2013 Q1 Release Notes

Contents

Overview of new features
Beta programs
Changes to the SOAP, REST, & JSON Web Service API
Hardware and software requirements
Defect fixes
Known issues
Customer Support

Overview

These notes provide pertinent information regarding the additions to CA Agile Central On-Demand during the first quarter of 2013. Features and defect fixes continually released between February 1 and April 30, 2013 are included. Hardware and software requirements, compatibility, and known issues for the CA Agile Central Enterprise and Unlimited Editions during this time period are also provided.

What’s new in Q1

For CA Agile Central Unlimited customers:

CA Agile Central Unlimited Edition includes everything in CA Agile Central Enterprise Edition, plus:

  • Portfolio management (CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager)
  • Authentication and security management (CA Agile Central Advanced Security and Administration)
  • Idea management (CA Agile Central Idea Manager)
  • Quality management (CA Agile Central Quality Manager)
  • Time tracking (CA Agile Central Time Tracker)
  • Enterprise integrations with HP Quality Center, IBM ClearQuest, Microsoft Team Foundation Server, and Salesforce.com (CA Agile Central Support Manager)
  • Development sandbox for testing apps and integrations on a copy of your production data

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Portfolio Item Burnup

The Portfolio Item Burnup app is now available in the app catalog for CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager users. Portfolio Burnup shows the delivery trend on work associated with a portfolio item. The burnup displays the following:

  • Progress of the portfolio item
  • Amount of work that remains
  • How the scope of the work may have changed
Portfolio Item Burnup

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Portfolio Item Cumulative Flow

The Portfolio Item Cumulative Flow app is now available in the app catalog for CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager users. Cumulative Flow gives a work-in-progress analysis on the delivery trend for a portfolio item.

Portfolio Item Cumulative Flow

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Visibility of lowest level portfolio item from user stories

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager users now have a new field that will map to your lowest level Portfolio Item parent. The name of this field is the same as your lowest level Portfolio Item. The only exception to this name is that the field is called Feature on the User Stories page and detail/editor page. This field is available on every single user story at every level for improved visibility into the features that roll up. With the addition of this new field, you can run a custom query that shows all leaf stories attached to a feature. For example, the following query was used to show stories attached to Feature F8:

((Feature.FormattedID = F8) AND (DirectChildrenCount = 0))

Feature and Parent Custom Grid

All stories that are parented to the same feature can be updated all at once by using the bulk edit function. Click the checkbox at the top of the grid to select all stories, then click the gear menu on any story to access the bulk edit function:

Bulk edit features

The new field is available on custom grids, the Kanban Board, and the user stories page.

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager: Release attribute on lowest level of portfolio item

CA Agile Central Portfolio Manager users can now use the Release field for lowest level portfolio items. The Release dropdown contains all releases in scope based on the project. The new field is available on custom grids, the Kanban Board, and the user stories page.

The following custom queries can be used for this field:

  • View unscheduled features
    • (Release = null)
  • Features in current release
    • ((Release.ReleaseStartDate <= today) AND (Release.ReleaseDate >= today))
  • Leaf user stories attached to features in current release
    • (((Feature.Release.ReleaseStartDate <= today) AND (Feature.Release.ReleaseDate >= today)) AND (DirectChildrenCount = 0))
  • Scheduled for a release
    • (Release.Name = "PSI 2013.Q1")

For CA Agile Central Enterprise and Unlimited customers:

Kanban Board enhancements

The Kanban Board has been enhanced with a more intuitive card and settings design. New enhancements includes the following:

  • Select a custom color for a card
  • Display any field on work item cards
  • Hover on a card to view editing and customization options
  • Click Add New on the top left of the board to add a new story or defect
  • Set up columns, work in progress limits, and display options in Kanban settings
  • Delete the app or view the the app full screen from the gear menu
New Kanban Board

You can access the actions menu, gear menu, ready indicator, blocked indicator, and the card color picker by hovering on the card.

Hover Options

You can filter what cards appear on the board by any available work item criteria, using the query field.

Query field

Ability to categorize cards by color

You can now add a custom color to a card on the following board-style apps:

To add a color to a card, hover over the card and select the color picker icon.

