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Introduction A best practice for managing projects within Jama is to create and maintain project dashboards. Project dashboards leverage dashboard widgets for tracking key project metrics and may be modified as the project progresses. Creating a Project Dashboard has (but is not limited to) the following benefits: - Visibility for tracking statuses Bar graphs and pie charts are leveraged to display important project metrics Dashboard widgets are interactive: Easily click into a specific status (i.e. requirements in “draft” state or requirements in “approved” state) Allows for team members to quickly access content areas requiring attention ...
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Jama Connect 8.63 - Cloud

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Release date US: 2021/07/23 Release date AU/EU: 2021/07/24   The Jama Connect header gets a new look This release continues the introduction of a new interface design for the Jama Connect content headers. For a consistent and organized user experience, we created a standardized design pattern to make actions and views more visible. Buttons replace drop-down menus and interactive links (breadcrumb navigation) now indicate the location in your project hierarchy.  The header is divided into two sections: Views —  Information and actions that relate to the presentation of your data.  Actions —  The things you can do with the currently displayed ...
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When creating a Velocity report you will need to call the Jama Velocity API, but at first glance it can be overwhelming. This short guide is intended to give some clarity to navigating the documentation. When visiting the API home page , select the version of Jama the report will be running against (the links in this article will be to the most recent self hosted version). The Getting Started section gives you a quick look at a few of the tools you can use in your report (and you can find more details about how to code in Velocity here ). Commonly used examples in the generic Velocity tools and libraries include: Turn a value into an integer: $mathTool.toInteger( ...
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Release date AU/EMEA/US: 2021/06/28    Jama Connect 8.62.2 - Standard This patch release resolves an issue where select items were not viewable due to a workflow-related data exception and customers were receiving an "Unknown error" message.  Resolved issues ID Resolution SOS-DEF-5365 Items are now viewable and do not display an "Unknown error" message.
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Jama Connect 8.62.2 - Cloud

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Release date AU/EMEA/US: 2021/06/25    Jama Connect 8.62.2 - Cloud This patch release resolves an issue where select items were not viewable due to a workflow-related data exception and customers were receiving an "Unknown error" message.  Resolved issues ID Resolution SOS-DEF-5365 Items are now viewable and do not display an "Unknown error" message.
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Managing Locked Items in Jama Connect There are two types of locks in Jama Connect: system locks  and user locks . This article will help you understand the difference between the two and best practices for managing them – and what to do if you’re unknowingly the owner of a user-locked item!  As a best practice, enabling the “locked” field as a visible field in the list view will allow you to quickly identify items that are locked and give you a nice visual indicator as to why they might be locked. Blue lock icons indicate that the item(s) are locked by the system because of a workflow transition, yellow lock icons indicate that the item(s) are locked by ...
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Jama Connect Dashboards: Is the Whole Greater than the Sum of its Parts? Best Practices and Considerations for Building Powerful, Meaningful, and Living Digital Displays In many workplace operational settings, large screens hold multiple digital displays simultaneously.  Think, for example, of a nurse’s station in an Intensive Care Unit. At any given time, staff can glance at a digital display that shows patient blood pressure, heart rate, O2 levels, and more.  When creating displays for operational settings, development teams , and human factors specialists need to consider the amount and types of information to display – they should show enough ...
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How to Save Time and Get the Most out of Jama Support It can be a little overwhelming when you first get started with Jama Connect, and you might have a lot of questions. Or you might even run into a problem that you didn't expect! This handy guide will help you navigate the world of Jama Support efficiently and easily so that you can get in touch with the right support professional or resource. 1: Check the User Guide and The Community to see if your question has already been answered. 2: Post your question or problem to our Community Support space ! This space allows you to collaboratively brainstorm with other Jama users, as well as Support ...
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Importing Relationships Using the Jama Connect Import Relationships Plugin Who: Organization Administrator What: Batch import relationships via the Import Relationship Plugin When: After importing two or more item types with known relationships, usually at the beginning of a Jama implementation Where: In Jama Connect Why: The Relationship Plugin allows Organization Admins to batch create relationships between existing items in the application by importing a CSV of known relationships How: Read on! When transitioning to a requirements management tool like Jama Connect, teams who have existing requirements and traceability ...
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Browsers: Note that browser zoom is supported only at 100%. Use of browser extensions/add-ons or the enablement of Compatibility View is not supported while using Jama Connect. To prevent session issues, the application should be used in a single browser window.    Internet Explorer 11*  Edge Chromium Firefox** Google Chrome** Safari** *Note that IE is not supported with the Admin Console in on-premises installations of Jama 8.x using versions of Replicated < 2.4.0. *Also note that support for IE11 will be dropped with the Fall 2021 release (the next Standard release) **We will support versions released over the past 12 months. ...
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Jama Connect 8.62 - Cloud

