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HPE Software Products: Agile Manager Release Notes
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Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.55 (25-September-2016)Open in a New Window

Disable uploading attachment files (workspace administrator)

In the Workspace > Settings > Preferences tab, workspace administrators can select disable uploading attachments. This prevents users from attaching files to Agile Manager items in this workspace. Users can still add URL attachments.

Manage acceptance tests using the Agile Manager API

We added a new acceptance_test resource to the API.

Backlog items retrieved using the API now include information about the number of passed, failed, and pending acceptance tests they contain.

View more history
When you View change history, you can now view changes that were made to custom Memo fields and to the Application field in themes and features, in addition to user stories.

The history will include only changes performed on Agile Manager 2.55 or later.

API enhancement
Backlog items retrieved via API now include a new item_id field. Use this number to find a defect or user story in Agile Manager by ID.

NextGen Synchronizer

This Agile Manager version includes a new version of the Integration Bridge, and supports synchronizing with ALM 12.53 using NextGen Synchronizer.

Any existing bridges are automatically upgraded to the new version.

ALI supports new versions

ALI now supports Java 8 SDK.

 Agile Manager Help Online

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.54 (03-July-2016)Open in a New Window

Hide irrelevant releases in release lists and filters

If you have many releases defined in Agile Manager, the lists of releases to choose from can get quite long. As a Workspace Administrator, you can now shorten these lists by hiding specific releases.

To hide a release, deactivate it: In the Workspace > Releases configuration area, select the release and clickDeactivate.

Deactivating a release does not delete or hide any release-related data, and can be easily reversed by selecting the release and clicking Activate.

Deactivated releases are still available for selection in the Release columns in the Product Backlog or Defect Management areas.

 

When splitting a user story, keep it linked to the new user story

When you split a user story, a link is automatically created between the original user story and the new one.

View the Sprint column in the Product Backlog > Backlog grid (read only)

On the Product Backlog > Backlog page, you can now add the Sprint column to the grid.

This column enables you to see the sprint values assigned to each backlog item.

To update values in this column and assign backlog items to sprints, open the Release Management area.

Agile Manager Help Online

Fixed defects

- SaaS incident SD00189554: Enable collapsing StoryBoard cards after you expand them.

- SaaS Incident: IM00155603 SD00176689 Fixed the issue where not all information was copied when splitting user stories.

- SaaS Incident: IM00122886, SD00142001, SD00186872 – If you need to customize the the email address that Agile Manager uses as the sender when sending emails, contact your Agile Manager SaaS administrator. SaaS administrators can now define this address. 

- Added an audit record for release deletion.

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.53 (05-June-2016)Open in a New Window

Print your Feature Board cards
On the Feature Board, use the new Print button to print the cards from the board. All of the cards included in the current filter are printed. 

Storyboard enhancements

  • Storyboard cards are now colored according to feature or assigned user.
  • Storyboard cells open with the cards collapsed if the cells contain too many cards.
  • The Storyboard cards now display the backlog item ID so you can track items more easily.
  • When you print Storyboard cards, the cards now include additional fields: Release, Theme, and Team.

Edit or delete public dashboard favorites you created

If you are a Team Member and you saved a dashboard favorite as a public, you can now edit and delete this favorite.

API Enhancements
In the API, theme and feature entity fields now include the rank and applications fields.

For more detail, see What's New in Agile Manager 2.53.

Fixed Defects
- SaaS Incident: IM00159295 SD00180756 – Fixed the problem of Storyboard Lane changing when tasks were marked as complete.
- Saas incident SD00177454 IM00156376 – Fixed issues with Drag and Drop on Feature Board.
- SaaS incident IM00150742 SD00170942 – Fixed the problem where you could not drag a an item on the Storyboard after modifying the user story’s Assigned To field.
- <no number> Fixed the problem where creating a tenant with several licenses only inserted the first license.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.52 (27-March-2016)Open in a New Window

Print Storyboard cards

On the Storyboard, use the new Print button to print the Storyboard cards. All of the cards included in the current filter are printed. For environmental reasons, we print the cards in black on a clear background.

Tip: You may want to use different color notes for user stories and defects. Filter your Storyboard to display either user stories or defects. Print the cards for each type separately using paper in different colors.

When you print Storyboard cards:

  • Set your print orientation/layout to Landscape.
  • If you use Internet Explorer, select the Page Setup Print Background Colors and Images option.

Drag Feature Board cards to modify their rank order

If you configure WSJF settings in your workspace, the order of the items on the Feature Board is determined by their overall WSJF score. Otherwise, the items are sorted by rank, which you can modify by dragging cards on the board.

Use higher values in theme and feature WSJF fields that are used to calculate the Cost of Delay

In theme and feature details, you can now use additional values in the CoD components: WSJF Business Value, WSJF RR | OE, WSJF Time Criticality. You can now use 40 and 100 as values for these fields, in addition to the Fibonacci scale values that were previously.

Workspace administrators:  Allow Team Members to share dashboard widgets and favorites that they create

On the Workspace > Settings configuration page, select Allow Team members to publish Dashboard widgets and favorites. This sets permissions to allow Team Members to save new dashboard widgets and favorites as Public.

By default, this option is cleared and team members can save widgets and favorites as Private, for their own use only.

Fixed defects

- Saas Incident: SR00110907 SD00135723 Enable printing Storyboard cards

- Saas Incident: SD00168991 Additional values of 40 and 100 available in WSJF fields: WSJF Business Value, WSJF RR|OE and WSJF Time Criticality

- SaaS Incident: IM00150488 SD00170625 Fixed the problem of AGM Next Gen Synchronizer connecting to ALM on SaaS instance

 

Agile Manager Help Online

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.51 (28-February-2016)Open in a New Window

Scope Change Report

As a release or team manager, you can monitor changes in sprint content per team. You can use this information to improve your sprint plans, and to track the progress of your release content.
- When a team’s sprint plan is complete, set the sprint baseline for this team. Click the "Set Baseline" button in a the Sprint Backlog or in a team bucket in the Release Backlog.
- After the sprint ends, export a Scope Change report to Excel. Click Scope Change Report in the Sprint Closure.

In addition, in the Sprint Closure tab, the Backlog Planning and Delivery widget now displays columns for user stories rolled out, split, or broken during a sprint. This is in addition to the existing Planned and Added columns.


Note: Scope Change reports are not available for sprints that ended before Agile Manager 2.51. If your system was upgraded to 2.51 after the second day of the sprint, you will have to manually set the sprint baseline.

For more detail, see Sprint Scope Change report in the Agile Manager Online Help.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.50 (17-January-2016)Open in a New Window

Feature board fully supported
The feature board is now available under Product Backlog.

- Hover over the link on a feature card to view a summary of feature details.

- If a feature's status is not set, it is not displayed on the feature board.

- To add features to the board: Click Add from Product Backlog
  The dialog box that opens displays only features whose Feature Status is not set.
  Select features to add the board.
  The selected features are set to the default status and added to the board.

Custom field enhancements
- Move site-level custom fields to specific workspaces. On the Site > Fields page, select a site-level custom field. Click Move to Workspace and select the relevant workspaces.

- You can now sort custom field values alphabetically: When you define the list of possible values for a custom list field, click Sort A-Z to sort the values automatically.

Custom Memo fields are now supported
On the Site > Fields configuration page, you can define up to three site-level custom fields of type Memo per entity type.
- Memo fields support rich text editing, and are available in the entity details view.
- When synchronizing data with ALM, you can now include memo fields as well.
- Memo fields cannot be required fields.

Changes recorded for additional fields
When you View change history, you can now view changes that were made to the following fields: Defect Status, Closed on DateFeature Status.
Note: The history will include only changes performed on Agile Manager 2.50 or later.

NextGen Synchronizer
You can now map date fields in one endpoint with string or list fields in the other endpoint. Note: This is supported only for the date format yyyy-mm-dd (e.g. 2015-11-20).

For more detail, see Agile Manager 2.50 Help.

Fixed defects

- SaaS Incident: IM00114556 SD00131389 SR00118173 SD00145022: New ability to sort list of values defined for custom fields.

- SaaS Incident: SR00104381 SD00127524: New ability to define and synchronize custom Memo fields.

