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Development Roadmap

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This roadmap document outlines the functionality planned for the future releases of the version 6 platform of SpiraPlan (including SpiraTest and SpiraTeam). We are responsive to feedback so the contents of each individual release will be subject to change.

Releases will also include lower level enhancements and bug fixes. We do not provide a public list of open bugs or enhancement requests at this time.

If you have any feedback or suggestions regarding this roadmap, please email us at support@inflectra.com.

What has been released

Please take a look at our release notes to see a complete list of the changes large and small that we have recently delivered.

Version 6.13 (Autumn 2021)

  • Give users increased flexibility when managing requirements with requirement types now always being user editable and controllable. Previously parent requirements (those with children) had a fixed type of "Epic" that users could never change. Now parent requirements can have any type at any time.
  • Add support for more custom property types to let users customize even more how they use SpiraPlan. This release adds support for password, release, and automation host custom properties.
  • System admins can create teams at the system level to help plan out and manage people on individual products. This release will focus on letting admins create teams only - teams cannot yet be used in the application itself. This is the start of a process to add teams integration throughout the application. 
  • Improve the user experience and features of the built-in rich text editor. This lets users more easily add and view links, create checklists, highlight text, and strikethrough text
  • The built-in diagram tools get even more powerful with additional shapes and option. You can now make diagrams that group individual shapes together to form kanban board diagrams and swim lane diagrams.
  • View and edit details about artifacts "inline" while using product level Gantt charts
  • We continue to round out our extensive API to let users automate more and more of their workflows in SpiraPlan. Each of our APIs (REST and SOAP) already had over 375 individual API calls. This release adds API calls to manage many aspects of product templates.

Future Releases

Planning

  • New planning tools and visualizations: Enhanced planning board, including being able to apply filters, additional ways to group data, and swim lanes.
  • Enhanced program level management (SpiraPlan only): Manage risks at the program level. Increased variety of portfolio and enterprise widgets. Program level planning, releases, and roadmapping.

Testing

  • New testing tools: Dynamic/smart test sets whose test cases are live updated based on a set of user-controlled criteria.
  • Enhanced Test Set Management: Add the ability to run a test set in series, with parts being handed off to multiple people in sequence

Developing

  • Enhanced source code management: the ability to tie a branch to a sprint or release. Code review tools built into the application.

Tracking

  • Time tracking: Enhancements to existing timecard and time logging features. Add the ability for a named user or role to approve a timecard.
  • Group users by teams and tracks: Create different teams and tracks at the system level and assign users to each. These can then be used to plan, assign, and track work.
  • Resource tracking: New resource planning tools to let you plan activity based on required skills, time, and other metrics. Tagging users or team (e.g. with skills) can help with this.

Reporting

  • Reporting across workspaces: Add reports that can be run at the program, portfolio, and enterprise level.
  • Improved reporting templating: The ability to create a specific using a preset document template, so that the report format can more closely resemble your company style.

Cross-cutting

  • New field types and handling: Ability to set date-time values on list pages. Even more custom property types (for example, dependent dropdowns and hierarchical dropdowns).
  • New custom fields in different workspace types: Add optional custom properties that can be set on a workspace itself - for example, on a product or progrgam.
  • Cross application tagging: Tag support to provide a flexible way to connect different artifacts together, including resources. Add the ability to use mentions (eg @amycribbins) to reference a user or artifact in descriptions and comments.
  • More control and visibility of notifications: Notifications can be triggered by changes to releases, and by changes to an artifact’s custom properties. Notifications can be flagged to a user and viewed by them from inside the application.
  • Improved ‘first-time’ experience: When the main administrator first logs in, a new welcome screen will guide them in setting up the application or to get help doing so.
  • Review Center: A single, central place to view all the areas across the application where your review is needed. This will streamline and simplify how know what they need to review and sign off and how that review is carried out.

Wider ecosystem

  • Simplified integration with third party tools: clearer integration guidance in-app to make syncing with tools like JIRA and ADO quicker and easier.
  • Improved extensibility: Support for webhooks, increased API scope, potentially the ability for users to provide in-app UI changes to meet specific types of use case.