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Enjoy Mashups Management and Visual Flow in TargetProcess v.2.22.9

TargetProcess v.2.22.9 is available to all On-Demand customers and On-Site Free users. Public release for On-Site customers is due in several days.

This release is quite significant as it includes a number of major improvements.

Beta Views: inner lists with inline edit and prioritization

Order bugs and tasks inside a User Story. Inline edit on the fly. Read more about improvements in lists.

Ordering and Inline Edit in lists

Beta Views: Implementation History for Features, User Stories, Bugs, Tasks and Requests

This visualized timeline shows full progress including all the state changes, time spent, responsible persons, impediments, added and closed bugs, and tasks. More on how the Visual Flow can help you.

Visual Flow

Mashup Manager: basic release

On-Demand users can create their own mashups in minutes or re-use out-of-the-box mashups. Note: you need Admin rights to create and manage mashups.

Mashups manager

Multi-select custom fields (not available in Beta Views so far)

It’s finally there. If you need a custom field with multiple choices, you can now use it.

Multiple Selection

Burn Down calculation when Time Tracking is not used

Now you can have accurate burn downs even if you don’t use time tracking at all. Just update the remaining effort in Task Board and check the progress on Sprint Burndown chart.

 

Tasks added to Prioritize screen

Order Tasks, Stories and Bugs by their priority for your developers

 

REST API fixes and improvements

  • REST: Test Plan Run collection for Test Plans added
  • REST: HTTP 500 error for requests if user logged with Windows Authentication
  • REST: exception on resetting custom field value to NULL
  • Plugins: Logs and Data Folder not deleted when TP is updated

Other Fixes

TargetProcess ‘Kanbanized’

We’ve released TargetProcess v.2.15 with basic Lean / Kanban support. It includes customizable Kanban Board and Cumulative Flow Diagram. It is just a first release to provide the most important functionality.

We at TargetProcess moved away from iterations to flow. As a result, most important features like iteration planning, burn down charts, daily progress, etc. became useless to us. This situation was quite strange. We were developing agile project management software, but it lacked functionality that we needed.

We’ve tried to find viable workarounds. For example, we’ve created endless release (to emulate Planned state) and endless iteration (to emulate In Progress state). It worked, but visualization was just not there, thus violating Kanban principle. Finally we decided to implement required functionality and did it in 1 month.

New Knaban Board is fantastic. It visualizes user stories and bugs flows nicely, highlights limits, shows priorities, etc.

Kanban Board

Kanban Board

Next v.2.16 release will include options to switch off Iterations (if you don’t use them, they will not affect user interface), view release burn chart down by weeks, view other progress reports by release. And of course we are going to improve Kanban Board based on your feedback!

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