Color Picker

New administrative user fields

Six new fields have been added to user profiles to help large organizations and distributed teams identify and collaborate with each other. Administrators may edit these fields when creating or modifying users:

  • Phone
  • Network ID
  • Cost Center
  • Role
  • Office Location
  • Department
user field values

You may customize the values within the four drop-down fields: Cost Center, Role, Office Location, and Department.

Create custom user fields

You may create custom fields on user profiles to further note user details according to your specific needs. You may create a user field of any type in your subscription.

custom user fields

You may also control the visibility of custom user fields. You can choose to provide a field to all users, or set it to be accessible only by subscription and workspace administrators.

View previous and future iterations on the Iteration Planning Board

You can now scroll forward and backward on the Iteration Planning Board to view previous and future iterations. Use the arrows to the left and right of the column titles to view iterations further in the past or future.

Iteration Scrolling

New card design on some board apps

The look and feel of some board apps have been enhanced with a new slim card design that increases the amount of information that can be shown on a card/board by 50%. The new design is currently available on the following apps:

More apps will have the slim card design in the near future.

Iteration Tracking Board

Delete discussion posts

You now have the ability to delete discussion posts that you have created. Administrators have the ability to delete others comments. To delete a discussion post, click the trash can icon on the post:

Delete discussion post

IMPORTANT: Once you delete a discussion post, you will not be able to undo the deletion. A warning message popup will remind you of this functionality:

Delete discussion warning message

For administrators: View and sort last login dates

Subscription and workspace administrators now have the ability to view and sort the last login date for users. Previously, administrators had to contact support for a usage report. Now, administrators can view last login dates to effectively manage licenses. Login dates are available from June 1, 2010 forward. Users that have logged in before that date or have never logged in will have an empty grid value.

Select Last Login Date on the Users drop-down column picker to view login dates:

Last Login Date

New administrative user fields

Six new fields have been added to user profiles to help large organizations and distributed teams identify and collaborate with each other. Administrators may edit these fields when creating or modifying users:

  • Phone
  • Network ID
  • Cost Center
  • Role
  • Office Location
  • Department
user field values

You may customize the values within the four drop-down fields: Cost Center, Role, Office Location, and Department.

Create custom user fields

You may create custom fields on user profiles to further note user details according to your specific needs. You may create a user field of any type in your subscription.

custom user fields

You may also control the visibility of custom user fields. You can choose to provide a field to all users, or set it to be accessible only by subscription and workspace administrators.

Import tasks

You may import tasks from other systems with a CSV formatted file. Select Actions → Import Tasks from the Track or Iteration Task Status pages to open the Import Wizard.

Manage associated defects and tasks inline

The task and defect detail display functionality found on the Iteration Tracking Board and Iteration Planning Board apps is now available for the Backlog page and grid-style apps. With this feature, you can create, edit, and manage defects and tasks associated to work items without leaving the page.

Defects and tasks inline

To see the status icons and use the detail displays, add the Task Status or Defect Status columns to your view or app.

View app pages full screen

You may view all apps on your dashboard or custom page without the CA Agile Central menus and navigation. Simply click the Customize Page drop-down and select View Full Screen. You can exit this mode by pressing the back button on your browser.


View full screen

App Catalog search

You can now search for apps in the App Catalog.

Beta programs

CA Agile Central’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

Web Services API deprecation policy

In order to support developer toolkits, custom apps, and queries more effectively, we are introducing a formal deprecation policy to the Web Services API. With the new policy, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to support older versions of the WSAPI for one year after a new version is released.

Versions 1.0 through 1.37 of the WSAPI will enter this one year deprecation period on October 1st, 2012. These versions will no longer be supported after October 1st, 2013. Additionally, the following versions will no longer be supported by the date indicated in parentheses: 1.38 (November 6, 2014); 1.39 (December 5, 2014); 1.40 (March 15, 2014).

The current version of the WSAPI, 1.41, is fully supported. Its one year deprecation period will begin on the date that version 1.42 is released. You may review the full deprecation policy in the CA Agile Central Web Services API documentation.

