This major release focuses on better information visualization and insights. With Dashboards and Custom Graphical Reports you have a powerful tools to see deeper and understand more about projects, team, work and plans.
Please, give us feedback about these features. We are going to improve them in the next couple of months based on your real needs.
Custom Graphical Reports
Reports should be used to see aggregated data and progress over time. So far you can create line charts, bar charts and scatterplots. Facets are supported as well, so you can group information by various categories and compare projects, teams, features, see trends in cycle time, quality and many other areas.
For example, the report below shows user stories (circles) for every team and for the last four months. Each small chart shows Effort vs. Cycle Time correlation. You see what teams create larger user stories, what team completes stories faster, what team has less consistent estimates.
Reports are really flexible, check documentation to create your own report:
What you should know
Dashboards help to aggregate information from various sources and show it in a single place. In Targetprocess you can create as many dashboards as you want: for a single team, for QA, for development tracking, etc. Explore some use cases.
There are three sources of dashboard widgets:
- Predefined widgets in a library
- Any List. You can create a List and drag and drop from left menu to a Dashboard.
- Any Graphical Report. Create a report and drag and drop it from left menu to Dashboard.
Read the guides about Dashboards:
Test Plan Runs results freezing
The freezing possibility allows to keep test run results unchanged forever. Now you can easily re-use existing test cases and test plans for testing a newer version of your software, even if it requires some modifications, and not to worry about loosing the historical information. Read more about test runs results freezing.
QA Area enhancements
We’ve made a lot of small improvements on test plan and test plan run views. We believe they will make it easier to work with test cases and test plans, execute them and see run results.
Now on a test plan view you can see a new list of test plan runs, from where you can quickly start a test plan run execution. There is a new section on the right, where you can create a new test plan run with just a single click and see how many open test plan runs there are right now.
On a test plan run view you can see a similar section on the right and quickly start or continue a test plan run execution. There is also a number of open and total bugs in this test plan run and current run results. A new Start/End Date unit has been added for test case runs and test plan runs, so now you can see when an execution was started and whether it’s already completed.
Audit history is now available for a test case run, so it’s easy now to see who made changes in it.
Left menu changes
We’ve accumulated feedback about left menu problems and are fixing them now. Some improvements included into this release.
Only owner/admin can change groups/views order
Previously anyone could change order of Groups and Views in the left menu. It lead to confusion since many users had different ordering and it was impossible to create a solid structure of company wide Groups. Now only Admin can freely change order of public Groups and Views. Non-admin users can still re-order their private Groups and Views.
NOTE: Order of Groups in your left menu will change with this update as a side effect of this change.
Action: Delete Group with all its Views
Sometime you want to delete a Group with all Views inside this Group. Now you have an action that does exactly that. Use with care:
List improvements: Inline edit for Team, Project and Custom Fields
In this release you can edit more fields in Lists. Team, Project and some types of Custom Fields (Date, Drop Down, Text and Number) are editable now.
Requester entity in Views and Lists
Now you can create lists and boards that display Requesters entities.
- Search by Test Steps fragments.
- TFS plugin: added a custom synch interval option.
- TFS plugin: support the on-demand TFS service visualstudio.com.
- Customize cards: added ‘Initial estimate’ unit for Features.
#97114 Fixed posting decimal time records for cultures other than en-EN
#96236 Prohibit from creating custom fields which names start from a number
#93675 Test Cases / Test Case Runs View layout is broken when there’s not enough space
#93533 Unexpected View opens after another one removed
#96546 Duplicated processes appear in custom reports if non-admin is both a Project member and a Team member
#97518 Improved performance of the view related to proper processes and custom fields selection
#97925 ‘Time spent/remaining’ unit fixed to fit the M-size cards
#97271 Fixed the link to the entity if it was added from the List view
#84510 Fixed Team/Project selector in the quick add form on Relations tab of the entity view
Team workflows may become very useful when there are multiple teams working on the same projects (or projects which use the same process) and teams prefer their own way to work on items. Starting from now teams can run entities, like user stories, bugs and others, through the states that may differ from the states in a common project workflow. This allows teams to follow their real life workflows, and help project managers easily track the progress across all the teams not without being confused about each team’s specific workflow. Read more about Team Workflow feature.
QA area improvements
We’ve added a related Bugs list to a Test Plan Run view. Now you can see what bugs are related to all the test case runs in this test plan run in one place.
When look at a Bug view, you can similarly see what test case runs this bug has affected:
We’ve also replaced a list of test case runs on a test case view. Now you can clearly see which test plan runs a test case has been executed in, what were the run results and when it has been done.
Allow users to choose TP3 or TP2 to be loaded on entry
A new option added especially for our long standing customers, who have a mixed v.2/v.3 licenses. Now you can go to Personal Settings and choose the version, which you want to see by default after logging in.
