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Jama Connect 8.68 Cloud

By Decoteau Wilkerson posted 12-03-2021 10:19

  


Release date US: 2021/12/10

Release date AU/EU: 2021/12/11
 

Introducing the Categories feature

We are excited to introduce the first iteration of the cross-project feature categories. Use the Categories feature to organize and view items based on classifications like configurations, allocations, releases, or features. This feature offers a view into how items and components can build a final product. 

 Use the Categories feature to:

  • Allocate requirements to a hierarchy of items in a system of systems context where the items might exist in multiple projects
  • Manage releases for multiple items that live in multiple projects
  • Identify variants of products
  • Organize and view items in a cross-project hierarchy

    The Categories feature is available in these areas of Jama Connect:

    • Admin
    • Single Item View
    • Categories tab, when enabled, in the Explorer Tree
    • Labs API:
      • Associate categories with an item
      • Retrieve categories that are associated with an item

    In future releases, categories will be supported in these features: 

    • List View, Reading View, Trace View
    • Filters
    • Exports
    • Velocity reports
    • Baselines
    • Review Center
    • Item version history
    • Item activity
    • Project activity stream
    • Imports

    Enabling the Categories option

    The Categories option is disabled by default. The organization admin must enable it for the option to appear in Jama Connect and be available for users.

     When enabled, users with read/write permissions can interact with:

    1. Categories tab in the Explorer Tree
    2. Categories table in Single Item View
    3. Manage categories button in Single Item View, Reading View, and List View

    When enabled, organization admins can interact with:


    1. Categories admin tree

    2. Selected category path option 

    3. Variations of selected category option

     
    Roles for the Categories feature 

      Your role determines which tasks you can perform when you use the Categories feature. 

      Role 

      Responsibilities and actions 

      User with read/write permissions 

      • Organize your requirements across projects. 

      • Apply a category to items from Single Item View, List View, or Reading View. 

      • View categorized items in the Category tree. 

      • See a list of cross-project items. 

      • View Category paths. 

      • View Category path IDs. 

      Organization admin 

      • Control and manage the Category tree: 

        • Add, move, copy, and merge categories. 

        • Edit, remove and delete a category. 

      • See category details like description, when it was created, and the last time it was used. 

      • View Category paths. 

      • View Category path IDs. 

      • View Category IDs. 

         

        New performance and usability guidance 

        With this release, several new guidance messages have been added throughout Jama Connect. These messages are informational only and won't prevent you from completing the intended action. Additional messages will be added in a future release of Jama Connect.  

        These messages are designed to:

        • Notify you when an action might have an unintended performance or usability impact.
        • Provide insights into how the application can be used more efficiently.

        These messages now appear when you:

        • Create a review with more than 500 items
        • Send a review to more than 30 recipients
        • Copy a project with more than 10,000 items


        Updates to the Admin workflow

        • A warning message now appears when you enable or disable the workflow for your organization.
        • A warning message now appears when a project manager enables or disables the project workflow override option for a project.
        • Drop-down menus are now searchable.
        • Workflow page layout has been updated for a better user experience. 

        Updates from customer feedback 

        New option for exporting Velocity reports to Excel

        As a root user, you can configure settings that allow users to export a Velocity report to Excel in XLSX format.
        Users can now export directly to Excel rather than using the legacy format.


        • In some cases, custom reports written in support of XLS format (legacy), might require minor formatting corrections.
        • This new option is available only for Velocity reports; for other report types, the XLS format (legacy) option is still available. 
        • This option is not enabled by default. You must manually configure this option for each report. 


        New Community report: "Baseline Diff One Column" report

        This release adds a new Visual Comparison Report. You can use a visually enhanced version of the Baseline Comparison Report to measure progress in your requirements from baseline to baseline. Similar to a Jama Connect version comparison view, you can configure, run, and export this new report.

        You can also analyze requirement changes by looking for these indicators: 

        • Additions to text — Green text with green dotted underline
        • Deletions to text — Red text with red highlight
        • Deleted images — Border highlighted in red
        • Resized Images — Dotted-line border highlighted in blue
        • New images — Border highlighted in green
        • Changes to relationships — Appear the same as the original Baseline Compare report


        You will be able to access the reports to install from here:  
        Baseline to Baseline Diff Community Reports GitHub repo

        Do you have feedback? Join our Community where you can comment on this idea card in our Customer Ideation Portal.

        New Quick-add option

        You can now access the Quick-add option from a subset of items:


        Additional Test Center customization options

        For the Test Run item type, you can now use Editor Templates in custom rich text fields:

        • Organization admins can configure the default Editor Templates for the Test Run item type in the Admin panel.
        • Templates can be edited in the Test Execution window.
        • To export the Editor Template information for a Test Run item: From Single Item View, select Export > View all templates > All Item Details, then click Run.

        Usability improvements

        • Tooltips now appear when you expand and collapse the Explorer Tree.

        • Item type names with more than 30 characters are now shortened to avoid text wrapping in the header. 

        • The Details option is now displayed at the top of the organization admin navigation panel.

        • In List View, Reading View, and Single Item View, labels on the action buttons now display the icon only (depending on the size of your screen).


        Resolved issues

        ID Description
        SOS-DEF-4800

        In Single Item View, the Workflow field no longer switches between values when a corresponding item, created by the Jama Connect API, uses a non-default value for that field. 

        SOS-DEF-5204

        The Item Path field is no longer displayed as a search filter option. 

        SOS-DEF-5243

        As root admin, you can now edit an organization admin's username and license information.

        SOS-DEF-5422

        In the "Update moderators/Add review/Request review delegation" windows, the placeholder text in the search field is now cleared when you enter text.

        SOS-DEF-5545

        You can now lock items for test plans and test runs. 

        SOS-DEF-5564

        When using the Quick-add option, items are no longer duplicated if you click Save more than once. 

        SOS-DEF-5566

        When you perform a sync with Crowd, large sets of users are now successfully removed. 

        SOS-DEF-5578

        When you select View Moved Items in the Activity Stream, API IDs are no longer displayed in the content header. 

        SOS-DEF-5582

        The View details link no longer appears in the post-reuse content header. 

        SOS-DEF-5589

        Licenses are now updated for users who are removed then re-enabled with Crowd sync.

        Known issues

        ID Description
        SOS-DEF-5649

        If you create a category name with a pipe character (|), the category List View header displays only the text after the pipe character.

        When you select a category from the project Category Tree and its name includes a hashtag (#), this error message appears: "Syntax error: Your search contains invalid search parameters. Update your query and try again."

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        Comments

        01-19-2022 13:10

        Quick update here --

        Registration for the upcoming webinar "What's New in Jama Connect?" on February 3rd, 2022 is live:

        https://go.jamasoftware.com/whats-new-in-jama-connect.html

        We look forward to seeing you there!

        01-06-2022 16:35

        Hi all, 
        We do have an upcoming event to highlight and demo several of the new features -- I'll post more details here soon!

        01-06-2022 10:36

        Will there be training on Categories to include use cases on when to use this feature?  It seems to be a replacement or enhancement for reuse. It also appears to eliminate the need for a master library of reusable requirements.  But I could be wrong.

        12-06-2021 07:27

        Can you please set up an event showing these new features? Please with Q&A session.

        12-06-2021 05:46

        Great, Categories is exactly what I need. Please allow the categories assignement/de-assignement for locked items.