- SaaS Incident: IM00101488 SD00118622: History now includes Defect Status, Feature Status, and Closed on Date fields.

- SaaS Incident: IM00136449 SD00155483, IM00138676 SD00157915: Fixed exporting ‘Feature Status’ field to excel.

- SaaS Incident: IM00064019 SD00087727: Provided a solution for users who need to log in with corporate credentials after session timeout.

- SaaS Incident: IM00129169 SD00149099: Clarified the functionality of the team workload widget.

- SaaS Incident: IM00135624 SD00154552: Fixed the problem of Synchronizer digest email notifications being sent to inactive users.

- SaaS Incident: SR00119994 SD00147318: Group Story ignored when synchronization is retried.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.43 (20-December-2015)Open in a New Window

Define workspace fields (workspace administrators)

Workspace administrators can now define custom and required fields for their workspaces. These fields can be defined in addition to those defined for all workspaces by site administrators.

You can define up to 12 custom fields for each entity type (defects, user stories, themes, and so on). This number includes both site and workspace fields.

A site administrator can divide this quota between the site and workspace levels. This configuration is done separately for different entity types.

Customize and track your feature life cycle

Use the new Statuses tab in the Workspace configuration settings:

Define up to 20 values to use in the Feature Status field, specify the value to use by default when creating a new feature, and decide the order of the statuses.

For each status, define a Work in Progress (WIP) limit, a Time limit, a Color, and Exit criteria. 

Use the new interactive Feature Board (beta) to track your feature life cycle

 Manage the flow features through their development stages and across releases with an interactive feature board. The board's columns represent feature statuses. 

- Customize your feature statuses to match your workflow.

- Design the feature board to suit your needs. Select whether to arrange the feature cards in rows (swim lanes) on the board by Owner, Type, Theme, or Release. Select whether to color the cards by Owner, Type, Theme, or Release. Collapse columns to view more detail on the cards. 

- Manage features on the feature board. Shift cards from column to column and from swim lane to swim lane. Update the card owner, or perform other actions on the feature using the right-click menu.

Plan and track themes (align with Scaled Agile Framework® guidelines)

New fields in the Theme entity enable you to plan and track your themes in more detail, as you can for features. These fields are also available in the theme resource in the Agile Manager API.

- Initial Estimate (in shirt sizes)

- Theme Story Points

- Theme Owner

- Theme Type (Architectural or Business)

- WSJF fields

NextGen Synchronizer

NextGen Synchronizer supports the fields and features added in this release: Custom workspace fields, new theme fields, feature statuses.

NextGen Synchronizer now synchronizes user field values even if the user is not included in the Agile Manager user list.

If you are still using ALM Synchronizer, we recommend that you migrate your synchronization links to NextGen Synchronizer.

Existing ALM Synchronizer deployments will continue to be supported, but ALM Synchronizer is no longer offered for installation, and fields introduced or modified in Agile Manager 2.43 and later may not be synchronized. This includes the feature status field, workspace custom fields, theme story points, theme owner, and more.

For more detail, see What's New - Agile Manager 2.43.

Fixed defects

- SaaS Incident SR00117496  SD00144166: Custom graph configuration: Added a “select all” option to the list of values in the filter.

- SaaS Incident SR00119093 SD00146183: NextGen Synchronizer: Fixed requirement synchronization errors that occurred when multiple AGM workspaces had applications with the same name.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.42 (22-November-2015)Open in a New Window

Kanban Storyboard enhancements

- The Kanban Status field is now available in the Details view, and you can also add the Kanban Status column to the Sprint Backlog grid.

- When you use the Kanban Storyboard, you will find a smoother user experience and improved performance.
  For example, you no longer have to select a field by which to filter.
  Type freely in the filter box, and the Storyboard displays only items whose Name, ID, or Assigned To fields contain any of the words you typed!

New filtering options

- In grids: You can now filter for empty values in date columns. Select No Value in the filter's drop down.

- In the Add New dialog for features: To prevent the list of themes from being filtered according to the Application you select, select the Show all check box near the Theme box.

NextGen Synchronizer

When mapping field values, we added some helpful abilities:

- Default value.  If you map a field that is mandatory in the destination endpoint with a field that is optional in the source endpoint, you can define a default value for the mandatory field.

Synchronizer uses this value when it creates a new entity in the destination endpoint, and the mapped source field is empty.

- Map numbers to strings or lists. You can now map numeric fields in one endpoint with string or list fields in the other endpoint.

- Map empty values. When you map specific field values for list fields, you can now map one of the values to an empty string.

For site administrators

- On the Site > Fields configuration page, we added the feature Owner field. You can now define it as required for all new features.

- On the Site > Users configuration page, administrators can now see more details about licenses and their expiration dates.

For more detail, see What's New - Agile Manager 2.42.

Fixed defects:

- SaaS Incident: IM00114733 SD00131690 Fixed errors in recording history when archiving/un-archiving features.
- SaaS incident SD00130835 IM00114155 Improved performance when filtering a large number of features.
- SaaS Incident: IM00118241 SD00135714 Fixed the situation in which the Team Workload widget mistakenly reported 0 unassigned tasks.
- SaaS Incident: IM00121735 SD00140259 Support working with Firefox 41 and above (prevent unexpected behavior in sprint backlog).
- SaaS Incident: IM00124111 SD00143821 Fixed errors that occurred when trying to remove a release with group teams.
- SaaS Incident: Added ability in the Add Item dialog box for features: click Show all to prevent themes being filtered by the selected application.
- SaaS Incident: SR00111731 SD00136749 Added ability to see the feature Owner field on the Site > Fields configuration page, and define it as required.
- 16557 SaaS Incident: IM00047483 SD00056178 Added ability to see and update Kanban Status in the Sprint Backlog
- SaaS Incident: IM00047483 SD00056178 Added ability to see and update Kanban Status in the Details view.
- SaaS Incident: SR00110298 Added ALI ability to see the individual developer name when using TFS Gated Check-ins.
- SaaS Incident: SR00113050 SD00138491 NextGen Synchronizer: New ability to map a specific value in a list field to an empty value.
- SaaS Incident: IM00122384 SD00141342 NextGen Synchronizer: Fixed a problem with borderline-length field seen as too long.
- SaaS Incident: IM00119320 SD00137277
NextGen Synchronizer: New ability to rename a link’s alternate root folder even after it synchronized (but not to change it to a different folder).

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.41 (11-October-2015)Open in a New Window

Manage more via API (beta)

The Agile Manager API now supports the following new general resources:

  • themes

  • features

  • tasks

  • sprints

  • release_teams

  • team_members 

Use the API Interactive Help ( Help > API Interactive Help) to learn more about these resources.

 

 

NextGen Synchronizer Integration Bridges automatically upgraded

Agile Manager 2.41 includes a new version of the Integration Bridge, which supports synchronizing with ALM 12.50.

 

Without intervention, any existing bridges are disabled temporarily, and re-enabled after the new version is automatically downloaded, verified, and installed.

 

To receive email notifications about this process in the future, configure the notification recipients (Integrations > Synchronizer configuration page, Notification tab).

 

 

Synchronizer Integration Bridge: New way to connect to Agile Manager

Configure your Integration Bridge to use OAuth authentication when connecting to Agile Manager.

 

When using OAuth, your Integration Bridge:

  • does not access Agile Manager using user credentials.
  • is not affected by user password expiration.
  • does not consume an Agile Manager license.

 

New bridges will require OAuth authentication.

 

Existing bridges will continue to connect to Agile Manager using the previously defined username and password until they expire. We recommend upgrading your bridges to use OAuth authentication before this happens. 

 

For more detail, see What's New - Agile Manager 2.41.

 

Fixed defects:

11946 SaaS Incident IM00110031 SD00126844

    Corrected the sprint ordering in the Release Expected Capacity on the Workspace > Releases configuration page.


12044 SaaS Incident IM00112866 SD00129623

    Fixed the problem where the browser stopped working after you added the 'Blocked Item' widget to the dashboard and refreshed the page.


12057 Saas Incident IM00082083 SD00101591

    Fixed the dashboard widget configuration UI to show only teams assigned to the selected release.

