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2 weeks ago

Targetprocess v.3.12.1: Group hierarchy in the left menu and new lists for entities

Three-level group hierarchy in the left menu, and the possibility to create a view or group from anywhere

We heard you like to keep things organized, so we made some folders for your folders. You can now create subgroups for groups of views in the left menu; a three-level hierarchy is supported. You can now also create a subgroup or nested view right in the group where you want to place it. We hope these improvements will help you to organize your work in the left menu more effectively.

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New inner lists for entities

We hope that you won't miss the old inner lists, because our new ones have more possibilities for a better experience. You can now:

  • Sort inner lists by columns displayed
  • Fill out required Custom Fields while creating entities
  • Select Projects and Teams that differ from their parent entity

We tried to preserve the behavior of the old lists by adding possible actions under the context menu. Just right click on any entity in an inner list, and choose the option that you're interested in. You can check out these new inner lists in the entity details view of Features, User Stories, Requests, Releases, and Iterations.

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By default, cards are ordered by rank. Items with the highest priority are on top, while 'done' cards are placed in the bottom of list. You can change the order of items by clicking the column header, but keep in mind that this will prevent you from prioritizing items on the view.

Projects-Teams selector: highlight and select Teams assigned to a Project, and vice versa

In the Projects-Teams selector, you will now find a small new option that allows you to see and select Teams that are currently assigned to a Project. The same works in the opposite direction: you can select the Projects that your Team is assigned to at the moment.

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Minor Improvements:

  • Added a 'Share link' option to Project and Team entity details views
  • Reordered and grouped fields in the Info section of entity details views
  • Acid parameter removed from the URL
  • Added a new checkbox component to Quick Add
  • Made entity Custom Fields editable in Lists
  • Increased the character limit for the value field of Multiple Selection Custom Fields.

Fixed Bugs:

  • Сustom Field sorting will no longer break when Custom Fields with the same name from different processes are mapped to different columns in the database
  • Fixed a problem with FTPS connection for the Test Run Import plugin
  • Improved some styles on the capacity label
  • Fixed a case where Anticipated End date (instead of Forecasted End date) would be used as the allocation end date in capacity calculations
  • Fixed an issue where deleted users would be shown in mention notifications, instead of active users with the same login
  • Checkbox Custom Fields will now become editable when you click anywhere in the field
  • History tab: Users' unassigned/attachment deleted actions will now be shown
  • Fixed some issues with Test Case Run history
  • Fixed a case where the reply email field for Projects would be cut off
  • If a User can see a Team via a Project only and this Project becomes inactive, the Team will no longer appear in Quick Add or in the Board Access popup
  • If time tracking is disabled, completed effort for a role will now reset to zero for entities that are moved from the final state
  • Fixed: Jumping to entity doesn't work if there is a space after the ID number in the search query
3 weeks ago

What it means to be a niche player

Back in May, we announced that Targetprocess had been recognized as a niche player by Gartner’s first ever Magic Quadrant report for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools vendors.

Niche player. What does that mean?

For us, it’s a good thing. Our tool has always been a niche option for Agile teams. Now that Agile has become the norm for enterprise companies, it seems we’ve become a niche option for enterprise Agile as well. We’re comfortable in this sector. We may not have the market presence of Atlassian, but we’re able to pay attention to each of our customers, and talk to people. We prefer it that way.

In Gartner’s words: “Targetprocess is positioned as a Niche Player, and would be a good for those looking for adoption that extends beyond IT. Targetprocess offers a straightforward agile planning and management tool with an effective user experience. It will appeal to organizations getting started with or maturing their agile capability. Targetprocess appears to have grown its support capabilities as necessary to satisfy users, and both its roadmap and history show consistent direction. Integration with other tools is not comprehensive, so prospects should ensure that other products they own are supported.”

Not badespecially that bit about extending adoption beyond IT.  That’s a sector of the market you can expect to see huge growth in.

Targetprocess has been active in the project management market for over 13 years now. We’ve made mistakes, seen competitors come and go, and even shared a joke or two. Through it all, we haven’t lost our vision of creating the perfect software for helping people to get shit done. And we’re getting really good at it.

Years ago, we were once called “anklebiters” by a larger competitor. There’s no quadrant for that in Gartner’s report, but it seems that anklebiters can become niche players. With all the change coming to the project management domain, I don’t see any reason why niche players can’t become industry leaders.

