Release Notes for Spira v4

Version 4.2 (October 2014)

New features

  • Ability to have artifact dependencies and associate tasks to incidents
  • Enhanced source code inspection and traceability capabilities including multiple-branch support
  • Refreshed Planning Board for Scrum, Kanban and other agile methodologies
  • Requirements burndown, burnup and velocity graphs added
  • Build details now includes consolidated list of affected artifacts on one screen
Bug fixes and enhancements
  • Code preview and syntax coloring added to source code file viewing pages
  • Task burndown and burnup graphs updated to better visualize the information
  • Associations grids and reports now include the artifact status as an additional field
  • List custom properties can now be categorized as active / inactive and an undelete option has been added
  • Components are now available for categorizing tasks and incidents as well as requirements
  • Performance enhancements when viewing lots of project documents
  • Copying a project now copies the tasks associated with the requirements
  • Ability to rank backlog items in the updated Scrum/Kanban planning boards
  • Dates in reports standardized to all display in user’s local timezone rather than a mix of local and UTC
  • Use case scenario steps added to requirements reports
  • Additional functions added to both the SOAP and REST web service APIs
  • Incident dashboard widgets can now use either Detected Release or Resolved Release for displaying data
  • Sorting fixed on main project administration screen.
  • Build dropdown list now correctly populates on various report configuration screens
  • Rich-text custom properties now render correctly in the various reports

Version 4.1 (January 2013)

New features

  • Requirement types and customizable requirement workflows
  • Requirements now estimated in story points with evidence-based effort calculations for resource tracking
  • Task types and customizable task workflows
  • Support for organizing tasks into folders
  • Support for use cases and scenarios
  • Ability to manage project components and map requirements into different components
  • Integrated instant messenger capability for enhanced team collaboration
  • Ability to create shared project filters and add them to project dashboards
Bug fixes and enhancements
  • Application-wide performance enhancements especially on slower network connections
  • Filters now displayed for columns that are not visible to the current user
  • Issue associated with indenting/outdenting requirements with deleted children fixed
  • Notifications now include last comment when comment added to artifact
  • Generation of MS-Word and MS-Excel reports now handles complex markup and formatting
  • Generation of Acrobat PDF reports now handles larger reports without timing-out
  • Screenshot capture no longer relies on Java applet, migrated to HTML clipboard API
  • Quick-Filter panel added to requirements, incident and task list pages to increase productivity
  • Global search can now search by keyword and artifact token; resources added to global search
  • Change history for custom properties fixed to handle cases where multiple items updated at once.
  • Requirement name added to task list pages

Version 4.0 (December 2012)

New features

  • Support for thirty (30) custom properties per artifact and additional property types (date, user, multi-list, rich text, etc.)
  • Ability to raise incidents and add discussion comments from inbound emails
  • Cross-project resource allocation and leveling capabilities
  • Redesigned user interface with enhanced usability and performance
  • Ad-hoc report generator and cross-project reporting capabilities
  • Enhanced permission system with more customizable and granular user roles / permissions
  • Support for displaying data in different timezones depending on user preferences
  • Support for user avatars within enhanced discussion thread system
Bug fixes and enhancements
  • System remembers the custom ordering of columns in the various list pages throughout the application
  • Ability for users to register for new accounts, with administrators able to approve in bulk
  • Progress indicator now displayed on incident list pages and tabs
  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format reports now available for all report types
  • Web-based event log added to make remote administration and diagnostics easier
  • Ability to log incidents and view tasks without seeing other users’ information
  • Ability to remove comments from an artifact
  • Ability to give custom properties a default value and make them required fields
  • Ability to edit the names of incident workflow transitions without having to delete and re-add
  • Easier multi-select on datagrids using SHIFT+CLICK to select ranges
  • System can detect unsaved changes and prompt user before navigating away
  • Ability to move non-modal dialog boxes in the system
  • Ordering of comments in discussion threads can now be changed to oldest or newest first date order