 

12099 SaaS Incident SR00107089 SD00130934

    Enhancement: Theme and author fields were added to the Fields configuration page.

 

12180 SaaS Incident IM00116844 (TSD 300-145134)

    Fixed the problem where you could not change a theme’s application if you chose ‘not set’ for the application field when creating the theme.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.40 (16-August-2015)Open in a New Window

Synchronize more with NextGen Synchronizer

- NextGen Synchronizer now supports synchronizing past and current releases, including sprints/cycles.

- Synchronize Agile Manager with ALM version 12.21.

- Connect to ALM using LDAP or SiteMinder single sign-on (SSO).
- Install the Integration Bridge on Linux or Windows systems.

- On Windows, set up a non-admin user to run the Integration Bridge and Endpoint Credentials Manager.

 

This version of NextGen Synchronizer requires a manual upgrade of the Integration Bridge. Future upgrades will take place automatically.

 

Export and import tasks and acceptance tests

Export: You can now include tasks and acceptance tests when exporting backlog items to Excel from the Release Backlog, Product Backlog, and Defect Management.

Import: When you import backlog items from an Excel file, you can now include tasks and acceptance tests. (Supported in English only)

 

Enhancements to required fields

- Define system fields as required (enforced in Add Item dialog box and when importing backlog items).

- Define required fields for themes and features (enforced in Add Item dialog box and when converting a user story to a feature).

- The Fields configuration tab now displays built-in system fields as well as custom fields.

- Preview the Add Item dialog in the Fields configuration tab after defining required fields.

 

Manage more via API (beta)

- The new Application and Team API resources enable you to create a more robust integration with Agile Manager data.

- The Backlog Item and Release resources now support all CRUD operation on Attachments as well.

- Use the API Interactive Help to learn more about how to use these new abilities. (Help > API Interactive Help)

Note: The client ID is now generated together with the secret. Client ID is no longer a field to enter when you create a new application on the Integrations > API configuration tab.

 

View changes to the Description field in the history
When you view change history, you can now view changes that were made to the Description field.

 

Customize your Release Forecast dashboard graph

You can now use the Advanced Settings when customizing your Release Forecast graph. This enables additional filtering options, display options, and more.

 

Add Item dialog box enhancements

- After you select an application in the Add Item dialog box, the Theme list displays only themes relevant to the selected application.  

- The Attachment field is now included in the New Item also when you work in Internet Explorer.

 

Online Help Center

The Agile Manager Help Center is now available online: http://agmhelp.saas.hp.com.

The Help Center opens online directly from the Agile Manager Help menu. 

It also shows up in Goggle search results.

 

For more detail, see What's New - Agile Manager 2.40.

 

Fixed defects:

Saas Incident: IM00084611 SD00103478    Fixed synchronization of ALM attachments, when the attachment name contains special characters.

SaaS Incident: IM00087736 SD00106324 IM00106161 SD00122985 Fixed problem when changing the team or sprint of a defect that is closed or done.

SaaS Incident: IM00102721 SD00119738    Forecast is now rendered as a broken line. This improves various accuracies.

SaaS Incident: IM00104074 SD00120949    Add Task Dialog - Improved usage of Tab key.

Saas incident IM00104068 SD00120943      Improved the time it took to display the widgets on the dashboard.

SaaS Incident: IM00107463 SD00124353    Fixed inconsistency in Remaining Capacity on Planning Releases widget.

Saas incident - IM00109907 SD00126709   Fixed expected velocity in French graph to look the same as in English.

SaaS Incident SD00104768 SR00086367     Fixed Team Sprint burn up  to display the 'Done' story points.

SaaS Incident: SR00011196 SD00014026    Include acceptance tests when importing user stories to excel.

SaaS Incident: SR00084156 SD00101834    Include description field changes in the history.

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.33 (19-July-2015)Open in a New Window

Required custom fields

Site administrators can now define User Story, Defect, and Backlog Item custom fields as required. This adds the required field to the Add Item dialog box, forcing users to define a value for a required custom field when first creating new user stories or defects.

Required fields are indicated in the Add Item dialog box with a red asterisk (*).

Additionally, required custom fields are indicated on the Fields configuration page in the new Required and Displayed in Add Dialog columns.

 

Note: Custom field requirements are enforced only when adding or importing new items in Agile Manager.

 

View users' current login status

Site and workspace administrators are now able to view the individual users currently logged in to Agile Manager.

On the Site or Workspace > Users configuration page, view a user's current login status in the new Logged In column.

 

Synchronize with ALM using external authentication

When working with ALM 12.20, ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager can connect to ALM using SiteMinder single sign-on (SSO) or smart card authorization.
 

 Note: To use this feature, you do not need to upgrade your Synchronizer.

 

API Interactive Help (beta!)

Developers using our Agile Manager API can now interact with Agile Manager directly from our API Interactive Help.

Explore supported entities and operations, or enter a client ID and secret to request data from Agile Manager.

Access the Interactive Help from the Agile Manager Help menu (Help > API Interactive Help), or as a Site Administrator from the Integrations > API configuration page.

 

Manage your backlog via API (beta!)

The Agile Manager API now supports the backlog_items resource, allowing developers to get lists of backlog items, as well as create, update, and delete individual backlog items via API.

 

The backlog_items resource includes two subtypes: user_story and defect. Each subtype supports different fields and parameters.

 

 

Help Center redesign

We redesigned our Help Center with fresh colors and web-friendly, top-navigational layout.

In Agile Manager, select Help > Help on This Page for details about the page you're looking at.

 

For more detail, see What's New - Agile Manager 2.33.

 

Fixed defects:

SaaS Incident: IM00082288 SD00101746 Fixed errors in grouping when grouping by one filed and sorting by another.

SaaS incident: SD00109351 IM00090912 Fixed the legend for the status bar widget in the Planning:Releases pane (Product Backlog > Backlog).
Saas incident: IM00091047 SD00109461 Fixed missing Sprint Backlog items in the Storyboard.
SaaS incident: IM00101895 SD00119049 Fixed missing History/Audit entries for a defect.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.32 (7-June-2015)Open in a New Window

New forecasting graph on the Dashboard

Our new Release Forecast graph helps you plan your release based on activity in previous sprints.

The graph displays the forecasted progress until all release content is completed, as well as the release progress so far, for the selected release and team(s).

It highlights any over-planning or under-planning, and when your team will complete release development if you continue at the current pace.

Graph data is calculated daily, and is based on the activity in the release until the current point.

- Add the Release Forecast graph to your Dashboard from the Release gallery.
- Click on legend items to add or remove content from the graph.
- Hover over spots in the graph to view more details.


The graph contains the following elements:

Release Scope (dark purple line)
The total number of story points estimated for the release's backlog items at the end of any given day in the release.

The value can change as items are added to– or removed from– the release plan.

Changes in scope are highlighted by diagonal lines in the graph, indicating additional items planned on the given day.

Planned Velocity (light purple line)

A guide as to the amount of work that should be completed for all teams, on any given day in the release.

This line is based on the Expected Velocities for all teams in the sprints.

Done (green line)

Backlog items marked as Done by the current date.

Forecast (dotted line)

- Green if release is ahead
- Red if release is in delay
The forecasted progress until the teams complete the currently planned content, based on the settings configured.

This line can change as user stories or defects are added to– or removed from– the sprint plan.

Today (light red vertical line) 

Marks the current day in the release.
Planned (light red vertical line)
Marks the scheduled end of the release.

Time Scale

Work days and sprints in the release.

Each point on the X-Axis represents the end of the indicated day or sprint, and Y-Axis values are the values for the end of that day or sprint.

The origin represents the beginning of the first day of the release.

 

Note: When working in Internet Explorer, the Release Forecast graph is supported only in versions 10 and higher.

 

Search in release and team filters in planning panes

We added a search bar to the filters for the release planning panes on the Product Backlog tabs (including Themes, Features, and Backlog), and to the team planning pane on the Release Backlog tab.

At the top of the planning panes, we indicate the number of releases or teams currently displayed, as well as the total existing. Click the Releases or Teams link to select the items you want to display in the bucket panel.

