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1 year 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
1 year 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!

 

1 year ago

Integrating Targetprocess with other tools via Tasktop Sync

If integration with another software tool is absolutely essential to your work, you’ll be happy to hear about our latest partnership. You can now synchronize your Targetprocess account with any tool on Tasktop Sync, including Atlassian JIRA, Microsoft Team Foundation Server (TFS), GitHub Issues, Zendesk, HPE Quality Center, Bugzilla and more. You can find a full list of possible integrations here.

This means that if you or any of your teams are using a separate tool or software infrastructure for their work – perhaps for quality assurance, product support, ALM, or PPM – you can use Tasktop Sync to automatically synchronize data between the multiple solutions. Teams can work with the tool of their choice, without having to waste time manually transferring and standardizing information.

How will this help Targetprocess users?

Let's start with an example: You and your company have just made the switch to Targetprocess, but QA has requested another year with their current tool. You can use Tasktop Sync to link entities in Targetprocess with whatever artifact is used to represent bugs in your QA team's tool.

This kind of synchronization allows Targetprocess to show the real-time status and priority of work items, and can also help your teams maintain flow and traceability. Keep in mind that this is just a singular example; Tasktop Sync can do far more than just synchronizing cards. You can link an entire software infrastructure to Targetprocess, if need be.

  • Seamlessly & bi-directionally integrate with other PPM, Agile planning, requirements management, test management, and service desk tools
  • Save time by eliminating the need for import-export of data and manual standardization of information between tools
  • Synchronize artifacts across the lifecycle
  • Reduce time to market with better flow and traceability between tools
  • Get real-time data for faster and more informed decisions
  • Keep all teams on the same page, even if they work from different tools

How to setup integration with other tools via Tasktop Sync

To get started with Tasktop Sync, go to the Tasktop website and fill out this form. For an annual fee (the amount of which depends on your requirements), they will sync your Targetprocess account with the  tools or infrastructure you require (if the software is included on Tasktop Sync’s integration list). You can view Tasktop’s installation guide here.

More information on Tasktop

Tasktop is a market leader in the Software Lifecycle Integration market. Unlike other common integration providers, there is no charge each time an integration is used, making this solution ideal for users who require in-depth infrastructure synchronization or are frequently switching between tools. The service helps to improve end-to-end traceability for companies that use multiple tools for collaboration or infrastructure.

Notable Tasktop Features: 

  • System administrators can integrate software tools through a graphical interface that lets them create, maintain and monitor integrations – with no programming.
  • Differences among data types, text formatting, and even very complex relationships among artifacts are handled right out of the box.
  • ALM tool users never see Tasktop Sync and don’t leave their tool of choice; artifacts are synced automatically without manual intervention.
  • New releases from tool vendors are supported almost immediately. Tasktop’s test lab catches API changes as soon as a SaaS release is rolled out.
  • Tasktop’s change detection algorithm does not overburden endpoint systems; performance is not gated by the number of artifacts synched.
  • Tasktop can handle simultaneous updates and conflicts resulting from differences in workflow rules among endpoint systems.
  • Operates even when endpoints are disconnected or offline.
  • Can be used with on-premise, on-demand or hybrid infrastructures
  • Tasktop’s integrations are bi-directional, easy to deploy and configure.

For more information, please do not hesitate to send your inquiries to info@tasktop.com, or post your questions and comments below.

1 year ago

Targetprocess v.3.8.9: Minor bug fixing

Fixed Bugs:

  • Improved navigation for details view
  • Fixed comet reconnect functionality
  • Fixed an inability to convert a User Story when it has tasks that are related to each other
  • Fixed Custom Field name display in custom card units
  • Fixed a not working custom rule 'Assign a Task to the Person who started it'
  • Fixed annoying jumping of selected elements in relations pop-up
  • Fixed Effort display for custom card units

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