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14 hours ago

Targetprocess v.3.9.0: TP2 removal, minor improvements

TP2 removal

As we describled in Phasing out Targetprocess v.2 article we've stopped supporting Targetprocess v.2. This means you'll no longer have access to features which were exclusive to v.2. Only Custom reports, Time sheets, and Global Settings will be preserved in Targetprocess 3. But all of your data should still be available in Targetprocess 3.
If you have any questions about this change, please contact us.

Improvements

  • Improve board performance
  • Quick Add buttons are now always visible in List mode

Fixed Bugs:

  • Fixed Feedback popup that appeared too often
  • Fixed Custom Rule ‘Close a User Story when all its Tasks are done’ that took into consideration first 25 tasks only
  • Fixed issue with displayed password in Git plugin log when timeout occurs
  • Fixed high CPU usage by Cache context
  • Fixed units in List that were incorrectly displayed as sortable
  • Fixed Search icon alignment in Safari
  • Fixed CKeditor table alignment
  • Fixed filter font size in Lookup bubble
2 weeks ago

Targetprocess Mobile for iOS: Release 3.0

We're very happy to announce that we've updated the Targetprocess iOS app with improved navigation and a much smoother UX. After analyzing your feedback, we decided to place all of the user's main entry points into one place. Views, Search, Quick Add, and User Profile are now easily accessible from tabs on the bottom bar. We hope that this ease-of-access will improve your experience with our app:

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For example, if you want to add a new work item, you no longer have to hunt down the corresponding view - just tap the "Add" tab and select the entity type you wish to add.

Or, if you want to see all the items that are assigned to you, just tap the "Me" tab:
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We've also added the possibility to select more than one team and fill out additional custom fields when using Quick Add to create a card.

We're now working on improving Entity views and extending the app's functionality. If you have any suggestions or feedback for us, feel free to shoot us a message at mobile@targetprocess.com.

Click here to download the iOS app.

3 weeks ago

Targetprocess v.3.8.10: Group Team Iterations, “Assign to me” in context menu, “Skip” action for test steps, new Time entity, bug fixes

Group Team Iteration axis if Team is selected as another axis

If you plan work for Team Iterations with the same start date across multiple teams, your life has just become easier! Selecting the Team and Team Iteration axes on views with work items will group Team Iterations into one column.
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If you work with SAFe or have cross-team dependencies, you will love using this new functionality with the Show Relations mashup. The mashup adds a button to your top bar which allows you to visualize cross-team dependencies of different types (blockers, relations, dependencies).

Here is an example of a Program Board with the mashup turned on. The visual representation of relations can help you to identify risks caused by dependencies early-on in the planning stage.
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"Assign to me" in the context menu

From now on, it will take less clicks to assign an entity to yourself. You can do it directly from a board; just select ‘Assign To Me’ from the context menu of the card you want to assign.
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Timeline: Planned vs Actual sections

In case Planned and Actual sections are separated on a Timeline, they will now be connected with a line.
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"Skip" action for test steps

Do you want to skip certain test steps during a test case execution? Now you can use the new "Skip" button. You can return back to these test steps later or skip them entirely for the current test plan run.
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Improved navigation in search popup

We've improved backwards navigation (using your browser's "Back" button). Search results will now be available through direct link when you navigate back to a page.

Time entity: List, Board

It used to be difficult to get a list of certain time entries in Targetprocess. Now, you can create Board and List views that display Time as cards. You can group them by User, Spent Date or other fields, and you can filter or sort them as you like.

In the example below, we’ve selected Person as the lane for Time cards on a List View. Now, we can easily see the individual time entries which have been posted in the last three days:
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Minor design changes

We've implemented a new design for sliders, updated the text for deep link confirmation pages and made general improvements to optimize:

  • gray and black backgrounds
  • board perfomance when many cards need to be updated

Fixed Bugs:

  • Fixed an issue when Planned section would hide Actual section on Timelines
  • Fixed inconsistency of icons for teams without icons
  • Inactive projects are shown only on views where projects are selected as cards
  • Fixed possibility to allocate user for 1 day
  • Fixed filter by dropdown CF in lookup
  • Fixed error when user clicks to open Diagnostic Report
  • Fixed an issue where Test Plan Run would not be moved to the new Release along with the Iteration
  • Fixed an issue with reloading Entities when user creates Relation from Relations tab
  • Fixed format of dates in exported files
  • Fixed list layout issue when performing inline edits
  • Fixed an error when you change the value of drop down CF via a board
  • Fixed an issue where the direct link in the context menu of a Project didn't open the Project
  • Fixed inline editing for values from Custom fields on time cards
  • Fixed inconsistency of links in Markdown and CK Editor
3 weeks ago

Targetprocess goes to London: Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit 2016

Ole (one of our Solutions Architects) lines up his shot

Ole (one of our Solution Architects) lines up his shot

This month, our team headed to London for the June 13-14 Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit. Gartner is a technology research and analysis firm that advises enterprise clients. They are considered by many to be thought-leaders for management and IT.

The theme of this year’s summit was “Results-Driven PPM — Leading Change and Delivering Value in the Digital Age.” In our opinion, Gartner’s key message was that in today’s rapidly changing business world, organizations need to develop the capability to quickly react to change and focus on value delivery, rather than continue to focus on managing budgets and meeting deadlines.

This theme matches perfectly with our tool, so we decided to become a sponsor of the event and demonstrate our agile PPM and SAFe capabilities. The summit was full of executives and analysts, all sharing knowledge and trying to find the next big thing. We wanted to gather feedback from this high-level crowd, and examine our own position in the PPM market.