If you have many releases or teams, you can now also enter text in the search bar to filter the items listed.

 

Note: Items that are filtered out can still be selected in the background. The filter only affects the items displayed, and does not affect any selections.

 

Drag icon for re-sizable Description edit boxes

We added a drag-to-expand icon in the lower-right corner of the Description edit box, under the Cancel button, to show you exactly where to click to re-size the edit box.

You can find these re-sizable Description edit boxes on any Details view page, whether for a theme, feature, user story, defect, or release.

 

New versions of ALI plugins for Eclipse and Visual Studio

Updates include:

- Support for IBM RAD platforms
- Support for ALM 12.20
Download the updated versions here (HP Passport required): Eclipse Visual Studio

 

Fixed defects

SaaS Incident: IM00027364 SD00020537 SCM Branch Details page now requires all required values before saving.
SaaS Incident: IM00067728 SD00089991 Errors fixed for copy and paste functionality in Description fields on the Details page.
SaaS Incident: SR00083546 SD00101051 Add Item dialog box is now wider.
Saas incident: SR00084895 SD00102814 Errors fixed in the initial display of the Storyboard.
SaaS Incident: IM00086661 SD00105406 Errors fixed when copying and pasting text from Outlook to comments in Firefox.
Saas incident: IM00086456 SD00105158 Errors fixed when copying and pasting text from Microsoft Word to Agile Manager in Firefox.
SaaS Incident: IM00093263 SD00111436 Errors fixed on the Features page when sorting by WSJF or WSJF COD columns.

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.31 (3-May-2015)Open in a New Window

Larger edit boxes for Description fields

In the Details view, the editing box for the backlog item Description field is now larger and easier to use.

 

Click anywhere in the Description text to open the edit box. Drag edges and corners of the edit box to re-size it, making it as large or small as you need.

 

Resizable Description edit boxes are found on any Details view page, whether for a theme, feature, user story, defect, or release.

 

Increased character limit for tasks and acceptance tests

Descriptions of tasks and acceptance tests now support up to 1000 characters.

 

Edit tasks in the Details view, the Sprint Backlog tab, and the Task Board.

 

Reorder tasks in a backlog item

Now you can drag and drop tasks in a user story or defect to reorder them, for example, in the order they should be performed.

 

Drag and drop tasks to reorder them in the Details page, the Sprint Backlog page, or the Task Board. The task order is retained throughout Agile Manager.

 

Filter My Stories widget by status

Now you can configure the My Stories Dashboard widget to show only specific item statuses, just as you can for the My Defects widget.

 

1. Configure widget settings, and modify the In Statuses selections.
2. Save your changes to view the updated widget.

 

Fixed defects

SaaS Incident: SD00104400 IM00085474 New ability to reorder tasks in the Taskboard, as well as the Sprint Backlog grid and Details view.
SaaS Incident: SR00083082 SD00100449 Fixed errors in incorrect links in NextGen Synchronizer email notifications.
Saas Incident: IM00080722 SD00100452 IM00083197 SD00102427 Errors fixed for drag and drop functionality in Internet Explorer 9.
SaaS Incident: SD00102971 IM00083932 Errors fixed in grids when sorting by release.
Saas Incident: IM00084611 SD00103478 Errors fixed for synchronizing ALM attachments with special characters.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.30 (29-March-2015)Open in a New Window

NextGen Synchronizer now supports:

- Requirements, in addition to defects. We are gradually exposing requirement synchronization; contact customer support to enable it for your site. We'd be happy to have you on board!

- Synchronization for attachments, linked items, and Backlog Item custom fields.

- ALM version control.

You can also now synchronize with projects stored in ALM 12.01 patch 1 and 12.20, in addition to version 11.52 patch 5.

If you are already working with NextGen Synchronizer, download and install the new version of the Integration Bridge to continue synchronizing. Agile Manager will prompt you to do this if your Integration Bridge is out of date when you open the Integrations > Synchronizer configuration page.

When prompted, click the link in the prompt to download the updated files. 

Note: If you need to synchronize releases, continue synchronizing all your entities using ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager.

 

ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager updates
ALM Synchronizer now supports synchronization with ALM 12.20 and Backlog Item custom fields.

To access the new features for ALM Synchronizer, you must update your server and client versions. 

1. Uninstall the current Synchronizer server and client.
2. Install the new Synchronizer server and client.
3. In an FTP client, access the following host: ftp://agm_read@ftpast.saas.hp.com/users/agm_rnd/Sy​nchronizer/ForAgM_2.20.
Note: The installation files located in this directory are engineered specifically for your version of Agile Manager. Installation files located in other directories on this FTP server are incompatible with your version of Agile Manager, and running them may result in errors.
4. Open the Installation > Server directory and run the setup.exe file.
During installation, in the Database Configuration stage, make sure to select Keep Existing Database.
5. Open the Installation > Client folder, and run the HP-ALM-Sync-Client.msi file.

 

New functionality for Dashboard widgets
The following Dashboard widgets have new functionality and general improvements.

 Note: When working in Internet Explorer, new interactive widgets and charts are available in versions 10 and above only.

My Stories

New abilities to do the following, directly from the My Stories widget:

- Change an item's status
- Watch or block an item
- Send an item by email to another user
- Configure the items you want to see, and the order in which you want to see them.

For example, view blocked items only, or sort items by rank.

Note: You can also now configure this widget to display stories assigned to you, or stories created by you.

If it displays stories assigned to you, it also displays stories with tasks assigned to you, even if the story itself is assigned to another user.

My Defects

A new widget that combines other defect widgets, including: Defects Detected by Me, My Defects by Severity, My Defects by Modification Date, and My Defects Status.

The Defects Detected by Me and the My Defects by Modification Date are no longer available in the Dashboard gallery.

Statuses include defect statuses, and not backlog item statuses. For example, you can view and set items to Propose Close or Deferred
Configure widget settings to define how you want to display your data, including the statuses displayed. By default, Closed statuses are not displayed.
This widget also has all of the same interactive functionality as the enhanced My Stories widget.

Sprint and Release Control Charts

- We improved performance on both the Sprint and Release Control Charts.
- The time span on both charts now starts at the actual beginning of the release or sprint, and not at the first day in that time period that an item was completed.
- Select legend items to hide or show specific data.
- Tooltips displayed when you click on specific item in the chart show additional details, such as the Summary or Name, the number of story points, and the percentage of time spent in specific Story Board lanes.

 

Custom fields in custom summary graphs
We've further improved our Dashboard with the ability to add custom fields to your custom summary Dashboard graphs. This enables you to view and analyze more data, right in Agile Manager.

For example, if you have a custom field named Security Impact to indicate the impact of a specific item on security concerns, you can view this data as a pie or bar chart on the Dashboard.

Save your graph to the gallery to access it again later. You can save it to a private category, or select a public category to make it available to others.

1. Click Add Widgets, and then select Create Custom Graph. Select the Summary Graph type.
2. In the configuration wizard, select your custom field in the Filter or Display pages, as needed.

Note: Supported custom field types include: Date, Free Text, Single Value List, Numeric, and Users.

Multi Value List fields are not supported in custom summary graphs.

 

Time sheet data API
Our new API enables developers to retrieve time sheet data stored in Agile Manager for specific users and date ranges. This is useful for project and portfolio management software, such as HP Project and Portfolio Management (PPM).

Time sheet data includes the daily sum of changes to Invested Time, including changes to assigned tasks made during the specified time frame. Tracking includes both positive and negative changes to the Invested Time value.

Site Administrators can generate register applications to integrate with Agile Manager on the Integrations > API configuration page.

 

Keyboard selections in grids

When using the column selector and other grid toolbar menus, enter text to jump to and select an item in the list. Press ENTER or SPACE to select or clear an item.

For example, to add the Sprint column to a grid, select the column selector and start typing Sprint.

The menu will first jump down to the S items, and then to the Sprint item.

Note: Keyboard selections are not supported in sub-menus. For example, you cannot enter text to select a specific favorite, as favorites are located within menu folders.

 

ALI updates

New releases of Eclipse and Visual Studio plugins

ALI now has new releases of plugins for Eclipse and Visual Studio. These new plugin version add support for Agile Manager workspaces, simplified patterns for commit messages, deletion of release backlog queries, and more.

