Here is the new and probably the last version of iceScrum R6. Its only purpose is providing iceScrum Standalone R6 users with the ability to migrate their projects to iceScrum v7. If you use iceScrum Cloud, you will have to wait a little longer before the migration is available but don’t worry it’s our highest priority right now!
If you don’t know about iceScrum v7 yet, have a look at this page: https://www.icescrum.com/your-new-icescrum/.
The migration from iceScrum R6 to iceScrum v7 cannot be done on your existing server. You will need to install v7 on a new server and migrate your projects by exporting them from R6 and then importing them into v7.
Thus, this new version adds a new “Export to v7” button below the regular “Export” one in the project menu. That means that you will need to migrate every project individually. This may takes some time but we promise that it is worth it.
Once you have installed it by following the regular upgrade procedure, the first step toward the migration of your projects will be done. Read the migration procedure in order to learn about the next steps!
Even if you don’t plan to upgrade to v7 soon, there is really no downside to upgrading to R6#14.14!
Here comes iceScrum 7.0.0-beta.7.
This version brings the “Team availability” feature back, making a new step towards a final release. It works as before, including the recent addition of the useful Sprint Burndown Chart that compares the remaining time to the remaining availability.
Apart from that, this new beta also fixes a few bugs and improves the overall performance of the application.
We are now implementening the last “must-have” features so are now very close to the functional scope we want for a first public release!
Thanks for all the great feedback we receive. We are very glad to know that this version will be enjoyed both by our longstanding users and the newcomers.
Here is a new iceScrum 7: 7.0.0-beta.6.
A promised, after Git/SVN integration we worked on another big iceScrum Pro feature: integration with bug trackers, namely Bugzilla, Jira, Mantis, Redmine and Trac.
These integrations work quite like before (here is the old documentation for reference: https://www.icescrum.com/documentation/bug-trackers/).
A nifty addition is that you can now apply a story template (including features, tags, tasks and acceptance tests…) to stories imported from your bug tracker. For the record, story template allow prefilling stories with data taken from an existing story which serves as a model.
Open your project settings http://beta.icescrum.com/ and configure your integration!
This version comes with other improvements:
We took some time since the last release, partly because we also released a maintenance version of iceScrum R6 (R6#14.11) and we moved our main office to an awesome new location, you may hear more about it soon!
A new iceScrum 7 beta is here: 7.0.0-beta.5.
As planned, this version comes with Source Code Management and Continuous Integration (Git, SVN, Jenkins…).
That means that you can know link your commits to iceScrum Tasks and Stories and get the latest build status on your project Dashboard!
We did not choose this feature by accident, in the “Eating your own dog food” mindset we can now link our commits to our public project.
Try this version on http://beta.icescrum.com/.
We plan to continue releasing big features to get closer to the general availability, stay tuned!
The fourth version of iceScrum 7 beta is now online: 7.0.0-beta.4.
Open http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!
As promised, we try to push the pace of releases. After making the beta more robust, it’s time to bring big features to get closer to the general availability. Our next sprint is dedicated to porting and improving the SCM integration (Git, SVN, Jenkins…) feature! Stay tuned!
Here comes a third version of iceScrum 7 beta: 7.0.0-beta.3. Unlike previous versions, this one doesn’t bring much visible changes. However, we worked a lot under the hood to provide more consistency and stability. Here are the main improvements and bug fixes:
Open http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!
We took some time to release this version because of holidays. We should now publish news and improvements at a faster pace, stay tuned!
A week ago, we were glad to publish the first Beta of the version that embodies the future of iceScrum!
If you did not hear about it yet, you can read the blog post named “A bright future for iceScrum”.
First, we would like to thank our early users for their encouraging and insightful feedback! We are glad to see that you like this new version and we will do our best to make it even better thanks to your comments.
A sample project is automatically created for you and you can play with as you want. This version is free and unlimited and it will not affect your existing subscriptions in any way. Thus, you can also freely create new projects. Just keep in mind that we may not be able to keep your data as this is still an early stage of the Beta.
We will try to keep a good pace by releasing new versions often and keeping you updated through blog posts such as this one.
This new version is the occasion to adopt a clear and broadly use version number pattern, inspired by Semantic Versionning. It should help keep up with version updates.
Speaking of updates, we have just deployed the first update of the Beta version: 7.0.0-beta.2. Here are the main improvements and bug fixes:
Go to http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!
The beginning of the Beta stage was dedicated to ensure that everything works smoothly.
The first results are really encouraging and so we are preparing the Roadmap to inform you about the steps that will lead to the general availability!
