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.
Our new website is the perfect opportunity to give a new start to this blog, so welcome to www.icescrum.com!
Until now and for historical reasons we had two websites:
– www.icescrum.org, dedicated to the open source version of iceScrum,
– www.kagilum.com, dedicated to the professional features and services we have been developing for 4 years now.
Both served the same goal: promote agile methodologies and help agile teams succeed in their projects. However, it was often hard for you to know which one to use to answer your needs. Thus, we have decided to merge them into a single new site: www.icescrum.com.
Regardless of whether you are a free user of iceScrum Community or a customer of paying services, everything you need is now here on www.icescrum.com.
Our commitment to iceScrum and its users remains the same.
We don’t want you to loose anything in the change, that means that we will keep investing into the open source version while trying to offer the best professional services.
Our pricing page lets you choose among all iceScrum products (open source and paying) in one glance:
– iceScrum Pro Cloud (formerly known as iceScrum Cloud), hosted in the cloud,
– iceScrum Pro Standalone (formerly known as iceScrum Pro) that you host, which will be available in several flavors: Enterprise (same as before) and more to come soon,
– iceScrum Community that you host, (formerly known as iceScrum).
Choose the product that fits your needs, download or signup and you are ready to start your agile projects!
There you will find the details about all the versions of iceScrum and their features in a single page. You can also compare the different products and services in the blink of an eye thanks to the “Compare editions” feature.
All the help you need is on the “Support” page:
– Documentation: all the documentation is now accessible without needing to register/login and now includes a search engine,
– Premium support: our paying customers get support by email, phone and remote assistance,
– Community: the forums were previously hosted on icescrum.org. Now this is where everybody, including iceScrum Community users, can get help.
Your personal information is on “My account”. It is also the place where you can upgrade/downgrade your iceScrum Pro Cloud plans and iceScrum Pro Standalone licenses. Former iceScrum Cloud users will notice that there is no more project / team management, they are now included directly into iceScrum.
Another improvement is the the single sign-on (SSO). When you log into either iceScrum Pro Cloud (www.icescrum.com/a) or on the website (www.icescrum.com) you are automatically logged into the other.
The release of this website is just the start of our work to improve your experience! It will be updated soon with new iceScrum Pro Standalone licenses, more documentation and the release of a new version of iceScrum, we will tell you more about that in upcoming blog posts.
You may have heard about the big redesign of iceScrum that we are working on under the name “iceScrum R7”. We are happy to see that many of you are impatient to use it and the work is still in progress. You will be able to try it soon!
Anyway, stay tuned and enjoy www.icescrum.com!