Hardware and software requirements

We at CA Agile Central are committed to making our software easily accessible. You can access CA Agile Central 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 every operating system and browser combination that is available. To take advantage of the newest CA Agile Central features, we recommend that you use one of the following fully supported browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer*

We support the two latest versions of each of these browsers. We do not recommend using development, test, or beta versions of these web browsers. Versions that are not publicly released may not work properly with the CA Agile Central application. In particular we strongly suggest using Chrome.

Regardless of the browser you choose, you must enable cookies and JavaScript.

* Internet Explorer Currently, we support Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 8, and provide limited support for Internet Explorer 7.

PDF Reader:

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

Monitor:

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

Defect fixes in Q1

The following defects were resolved and patched during the first quarter of 2013:

  • DE11326 - Parent and PI fields on a user story should not be required
  • DE13599 - Value of custom date field populated by Web Services API incorrectly changed when editing an artifact
  • DE14304 - SSO settings ignored after password expires in CA Agile Central
  • DE14803 - Changing project scoping settings on My Defects app changes query object to user story
  • DE15017 - Some users not redirected to SSO logout page
  • DE15187 - Tabs disappear when using CA Agile Central in Chrome
  • DE15411 - Error when user tries to permanently delete item from recycle bin
  • DE15762 - Custom timesheet reports not returning data or presenting an error
  • DE15873 - Performance issue when querying test case results
  • DE15902 - Some users seeing an error screen in custom apps
  • DE15948 - Formatted IDs not working when creating custom apps
  • DE15985 - Firefox 18.0.1 causing Portfolio Item Timeline to not completely render
  • DE16108 - HTML not showing correctly in description and notes export
  • DE16126 - Internet Explorer 8 stack overflow error when moving tasks in story splitting editor
  • DE16204 - Issue with customers unable to add new or edit existing users
  • DE16206 - Error when copying test cases
  • DE16236 - Sorting custom grid by Release does not properly group items by release
  • DE16241 - Ranking appearing as floating point value on drag-and-drop workspaces
  • DE16242 - Adding test cases to test sets results in error
  • DE16244 - Ranking appearing as floating point value on some drag-and-drop workspaces
  • DE16253 - Error when creating or editing a user story
  • DE16309 - Web Services API docs show wrong Parent for every non-abstract object
  • DE16315 - Custom grid error message remains after fixing error
  • DE16359 - Calendar Selector not presenting properly on timesheet when using Chrome
  • DE16398 - Error when updating a Test Case result via Web Services API
  • DE16412 - Some customers experiencing epic progress not reporting on current release
  • DE16437 - Error when editing a test case result from the Iteration Test Case status page
  • DE16446 - User interface issues with all versions of Internet Explorer
  • DE16452 - Poor performance for customers with large data sets using Internet Explorer
  • DE16475 - Some customers unable to copy users from one project to another
  • DE16513 - Web Services API Queries on CustomOID return a value of Null
  • DE16548 - Error when adding a new user
  • DE16559 - Some customers experiencing a performance issue when creating or editing custom views
  • DE16704 - "Welcome to CA Agile Central" keeps reappearing after clicking the "Don't show this guide again" checkbox
  • DE16709 - Unable to print reports from reports page
  • DE16787 - Unable to access Portfolio Item Timeline page or app using Internet Explorer 8
  • DE16851 - Users grid throwing 405 error
  • DE16911 - Name not retained when scrolling to and from different iterations

Known issues in Q1

Cumulative Flow mini-chart on Release Task Status page does not display when clicked

The chart displays correctly on the Reports tab.

Some users sporadically receive multiple notification emails for a single change

Some email notifications are not respecting notification rules.

Not all work items may be recovered from the Recycle Bin

Only user stories, portfolio items, 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 CA Agile Central, but it has become unscheduled. To view the test set, go to the Iteration Status page and choose an iteration drop-down value of Unscheduled.

Popup blockers and CA Agile Central

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

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.

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 CA Agile Central 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.

Salesforce.com Integration: Create defect function does not instantly respond

The create defect function found in Salesforce does not immediately provide feedback from the associated CA Agile Central subscription. This may result in the inadvertent creation of multiple defects. Click the button only once to avoid this issue.

Pasting formatted text from MS Word may result in error

Copy-pasting rich-format text into a work item editor from Microsoft Word may result in formatting or system errors. To work around this issue, compose directly in the CA Agile Central work item editors, or convert your entry to plain text before pasting.

Customer support

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