New beta User Story and Bug views are available in Kanban and Teams Board on double click. Go to Kanban Board and double click on any User Story or Bug.
Add tag, update name, description, effort or change release, iteration? It’s fast and easy now. From just a single view you can update all the fields.
Avatars are used in comments and assignments. It’s a nice way to recognize people fast and there’s no need to read names.
Assign people quickly. Find a person in a team using quick search and avatars.
You can even edit custom fields!
It’s possible to attach multiple attachments at once now. Moreover, you can just drop a file into a browser window as a popup view is open and the attachment will be added automatically.
As this is a beta version, not all actions are available so far. To convert/move entities, add time or attach user stories or bugs to request, use the old view and edit. In beta version ‘Old View’ and ‘Old Edit’ links are put under ‘Actions’ list.
As we continue working on the views, you’re welcome to have your say and send feedback.
We added a system settings check at the end of installation process, so errors are identified quickly now.
2011-08-19 11:36:43 InstallHelper: PASSED: User BUILTIN\IIS_IUSRS has ReadAndExecute permissions on TargetProcess folder
2011-08-19 11:36:43 InstallHelper: PASSED: User NT SERVICE\TrustedInstaller has FullControl permissions on TargetProcess folder
2011-08-19 11:36:43 InstallHelper: PASSED: User BUILTIN\Administrators has FullControl permissions on TargetProcess folder
2011-08-19 11:36:43 InstallHelper: PASSED: Application Pool Pipeline Mode is set to 'Classic'
2011-08-19 11:36:44 InstallHelper: PASSED: .NET framework is set to v2.0.50727
2011-08-19 11:36:44 InstallHelper: PASSED: Application Pool Identity is 'NetworkService'
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: .aspx handler is present in IIS configuration
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: Default document is enabled
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: Default.aspx is in default pages list
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: .NET framework 3.5 SP1 installed
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: MSMQ is installed correctly
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: MSMQ service is running
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: User NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE has FullControl permissions on queue Tp.Error
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: User NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM has FullControl permissions on queue Tp.Error
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: User NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE has FullControl permissions on queue Tp.PubSubStorage
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: PASSED: User NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE has FullControl permissions on queue Tp.InputCommand
2011-08-19 11:37:04 InstallHelper: System settings have been checked successfully.
— Disabled TestTrackPro and SourceSafe plugins for OnDemand accounts
— Task is not assigned to the same release, if parent User Story is dragged to a release in Release Plan view
— ‘Open Assignments’ shows closed assignments as well
— Effort could be updated without edit permission
— An “out of memory” exception when attaching images
REST API Fixes
— Internal Error 500 if request has incomplete credentials for authorisation
— Add Required comment to Entity State
In this version the Login page is freshened up. Check out the new design!
Also, we’ve fixed the OutOfMemoryException which was thrown as users tried to attach several very large images in a row.
#33165 When user replies to an email sent from TP, the comment is added to the request but users do not get email
#33162 Problem with process edit (db is corrupted: Impediments states RoleID is not Null)
#33147 General settings – HD: disable the option regarding auto notification when requester is created from inbound mail
#33107 Yesterday: user can see entities from projects where he is not a member
#32886 Visual Studio plugin doesn’t connect in particular case for domain access.
#32357 System.OutOfMemoryException when opening large attachment
#16789 Printable view of Test case does not show images
In the end of last week we shared new ToDo list concepts with TargetProcess UX group members. We have some feedback already, but it is interesting to receive more.
So what do you think about these ToDo list concepts?
Concept 1 (Clickable PDF. You may click on links that has dashed border)
Concept 2 (Static PDF)
Last Friday we discussed another ToDo list concept. The idea is to provide something similar to Kanban Board for personal tasks management, but more flexible.
Flexibility may be provided via custom grouping. For example, person may group tasks by user story vertically and by time frame horizontally and see something like on the wireframe below:
You may select another grouping, for example, by state, or by tag, or by custom field. As we see it will provide grate abilities to plan personal work with very creative patterns that we can’t even imagine. Maybe it is too complex, we are not sure so far. We’ll have usability testing phase on ready prototype to evaluate this solution.
Drag and drop may be used to plan personal work from backlog.
Yesterday we’ve created wireframes for the fist ToDo list concept. The main ideas is to have 3 areas for Today tasks, Tomorrow tasks and Later tasks. Use drag and drop to plan tasks for today or move them later. No calendar view, just plain list with 3 groups.
There were debates around Tomorrow tasks. Several people think that this group is not required and Today/Later will be sufficient.
Also this ToDo list provides an ability to see other people’s ToDo list as well as group tasks by various parameters. Time grouping is default (Today/Tomorrow/Later), but also it is possible to group by User Story, Project, Type or other properties.
Today we spent several hours writing scenarios for Mary (she is a Tester). There are two types of scenarios. The first describes a typical working day. The other set of scenarios describes concrete goals that Mary wants to accomplish with the help of TargetProcess.
Sorry for a lengthy post, but we want to provide all the important details and show how we are trying to re-design TargetProcess. If you think that this persona is artificial, let us know. If you think you know similar girl, let us know. If you have any questions, just ask. Here we go.
Mary, 26 yo, Functional Tester
Has 3 years of experience in testing web applications. Knows how to write test cases, works with several bug tracking systems. Hates bad UI and constantly tries to convince developers to fix ugly areas.
- 30 people development team, single project, 6 testers in the team.
- Scrum process with 2-week iterations.