Now if I have this checkbox in my settings on and follow the link https://mytargetprocess.com/ then I’ll get to Targetprocess v.3. If the box is unchecked, I’ll see Targetprocess v.2 as before
- Show date and time of attachments
- Mashups that affect the application performance will be listed in the diagnostics report
- Requester as a view lane: now it’s possible to create a board or a list view of Requests grouped by Requester
- Bugzilla comment is truncated if it contains a special sequence of symbols
- Follow email: smart new line
- ‘Entity Not Found’ screen overlaps the other pop-ups from the top menu
- Improved performance of a bug Duplicates
- Unable to delete workflow state
- Fixed: fail to rename Process State in Safari on a MAC
- Replaced TP to TR in the Open/Total Test Plan Run unit
If you work on product that include several components or application that are being developed in a multiple teams in parallel, synchronize their releases in time and ship under one new version, you might be interested in a single Release for planning and tracking.
Starting from 3.5.4 you can create a shared Release that will allow you to plan work from different projects under the one Release and track the progress within one Burn Down Chart! Read more in a detailed feature guide
Outgoing Web Hooks Plugin
Outgoing web hook plugin allows you to listen to triggers in Targetprocess entities, which will then send relevant data to external URL in real-time. With this plugin you can integrate Targetprocess with third-party services:
For example, we did it with Slack communication platform. Read the instructions here
#82925 Assigned feature resets when converting Bug to Story and vice versa
#96105 Inability to unassign Team from Project – “Too many parameters were provided in this RPC request”
#91797 Error “UserFirstName UserLastName is already allocated to the Scrum project”
#95068 Fail to update Initial Estimate for Features and Epics and Velocity for Iterations
#95168 Restore the “Show Weekends” option state in burn down charts
#95342 Custom field value is not saved when new entity is added via SOAP API
#84433 I can’t move a user to “No Team” cell while he’s assigned to any other team
#82217 Inadequate pull-down filters length in the entity lookup
Custom Business Rules
Starting from this release you can extend the default business rules and Targetprocess will automatically do some additional actions that you’ll choose. For example, now if you assign any Bug to User Story, the defect might be auto-assigned to a User Story’s Feature. You can find all the new rules list in the ‘Settings > Custom Rules (NEW!)’ below the ‘Settings > Processes’ item, available for admin users.
Read more about Custom Rules in the new blog post!
QA Area: New On Hold run result and a possibility to skip test cases naturally
A new On Hold run result is introduced for test case runs. The skip action can still be performed by clicking the Next Test Case button, which is active always now and can be clicked any moment of time even with no run result selected.
QA Area: Show a Tester in the Test Runs list on a Test Plan Run view
When a test case is started being executed, i.e. if a test step in it is marked as passed/failed or a test case run result is specified, we can see now who is executing a test case run. This allows to avoid many people working on the same test case run simultaneously.
#93839 QA Area: ‘Run date’ unit in the Test Runs list
#93654 QA Area: fixed long Test Case Run names display
#92146 QA Area: Test Plan Run counts are not updated when inner Test Plan Runs are deleted
#94282 QA Area: fixed “You can’t do that” error when move Test Plan card from clipboard to test plan lane
#67318 Fixed error message in board view by User if a new entity is added and its project is not selected.
#69089 Project, Team views: unable to correct and add a new team (or a project) if a duplicate team name has been added before
#93435 Fixed all “You can’t do that” error messages
#94466 Fixed shortened list of Projects in the entity lookup filter in the Relations tab
#94554 Fixed limitation of teams list in a Project view
#92780 Fixed annoying message on reconnect
Test Case Runs and Bugs Relations
The newly introduced test case run and bug relation feature adds the ability to create bugs related to a test case that is currently being executed. As a result, you can track how many issues have been found during the execution of the whole test plan run.
To add a bug related to a test case run, simply click the Create Bug button on a test case run view, give the bug a name and click the Add or Add & Open button.
A new bug will be created and linked to the current test case run automatically.
All the bugs related to a test case run are shown on the bugs tab of a test case run view.
Here you can see and update bugs details such as business value, severity and also assign bugs to people so they can be fixed.
If you’ve found a bug which already exists in the system, you can simply link it to the current test case run using the lookup window. This way bugs are not duplicated and we can specify how many test case runs a bug has affected.
The ability to link existing bugs provides a great way to track how many rounds of testing a bug was not fixed, as you can simply link the same bugs to different executions of the same test case or a test plan.
In case a bug has been created by mistake or it should not be linked to a test case run, it can be unlinked. Right click to open the context menu and unlink it from the test case run.
With the Open/Total Bugs unit added to the test plan/case list it’s quite easy to get an idea on how many bugs have been found and how many still need to be fixed during the current test plan run execution.
The same unit can be added to test plan run cards on a board, list and timeline view modes.
QA Area: Unlink a Test Plan from a parent Test Plans
To see how many test plans the current test plan is included to, we’ve recently introduced the Test Plans tab on a test plan view. It’s useful to look at this tab when you plan to update the current test plan to know how many test plans will be affected by your changes.
In this release we’ve added the possibility to quickly unlink the current test plan from its parent test plans. Simply right click on a parent test plan and select unlink.
