2011.3 Release Notes

Release 2011.3 – Updated on August 19, 2011

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Table of Contents

Overview of New Features
Beta Programs
Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API
Hardware/Software Requirements
Known Issues in Release 2011.3
Contacting Customer Support


These release notes provide pertinent information regarding the additions for Rally Release 2011.3, hardware and software requirements, compatibility, and known issues for the Rally Community, Enterprise and Unlimited Editions.

What’s New in Release 2011.3

Rally Unlimited Edition - includes everything in Rally Enterprise Edition, plus:

  • Idea management (Rally Idea Manager)
  • Quality management (Rally Quality Manager)
  • Time tracking (Rally Time Tracker)
  • Enterprise integrations with HP Quality Center, IBM ClearQuest, Microsoft Team Foundation Server and Salesforce.com (Rally Product Manager and Rally Support Manager)
  • Development sandboxes for testing Apps/Integrations on a copy of your production data

For Rally Unlimited Customers:

Rally Idea Manager upgrades

Enhancement areas include:

  • Improved searching
  • Customizable idea tabs
  • User reputation and leaderboard
  • A new "Idea interest by company" report
  • Improvements to the Rally integration, such as linking to existing stories, more options for idea status updates

For an exhaustive list of enhancements, click here.

Rally Quality Manager: Create and assign tasks to test sets

Test sets now accept tasks as associated artifacts. You may create these tasks from the Iteration Task Status page in Rally, using either inline or editor window options. You can also edit an existing task to create or change the association to a test set.

Rally Connector for Quality Center

Rally Connector for Quality Center now supports HP ALM 11.00 and HP Quality Center 11.00.

Rally Connector for Quality Center (Test)

Rally Connector for Quality Center (Test) is now available.

For Rally Enterprise, and Unlimited Customers:

Dashboard panel project picker with parent/child controls

You may now specify whether to include items from parent and child projects, in dashboard panel settings menus.

App SDK 1.26

The App SDK was updated three times, with versions 1.24, 1.25, and 1.26. For a full listing of changes, click here.


Type definitions now return attribute definitions from ancestor types.

Rally Add-in for Excel

The Rally Add-in for Excel provides a quick and easy way to export data from your Rally subscription for tracking, reporting, or sharing. For more information, click here.

Build and SCM traceability follows project scope settings

You may now choose between Global Project and Specific Project scoping options when displaying Build and SCM Traceability reports.

Program concurrent editing

If two or more people attempt to save edits to the same program concurrently, a message will display giving the option to review or overwrite changes.

Rally REST API for .NET

The Rally REST API for .NET provides an intuitive interface to your Rally Data. It is compatible with any .NET 4.0 language, such as C#, VB.NET, F#, etc. For more information, click here.

For Rally Community, Enterprise and Unlimited Customers:

Concurrent editing

The following Rally work item editors were upgraded, so that if two or more users attempt to save edits concurrently, a message will display giving the option to review or overwrite changes:

  • Defects
  • Iterations
  • Releases
  • Test folders
  • Test case results

Notifications for artifacts moved to Recycle Bin

You can set up your notifications to include when an artifact (work item, task, and so on) is moved to (or removed from) the Recycle Bin. This notification can be bundled with others so you could receive an email with the subject of "Multiple Changes," instead of simply "DE1103 moved to Recycle Bin."

New charts and reports available as dashboard panels

The following reports and charts can now be added as panels on your dashboard:

  • Cycle Time Report - Helps you use past history to estimate how long it might take for work to pass through various Rally schedule states to acceptance.
  • Throughput Report - Helps you use past history to predict how much work your teams may accept in a similar time period.
  • Build Health Chart - Characterizes your software builds over the last 30 days.
  • Build Health by Iteration Chart - Helps you analyze your build information using time boxes (such as iterations) that are significant to your project.

New Defect Trend Chart

The Defect Trend Chart displays the cumulative defects activated (opened) versus cumulative terminated (closed) over time.

Tagging enhancements

  • The tag picker now shows all un-archived tags even if they have no work items associated with them.
  • A grayed tag name in the tag picker indicates the tag has been archived.
  • Tags that only differ by case can now be created.

Iteration Summary App

This new catalog app and dashboard panel provides users with a quick summary of progress against iteration work, and offers some guidance if the team may be falling behind.

Kanban enhancements

Four new features are available for the Kanban Board App:

  • Card aging
  • Task summary info
  • New color scheme
  • Tag filtering

Community users may now use "Contact Support" link in Rally

Email support is available for all customers, regardless of subscription status. Community users will now be taken to the Contact Support form when selecting this link.