Learn how to connect strategy and execution in the PPM section of our Solutions Gallery

The Targetprocess Booth:

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Our booth’s theme was “Work smart, golf more.” The idea behind this is that using Targetprocess for agile portfolio management (agile PPM) will allow PMOs to save time by improving visibility and traceability. You can read more about this concept at our online brochure.

There was a lot of excitement at our booth about agile PPM, as well as the possibility to manage ALM and PPM in one singular tool. However, there was also some disappointment about the lack of certain traditional items, such as Gantt charts. We’ve said before that timelines are better than Gantt charts for agile management, but we still paid careful attention to these criticisms (see our conclusions at the end).  

After a day of serious presentations and keynote speakers, we took part in a networking reception and handed out some golf-themed drinks (‘Tee’ Time, “Hole in One”) as well as golf balls with agile PPM quotes. We also laid out a small golfing mat in front of our booth and even dressed up like golfers, just for a bit of fun.  

Our team members came from London, Germany, Belarus, the Netherlands, and the U.S. to be present for the summit. The photo was taken after an evening Networking Reception on June 13, 2016

Visitors to our booth had the chance to win a set of Wilson golf clubs. At the end of the summit we held a lottery, and Maria Kiekara from YIT Group was drawn as the winner. Congratulations Maria!

 

Gartner's Conclusions:

On business in general:

Gartner states that digital business is still evolving, and predicts that algorithms will be used in autonomous business with smart machines through 2020 and beyond. Just as the internet brought about the advent of digital business, algorithms and smart machines will be the catalyst for algorithmic (or, autonomous) business.

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13-14 June 2016, London, UK, Keynote: Business and Technology 2030: Algorithms and (More) Autonomous Business, Dale Kutnick, Donna Fitzgerald

On IT:

Gartner is continuing its advocacy for Bi-Modal IT, a practice that Gartner defines as the “the managing of two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.” Analysts stressed the need to dedicate resources to Mode 2 projects without traditional budget rules:

  • The value of Mode 2 initiatives are not easily reflected using traditional ROI analysis
  • Mode 2 projects which are subjected to traditional funding and governance rules will be stymied, often at the expense of innovation
  • Creative leadership from the CIO and IT departments is required to shift the thinking around approval and funding for Mode 2 projects.

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13-14 June 2016, London, UK, Workshop: Mode 2/Agile Funding — No Longer, About Cost But Value, Jim McGittigan

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13 - 14 June 2016, London, UK, Changing Governance to Exploit Enterprise Agile, Bill Swanton

On agile:

The unfortunate truth about agile is that it is excellently positioned for use as a buzzword. However, we know that agile should be more than just a buzzword and is here to stay.

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13 - 14 June 2016, London, UK, Survival Strategies for the PMO in an Enterprise Agile World, Matthew Hotle

This year, a recurring theme at analyst presentations seemed to be that traditional project management should give way to agile product management. Early capability to ship value (as MVP), continuous improvement, iterations, and team continuity were some of the cited benefits that such a shift can bring.

Gartner discussed SAFe as a framework for scaling agile practices.

On PPM:

We believe a key message from Gartner was that traditional PPM is still widespread in the enterprise market, but PMO's and CIO's need to figure out how to embrace agile at the enterprise level.

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Gartner also stated how digitalization is disrupting the PPM “Comfort Zone.”

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13-14 June 2016, London, UK, The PPM Market: State of the Universe, Daniel B. Stang

An action plan from Gartner for PPM Leaders: In the next 12 months, work to eliminate or consolidate overlapping tools where possible, without assuming all work can be managed in one tool.

Gartner also offers some advice on PPM tool best practices in the face of disruption: keep track of the varied needs for different kinds of PPM tools, listen to the different workgroups and teams asking for them or adopting them outright, and don't assume you can force all the workgroups into the same tool.

Gartner PPM & IT Governance Summit, 13 - 14 June 2016, London, UK, The PPM Market: State of the Universe, Daniel B. Stang

Our Conclusions:

There was a lot of discourse about agile at the summit. Still, we observed that many of the exhibiting tools were fairly traditional, and the attitude of PMO representatives from some companies towards agile seemed to be one of guarded optimism.

This caution is understandable; the enterprise market is just waking up to agile as the way to survive in today’s disruptive economy. The PPM industry is going to need to reinvent itself soon to stay relevant, but big enterprises cannot just switch gears as fast as they may want to. However, companies that adopt an agile mindset early-on can expect to get a leg up on the competition as the digitalization of business pushes inexorably forward, forcing companies to adopt more flexible and adaptive approaches.

"By 2020, more than three-quarters of the S&P 500 will be companies that we have not heard of yet."  - Professor Richard Foster, Yale University

We're not saying that Targetprocess, as a tool for agile portfolio management, is the ultimate solution for any client. Just as agile can't be looked at as a magic pill to cure all your troubles, no software tool should be looked at as perfectly comprehensive for all 4 levels of Gartner's pyramid above. Our PPM solution is still evolving. However, we strongly believe that it is well-positioned to help companies that want to scale agile to the enterprise level in order to embrace change, become more responsive, and deliver value faster.


As a nice bonus, Targetprocess lets you do both agile PPM and agile ALM within one tool so that you can have more time for other activities, such as golf (instead of manually synchronizing data between your PPM and ALM solutions). Speaking of which, we have some Targetprocess golf balls left with quotes about our PPM solution, so let us know if you feel like giving it a shot!

 

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