24 hours ago

Targetprocess v.3.7.10: Visual Filters

Targetprocess 3 provides powerful DSL filters, which allow users to compose very sophisticated queries against their data. However, this flexibility increased the level of complexity to filter in the product and even advanced users needed some time to learn the filter language. To help users get started and make the filters easier to understand, we’re happy to introduce a new feature – Visual Filters.

Now it’s much faster and easier to create queries. When you enter the input field a dialog immediately appears with a list of possible filters for your data. This filter list has many of the fields you’d normally get from the auto-suggestion when manually typing ‘?’ into the input.

With the first release of this feature, you will be able to use the visual filters for the most common filters. It’s not meant to be a complete replacement of advanced queries.


Let’s say you want to see all the cards from the current release. Click in the filter box, and the new visual filters will display automatically.  Then click the grey “Any” text next to release and you will see a list of choices to filter releases by. Choose one, and it will be immediately added to the filter.

When you’re done building the query, just click the “Apply filter” button to filter the cards.

Fixed Bugs

3 days ago

Targetprocess v.3.7.9: Multiple Selection Custom Fields as Lanes

Multiple selection custom fields as lanes

Starting with v.3.7.9 you can now use a multiple selection custom field as a lane on a view.

When you drag and drop the card between columns, you will add another selection to the list of values that have been selected for this card.

As an example, I have a Board view of Requests grouped by a multi-select custom field called ‘Area’. When I drag the card from ‘No Value’ to ‘Import’ and then to ‘Help Desk’, this request will have the ‘Import’ and ‘Help Desk’ values selected.

You can also filter by the values of this custom field. For example, if I filter the cards by ‘?Area.contains(‘Import’), then I see the cards in the columns that have at least ‘Import’ selected.

req by area

Fixed Bugs

6 days ago

Agile adoption: when it can go wrong and why you need to persist

In case you did not attend Agile2015 Conference this year and your organization is in the process of adopting Agile you may find a recording of this panel discussion inspiring and insightful. Just several conclusions:

Problems at the Agile adoption stage arise generally in one of the two basic situations:
A) The organization is primarily focused on increasing sales & profits, then the problem is a misalignment of objectives of Agile teams and the non-Agile organization. The problem is more at the organizational level.
B) If the organization is totally focused on delivering value and delighting the customer, then the problems might be at the team level.

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While all companies are turning into software companies, Agile is about so much more than just software development. Agile is a solution for the whole organization to become more innovative and successful by sincerely focusing on delivering value and delighting the customer. Frequently it denotes that changes are needed in the way the organization is run. However, as soon as there is a sync at all the levels in understanding that the traditional top-down approach is less effective in the long-term than the outside-in (customer-driven) one, this will not only foster the Agile adoption in a particular organization it will also benefit the whole economy:
– the customers for whom the work is being done
– the people who do the work
– the organization itself
– the society

Watch the recording of the panel discussion for more conclusions from:

Melinda Ballou, IT Industry Analyst, IDC
Steve Denning, Author & Management Consultant
André Grard, Senior Analyst, VDC Research Group
Tom Grant, Senior Consultant, Cutter Consortium
Ron Jeffries, Extreme Programming (XP) Innovator, Author, Coach, and Trainer
Jim Newkirk, VP of Service Engineering, CenturyLink Cloud (Moderator)

2 weeks ago

Interactive mind map for meetings and retrospectives

We wrote some time ago about our initiatives for visualizing data and project information for smarter and more effective decision making. Today we would like to share an online Ishikava (fishbone) diagram:

This is a kind of mind map that can help you better understand a problem by visualizing its causes. It can be also used in retrospectives and work meetings where a group of people can analyze different aspects of a process or a situation for a multi-perspective view of the problem and a well-thought-out solution.

We have made it interactive so that it is possible to track a brainstorming flow as a structured text list on the left and immediately get a visual diagram on the right. Also you can drill-down to a particular aspect by double-clicking it if you want to explore an aspect of a precedent separately.

The concept of the diagram was developed by Kaoru Ishikawa in 1968 to show the causes of a specific event ( We were also inspired by the “Rule of 5 why” (, an iterative interrogative technique used to understand the root cause of the problem or a defect.

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