your IP Filtering whitelist to secure your instance (and sandbox, if any).

Point Releases

For a complete listing of point releases, see Point Release Notes by Product.

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