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Version 7 Beta 7

7.0.0-beta.7

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.

Team availability

Apart from that, this new beta also fixes a few bugs and improves the overall performance of the application.

For any feedback (improvements of defect), you can create a story in our Sandbox: http://beta.icescrum.com/p/ICESCRUM/#/backlog/sandbox. If you have any question, let us know in the comments section below!

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.

7.0.0-beta.6

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.

Bugtrackers

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!

Import rule from bugzilla

This version comes with other improvements:

  • The “Home” menu is now included in the title bar to be readily at hand when you need it
  • The “Dashboard” menu title has been renamed to be the project name
  • The first menu (you can change menus order by drag and drop from the menu icon) will be opened by default when opening a project
  • Better error handling on the server side
  • Better error handling and rendering to end users
  • Better visual clues for story selection in the task board
For any feedback (improvements of defect), you can create a story in our Sandbox: http://beta.icescrum.com/p/ICESCRUM/#/backlog/sandbox. If you have any question, let us know in the comments section below!

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!

7.0.0-beta.5

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…).

For the moment, they work like before (here is the old documentation for those who don’t know about these integrations: Git & SVNJenkins).

That means that you can know link your commits to iceScrum Tasks and Stories and get the latest build status on your project Dashboard!

A commit linked to a task
A commit linked to a task

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/.

For any feedback (improvements of defect), you can create a story in our Sandbox: http://beta.icescrum.com/p/ICESCRUM/#/backlog/sandbox. If you have any question, let us know in the comments section below!

We plan to continue releasing big features to get closer to the general availability, stay tuned!

7.0.0-beta.4

The fourth version of iceScrum 7 beta is now online: 7.0.0-beta.4.

Improvements:

  • Velocity, capacity & remaining time in Task board
  • Medium post-its by default in backlogs and features view

Bug fixes:

  • Loading logo has no color on IE11
  • On IE11, when displaying details panel, details info are not displayed and post-it layout doesn’t adjust
  • Missing post-it color on IE11
  • Too large details panel on firefox
  • Tab is lost when selecting a story from another in the task board
  • Project validation error is duplicated
  • Validation errors for project name/key and user username/email aren’t explained
  • Wrong ID on feature post-it
  • “In progress” urgent task limit prevents moving any task to “in progress” regardless of the actual limit
  • Emptying a field with rich text doesn’t isn’t effective without refreshing the UI

Open http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!

For any feedback (improvements of defect), you can create a story in our Sandbox: http://beta.icescrum.com/p/ICESCRUM/#/backlog/sandbox. If you have any question, let us know in the comments section below!

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!

7.0.0-beta.3

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:

Improvements:

  • Big overhaul of error management
  • New order in story and task details view to better follow the workflow
  • Better defaults for post-it size in Planning and Task board views

Bug fixes:

  • Task name is too short in details view when the task is done
  • “Context” search by tag / feature doesn’t work properly in Task Board
  • Missing color in table view

Open http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!

For any feedback (improvements of defect), you can create a story in our Sandbox: http://beta.icescrum.com/p/ICESCRUM/#/backlog/sandbox. If you have any question, let us know in the comments section below!

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!

iceScrum Version 7 Beta

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.

If you haven’t tried it yet, just use your existing iceScrum.com account (or create one, it’s free!) and open http://beta.icescrum.com/.

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.

Release pace

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.

7.0.0-beta.2

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:

Improvements:

  • Change and remember display mode for core items: post-its (several size) or table rows

Change-post-it-size-and-toggle-table-mode

  • User avatar in project context has a border colored according to the user role
  • Sprint list dropdown in Task Board to easily switch between sprint
  • Automatically hide done tasks if more than 4 of them to focus on current work
  • Caret on post-it “gear” icon to make it clear that it’s a menu
  • Display suggestions of stories with similar name when creating a story
  • Improve automatic focus on form after submitting data to avoid unnecessary clicks
  • Remove previous state from browser history after removing an item
  • Display star icon on story post-it only when the use follows it to reduce visual noise

Bug fixes:

  • A registered user cannot create stories on a public project
  • Links in notifications are broken when not in a project
  • Deleting a sprint with not done tasks fails
  • Sprints duration is one day more than the configured duration
  • There is no way to change the default sprint duration for a project
  • The “Auto planning” menu should not be listed on a “in progress” sprint
  • List of stories candidate to be planned don’t follow the backlog priority order
  • Flickering when selecting a story after deleting another one
  • The UI is not refreshed on mobile networks that use cache
  • Missing i18n
  • Changing the feature of a story causes the UI to freeze
  • Removing tags from an item require refreshing the page to be visible
  • “Unauthorized” error doesn’t properly redirect to the home
  • Effort field not displayed in details just after accepting a story
  • Various UI fixes

Go to http://beta.icescrum.com/ to try this version!

What’s next?

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!

Any comment or question about this version? Let us know in the comments section below!

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…

Former logo      New logo

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:

  1. Address today’s needs for the best agile project management tool by improving upon iceScrum R6 in every aspect thanks to the experience and feedback we have gathered.
  2. Give iceScrum the ability to adapt to future feedback and to the continuous improvements made in the field of agile methodologies.

To materialize this idea, we chose to:

  1. On the surface: keep the best of iceScrum and deliver it under a more consistent and enjoyable user experience, in addition to sensible new features.
  2. Under the hood: re-build iceScrum on top of modern and robust technology that will give us a solid foundation to ensure years of maintainability and improvability.

Contextual editing of a story in unified & customizable backlog view
Contextual editing of a story in unified & customizable backlog view

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.

Mobile & Tablet support
Mobile & Tablet support

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!

If you want to be part of early R7 testers or if you just have anything to say about theses news, let us know in a comment!

Hello everybody,

 

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:

Standalone “Startup” License:

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.

 

Startup licence

Standalone “Life” License:

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!

You will find those two new licenses on the “Pricing” page or on your personal account page.

 

life license

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!

Hello Everybody,

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!

Roles

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

Projects

Create a project

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.

Create a team
Create a new team when creating a project

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.

Update Product Owners and Stakeholders

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.

Project 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.

Teams

New "manage teams" menu
New “manage teams” menu

Create teams

You can now create a team outside of a project in the “Manage” team menu.

Update team members and ScrumMasters

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.

Update a team
Update a team

Delete a team

A team can be deleted by its owner if it is not associated to any project.

Invitations

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.

Hello everybody,

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.

What will stay the same?

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.

What is new?

Pricing page

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).

pricing cloud

Choose the product that fits your needs, download or signup and you are ready to start your agile projects!

Feature page

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.

Support page

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.

My account page

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.

Single sign-on for iceScrum Pro Cloud

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.

What’s next?

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!