ALM Octane – It’s all about DevOps!
By: John Falk
The term DevOps is being used evermore frequently, and organizations are adopting DevOps practices, either at the team level or across the entire enterprise. DevOps is a software development/deployment methodology. This methodology allows teams to link a release in portfolio management to development, testing, and production IT operations. The goal is to automate as much of the process as possible, which allows teams to keep pushing development and testing at a rapid pace without compromising quality. As organizations start to embrace and implement a DevOps practice, visibility and analysis are going to be key throughout the entire process.
Micro Focus ALM Octane gives organizations the visibility into the process, which enables the development and deployment teams to continue their rapid pace, while maintaining a focus on quality throughout the build pipelines.
Specifically designed to help organizations embrace DevOps practices, ALM Octane comes with out-of- the-box (OOTB) connectivity to common continuous integration (CI) platforms such as Jenkins, TeamCity, and Bamboo. The Octane Pipeline module provides real-time visibility of attached build jobs by showing jobs status, test failure/success, code commits/committers, and which components of a production application are impacted by failed tests.
Enhanced analytics and failure analysis help the development and quality teams determine the root cause of issues by linking user stories, defects, and tests to source code management systems and providing stack-trace details as well as associating failed builds to failure causes to help triage future build failures. To support ongoing production application quality, all tests can be linked automatically to predefined Application Modules in the Quality section of Octane. This allows both automated and manual test execution to automatically update status indicators for overall production application health. Try ALM Octane now to truly experience the full capabilities of a modern DevOps platform, which will continue to expand with future releases.
ALM Octane was developed with an agile methodology and has had 10 releases/upgrades in the last 12 months with the next major release scheduled for Early Fall 2017.
With many organizations requiring development teams to deliver software with increasing speed and quality at scale, ALM Octane Pro is the right choice at the right price!
What’s New in Octane (12.53.22) – May 2017
New! Feature Board
View features in a Kanban-style board view. Drag the tiles to different phases to manage the features' lifecycles, and re-rank them directly from the board.
Display multiple releases in Backlog
You can now select multiple releases in the Backlog module.
Edit items in Board View
Edit backlog item attributes directly from the Board View.
My Work refinements
Business rules now govern which items you see in the My Work area. You can use the default rules, or configure your own.
Integration with Slack
- Add your ALM Octane workspace to a Slack team.
- From within a backlog item, open a Slack channel with the item’s author and owner.
Create test assignment rules from the Tests tab
- Initial filter created automatically based on the selected tests.
- Click Manage Rules to check existing rules before creating a new one.
Expanded the list of commits related to automated test failures
- Include commits from previous builds for tests failing consecutively.
- Include commits related to a feature that is assigned to the test.
'Who's on it?' for failing builds
Take on a failing build for investigation, or assign it to someone else for handling.
Identify Hotspots in your code base
Find sensitive areas in the code that are risky to change.
Tips & Tricks of the Month:
Plan Test Runs
1) Planning test runs for either test suites or individual manual tests help to ensure the correct tests are being executed to validate application quality.
To plan a test run, first select a single test suite or one or more individual manual tests, and then select the Plan Run option on the top menu bar.
For this example, a test suite has been selected to be planned.
2) The Plan Suite Run dialog box will be displayed. Several options will be available where the run can be named, associated with a release, environment variables can be set, and a default owner can be assigned.
3) Individual tests within the test suite can be assigned to specific team members responsible for completing the tests.
4) Selecting the suite run will then display the current status of the planned test runs.
1) Enhance the value and look of the Storyboard by adding and displaying attachments to defects and user stories.
Click on a user story/defect ID to enter the Details section for the item.
2) In the Details section, select Attachments on the top menu bar and then click the Attach button to display the file selection box. Navigate to the required file to be attched.
3) After the file has been selected and attached to the user story or defect, simply select the View Attachments button on the menu bar to display the attachments on the story card in the Storyboard.