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Release date US: 2021/06/04 Release date AU/EU: 2021/06/05   SAML and multi-mode authentication: New option that controls user provisioning You can now control the auto-provisioning of new SAML users in both single SAML and multi-mode. If your users are set up as a user in SAML but not yet added to your user table, this option allows you to control whether users can auto-provision in Jama Connect. New option,  Disable the auto-generation of new SAML users , was added to the root admin authentication properties.  When this checkbox is selected and properties are saved, your SAML users (SAML and multi-mode) can't sign in to Jama Connect until ...
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Jama Connect 8.62 Standard

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Release date US: 2021/06/04 Release date AU/EU: 2021/06/04 Coming soon  —  Internet Explorer support ending Fall 2021 Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer and Edge. Microsoft Edge Chromium will be the supported browser going forward. We recommend that you access Jama Connect from these browsers: Chrome Firefox Safari Edge Chromium If you have questions or comments, submit a ticket at  support.jamasoftware.com .    Review center and workflow enhancements   Optional Versioning  This release introduces an option that controls the items you version during a workflow transition. Previously, all transitions created a new ...
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Before you can install or upgrade to the Jama Connect 8.62 release, we recommend that you first create two new database schemas to support the new SAML and OAuth authentication options. For the upgrade to complete, organizations using Microsoft SQL Server must enter database users in Replicated. Without these entries, the installation or upgrade will fail. Organizations that do not create the new schema will successfully install/upgrade; however, the system will continue to attempt to connect to the databases and produce log failures. After you create the database schemas, you must restart Jama Connect. To create the database schemas, use the script for ...
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Hello, hope you are doing well today. I wanted to talk about a new Free Beta from Jama Labs which is an effective tool for writing higher quality requirement statements. Writing effective requirements statements is key to efficient and successful product development: The problem of poor requirements: Approximately 50% of product defects originate in requirements. 80% of rework can be traced to requirements defects. Companies can spend over 41.5% of new project development resources on poorly specified requirements.  Unique Authoring Expertise Required Skill is often developed over a long period of time and experience, key learnings can come ...
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Welcome to Jama Software and congratulations on your investment in modern requirements management! Now is the time to focus on getting your teams up and running and using Jama Connect to its full potential. Jama Software onboarding experts have come up with key activities to start thinking through while you kick off your deployment. While all are worth considering, the level of depth necessary will depend on the size of your deployment. 1. Outcomes: Identify and document the key business outcomes you plan to achieve by using the Jama Connect. Include key challenges and known opportunities for improvement. Ensure outcomes and challenges are concrete, measurable, ...
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Release date US: 2021/05/13 Release date AU/EU: 2021/05/14 Jama Connect 8.61.1 Cloud This patch addresses issues found in the new Review Center template functionality and configuration. These issues were previously resolved via applied configurations by Jama Software; however, this hotfix will provide a more permanent resolution. Resolved issues ID Description SOS-DEF-5296 In the new Review Center Approval and Peer templates, the default values no longer affect previous settings.  SOS-DEF-5299 Previously, due to a hard-coded value, some customers received an error when they created a review. This issue has ...
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Release date US: 2021/04/23 Release date AU/EU: 2021/04/24 Introducing multi-mode authentication  The combination of Basic and SAML creates  multi-mode authentication , which gives you the ability to separate your company's users from your partners, vendors, and contractors. Multi-mode authentication provides an extra layer of protection for those users so they can be part of the requirement, approval, and tracking process in Jama Connect.  Contact   Support   to enable it.  Review center and workflow enhancements Review center now includes templates for Approval and Peer reviews. This change provides a new way to transition items when ...
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Delegation and user visibility updates Jama has introduced several updates coming out in 8.60 & 8.61 to help organizations delegate administrative responsibilities and further control visibility of users, groups and projects. New Administration Roles Previously, the organization admin role was required to perform most administrative functions.  This limitation resulted in either overwhelming the organization admins with requests or providing the role to more users than desired. To remedy this Jama has introduced several new roles. User admin* Process admin* Add project* * available to select customers in 8.60  The goal of each new role ...
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Jama Connect 8.60 Cloud Release date US: 2021/03/12 Release date AU/EU: 2021/03/13   Updates from customer feedback This release provides the ability to: Resize the columns in the test step table when executing a test.  Export the number of links, attachments, and item path in compatible reports.    Velocity logging enhancement Debugging custom Velocity reports can be difficult and time consuming. To help alleviate these challenges, this release adds logging information to contour.log from the Velocity LogTool.    Sample:   ## sets a variable x to some value and then logs a message that includes the variable value in the output ...
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Release date US: 2021/02/22 Release date AU/EU: 2021/02/22 Improved handling of large datasets in ElasticSearch This release includes a configuration change that paginates ElasticSearch results, eliminating the potential for a SocketTimeoutException. Embedded filters continue to be limited to a maximum of one million results.     Velocity logging enhancement Debugging custom Velocity reports can be difficult and time consuming. To help alleviate these challenges, this release adds logging information to contour.log from the Velocity LogTool.    Sample:   ## sets a variable x to some value and then logs a message that includes the variable ...
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