For details, see HP ALI Dev Version 3.6.0 on HPLN (Passport required).

Support for proxy auto-config (PAC) files

Automatically define proxy settings for your ALI connections by configuring your ALI Dev Bridge with your proxy auto-config (PAC) file. 

TFS SCM branch path configuration improvement

Paths to TFS SCM branches configured in ALI are no longer limited to the names of projects only, and can now include additional characters, such as paths to sub folders. 

 

Roles and permissions
The Author field is now editable only by Workspace Administrators. It remains read-only for Team Members and other user roles.

Additionally, it's also now a required field when importing user stories, and must include a valid user login email name (email address). 

 

Maximum number of task hours increased

Now you can define large tasks, with 100 hours or more. Define tasks on the Details page, the Sprint Backlog grid, the Task Board, or in backlog item templates.

 

New - migration guide!
Our new migration guide takes you through each step involved in migrating from a different project management tool to Agile Manager. 

 

User interface modifications
- Now, you can filter the Product Backlog > Backlog grid by Application. Save this filter in any of your favorites, such as Integration favorites for synchronization.

- On the Workspace > Users configuration tab, we changed the name of the Teams column to Workspace Teams, as feature teams are not represented in this column.

Note: Since adding workspace teams, the Assign to Team button on the Workspace > Users configuration tab enables you to assign users to workspace teams only.

Workspace teams function across releases. To assign workspace users to feature teams within a release, you must browse to the specific release and do so from there.

 

Fixed defects

SaaS Incident: SR00073887 SD00088448 Extra file attachments removed from Agile Manager emails and notifications
SaaS Incident IM00064346 SD00088045 Filtering by Application added to the Product Backlog > Backlog grid.
SaaS Incident: IM00046768 SD00054510 Errors fixed in graphs when in Kanban mode.
SaaS Incident: SR00071018 SD00084862 Errors fixed in the Defect Management grid display.
SaaS Incident: SR00071502 SD00085435 Errors fixed in links in Description fields.
SaaS Incident: IM00064560 SD00088259 Errors fixed in Features grid footer text.
SaaS Incident: IM00063770 SD00087480 IM00064083 SD00087802 Both ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager and NextGen Synchronizer now support synchronization of Backlog Item type custom fields.
SaaS incident: IM00068929 SD00090522 Errors fixed for display of custom fields on the Planning Board.
SaaS Incident: IM00063066 SD00086319 Errors fixed in the Team Sprint Backlog Status by Task graph.
SaaS Incident: IM00050630 SD00062379 IM00073383 SD00094210 SR00072540 SD00086731 Errors fixed for grouping and filtering by application in grids.
SaaS Incident: SR00055700 SD00066552 SR00055759 SD00066625 Maximum number of team members increased to 2000.
SaaS Incident: IM00050627 SD00062352 Maximum number of applications increased to 200.
SaaS Incident: IM00077635 SD00097782 Errors fixed in Storyboard display.
SaaS Incident: IM00075907 SD00096275 Errors fixed for renaming public favorites.
SaaS Incident: IM00069418 SD00090984 Teams column in the Workspace > Users configuration tab renamed to Workspace Teams.
SaaS Incident: SR00073611 SD00088087 Improvements in Show More/Show Less usability in Description fields.
SaaS Incident: SR00081314 SD00097801 Performance improvements on Internet Explorer 9.
SaaS Incident: IM00062445 SD00084972 Errors fixed in Team Member bucket and Team bucket displays.
SaaS Incident: IM00055061 SD00072698 Release Buckets now indicate archived items.
SaaS Incident: SR00073611 SD00088087 Errors fixed when exporting acceptance tests to Excel.
SaaS Incident: IM00064079 SD00087799 Ability added to create Summary graphs on the Dashboard using custom fields.
SaaS Incident: IM00072467 SD00093450 The Author field is now editable by Workspace Administrators only. It remains read-only for Team Members and other user roles.
SaaS Incident: IM00027367 SD00020540 Errors fixed in formatting in Description fields.
SaaS Incident: IM00064094 SD00087814 Updates in grid filters for items with no story points or feature story points. Use empty, single quotes ('') to find these items.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.20 (4-January-2015)Open in a New Window

Experience Agile Manager using demo data
Now you can experiment in Agile Manager using demo data, while continuing to develop and track your releases separately.

Open a support ticket in Pronq and request demo data for your site.

 

NextGen Synchronizer
Agile Manager now provides a synchronization tool available to administrators directly from the Agile Manager configuration area.

 

NextGen Synchronizer supports synchronizing defects between your Agile Manager workspace and ALM projects stored in ALM 11.5 patch 5.

- Import defect links from ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager
- Create and update links with a quick and user-friendly wizard
- Benefit from automatic field mapping for system fields
- Run a simulation before synchronizing for details about the items that will change
- Schedule automatic synchronizations to run every 30 seconds

For details, see NextGen Synchronizer.


Note: Continue working with ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager to synchronize requirements and releases, if you are working with projects stored in multiple versions of ALM, or have other specific requirements.

For more details and to determine which solution is right for you, see Synchronization with ALM.


Defect fixes in ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager require you to upgrade your Synchronizer server and client.

Download and install the new Synchronizer server and client versions to receive these fixes.

1. Uninstall the current Synchronizer server and client.

2. Install the new Synchronizer server and client.

3. In an FTP client, access the following host: ftp://agm_read@ftpast.saas.hp.com/users/agm_rnd/Sy​nchronizer/ForAgM_2.20.
Note: The installation files located in this directory are engineered specifically for your version of Agile Manager. Installation files located in other directories on this FTP server are incompatible with your version of Agile Manager, and running them may result in errors.
4. Open the Installation > Server directory and run the setup.exe file.
During installation, in the Database Configuration stage, make sure to select Keep Existing Database.
5. Open the Installation > Client folder, and run the HP-ALM-Sync-Client.msi file.

 

Roles and permissions
We've upgraded the Agile Manager hierarchy of roles and permissions to support additional security levels.

For details, see:

- Define site users

- Define workspace users

 

Below is a list of the updates made for user roles in Agile Manager:

 

Team Member

Has read and write access to all application pages and functions, with the following exceptions:

 

Workspace administrators can set permissions to prevent team members from deleting items created by others.

When the Allow Team Members to delete backlog items created by others option is cleared, team members can only  delete themes, features, and backlog items that they author. By default, this option is selected, and team members can delete any items.

Regardless of configuration, Team Members can modify tasks and acceptance tests, regardless of who the author is.

For details, see Configure preferences and notifications.

 

Team members now have only view access to public favorites on grid pages, to public Dashboard favorites, and to the public Dashboard gallery.

Team members can no longer create, update, or delete these items.

 

Team members can also make only the following configuration changes:

- Modify team work hours per day and working days in sprint for their team, from the bucket in the Sprint Backlog only.
- Modify ALI configurations.

 

Configure Team Members on the Site > Users or Workspace > Users configuration pages.

 

Viewer (new!) 
- Has read access only for all backlog items, grid pages, and the Sprint Closure page.

- Can watch backlog items to receive notifications about status updates.

- Has read and write access to private favorites on grid pages.
- Can create private buckets on the Defect Management page.
- Has read access on the Dashboard, and read and write access for private Dashboard items and favorites.

 

Configure Viewers on the Site > Users or Workspace > Users configuration pages.

 

Integration Administrator (new!)
Has read and write access to the Integrations configuration area, for configuring NextGen Synchronizer.

Configure Integration Administrators on the Site > Users or Workspace > Users configuration pages.

Note: During our upgrade, current Workspace Administrators are automatically assigned to the Integration Administrator role. Modify this role assignment as needed.

For more details, see Integration Administrator user.

 

Integration Bridge (new!)
Manages communication between Agile Manager and the NextGen Synchronizer Integration Bridge.

Configure Integration Bridge users on the Site > Users configuration page.

Note: For security purposes, this user should have no other roles.

For details, see Integration Bridge user.

