What’s New in CollabNet TeamForge 6.2 Webinar Q&A

On July 11th, I presented the webinar, “Agile Planning at Enterprise-Scale with TeamForge 6.2 ,” In the session, I talked about how to drive Agile success through your whole lifecycle even at an enterprise scale and the implications that Agile has for both process and technology platforms across your whole team, including requirements management, architecture, coding, testing, tracking, and release management. I also did a live demonstration of the new features in TeamForge 6.2, CollabNet’s collaborative software development platform – and how you can use it to excel in Agile.

I was joined by Brian Zeichick, Sr. Product Manager/Product Owner of TeamForge for the live Q&A session and we referenced resources and in some cases, next steps on how to get started or get going with TeamForge, so I thought it would be helpful to post the Q&A as a follow-up and thank you to those who joined me.

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As promised, here’s the follow up to the live audience questions.

Q: How do you manage to the get the correct artifact id from a big list?
A: Best suggestion is to break up bigger backlogs into smaller workable chunks. You may want to create a “”backlog”” planning folder, and pull in top ranking ones into an “iteration” planning folder

Q: Does TeamForge cloud based have the functionality of CollabNet desktop for the tracker of the project? We might want to use it for Daily Sprint Meetings.
A: Our Private Cloud TeamForge solution supports this today, however not our public cloud offering via CloudForge.

Q: Does the email integration only work with Ms Outlook? or with Thunderbird also?
A: Only with Outlook, however we have plugins for Eclipse and Visual Studio as well

Q: So my organization is large, distributed, and has some groups using Agile and others using Waterfall. They clash over issues around requirements: waterfall business requires signoff on design before beginning, and that doesn’t work well w/ agile teams. What approaches can we use in this situation?
A: My best suggestion is to setup different projects for these different teams so that they can have their different processes coexist in the same site. Alternatively, if it’s important to have these teams working on the same project, you could setup different planning folders at the very least, and have the teams using specific tracker types that match their process.

Q: Is there a way to customize the view of items in the backlogs/release/iteration lists? To customize the views columns, open items, “”Open only”” list.  I have an issue with only seeing the open items in a iteration, I want to change the default to see all the items and their status
A: Yes, In the planning folder view

Q: Is there any type of burndown chart to track daily task?
A:  Not out of the box, but we currently have a TeamForge Analytics add-on that would support this, and our plans are to eventually productize this.

Q: So how do the planning folders work if you’re constantly releasing to production?  Does Kanban fit into the planning folder approach if you release constantly?
A: Currently, the best suggestion is to have one planning folder if you’re using Kanban process. In our next release 7.0, we’ll have a dedicated Kanban board to better suit your needs

Q: Is code review (Gerrit, ProjectBoard) only available for Git?  What if you’re using SVN?
A: ReviewBoard is available for SVN, perforce, CVS, (and Git). Gerrit is available for Git

Q: If we’re using ranking, what’s the point of the priority?
A: Priority is good for doing bulk prioritizing. For example, if you have a lot of backlog items, you may want to flag some as being top priority and others lower priority before you assert a final rank

Q:  If we assume priority supports a default ranking, can we remove the ranking on an item.  Otherwise, how can we tell if an item has been ranked within the same priority?
A: In TeamForge, there’s the concept of priority and rank. Priority options are 1-5, 1 being the highest, and rank is a unique value across all of the artifacts in your plan, so that you can have several artifacts that have the same priority but different rank

Q: Enterprise-scale … does this require one business user?  Difficulty in multiple business owners in the ranking process.
A: This can be controlled via permissions and tailored to your needs. So if you only want to give this permission to one user, go to the Planning Folder settings and assign the Ranking permission to that role. And for that role you can assign only one or several users for that permission

Caleb Brown

Caleb Brown is an Agile trainer, organizational coach, and Certified Scrum Professional with a focus on the the “People Side” of software. While practices and technology are part of what enable organizations to succeed with Agile, Caleb likes to concentrate on using the cultural piece supported by whatever practice, process, framework, or technology is needed to be successful. Having worked on the technical side of the software industry since 1999, and as CollabNet’s Product Owner and Master ScrumWorks Trainer since 2007, Caleb has gained deep insight into the inherent challenges with Agile adoption. His trainings and expertise in helping global organizations understand where process ends and tooling picks up, is well respected and highly sought after.

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