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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!

Hello everybody,

Here comes a new version of iceScrum and iceScrum Pro!

This version brings many changes, we hope that you will like them!

This post lists all the changes brought by iceScrum R6#14. It is updated when minor versions are released to fix bugs and add small improvements on top of this major version. Changes brought by such minor versions are identified by a label, e.g. R6#14.10. We recommend that you upgrade to the latest minor version, which is currently iceScrum R6#14.10.

New features / improvements

  • Team overhaul
    We strongly recommend that you read this blog post.

    • Invite members by email (Documentation)
    • Assign a team to multiple projects
    • Switch the team of a project
    • The team Owner gets all the permissions on all the projects the team is working on

Update a team

  • Collect feedback on a website as iceScrum stories (Documentation) Pro
    Have you noticed the “Feedback” button on the right of this website? It creates stories automatically in our iceScrum project. You can get the same thing for your website. Of course, feel free to use this one to provide your feedback about our new website!

Your users customize the screenshot

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  • Pagination of projects and users in administration panels Pro
  • Grant/remove administrator permissions to users (Documentation) Pro
  • Switch to another user when your are the administrator (Documentation) Pro
  • i18n improvements
  • User experience improvements
  • Case insensitive project search in “Browse others”
  • The chat feature was included only in iceScrum Pro, it is now accessible to everybody! (Documentation) R6#14.2
  • New release as a .jar file that includes both iceScrum and Tomcat R6#14.2
  • User-friendly wizard to help setup iceScrum after installation R6#14.2
  • Guided tours of iceScrum to help newcomers R6#14.2

Guided tour

  • Easy switching to iceScrum Pro (no need to change .war file) R6#14.2
  • New help tab in about page R6#14.2
  • Automatic retrieval of iceScrum Pro license key from icescrum.com R6#14.2 Pro
  • Last login date in user administration R6#14.2 Pro
  • Search users in user administration R6#14.2 Pro
  • Search projects in project administration R6#14.2 Pro
  • Improvements in Email server configuration setup step R6#14.3 Pro
  • The Oracle support was included only in iceScrum Pro, it is now accessible to everybody! R6#14.3
  • Improve API GET queries speed thanks to faster XML/JSON marshalling R6#14.5
  • Add truncated notes & description from bug tracker as story attachments R6#14.7 Pro
  • Optional swallow Mantis SYSTEM NOTICE error R6#14.7 Pro
  • Ability to update bug tracker import and sync rules R6#14.9 Pro
  • Availability vs Remaining time Sprint Burndown (Documentation) R6#14.10 Pro
  • Better Dashboard display performance R6#14.11
  • New “All components” Bugzilla import rule option R6#14.11 Pro
  • Drop obsolete Google Code support R6#14.11 Pro
  • Support GitLab SCM integration through webhooks (Documentation) R6#14.11 Pro

Bug fixes

  • Server settings which value includes special characters don’t work Pro
  • HTML attachments cannot be downloaded
  • Attachments Errors are not handled properly
  • There is no way to add Stakeholders when creating a project if projects are private by default R6#14.1
  • Adding Stakeholders fails R6#14.1
  • Duplicate screen on IE when managing teams R6#14.1
  • Opening private archived projects fails R6#14.1
  • HTML code in rich text fields is not displayed properly R6#14.2
  • When the team owner is changed the new one cannot update Product Owners and SHs R6#14.2
  • The error message displayed when a story cannot be moved because of its dependencies is not correct R6#14.2
  • Reducing a release deletes out of bounds sprints even if they have tasks so they are lost without warning R6#14.2
  • External users (LDAP) who are admin don’t have administration permissions R6#14.2 Pro
  • Logging in to a project you don’t have access anymore leads to a misleading error message R6#14.2 Pro
  • Missing MS SQL Server in DB setup wizard R6#14.3
  • Error when updating the settings or practices of a private project R6#14.3
  • Error when switching a public project to private R6#14.3
  • Error when you want to change database type in the settings view. R6#14.3 Pro
  • Error when creating a new team in a new project R6#14.4
  • Closing a sprint from the release plan causes a JavaScript error R6#14.4
  • When closing a sprint, not done stories are moved to the next sprint in a wrong order R6#14.4
  • Story copy does not work in iceScrum Community R6#14.4
  • An user who is given administration permissions cannot update projects they don’t belong to R6#14.4 Pro
  • An error is displayed when deleting a project which belongs to a bundle R6#14.4 Pro
  • An error is displayed in the bundle timeline if there is no project R6#14.4 Pro
  • Displaying a project dashboard when there are thousands of activities stored in the server is very slow R6#14.5
  • Tooltips are not displayed when hovering over post-its R6#14.5
  • ScrumMasters cannot change Product Owners / Stakeholders in project settings R6#14.5
  • Publishing stories from the sprint plan sometimes fails R6#14.6
  • Special characters in feature name are not displayed properly in feature selects in sandbox/backlog table view R6#14.6
  • Closing a sprint from the sprint plan after declaring a story as done causes a JS error R6#14.6
  • Updating a release sometimes fails R6#14.6
  • Sorting users by external/internal in user admin fails R6#14.6 Pro
  • Stories shifted to the next sprint come after already planned stories, they should come before instead R6#14.7
  • Done stories are not displayed in sprint plan table view R6#14.7
  • Redirection to server URL does not work on IE R6#14.7
  • If notes imported from bug tracker are too large, an error is raised. They should be truncated instead R6#14.7 Pro
  • When creating projet or changing its team, the search input doesn’t filter the team list R6#14.8
  • Searching teams in “My teams” as an administrator does not work R6#14.8
  • Datepickers in the project creation wizard prevent using valid dates in some cases R6#14.8
  • The window overflows without any way to scroll when closing a sprint with many stories R6#14.8
  • The iceScrum main menu cannot be opened on a 13″ monitor when there are many projects and project bundles R6#14.8
  • Displaying several HTML widgets in a single page raises errors R6#14.8 Pro
  • It is possible to drop a task on “todo” and “in progress” column on a done story R6#14.9
  • Logging in with wrong credentials doesn’t display an error R6#14.9
  • RSS link provided on private project with disabled web services don’t work R6#14.9
  • HTTPS doesn’t work properly on the icescrum.jar release R6#14.9
  • Bugzilla 5 is not supported in bug tracker integration R6#14.9 Pro
  • iceScrum doesn’t start on Oracle DBMS R6#14.11 Pro
  • Status list is not displayed in Mantis BT Sync rules R6#14.11 Pro

Upgrade procedure

  • iceScrum Pro Cloud or dedicated servers: we take care of upgrading for you
  • Others: depending on your installation, download icescrum.jar or icescrum.war here and follow the upgrade guide.

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!