 

Share ALI artifacts across workspaces
Site administrators can now enable ALI artifacts (build servers and SCM repositories) for use across multiple workspaces. This means that administrators from multiple workspaces can use the same build servers and SCM repositories when configuring ALI for the releases in their workspace(s).

 

Once an artifact is shared, most artifact configuration settings are read-only for workspace administrators, and can be edited by site administrators only. The exception is artifact credentials, which must be entered by the workspace administrator before the shared artifact can be used in the workspace.

 

- For the build server, credentials are always the build server username and password.

- For SCM repositories, credentials include usernames, passwords, client certificates, and passphrases.

 

For details about sharing artifacts, see:

- Share the build server
- Share the repository


Note: To remove sharing from an artifact, or to delete it, you must first verify that the artifact is not used in an ALI configuration in any of the site's workspaces.

 

Upgrade your ALI Dev Bridge
Changes in this version of Agile Manager require that you update your ALI Dev Bridge to continue synchronizing Agile Manager with your development environment.

Administrators can update the Dev Bridge from the ALI Dev Bridge site.

1. In the Agile Manager configuration area, browse to the ALI Summary page (Workspace > ALI Summary).
2. Under Integration, click the link to the bridge and log in to the ALI Dev Bridge as an Agile Manager Site, Workspace, or ALI Dev Bridge administrator.
3. On the ALI Dev Bridge Administration page, click Start to update your Dev Bridge.
For more details, see ALI Dev Bridge overview.

 

 

User interface improvements and modifications
In addition to changes in our user interface for new functionality, we've also improved user experience across Agile Manager.

 

Dashboard improvements

- New functionality for burn up, burn down, and cumulative flow diagrams in the Dashboard.

- Click on legend items to add or remove content from the graphs, and hover over spots in the graph to view more data.

 

For details, see Commonly used widgets.

 

Note: When working in Internet Explorer, interactive widgets are available in versions 10 and above only.

In Internet Explorer 9, the legacy versions of these widgets are displayed instead.

 

Navigation back to themes and features

On the Details page, in the Release Plan area, hover over the Theme or Feature values and click the link in the tooltip take you directly to the theme or feature.

For details about this page, see Details view.

 

Advanced incremental searches in combo boxes

When searching for a value in a combo box (dropdown list), you can now enter an approximate search phrase to filter the available values displayed.

A few characters in the correct order should be enough to display the value you’re looking for.

 

For example, to filter the Release column to show only releases named Online Media Store 2.3, you can type Online2.3, and still view the correct values.

 

This update was made for all filterable grid headings, the Planning dialog box, and fields on the Details page, including Release and Team fields, as well as any user list fields, such as Assigned To.

 

Fixed defects

IM00051663 SD00064964 Fixes in data aggregation for release and sprint graphs on the dashboard.
SD00065376 IM00051876 Errors fixed for feature display on the Themes tab.
SD00066274 IM00052327 Errors fixed for the split feature dialog box.
IM00051459 SD00064322 Errors fixed related to workspace permissions.
IM00055593 SD00074024  Item selections are now retained while continuing to expand grouped items.
IM00055829 SD00074419  Errors fixed for the Team Workload chart display on the Dashboard.
IM00059402 SD00079337 Errors fixed for templates used incorrectly in synchronized records.
SR00063812 SD00076201 Navigate to a backlog item’s theme or feature from the Details page. On the Details page, hover over the Theme or Feature value, and click the link in the tooltip.
IM00060555 SD00081483 Applications displayed as columns or rows are now sensitive to the Application filter at the top of the page.
IM00058698, SD00078549 Errors fixed for status changes.
IM00061928 SD00083971 Errors fixed for user story and task assignments.
IM00062140, SD00084443 Errors fixed for importing to a specific workspace.
IM00062445 SD00084972 Updates in the tooltip displayed when hovering over the bar in Team Member buckets.
IM00062162 SD00084510 Errors fixed in summary graphs for workspace teams.
IM00062634 SD00085517 Errors fixed in the Planning Board filter panel displayed on the left.
IM00065638 SDSD00088755 Errors fixed in velocity graphs after modifying a release date.
IM00063867 SD00087619 IM00063803 SD00087521 Errors fixed in Task Board display, when filtered by Assigned To.
IM00064074 SD00087796 Errors fixed for filtering by custom Multi Value List fields in grids.
IM00065626 SD00088743 Errors fixed for exporting features filtered by the Items in Releases column.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.13 (7-December-2014)Open in a New Window

Filtered lists of features by applications
Now, the Add Item dialog box enables you to filter the features available for the new item by application.
1. To add a new backlog item, click Add Item.

2. In the dialog box, first select an application.

The list of features available from the Feature drop-down is filtered, and only those features assigned to the selected application are displayed.


New, dynamic velocity grids
Velocity displays are updated across Agile Manager, and are available from buckets on the Product and Release Backlog tabs, as well as on the dashboard and the team details page.


In buckets, click team velocity and release capacity calculations to view the charts.

- Hover over the bars to compare exact numbers for actual and expected velocities.
- Click items in the legends to display or hide relevant data, enabling you to view multiple combinations of expected, average, or actual velocities. 


New custom field type: Backlog Item
Site administrators can now create custom fields that can be used for both user stories and defects, using the Backlog Item custom field type.

Use the Backlog Item field type if you have similar data for both user stories and defects, instead of using duplicate, parallel custom fields for each entity type.

 

Note: This custom field type is not yet supported by Synchronizer. If you synchronize data with ALM, fields of this type will not be synchronized.


To create custom fields for use in both user stories and defects:
1. Browse to the Site > Custom Fields configuration page.
2. Click Add Field.
3. In the Add Field dialog box, select Backlog Item from the Apply To dropdown list.
4. Log out and log in again for your new field to be visible in the application.

The new field will be available in backlog item grids, and in details pages for users stories and defects.


If you already have duplicate, parallel custom fields for user stories and defects, respectively, start using Backlog Item field types with one or both of the following methods:

 

Update multiple backlog items
Update multiple user stories and defects with new field values simultaneously, assigning a field values for your new custom field.
To do so:
1. Select multiple items in a grid, and then select More Actions > Update Selected.
2. Select your new field from the drop-down list, and define a value that fits all the selected backlog items.


Phase out the old fields slowly
If you have many backlog items that still use the duplicated fields, consider phasing these fields out slowly.
For example, you could continue using them through the end of the current sprint or release, but use the new fields only in the next. If you do this, you may want to modify the old field names to indicate that they should be phased out.
To do so:
1. Browse to the Site > Custom Fields configuration page.
2. Select one of the legacy fields, and click Edit.


Site user management
The following changes were made in the Site and Workspace > Users tabs.


Note: In the Site Configuration area, the Site Users tab has been simplified to Users.

 

Assigning workspaces to users
If you have many workspaces, we've made it simpler to find the right workspace for a user. When assigning a workspace to a user, enter a search string in the Assign to Workspace dialog box to filter the list of workspaces displayed.

 

View a user's last login date
View the last time a user logged in to Agile Manager in a new Last Login column on the Site > Users page. If you are juggling licenses, this can help you identify users that rarely use Agile Manager and can be deactivated.
If you do not see the Last Login column, use the column selector to add it to the grid.

 

Assign roles to multiple users simultaneously
Both site and workspace administrators can now assign roles to multiple users simultaneously, as long as all of the selected users are assigned to the same workspace.
- Select multiple users, and click Assign to Roles. The selected role is applied to all selected users.
- A solid blue square in the selection box indicates that some users are assigned to that role. Click the checkbox to assign that role to all of the selected users.


ALI support for TFS 2013
ALI now supports TFS 2013. When configuring ALI for your release, you can define TFS 2013 as your SCM provider or build server.
TFS 2010 is no longer supported as an SCM repository.