You are currently looking at the future of iceScrum! Well… at least a part of it. Indeed, the visual identity of our website will soon be shared by our tool, and it is just one of the many improvements we are preparing for you…
With years of experience and enlightening feedback from our users and customers, our vision of iceScrum kept evolving until a point where the current version, iceScrum R6, had shown its limits. Indeed, it hindered our ability to offer you the great tool we think you deserve: the best of iceScrum but easier to use, multi-support, more consistent, more customizable and more intelligent.
That’s why, more than two years ago, the seed of a brand new version has been planted under the name “iceScrum R7”.
Our idea consists in two simple parts:
To materialize this idea, we chose to:
As eager we were to fulfill this promise, we did not let down our faithful users and customers and kept improving iceScrum R6. In parallel, we started iterating on the R7, both on the user interface in collaboration with UI/UX experts and early testers that provided an insightful feedback, and on the technical foundations.
In a lean startup fashion (if you don’t know lean startup yet, we highly recommend that you have a look at it!), we have pivoted a few times until we found an effective and simple way to provide the rich interactions required by agile project management. Sprint after sprint, we delivered user stories and today we are happy to say that iceScrum R7 is very close to beta!
We are back this week to announce you the launch of not one, but two new iceScrum products!
iceScrum users asked us for improvements regarding our offers for iceScrum Pro Standalone, to be more flexible in our offers and adapt to our customers needs. That is why we created those two new offers. Let me introduce them to you:
This new license is the little sister of what we used to call the “iceScrum Pro license” (which will now be called “Enterprise” license). Named “Startup” license, it provides access to all the iceScrum Pro features to a single team, on a private server. It perfectly suits the needs of startups with a small budget or companies starting to use the Scrum methodology and wants to “try it first” on a small scale.
We decided to call the second new license “Life”. This idea came from a simple question :
You like us and we like you too, so: Why not say “I do” to each other and for ever?! This is the goal of this “life” license, give you an eternal access to our best product and support. And the longer you use it, the cheaper it gets!
The new R6#14.1 is also available since the beginning of the month. It came with many improvements. If you missed this information you can refer to this blogpost where you will find all information on the improvements we brought with the R6#14.1.
Cheers and see you soon!
We believe that teams are the cornerstone of agile project management and that it deserved to get more power in iceScrum. Cloud users get this for a long time but it is now available for everybody: a team can work on several projects.
This change has major consequences:
– teams now have a name,
– teams can be created and managed outside of a project,
– team roles (Team Members and ScrumMasters) are now separated from project roles (Product Owner and Stakeholders),
– the team owner has all permissions on the projects associated to the team (equivalent to the combination of Product Owner and ScrumMaster permissions).
You will find below a more detailed review of the change and we strongly recommend that you read it!
The Team Owner, which is the person who has created the team, now has full permissions on the project.
Apart from that, when upgrading to iceScrum R6#14 your roles will remain unchanged, the only thing that has changed is the way they are displayed to you. Until now, Team and Product roles were merged in a single list whereas they are now displayed separately:
– Team roles: Team members and ScrumMaster,
– Project roles: Stakeholder (available in private projects) and Product Owners.
Just like before, the only Project/Team role combination that is allowed is Product Owner/ScrumMaster. However you will now need to acknowledge this rule because roles you will probably be tempted to make combinations that are not allowed but iceScrum will not let you do so.
Read more about the roles in our documentation: Roles, teams & projects
When you create a project, you can create a new team by typing its name or, unlike before, choose a team that you have created before. If you choose an existing team then you cannot update its member here.
When you create a project, Product Owners and Stakeholders are now defined in a separate step. If you have trouble finding new Product Owners and Stakeholders, check that they don’t have incompatible roles in the team.
Read more in the Getting started guide.
Product Owners and Stakeholders have moved to the Project “Configure” dialog. Like before, they can be updated by the Owner and ScrumMasters. If you have trouble finding new Product Owners and Stakeholders, check that they don’t have incompatible roles in the team.
The former “Team” view has been replaced by a view named “Project Team” where you can see which team is associated to the Project, but unlike before the team members cannot be updated there. The owner can change the team associated to a project by choosing another team they own.
You can now create a team outside of a project in the “Manage” team menu.
The place were you can update team members and ScrumMasters has now moved to the “Manage” team menu. Like before, the Owner and the ScrumMaster can update the team members and choose which of them are ScrumMasters. They can also update the team name.
A team can be deleted by its owner if it is not associated to any project.
This feature was already available in iceScrum Pro Cloud, it is now available to everyone: you can invite members who are not registered on your server. Read more about this feature in the documentation.