- Notifications and Following
- Notifications feed in Targetprocess
- How to communicate using Comments and Emails
- How to Communicate with Users Using Comments and Emails
- How to enable Email Notifications
- How to set up Email Notifications on various events
- How to get an Email Notification when the State is changed
We know how important communication is for every project at every company. Being notified about events that matter to you in a timely and convenient manner is a necessity. We already have some legacy email-based notifications, but we know from both your feedback and our own experience that there is room for improvement
We are working on a new way to handle notifications, we call them Notifications Rules, they will provide more flexible conditions for notifications (no more spamming all project members!) and support more ways of letting you know something important happened through new options like in-app notifications or slack messages. The functionality that is ready so far is pretty close to the legacy notification options, but we wanted to share it with you so that we can improve it based on your feedback.
Notification rules allow you to keep track of changes to Targetprocess entities by configuring and sending notifications into targetprocess application or into email. In the current version, only administrators of an instance can set up notifications for any other Targetprocess user.
Here you can define where to send notifications, who will receive them and what changes will trigger them.
Let's have a look at a simple example below. Whenever a User Story in Project 'Mobile' makes it to the state 'Planned' we would like to notify all the members of the Teams assigned to this User Story.
How It Works
The overall logic is based on Projects. You can create any number of notification rules that make sense for as many of the projects existing in the instance as you want. Each of these rules defines when, whom, and where to send the email notification to.
Set up notifications in just two steps:
Let's get deeper into these steps.
Go to Settings -> Notification rules page.
For example, you want to create rules for the ‘Mobile’ project.
Click on ‘Add a new set of rules’ button and select ‘Mobile’ project in the appeared 'Projects’ dropdown list. Then press ‘Next’.
You will see an empty container named ‘New set of rules’ claiming that There are no rules set for selected Projects.
You may want to update the list of selected Projects. For this, put the mouse over the Project name and click to edit.
You can do the same for the set's name.
As soon as you successfully create set of rules, let's go ahead and add notification rules.
Click on the ‘+ Add notification rule’ link to add the rules.
You will see three blocks: Action, Recipients, and Channel. The Actions selector is expanded by default.
Rules work for entities and people assigned to Projects selected for the Set of Rules.
If Action, Entity type, or Recipient is empty the rule will not work.
Let’s have a closer look at the 3 blocks below:
Contains a list of actions that will trigger a notification(will be widen in future):
- Added: an entity is created in selected Projects
- State changed: an entity changed its state. You can also specify the state in which entity should appear to trigger a notification.
- User assigned: a person is assigned to an entity. If you select Project as entity type, then it's the user who assigned as project member.
- Comment added: a comment is created in an entity
- Attachment added: a file is attached to the entity
Enumerates entity types. We now support seven types. We will work on increasing this list:
- User Story
- Portfolio Epic
Specifies a group of people who will receive notifications
- Project Members: all people from the selected Projects in specific roles
- Assigned Users: all people assigned to the selected entity types in specific roles
- Newly Assigned Users: means only the latest assigned user with a specific role. Available for 'User Assigned' action only.
- Assigned teams: all the people from the teams assigned to entity
- Owners: the person that is the owner of an entity
- Requesters: all the people assigned as Requester. The option is available for Request entity type only.
You can specify here where to send the notifications:
- Notifications feed
We send notifications into email specified in User's profile. Frequency is currently locked at 5-25 minutes.
Let's see how we group notifications in emails:
- After a change marked in rule happens for user, we wait for 5 minutes
- If any other change occurs for this user we wait for additional 5 minutes
- We repeat it until no new changes happen for the user in 5 minute intervals or if 25 minutes elapses since the first notification
- Then we group all the notifications and send via one email
Notifications appear immediately in 'Notifications' feed located in targetprocess application, we don't group them.
Let's test the added rule to confirm that it works.
When the action specified in the notification rule occurs then:
- an email will be sent and it will look like this:
- notification will be sent into targetprocess application:
Delete Notification Rule or Set of Rules
You can delete a notification rule by clicking the ‘...’ menu that appears at the end of the corresponding rule. Hover over the rule and click the 'Delete' menu item.
- How can I migrate Process-based notifications into new ones?
- We don’t cover all the cases from notifications configured via process settings for now. That’s why we ask you to set this up manually it is currently possible:
- Create a rule from the Notification Rules interface.
- Make sure that you receive the correct email.
- Delete the original rule in Process notifications.
- How do I disable notifications?
- Currently, we do not have the option to disable all notifications so the only way to stop receiving them is to delete them.
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