 

Fixed defects

- SR00058879 SD00070379 IM00061904 SD00083917. Errors fixed for task assignments.
- IM00058327 SD00077814. Now, the Add Item dialog boxes enable you to filter the features available for the new item by application. First select an application to display only features related to that application.
- IM00061905 SD00083919 IM00061950 SD00084021. Errors fixed for Team Member capacity updates.
- IM00061908 SD00083933 IM00061956 SD00084034. Errors fixed in Descriptions and comments on the Details page.
- IM00056331 SD00075568. Errors fixed for text formatting on the Details page.
- IM00052873 SD00067823. In the Task Board, completed tasks now display the number of hours invested vs. planned.
- IM00039189 SD00040022. Errors fixed in site name displays when several sites are opened in multiple browser tabs.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.12 (9-November-2014)Open in a New Window

Workspace and feature teams
- Agile Manager now enables you to reuse teams across releases, by using workspace teams. You can save a workspace team's settings, and track its performance across releases. Workspace teams are created and managed by workspace administrators, in the configuration area (Workspace > Teams).
- You can still create teams, ad-hoc, within a release (called feature teams). Feature teams cannot be reused for multiple releases across the workspace. However, if you find you need to reuse a feature team, you can easily convert it to a workspace team.
- Assign items to workspace or features teams from any Agile Manager grid. To enable this, the Team column has been added to more grids, including Product Backlog and Defect Management.

 

Some other examples of the advantages of using workspace teams include:
- Moving backlog items from release to release. If you change a backlog item's release, and the backlog item is assigned to a feature team in the release, the team value is cleared. However, if the item is assigned to a workspace team, the item retains the team assignment.
- Synchronizing data with ALM. If you synchronize data with ALM projects, using workspace teams means that you no longer need to create new teams in ALM for each release. Use the same teams across releases, in both Agile Manager and ALM.

In the configuration area, workspace teams have a special red stripe on the side of their labels to differentiate between workspace and release teams.

 

We changed several elements in the configuration area to support workspace teams, and added new functionality for release teams. Click to view a slide show that takes you through all these changes.

 

Set team velocity per sprint

Now you can set team velocities per sprint, while configuring a team.

For example, you might want to modify the default for holidays, a planning or stabilization sprint, or other reasons specific to your organization.

Team velocities are modified by administrators on the team details configuration page.

 

Delete workspace

Site administrators can now delete workspaces that are no longer being used.

Delete workspaces with caution, as this deletes all associated releases, backlog items, and ALI configurations and data. Additionally, note the following:
- You cannot delete a workspace that you are currently logged in to.
- If you delete a workspace while users are logged into the workspace, users may experience errors. Users will be required to log in again.
- You cannot delete the original, default workspace (the workspace with ID 1000)

 

ALI support for new versions of build server and SCM systems

ALI now supports newer versions of Jenkins, Hudson, Perforce, and GIT. For details about supported versions, see the Agile Manager Help Center.


Upgrade your ALI Dev Bridge
Changes in Agile Manager 2.12 require that you update your ALI Dev Bridge to continue synchronizing Agile Manager with your development environment.
Administrators can update the Dev Bridge from the ALI Dev Bridge site.
1. Inside Agile Manager, browse to the ALI Summary configuration page (Workspace > ALI Summary).
2. Under Integration, click the link to the Bridge and log in to the ALI Dev Bridge as an Agile Manager administrator.
3. On the ALI Dev Bridge Administration page, click Start to update your Dev Bridge.


Fixed defects

IM00054268 SD00071138 Errors fixed in team member capacity widgets.
IM00046372 SD00053738 Errors fixed in grid displays.
IM00047791 SD00056978 Errors fixed for exporting features to Excel.
IM00047760 SD00056894 Errors fixed for synchronizing comments from ALM to Agile Manager.
SD00072698 IM00055061 Errors fixed in calculation of user stories per feature.
IM00057639 SD00076720 Errors fixed in calculating total assigned tasks for teams in the Sprint Backlog.
IM00060510 SD00081380 Errors fixed for exporting features with no backlog items assigned.
IM00053013 SD00068115 Errors fixed for incorrect characters found in exported backlog files.
IM00050839 SD00062968 Errors fixed for team definitions in release settings imported from another release.
IM00055059 SD00072696 Errors fixed for synchronizing Agile Manager changes in team names in requirement links.
IM00040907 SD00043660 Errors fixed in favorite displays when switching between releases.
IM00049347 SD00059220  IM00055278 SD00073290 Performance improvements.

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.11 (5-October-2014)Open in a New Window

The Agile Manager team continues to add and improve functionality, helping you manage your backlog and monitor development.

The following features were introduced or enhanced in Agile Manager:

 

Backlog item templates
Templates are now configured on their own tab in the Workspace configuration area. This tab is named Templates.

The following fields were added to each template:

- Template Description. Define a description of the template, such as when to use the template.

Users can view these descriptions when adding new items, in order to help them determine which template to use.

In the Add Item dialog box used to create a new backlog item, hover over the  icon displayed next to the template name to view the description.

The  icon is only displayed for templates configured with a description.

- Story/Defect Name. Define a name for each new item created using the selected template. Users can use the defined name as a prefix for new backlog items by adding additional text to the Name field in the Add Item dialog box.
- User Story/Defect Description. Define a description for each new item created using the selected template. Users can use the defined description as a description template or prefix for new backlog items by adding text after creating the item.

 

Linked items

Now you can add a new, linked item directly from a user story or defect Details page.

1. On the Details page, browse to the item's Linked Items, and click Add Linked Item.
2. Complete the fields as you would when adding any other type of new user story or defect.
The new user story or defect is automatically linked to the item you were originally viewing.

 

Search the ALI Change Log report

Now you can search for items in the Change Log report to display only items with specific strings. You can search for strings in the commit message, the name of the file that was changed, or the SCM username of a committer.

1. On the Source Code page, click Change Log.
2. In the upper-right corner of the report, click the Search box, and enter your search string.
By default, the search is limited to the last 31 days only. To search older change sets, click Search for Older Change Sets in the search results.
You can only search the Change Log if the Include builds option is cleared.

 

Synchronizer enhancements

The productGroupID ALM endpoint connection property was renamed to Workspace ID.

This is relevant only for Synchronizer administrators creating and managing synchronization links.

Download and install the new Synchronizer server and client versions to receive these updates.

1. Uninstall the current Synchronizer server and client.

2. Install the new Synchronizer server and client.

3. In an FTP client, access the following host: ftp://agm_read@ftpast.saas.hp.com/users/agm_rnd/Synchronizer/ForAgM_2.11.
Note: The installation files located in this directory are engineered specifically for your version of Agile Manager. Installation files located in other directories on this FTP server are incompatible with your version of Agile Manager, and running them may result in errors.
4. Open the Installation > Server directory and run the setup.exe file.
During installation, in the Database Configuration stage, make sure to select Keep Existing Database.
5. Open the Installation > Client folder, and run the HP-ALM-Sync-Client.msi file.

 

User interface changes and enhancements

- Release fields in grid headings and field selectors are now sorted chronologically instead of alphabetically, making it easier for you to find current and recent releases. Releases are sorted in descending order by start date.

Note: Release selectors on each page, which determine the data shown on the page, list only recently viewed releases, in the order of when it was last viewed.

- The Customization configuration page was renamed to Custom Fields. This page is accessible to site administrators only. 

- Updated browser support: Agile Manager is now supported in Internet Explorer 11. 

- The BLIs in Releases column on the Product Backlog page was renamed to Items in Releases.

 

Fixed defects

IM00049347 SD00059220. Errors fixed for filtering features by release when there are a high number of features in the backlog.
SR00052475 SD00062590. Errors fixed for full synchronizations.
SD00066274 IM00052327. Errors fixed in the Split Feature dialog box.
SR00056605 SD00067637 IM00053372 SD00069113. Errors fixed when importing backlog items.
SD00066276 IM00052329. When splitting a feature, modification times for child items are now aligned with the time of the split
IM00053581 SD00069523. Errors fixed for display of scheduled synchronizations.
IM00053979 SD00070513. Errors fixed for task estimations in templates.
IM00054268 SD00071138. Errors fixed in the Team Member Capacity widget.

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.10 (3-August 2014)Open in a New Window

The Agile Manager team continues to add and improve functionality, helping you manage your backlog and monitor development.

The following features were introduced or enhanced in Agile Manager:


Backlog item templates
Workspace administrators can now design templates for creating new user stories or defects. A template defines tasks and acceptance tests for each new item you create based on the selected template.
- Manage templates on the Workspace > Workspace Settings > Templates configuration page.
- Each workspace supports a maximum of five templates for user stories, and five templates for defects.
- Select a template to use for a new user story or defect in the Add Item dialog box.