4 weeks ago

Targetprocess v.3.12.0: new global search, time tracking in Android app, new historical reports

New global search

We would like to present our reworked global search. We have rebuilt the entire search engine and updated its UI.

The new search results area is now more informative and modern. Custom fields are also included in search results. Additionally, relevant comments are displayed with their related entity.

We still can't help you find your lost camera, but at least now you should have no trouble finding any kind of data inside Targetprocess.

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The new filters area is visual and easy to use. You can search by desired entity type or by entity state. It is also possible to search through entities by their creation date (for example, to look for recent entities).  The 'All Projects and Teams' checkbox can still be found in the same area as before, and is available for use.

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It is now also possible to find specific Projects and Teams.

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You can find more details and other useful information in this blogpost on the new search. We hope you like it!

Time tracker in Android application

Users of our Android app can now use a timer for tracking time spent. You can view, edit, and delete added time entries from the Time History list.

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Check out this dedicated blogpost for more details.

Visual reports: beta of cumulative, burn up & burn down reports

We're happy to announce that you can now create historical reports in our Visual Reports Editor. Now you can easily create Cumulative Flow Diagrams or Burn Up/Down reports. You can use our predefined templates, or configure your own from scratch.

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You can find more details in this blogpost.

Fixed Bugs

  • Fixed broken base64 encoding in relations network reports
  • Fixed a case where you could not expand or collapse Lists that have a date selected for their axis
  • Left menu will now have the correct width and layout when opened in a new tab from a collapsed panel
  • Different custom fields can no longer be mapped to the same database column
  • A large number of Projects in the database will no longer prevent burn down charts from opening
  • Fixed an issue where it was impossible to unassign an entity in the Info section if its name was too long
  • Fixed some cases where effort calculation would be inaccurate
  • We've removed the 999 Project limit from the Project and Team Selector
  • Fixed: Deleted requester is attached to request in Email Integration plugin
  • Fixed a case where you would be unable to open Release Burn Down charts
  • The Custom Field Constraints mashup will now work with Unicode states and states non-alphanumeric & space characters
  • Fixed a case where numbers with more than three digits would be partially cut off in the columns of List views
4 weeks ago

Current goals, challenges and plans

I’d like to shed some light on our current focus and plans, and what we are doing right now to help you be more productive in the future (that’s why Targetprocess exists, after all).

We have four major goals:

#1 Targetprocess platformization

Targetprocess is ten years old now, so you can imagine it has quite a lot of legacy solutions. Legacy slows down development and we can’t react to your requests in a speedy manner. It is hard to add new features that extend Targetprocess' domain. For example, it is quite hard to add Vacations tracking, or a decent Portfolio layer. We have to surround Targetprocess with services and make it possible to create Apps on top of the Targetprocess Platform. This platform includes a new microservices infrastructure, UI components (new Lists, Boards, etc) with defined extension points and a clear API, new Events Streams, Custom Business Rules, and other services. We have 3 development teams dedicated to this platform (~15 people in total). We expect to see first results in Q1 2018, since this is a challenging engineering task.

#2 User experience improvements

UX design includes fighting complexity, and improving UI consistency and predictability. We think this theme is the most important tactically, since the main problems with Targetprocess are caused by its complexity. Here we are going to improve navigation, fix WTF bugs and problems, improve collaboration via in-app notifications, implement Undelete, and fix the things that annoy you about existing features.

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Three development teams (~20 people) are dedicated to this UX theme. We gradually release something in this area every two weeks.

#3 Visual reports

One development team of six people is dedicated to visual reports, because we think analytics is very important in any serious project management system. You've seen many improvements in this area, and we've just released Historical reports, which include Custom Burn Up and Burn Down charts, Custom CFD, Flow Efficiency, etc.

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We will continue to improve this area for at least 6 more months.

#4 Fibery

One small development team of 5 people is dedicated to a spinoff product in the work management area. We’ve accumulated enough knowledge about how people work. So, we've started a new product from scratch that should provide an unmatched work management experience to companies.

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The main idea is to create a product that grows with your company, that doesn’t force any practices and processes, but follows teams' processes naturally. You can read more about Fibery here: http://fibery.io. We will be releasing a private beta for Fibery around Q1 2018.

This chart shows how Targetprocess and Fibery overlaps. Basically, Targetprocess is focusing on medium-to-large IT-companies that create software products, while Fibery will focus on small-to-medium non-IT work management, like HR, Marketing, etc.

Fibery vs Targetprocess

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