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Spring 2013 Release Notes

Epic Timeline      
Group Collaboration
TeamRoom Web Panel    
Ideas Notifications      
Ideas Voter Visability      
Data Mart Updates    
Analytics Updates      
Platform Updates
API Changes
System Requirements Changes
Miscellaneous

 

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Release Summary Video

VersionOne Release Notes - Spring '13 Video Image.pngWatch as we walk through the major features of this release. The Release Summary video includes segments on:

  • Epic Timeline
  • Group Collaboration
  • TeamRoom Web Panels
  • Ideas Updates
  • Time in Status Reporting

 

Epic Timeline

VersionOne_Release_Notes_-_Spring_'13_Epic_Timeline.pngPlanning upcoming features in your products using epics? Need to see whether these plans seem realistic? Want to communicate those plans to your team, organization or even beyond? Tired of manually updating your roadmap? Have no fear, the new Epic Timeline is here to help.
The Epic Timeline compliments the views provided in the Epic Tree and Epicboard by laying out your epics across a timeline to show when they begin, end and their current progress. Zoom out to see wider spans of time, scroll to look further into the past or history, filter to view a specific layer of your epic tree, or click to see details. The timeline presents an interactive display that puts you in control and allows you to see past delivery and future plans. What's more, the timeline presents a unique epic rollup graph that shows the organizations past delivery and future plans from an epic perspective, allowing you to 1) ensure plans going forward are relatively smooth and 2) ensure future plans are reasonable in light of past delivery. Sound a lot like velocity-based planning at the team level? Well, then you get the point.
You can also share your timeline with the outside world. The Publish feature allows you to create a snapshot of your timeline that is available via a secret url even to those without VersionOne logins. Send or embed the published link so others can view, zoom and scroll through your plans to get a complete picture regardless of the size of your timeline.

Note: IE8 does not support the advanced functions used in the Epic Timeline.

Group Collaboration

VersionOne_Release_Notes_-_Spring_'13_Conversations.pngAll VersionOne users can have more focused collaboration without all the noise. Conversations can now happen completely within the context of a TeamRoom or the new spaces. Spaces are open areas of focused conversation. In the spirit of open spaces, anyone can create a space and anyone can follow and participate in a space. It's now easier than every to keep up with relevant chatter with spaces and TeamRoom streams.
A new conversation page brings it all together. From their you can see your TeamRoom streams as well as streams you follow from spaces and individual people. Conversations are now shown in an easy to follow threaded view and have an participant list to clearly show you who will receive email notifications when you reply to a conversation. There's also a new filter on ever

TeamRoom Web Panel

TeamRooms have been enhanced with the addition of optional web panels. Web panels can be setup per individual TeamRoom to show a web page in a TeamRoom panel. The possibilities are unlimited but could include having quick access to things like continuous integration server dashboards, retrospective commitment lists and team calendars from anywhere on the web or your corporate intranet.

Ideas Notifications

Ideas users can now keep abreast of updates much more easily through email notifications. Once your administrator enables notifications in your Ideas system, your Ideas users will begin receiving emails to let them know when items they have voted and/or commented on are changing. Email notifications are sent when:

  1. the idea's status changes
  2. new comments are logged

While status change notifications keep users well informed of progress, the comment notifications help to encourage collaboration between those interested in an idea, building an even richer set of input and detail for your teams to utilize. Being limited to those who have expressed interest in the idea keeps notifications from feeling spammy. Still, users can visit their preference page (by clicking on their name when logged in) to opt out of email notifications from the Ideas system if they choose not to receive them.

Ideas Voter Visibility

VersionOne_Release_Notes_-_Spring_'13_Lenore_Moody.pngIdea forum administrators can now see who is voting for what within their ideas system. Two new sections have been added to the details pages for the administrators. For an idea, see the list of individuals who have voted for the idea. Use this to reach out to voters to invite them to more detailed collaboration sessions, review mockups or provide live input. For a given ideas user, administrators can see the list of ideas for which that user has voted, providing a better understanding of the total needs of the user and, perhaps, providing another avenue to discover potentially related ideas.