 

Automatically reconnect to the ALI Dev Bridge
Configure the ALI Dev Bridge to automatically reconnect after a restart, using saved credentials.
1. Log in to the Dev Bridge using the URI defined on the ALI Summary configuration page (Workspace > ALI Summary > Integration). Log in as a site administrator or a user with the Dev Bridge role.
2. In the top-right corner of the page, near the logout link, select Automatic reconnect. Your credentials are encrypted and saved, and the Dev Bridge will reconnect automatically after restarting.

 

Show/Hide builds in the ALI Change Log report

Show or hide specific build configurations from the ALI Change Log report.
In the Change Log report (Source Code > Change Log), select Include Builds, and then select the type of builds you want to view in the log.

 

Synchronizer update
The recent update in ALM Synchronizer for Agile Manager provides defect fixes related to ALM timeouts and synchronizing comments. Download and install the new Synchronizer server and client versions to receive these updates.

Note: In the new version of Synchronizer, connection property values for both ALM and Agile Manager endpoints are now case sensitive. After upgrading, if you import links created in previous versions of Synchronizer and are unable to connect to Agile Manager or ALM, verify your connection settings.

 

Installation instructions
Uninstall the current Synchronizer server and client.
Install the new Synchronizer server and client.
1. In an FTP client, access the following host:
ftp://agm_read@ftpast.saas.hp.com/users/agm_rnd/Synchronizer/ForAgM_2.10.
Note: The installation files located in this directory are engineered specifically for your version of Agile Manager. Installation files located in other directories on this FTP server are incompatible with your version of Agile Manager, and running them may result in errors.
2. Open the Installation > Server directory and run the setup.exe file. During installation, in the Database Configuration stage, make sure to select Keep Existing Database.
3. Open the Installation > Client folder, and run the HP-ALM-Sync-Client.msi file.

 

Fixed defects

IM00045131 SD00051085. New ability to configure whether ideal line is displayed in customized Burn Down and Burn Up charts.

IM00035905 SD00032970 IM00051022 SD00063357. User interface improvements in the Task Board.

IM00046164 SD00053280 IM00046272 SD00053504 . Errors fixed in export to Excel functionality.

IM00046768 SD00054510. Display improvements in the Sprint Control Chart dashboard graph.

IM00047760 SD00056894. Errors fixed for synchronized comments.

IM00047689 SD00056749. Errors fixed for split story functionality.

IM00048118 SD00057238 IM00052658 SD00067226. Errors fixed for modifying sprint start and end dates.

SD00061376 IM00050197 IM00049602 SD00060080. Errors fixed in Storyboard planning.

IM00051666 SD00064969. Errors fixed for Synchronizer timeouts with ALM.

 

 

Release Notes: Agile Manager 2.02 (13-July 2014)Open in a New Window

The Agile Manager team continues to add and improve functionality. The following features were introduced or enhanced in Agile Manager:

 

Support for multiple workspaces in a single site
Create workspaces to manage multiple products or projects on the same Agile Manager site. Workspaces enable you to apply scaled agile methodology in an enterprise organization by providing an additional layer of data visibility.

 

Users can toggle between workspaces to which they are assigned. Access to items outside a user's workspaces is not strongly restricted.

 

In the current Agile Manager version, a limited number of workspaces can be created in each site. If you need more workspaces, contact your system administrator support for assistance.

 

Note the following changes from the previous version of Agile Manager:

- The Project tab in the Configuration area is renamed Workspaces.
- A new Site Administrator role is introduced. Site administrators can define workspaces and manage site users.
- The Administrator role is renamed Workspace Administrator. Workspace administrators have configuration permissions in their workspaces.
- Custom fields are now defined on the site level, and apply to all workspaces.
- Other settings, such as ALI, definition of done and user notifications, are configured per workspace.

 

Note: In existing sites, all Administrators are automatically converted to Site Administrators. Modify this in the Site Users configuration page as needed.

 

Access Quick Actions from the Help menu
Access Quick Actions from the Help menu in addition to pressing Ctrl+1.

 

Additional options for Setting a Backlog Item to Done
Use ALI metrics in your set of guidelines for when users can set a user story or defect to Done.

 

Configure rules for code coverage and unit test success rates on the Workspace Settings configuration, in addition to criteria for closed acceptance tests and linked defects.

 

ALI notifications for unplanned effort
When ALI is configured for your release, Agile Manager can send email notifications if it detects that development has not followed the plan. These alerts can raise awareness about possible inconsistencies between the status tracked by Agile Manager and real development activity.

 

For example, emails are sent if a user commits changes for a user story that is currently planned to a sprint other than the current sprint, or for a backlog item that is unassigned.

 

To manage ALI notification settings, in the configuration area, browse to Workspace > ALI Settings, and click Notification Preferences.

 

New ALI Build Impact report
A new Build Impact page enables you to review the impact of a build series in releases where ALI is configured. This enables you to review the stories or defect fixes delivered in a sprint build.

 

On the Build Summary or a Build Details page, click Build Impact and then select the range of builds you want to review.

 

ALI extensibility API and provider SDK

ALI now allows you to integrate Agile Manager with a build system or SCM repository not supported out-of-the-box.

 

1. On the ALI Summary configuration page, under Integration, click Custom Integration.

2. Download the ALI SDK and implement a new provider for your build or SCM system.

 

Dev Bridge update
The ALI Dev Bridge has an update that supports Java 7. ALI administrators should:

- Update the Dev Bridge when prompted by Agile Manager.
- Verify that the Dev Bridge server has Java 7 installed.

 

Synchronizer enhancements
Synchronizer now supports the following:

- The ability to synchronize theme and feature ranking. To support this, you must create a custom field in ALM for the theme and feature rank, and map the new field accordingly.
- The ability to synchronize users who have multiple email addresses defined in ALM. For such users, only the first email address is synchronized with Agile Manager.
- The ability to synchronize with projects saved in ALM 12.00.

 

Installation instructions

Download and install the new Synchronizer server and client versions to receive these updates.


1. Uninstall the current Synchronizer server and client.

 

2. Install the new Synchronizer server and client.
a. In an FTP client, access the following host: ftp://agm_read@ftpast.saas.hp.com/users/agm_rnd/Synchronizer/ForAgM_2.02.
Note: The installation files located in this directory are engineered specifically for your version of Agile Manager. Installation files located in other directories on this FTP server are incompatible with your version of Agile Manager, and running them may result in errors.


b. Open the Installation > Server directory and run the setup.exe file. During installation, in the Database Configuration stage, make sure to select Keep Existing Database.


c. Open the Installation > Client folder, and run the HP-ALM-Sync-Client.msi file.

Notes about backup files from the previous version of Synchronizer
Synchronizer regularly backs up the entire database to the <Synchronizer installation>\backup directory. Synchronizer also backs up the database during installation, when you select Keep Existing Database. This backup file is saved to the C:\postgres directory.
If errors occur during installation, you can rely on these backup files to restore your database details.

 

Fixed defects

IM00044691 SD00050116 Errors fixed for filtering the Defect Management Sprint column.
SD00058635 IM00048724 IM00046764 SD00054506 Errors fixed for Storyboard performance in Firefox.
IM00046855 SD00054715 Errors fixed for viewing the Task Board on low-resolution displays.
IM00043140 SD00047325 The Summary and Name fields no longer have any character limitations.
IM00046281 SD00053530 Errors fixed for opening attachments that were synchronized from ALM.
IM00049391 SD00059374 Values in pie charts are always rounded down for decimals between .1-.5, and rounded up for decimals between .6-.9.
IM00048671 SD00058495 When a user is removed from a team, tasks in current sprints remain assigned to the removed team member.
SD00062526 IM00050677 SD00062285 IM00050605 Team members can now update capacity in the Sprint Backlog team member buckets.
IM00040725 SD00043271 Now you can synchronize users who have multiple email addresses defined in ALM. In such cases, only the first email address is synchronized with Agile Manager.
IM00045130 SD00051084 Errors fixed for Synchronizer run report displays.




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