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Michael Dubakov

Share a Board with Anyone in Targetprocess 3

Today we released Boards Sharing functionality. This idea has 184 votes — first place!

Finally, you can share Targetprocess board with anyone. The functionality is restricted, of course. Shared boards are read-only, so external people can only see a board and some of card’s details (description, status, assigned people and comments). No updates are possible from a shared board.

Shared boards are updated every two minutes, so you can even open them on a large TV screen and use a shared board as an information radiator.

Here is an example of a shared board: https://tauboard.com/v/dev. This board shows our current development progress by features in Targetprocess project, real-time.

NOTE: Boards Sharing functionality is available to On-Demand customers only (so far).

Let’s explore the full flow. Every board contains the Share Board icon right near the board’s name.

Click it and see the Share Board button. When you click the button, the shared board will be created immediately.

Now all you have to do is copy the link and send it to anyone:

A person opens a link and sees the shared board. It is possible to click on cards to see additional details. So far details can’t be configured. If you need more/less details — please, let us know. We will consider your input for future development.

Here is how card details look:

Please, share your feedback here in comments. We really wish to make Boards Sharing functionality as helpful as possible.

Targetprocess 3.0.1 Released

This release has important bug fixes and several improvements.

Minor Improvements

  • Plain text email notifications
  • Custom fields for Team Iterations added
  • Full user names in comments
  • Cumulative Flow chart: filter by Release added

Bugs Fixed

  • Dates inconsistency in the new look, if server runs in a different time zone
  • Object reference exception on running test cases that are not attached to a user story
  • Subversion plugin: ‘view diff’ and mapping of deleted users fixed
  • Inner list views corrected for screens with 1280×800 resolution
  • Short link does not work if a user is not in a project team
  • User is not able to delete relation if ‘delete’ permission is not granted to his role
  • Multi selection does not work on Windows 8 (Chrome and Firefox)

Targetprocess 3

Hi folks,

3 years ago we got stuck. Yes, we improved the product but somehow lost the roots. Targetprocess started to look like a good ordinary tool, but novelty vanished. We wanted to create the best agile tool, and failed.

So we started to act. We’ve learned how you work, and which problems you face. What you like. What you hate. We tried to address it all in a single hit. I believe we made a major breakthrough in our vision, and that’s how the concept for new Targetprocess 3 was born:

Targetprocess 3 concept

Flexible
Targetprocess 3 is flexible. Sure, every vendor claims their software is flexible, but in our case it really is. The new Targetprocess is challenging the status quo and may seem unusual when you try it first. But once you grasp the main concept, you’ll feel the power.

Multi Teams
For some strange reason there’s no agile PM software that supports multiple teams naturally. Yes, you can handle that with quirky workarounds, but why would you have to do that? Targetprocess 3 fits any company structure: from design studios, where a single team works on many projects, to huge enterprises that require a cumulative effort of many teams. Now you can plan work and track progress across many teams and projects.

Many Boards
Boards in Targetprocess 3 are really cool. You can create any board in a minute: Kanban Board, Task Board, Work by Person, Roadmap and many, many others. The Board UI handles huge data easily via collapsing, focusing and zooming. It helps you add entities quickly, select any entities you want and manipulate them via batch drag and drop.

Live + Mobile
Other nice additions include iPhone/iPad app to handle projects on the go and Live Updates in a browser screen without page refreshes, which is handy for remote meetings.

We’re so proud that after 17 months of development and beta testing we can share Targetprocess 3 with you:

Projects by Teams board in Targetprocess 3

Great things take time, and we didn’t implement all the major features we wanted in this public release. But this is the foundation upon which we shall build further, while listening to your feedback. More great things are already on thу way, like Timelines, Hierarchical Lists with inline editing, Customizable Cards.

Thank you for your patience.

I invite you to jump on board and share the journey with us.

TargetProcess v.2.24.1: Better Search, Link to Entity, Better Image Attachments

New release v.2.24.1 is there with many improvements.

Search Improvements

  • It is possible to search inside custom fields
  • Search by numbers works (finally!)
  • Search indexing works several times faster.

Views Improvements

The editor was improved and restyled.

Drag and Drop Images

Now you can add pictures right into the Description field via drag and drop!

Quick Links

Now you can send links to the Views quickly with a predefined format [url]/entity/[id]. For example, this link points to the entity with id = 87443:

http://targetprocess2/entity/87443

The “share link” action has been added to all the Views, so you can send someone a link to a particular entity faster.

Quick Add Section

The Quick Add actions have been moved into a separate section, and now there’s no redirect to another page to add anything.

Fixed Bugs

  • Bugs with deleted attachments cannot be imported from Bugzilla
  • Mercurial Plugin – “unknown revision ’3/17/2013′” error when specifying a start date in profile settings
  • Attachments are not completely removed from the server when a user story is deleted
  • TP update fails due to DB being locked by plugins during SQL update phase
  • Git plugin error “String was not recognized as a valid DateTime” if TP is installed on non-English Windows
  • ‘Mark as Duplicate’ service fails

Weekly Photo #4

Customize Cards Team is actively discussing implementation details. Initially everybody was standing near the board, but after two hours of intensive communication depletion took’em all.

targetprocess people photo

Weekly Photo #1

We want to share more about company life, how we work and what we do. Meet the new Weekly Photo rubric.

Our lead developers are resolving last problems in a new super-fast search feature in the upcoming TargetProcess v.2.24 release:

TargetProcess Developers

TargetProcess v.2.23.15: Assign 2+ People, Tags Cloud, Tags Auto-Complete

This minor release includes several improvements to the Views. We are going to drop the old views very soon, so we’re catching up on the missing features.

Assign as many people as you want

Now you can assign many developers, many testers, etc. There are no limitations:

However, these multiple assignments can be seen only in the Views. For example, in a List there will be just the “…” sign showing that more than 2 people are assigned:

Fast Assign/Edit for Project

Now, if you’re in the User Story view (or the view for a Bug, Feature, etc.), you can quickly assign or change Project in the Info box on the right:

Tags Auto-Complete and Tags Cloud

It’s been pretty confusing with the tags before: one couldn’t easily identify which tags belong to this entity, and which don’t. Now the auto-complete options are suggested in the ‘add tag’ field:

You can also click on the Tags Cloud to see the most used tags:

TargetProcess v.2.23.14: Multiple Related Entities and Win8

New custom field type: multiple related TP entities

This is a multi-select custom field: bugs, user stories, requests, test cases, impediments etc. can be shown as related to some entity. There’s no strict dependency, just a relation. Names appear as you click “add item” and start typing, then you can make a selection. See the entities related to this user story in the Related tab:

Installation

Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 with IIS 8 supported.

Other Improvements and Fixes

Targetprocess Help

All you want to know about Targetprocess

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