Data Mart Updates

Added:

  • A new Fact table that enables reporting on the time a primary workitem (Story, Defect, TestSet) spends in each status value. This table also includes a column to indicate the first and last date the workitem was in the status value. The date columns reflect the very first, and very last date, they do not indicate when a workitem oscillates between status values.
  • A new Fact table that enables reporting on the time an Epic spends in each status value. This table also includes a column to indicate the first and last date the epic was in the status value. The date columns reflect the very first, and very last date, they do not indicate when a epic oscillates between status values.
  • The Epic dimension (Dim.Epic) contains an Order column. This enables sorting Epics to match the order they appear in the VersionOne UI.
  • The Epic dimension (Dim.Epic) contains the Planned Begin and Planned End Dates.
  • A new table was added to enable reporting on Epic Owner. This table Bridge.EpicOwner, will contain 1 row for every Epic Owner for every day.
  • The Data Mart ETL requires .NET 4 to be installed.

Fixed:

  • Performance Improvement: Indexes are created before calculated fields are populated. During testing we saw 80% faster loads. Your mileage may vary.

Analytics Updates

Dashboards

The Dashboards received six new panels. As with all dashboard panels, you can click on these charts to view a larger version. Finally, you can add multiple instances of these panels in order to gain different perspectives at once.

  • Workitem Cycle Time - Determine the number of days primary workitems, grouped by estimate, spend in a defined cycle. Three data points are provided for each estimate: minimum number of days, maximum number of days and average number of days.
  • Workitem Time In Status - This scatter plot indicates how many days all workitems spend in a selected status value. By considering all workitems, the chart provides insight into time variance in the status, outliers, and process issues. The large version of the chart also identifies the 75th percentile point for time spent in the selected status.
  • Workitem Time In Status Histogram - This histogram indicates the number of workitems with the same duration in a given status.
  • Epic Cycle Time - Determine the number of days epics, grouped by estimate, spend in a defined cycle. Three data points are provided for each estimate: minimum number of days, maximum number of days and average number of days.
  • Epic Time In Status - This scatter plot indicates how many days all epics spend in a selected status value. By considering all epics, the chart provides insight into time variance in the status, outliers, and process issues. The large version of the chart also identifies the 75th percentile point for time spent in the selected status.
  • Epic Time In Status Histogram - This histogram indicates the number of epics with the same duration in a given status.

Custom Reports

Two new data objects were added to Custom Reporting that enable reporting on Time In Status for Workitems (Story, Defects, TestSets) and Epics. There are Sample Reports that use these data objects located in Shared Reports, under the VersionOne Sampes folder.

Other additions:

  • The Epic Details data object in Custom Reporting now contains an Order attribute. This enables sorting Epics on Custom Reports to match the order they appear in the VersionOne UI.
  • The Epic Details data object in Custom Reporting contains the Planned Begin Date and Planned End Date attributes.
  • The Epic Trend data object now contains a relationship to Epic Owner. This allows Owner Details to be included on Epic reports.

Fixes:

  • "White Text on Red Background" css style now works in all custom report styles.
  • Images on Custom Reports must be URL addressable.

Platform Updates

Sunsetting Integrations

Customers now have more integration options with VersionOne than ever before. As the whole ecosystem of products continues to evolve, so must VersionOne to keep pace with changing demand. In some areas, new integration targets emerge while existing integrations become less important. In order to continue to build more and deeper integrations, we are re-evaluating our portfolio of integrations with an eye on balancing the effort to maintain integrations with their value to customers. This will help us to be more proactive in keeping up with current versions of integrated products. On the other hand, this will also mean ending support for some integrations. Our integration sunset policy is now documented and will be updated as we receive feedback from customers.

Integration sunsets will be announced in release notes (as we are doing here). The sunset period will extend for the next 4 VersionOne releases so customers can continue to use any integration they have adopted as long as that VersionOne release is actively supported. During the sunset period, the integration will be subject to the following:

  • The forthcoming sunset status is noted on the detail page for a sunset integration. Where possible, we will offer go-forward options.
  • During the sunset period, VersionOne will not perform proactive development. For example, there will be no updates to work with the latest version of the target product or VersionOne.
  • VersionOne will continue to do reactive development based on support tickets. Per the above point, this does not include version updates.