Beta Programs

Rally’s beta programs get you involved with improving effectiveness and usability of new features before they are released. If you would like to participate, please send email to betas@rallydev.com.

Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API

The Web Services API has been revised to version number 1.26. Click the View the Web Services API link from the main Help page to view your Web Services documentation.

Click the API Versioning link under Topics in the left navigation of the Web Services API documentation for details about version changes.

You may access the Web Services API documentation for your subscription by clicking the View the Web Services API link in the Learn Rally box on the Rally Help home page.

Updates to the App SDK

New components:

  • Add New
  • Chooser
  • RadioButton
  • RadioButtonGroup

New utilities:

  • DateTime

Component updates:

Card Board

  • Added config property cardOptions
  • Added method resize
  • Added config object parameters: readOnly, enableRanking
  • Added getCardBody method to rally.sdk.ui.cardboard.BasicCardRenderer
  • Added new default card renderer: rally.sdk.ui.cardboard.StandardCardRenderer

Rally Data Source

  • Added method getAttributesByType
  • Added queryParams parameter to create and update methods
  • Added object parameter to create and update callbacks

Pie Chart

  • Now handles types/attributes consistently with rest of SDK components
  • Now supports user supplied data
  • Added config object parameters: values, data, noDataMessage
  • Added destroy method

Link, TextBox, CheckBox, and Dropdown

  • Added methods: getComponentValue, setComponentValue

Hardware/Software Requirements

We at Rally are committed to making our software easily accessible. You can access Rally wherever you have an Internet connection via a PC, Linux, or Macintosh computer. Because this software is available through the World Wide Web, many of the constraints regarding which computer and software you use to access this material have been removed.

Nevertheless, it is not possible or practical for us to support fully every operating system and browser combination that is available. To take advantage of the newest Rally features, we recommend that you use one of the following fully supported browsers:

  • Internet Explorer - 9.x
  • Firefox - 4.x
  • Safari - 5.x
  • Chrome - 13.x

We recommend using the latest production-level versions of these browsers. Newer browser versions tend to perform better and have fewer bugs. In particular we strongly suggest using Firefox 4.

PDF Reader:

  • Minimum Adobe Reader 5.0 Microsoft Windows platforms (not Linux)
  • Adobe Reader 7.0 recommended


  • Minimum 1024 X 768 X 256-color video resolution, 1280 x 1024 recommended.

Known Issues in Release 2011.3

“Contains” is not supported in dashboard panel queries

The “contains” operator is not supported in custom grid dashboard panel queries.

Not all work items may be recovered from the Recycle Bin

Only user stories, defects, test cases and tasks are recoverable from the Recycle Bin.

Dragging test sets into the backlog on the Plan page

Dragging a test set from an iteration into the backlog on the Plan page will appear to make the test set disappear. The test set is still in Rally, but it has become unscheduled. To view the test set, go to the Iteration Status page and choose an iteration dropdown value of Unscheduled.

Popup blockers and Rally

Be aware that some of Rally’s content is displayed using popup windows. Popup blockers may inhibit this functionality. To correct this, configure your popup blockers to allow Rally popups.

Using Rally with multiple browser windows or tabs

Rally does not support multiple browser instances for a single user. Once you select a new window from an Internet Explorer and Firefox open session of Rally, problems can arise in both windows or tabs. This behavior could lead to unexpected errors if you try to save changes, filter, sort, or perform other actions.

Notifications using the conditions "owner changed-to/from" will not send against new Rally work items

If you create a notification rule with ownership changed conditions, and then change the ownership on a Rally work item that has never had an owner, a notification will not be sent.

User story list view displays incorrect summaries when parent stories are shown

Users who have both parent and child stories visible in the List (flat) view on the User Stories page will see summaries at the top of the list that combine parent and child estimates. We are considering fixing this by only showing child stories in this view, and would appreciate your feedback on this.

Iteration Defect Status printed report shows incorrect totals

The default settings for “Print Report” on Iteration Defect Status work correctly. However, if you deselect “show nested items” the report will indicate that all stories have “no defects”, even if some do. To work around this, make sure you keep “show nested items” checked when printing this report.

Custom Timesheet Reports will display "No Entry" where a custom field should be if Rally artifact is deleted

If you run a Custom Timesheet Report that includes deleted data, the output will include "No Entry" instead of a custom field name for any deleted work items.


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