- Uses laptop at work
- Find and submit bugs, capture screenshots
- Create test cases
- Verify user stories (execute test cases)
- Verify fixed bugs
- Communicate with developers about stories and bugs
- Participate in daily meetings, iteration planning, release planning meetings
- Smokes and drinks coffee
- Likes to communicate with people around
- Listens to music at work
- Argues with developers about found bugs
- Uses IMs quite often to chat with friends
- Likes bright colors
- Have fun at work
- Good communication and social environment at work, money not so important
Typical Day Scenario
Mary’s working day (Tuesday).
Mary comes to the office at 9 am. She has daily meeting at 10 am, so she makes herself some coffee and checks email (20 mins). She looks at what she worked on yesterday, what’s new came today and what are her assignments (10 min). She forgot to add time yesterday, so she adds time right now for all the yesterday’s activities. She loads Skype and says “Hi” to friends.
Then daily meeting begins (20 min).
- I verified the UI improvement bug, then verified user story “As a admin I want to un-delete projects” and added 3 bugs on this user story (one is critical and 2 UI improvements). Today I am going to discuss a new user story with Pete, check specs and start writing Test Cases. Also I can’t setup Ubuntu to check several UI bugs on FireFox for Linux, so I need help.
- (Larry) Mary, we have one blocking bug to reproduce. It is very important.
- OK, I’ll take a look at it.
- (Ted) I can help you with Linux
- Oh, cool! Let’s do it this afternoon.
Meeting is over. After the meeting Mary has the following priorities: the blocking bug, Linux setup and bugs check, discussing the new user story.
Mary has coffee, smokes with friends, thinks about the blocking bug and discusses possible reasons with developers. (15 min).
Pete comes to ask about a meeting on the new user story.
- Hey, let’s discuss the new story I have.
- I have a blocking bug, so I can’t attend right now, maybe you’ll help me to reproduce it?
- OK, let’s take a look.
They investigate the bug for 30 mins and reproduce it successfully. Mary submits steps to reproduce into the system and as a small reward takes a little break. Then they discuss the new user story with Pete (30 min). They discuss specs, some unclear areas, etc.
After the meeting, she writes checklist for the user story (1 hr). Then goes for lunch.
After the lunch she comes back and checks if there are any new tasks. No new tasks, so she calls Ted to help her with Linux. She spends 1 hour with Ted setting everything up. Then Mary verifies several UI bugs on Linux. Suddenly during exploratory testing she finds a new nasty bug – null reference exception when clicking on Delete User button. She captures the screenshot and adds bug into the system. This bug blocks verification process and Mary notifies team lead about the problem. And goes to smoke one more cigarette.
It is 5 pm already, so for the rest of the day she chats with friends and reads some interesting blog posts and articles. Suddenly she remembers that Katy returned from vacation today, so she calls for her and talks about Florida and Miami. Then Mary checks email and goes home at 6:30 pm.
Mary has her own goals.
What did I do yesterday?
Mary comes to the office in the morning, logs in into the system and wants to see all her yesterday’s work before the daily meeting. She sees:
- daily meeting attended (10:00 – 10:20)
- for story “As an admin I want to un-delete projects”
- Test Cases ran
- Bug “Crash when click Un-delete in FireFox” added
- Bug “Main label has strange color on Un-delete screen” added
- Bug “Buttons overlap in Safari on Un-delete screen” added
- comment added for the bug “Ugly button formatting in Add User page”
- Read article “Kanban and Functional Testing” (done)
- Personal task “Install new version of Skype” added
System reminds Mary that she forgot to add time for all yesterday’s tasks, so she adds time quickly without any redirects.
I want to plan my day
After yesterday’s work review, Mary wants to see today’s meetings, all tasks and focus on high priority tasks (bugs, stories, tasks) with estimates, new tasks. She sees:
- daily meeting (10:00 – 10:20)
- 3 UI bugs to verify
- for user story “As a developer I want to find all usages of the method quickly”
- meeting with developer (deadline today, highlighted)
- create test cases
- run test cases
- create test cases for user story “As an admin I want to delete comments”
- Smoke testing of new build on Thursday
- Retrospective meeting on Friday (undefined time)
- Demo meeting on Friday (15:00-16:00)
- Read “Why FitNesse rocks” article
Mary wants to plan her day, so she marks tasks for today, and as a result she has 2 groups of tasks (Today, Later). Suddenly she remembers that she forgot to report a bug yesterday, so she adds this task for today quickly.
What’s new today?
Mary comes back from diner and opens her dashboard. She wants to know which comments have been added to her items, which new meetings scheduled, new bugs added or bug states updated. A blocking bug “Crash on user add” was added and already fixed by Tom. She sees that nobody is assigned as a verifier for this bug and she assigns this bug to herself to verify the fix asap. Also she sees that a new comment has been added for a bug in her todo list. She reads the comment and replies quickly. Also she notes that someone has added the UI bug that she forgot to add yesterday. So she closes the related task.
The next step is to gather scenarios for the other personas, combine them, analyze them and create wireframes for the new ToDo list. Something tells me it will be powerful. And we should keep it as simple as required, but not simpler ;)
We are incorporating UX practices into our development process. It is not so easy, the first attempt was with Eclipse plugin. Second one is ToDo list re-design. I don’t know what will be the end result. Maybe we will merge several screens into one (for example, Time Sheet and ToDo list), maybe something else, but we are starting from scratch and focusing on the needs of real users. We are going to write scenarios for all personas, create flows and wireframes, create prototypes and test them on real customers. Let’s see how it goes.
Recently we’ve had a series of meetings dedicated to Personas. There were several testers, several developers and product owner on the meeting. We’ve spent about 5 hours in total and here are some results.
Personas important for ToDo list are marked with a green circle. Manual Tester is selected as a key persona (double circled).
Andy is a serious geek. It was easy, since we have a former game developer on board :)
Everybody agreed that Alan is a true designer. Someone even said that he knows a very similar guy working as a web designer.
And our development team likes the approach.