After the sunset period (in other words, roughly 1 year from now), the integration will be subject to the following:

  • The sunset status is noted on the detail page for a sunset integration.
  • VersionOne will not provide support.
  • VersionOne will not perform proactive development or reactive development. Customers may engage VersionOne for custom software development services.

In this release, we announce the following sunsets:

  • QuickTest Pro - We find most customers who want integration with QuickTest Pro (QTP) also use HP Quality Center (QC). They use the integration between QTP and QC, then integrate QC with VersionOne. Therefore, customers have effective VersionOne and QTP integration via the existing V1QC integration. As such, there is not sufficient value in this integration to continue updating it against new versions of QTP. The last version of QTP that has been tested with the integration is QTP 11.0. Source code will remain available so customers may apply their own development efforts or hire VersionOne services as a custom development engagement.
  • SmartBear TestComplete - This integration was last tested against TestComplete 7.0. Since then, the TestComplete's interface to tests has changed from file-based access to an SDK. Therefore the effort to update this integration is similar to a rewrite. Balancing the cost against limited demand, we cannot justify the effort. Source code will remain available so customers may apply their own development efforts or hire VersionOne services as a custom development engagement. Similar to QTP/QC, customers can make use of integration between TestComplete and ALMComplete/QAComplete, then from ALMComplete/QAComplete to VersionOne, via OpsHub Integration Manager. (more information)

OAuth 2.0

VersionOne now as an alternative endpoint for API authentication: /rest-1.oauth.v1. This endpoint is protected by OAuth 2.0, which is the most appropriate standard for application-to-system communication. This new technology will provide a path forward for the following concerns:

  • The forthcoming sunset status is noted on the detail page for a sunset integration. Where possible, we will offer go-forward options.
  • During the sunset period, VersionOne will not perform proactive development. For example, there will be no updates to work with the latest version of the target product or VersionOne.
  • VersionOne will continue to do reactive development based on support tickets. Per the above point, this does not include version updates.

If you need a specific integration to be OAuth enabled, please collaborate with us. We have many integrations to update so open-source collaboration is the most fair way to decide priorities. For more details on collaboration or utilizing the new OAuth 2.0 endpoint, please contact Ian Buchanan, Product Manager for Platform and Integrations.

API Changes

New Assets:

  • ExpressionSpace
  • Publication

New Attributes:

  • Epic.PlannedStart
  • Epic.PlannedEnd
  • Expression.ConversationParticipants
  • Expression.ExpressionSpace
  • Expression.IsTopic
  • Expression.MostRecentReplyInConversation
  • Expression.TeamRoom
  • IdeaForum.HideVoteCounts
  • IdeaUser.ReceiveEmailNotifications
  • Member.FollowedSpaces
  • Member.ParticipatesInConversations
  • TeamRoom.Expressions

System Requirements Changes

None.

Miscellaneous

  • Application Help for on-premise customers now uses online content. On-premise customers who require local help files (i.e. those who run the application on a network without internet access) can request those from VersionOne Support.
  • Miscellaneous styling updates in the Ideas system.
  • A new option was added to an Idea Forum to ignore vote totals on completed items and simply display them as completed. Administrators can enable this option on the forum details view to avoid innaccurate "apples to organges" comparisons when the user population is constantly growing over time.
  • Ideas and comments entered beyond the 1 year mark are collectively referred to as 'over a year ago' within the Ideas system.
  • Added the Project Path to the Epic hover view.
  • In the Blocking Issues dialog, the default row action on the epic list was changed to 'Close' with 'Remove' being switched to a secondary option.

In addition, the following changes have been rolled out in point releases after the last quarterly release:

  • Reply to conversations from within the TeamRoom.
  • The list of names used in the TeamRoom Member Filter is now based on the list of members assigned to that TeamRoom and not the project owners list.
  • Site Navigator - a visual navigation control spawned from one of VersionOne's Hack Weeks that offers an alternate means of navigating and discovering the application. See a map of the application that visually indicates the pages you use most frequently. The Site Navigator learns your usage patterns and refines its display over time. It's readily available from the utility navigation bar at the top of all core pages. We're very interested in collecting feedback on this item, so please be sure to use the 'Give Feedback' function on that page.
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