List: Counters showing the number of entities at the very last inner lever
The counters in lists now show the number of entities at the last inner level instead of showing the number of entities on the next level. As an example, this allows you to see how many bugs and user stories are in every state, even if they are grouped by project or any other property.
#93913 QA Area: Fixed Test Plan Run card customization mode
#86816 QA Area: Fixed an error ” Oops… Something’s wrong” thrown in Test Step editor
#93094 QA Area: Fixed “Data layer exception occurred” when deleting Test Case in TP2
Filter User Stories and Bugs by Feature
When you have a board that shows User Stories and Bugs at the same time, you can filter them by Feature now. So you can create a board that shows everything related to a specific Feature.
QA Area: Test Plans tab on a Test Case and a Test Plan views
As you know a test case or a test plan can be linked to many different test plans. On a Test Plans tab you can find what exactly test plans the current test case/plan is linked to. It can be very useful when you decide to update a test case/plan and need to know what test plans would be affected by this change.You can also unlink a test case/plan from the test plans it’s linked to straight from this tab.
QA Area: The Skipped test case run result has been renamed to On Hold
The Skipped test case run result has been renamed to On Hold. Now you can mark a test case run, which can’t be executed right now, as On Hold and return to it later. You can also skip a test case run. To do that just open the next test case run.
#92980 Mylyn connector to work with Targetprocess later than v.3.4.3
#93457 Support <table> in comments
#92046 Batch move requests get stuck when test cases move between test plans with test plan runs
#92274 “You are using the in-browser JSX transformer” warning in Firefox v.33
#92911 Search doesn’t work after changing assignments
#93283 Mention is not emailed, if there is a deleted user with the same email address
This release summarises some changes in recent minor builds and includes hierarchical Test Plans functionality, which makes QA area in Targetprocess much more powerful.
Hierarchical Test Plans
Now you can organize test cases in a test plan into groups (lower level test plans) based on many different parameters, such as – only to name a few – different types of testing (smoke and regression tests, for example), test case priority to specify which groups need to be executed first and which last, or by user story (thus creating a user story test plan) to see which user story every single test belongs to during execution. Read more about better QA area.
Start Date/End Date could be before Creation Date now
There are cases when you have to set Start Date before entity Creation Date. For example, you exported some features from CSV and Create Date was set as Today. However, some features have been already started, so you can’t set correct Start Date. However, Lead Time can’t be calculated correctly in this case, so there is an icon that indicates that:
“No Project” option removed
Previously it was possible to assign work to No Project. It complicated some internal implementation and we decided to remove this possibility. We are working on Team Workflow functionality and No project option doesn’t fit it. All work that was not assigned to any project has been moved to new artificial project called ‘No Project’.
Easier Workflow Setup
New Workflow solves several usability problems, provides clear and visual Workflow manipulation functionality and saves your time. Read more about this new functionality.
- #92772 Fail to reconnect after connection lost
- #89595 Selected Test Cases vanished when drag-n-drop them to Test Plans board from the clipboard.
- #77724 Exception “Field ‘Color’ is not available” when user assigns team to any project while the team is assigned to any inactive projects.
- #85658 Saved context for board should be updated if only ‘Set’ button is pressed.
Easier and faster Workflow Setup
We’ve redesigned Workflow setup. It solves several usability problems, provides clear and visual Workflow manipulation functionality and saves your time.
Read more about the feature, play with it and share your feedback.
#91319 Fixed: ‘?Iteration.IsNext is True’ (‘ .IsNow is True’ and ‘ .IsPrevious is True’)
#91486 Fixed: assignments reset when new state is added to workflow (for default process only)
#90950 Fixed: Eclipse/Mylyn connector fails if there’s an Epic in ToDo list
#91758 Fixed: Mention doesn’t work when using popup in new lists.
Now you can find a test case ID shown next to a test case run ID on a test plan run view, so that you can quickly move to the related test case if required when executing a test case run.
90633 Fixed: Import test cases to different project
91210 Fixed: Incorrect counters if Test Plan Run is completed from Targetprocess v.2
QA Area: Show Test Case attachments on a Test Case Run view
Test Case attachments are now visible when you execute Test Plan Runs. You can easily open files and screenshots you have attached earlier. It is also possible to attach more files while executing a Test Case Run. The files will be automatically linked to the related Test Case.
Now following is available for Epics, too. You can receive email notifications if new comments and attachments appear, if new Features are assigned or removed from the Epic, etc.
#88177 Effort units in Test Plans (pt or h)
#79932 ‘Show more’ is hidden on hover if its cell is collapsed
#87751 Link underlining in Chrome is corrected
#87941 Missing icon in ‘Open/Total User Stories’ unit
#89300 List mode: JS error while adding user stories to the new Feature view
#89629 Can’t open Burn Down from the list view
#89961 ‘Diff’ view pop-up was incorrectly placed
#90309 Top filter on the board shrinks for screens with horizontal resolution < 800px