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Announcement: Atlas Planning & Tracking Suite 5.0 now available  

We are pleased to announce the general availability of Atlas Planning & Tracking Suite 5.0— bringing our solutions to the next level – to support your journey to Enterprise Agile and DevOps.

Increase visibility in your agile application development process and ensure requirements & quality are tracked, so you can reduce application issues and minimize critical risks that may impact your business.

The Atlas Planning & Tracking Suite 5.0 brings new features in four (4) products: Atlas 5.0, Rhythm 5.0, Connect 3.0 and HUB 16.2

Highlights:

The Atlas Planning & Tracking Suite 5.0 brings new features in four (4) products:

  • Atlas 5.0
  • Rhythm 5.0
  • Connect 3.0
  • HUB 16.2

Key Features and Benefits:

Atlas 4.3 and 5.0

  • Relationship Tracking / Versioning - Automatically version Requirements when relationships to other objects are added/removed
  • Paste Special with Automatic Relationship Creation – Copy and paste requirements with automatic relationship management (copy hierarchy, existing relationships, and create new relationships)
  • Administrative Broadcast Messages - Ability for system administrators to send system wide broadcast messages to all logged in users
  • Refined License Management - Manage Named and Concurrent license assignments, and view license usage from within the Atlas UI

Rhythm 4.3 and 5.0 (major changes)

  • SCM Integration / Agile Code Review – View, review, discuss and approve source code changes in context of defined agile stories and tasks from within Rhythm
  • Kanban Support – Ability to define Kanban boards and swimlanes, and manage delivery of stories using Kanban methodology
  • Test Status Visibility /Links – View tests and test execution results directly from agile stories
  • User Capacity Management – User level availability management, tracking, and reporting

Connect 3.0 (major changes)

  • Redesigned User Interface - New look and feel user interface
  • Enhanced Synch Criteria - Allow more refined and detailed mapping
  • Auto-Mapping - automatically map a connection's types and fields with the new Auto-Map feature
  • High Watermarks - High Watermarks allow Micro Focus Connect to know what has previously been synchronized
  • Import and Export - import and export to move data sources, synchronizations, and user maps between installations
  • Charts - The new charts track volume, changes, and errors. Mouse over the data points to view detailed data
  • Attachments & folders - supports attachments to be share in between solution and folders with the StarTeam connector

HUB 16.2

  • Offline Proxy Utility - Communicates to StarTeam users that the server is down for maintenance
  • Server Message Notification - Alerts users of current or scheduled Server maintenance when logging in
  • Server Hooks – New scripts that run automatically every time a particular event occurs in the Atlas Hub repository

To learn more about the new Atlas Planning & Tracking Suite 5.0, please review the Installation and Release Notes:

For additional questions contact:

Atlas

Product Manager

Dominique Kaiser

dominique.kaiser@microfocus.com

 

Atlas

Product Marketing Manager

Silvia Davis

silvia.siqueira@microfocus.com

 

Rhythm, Connect & HUB

Product Manager

James O'Rourke (Jimmy)

james.orourke@microfocus.com

 

Rhythm, Connect, HUB

Product Marketing Manager

Zoe Smith

zoe.smith@microfocus.com

 

 

Download now and be ready for the Enterprise Agile!

Silvia Davis

 

 

Silvia Siqueira Davis, PMP

ITIL Expert, ISO20000, CSM, SAFe SPC
WW Sr Product Mkt Manager
Micro Focus
Dallas - TX
(M)+1 214-914-6798
silvia.siqueira@microfocus.com

 

 

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Community Manager kgroneman Community Manager
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We are pleased to announce the release of Atlas 4.2 and Rhythm 4.2.

 There are many new feature in this release- here’s just a few:

 New Atlas 4.2 enhancements include:

  • Restore version from history: Return to previous version of a Requirement.
  • Report enhancements: Includes additional relationship details, overview of test results, hierarchical table of contents, and more.
  • Efficient editing of multiple requirements:Requirements grid now supports bulk editing and concurrent locking.
  • Export data: Export to Excel/CSV now exports what is shown in the grid, honoring column, filter and sort order.
  • Impact of change: Refined relationship diagram (trace direction, filtering, trace type, etc.).

 New Rhythm 4.2 enhancements include:

  • User capacity planning: Individual users can customize their availability at both the Project level and the Sprint level. 
  • Change package visibility: Understanding related files and impacts for change-sets provides users greater understanding of work context.
  • Sprint & Release Cumulative Flow: These new charts show the amount of work in various states at the Sprint and Release level
  • Relationship Impact Management: Users view related items and can filter on item type, relationship type, or relationship status.
  • Team Room Burndown Chart: Displays Capacity, Ideal Burndown, Current Burndown and Burnup.

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EdBenton Absent Member.
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Borland proudly announces the general availability of Atlas 4.1! If you already use Atlas and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Atlas 4.1 for free.

Borland Atlas is a central platform for gathering and delivering requirements. New features and improvements mean Atlas now offers even more flexibility to help teams collaborate efficiently and stay in sync. Business as well as Agile teams can clearly see a real-time status of their software delivery life-cycle. Respond faster to market demands with Atlas' new Agile requirements management features.

 

Time Machine Available from More Perspectives

Time Machine is now available in all perspectives, except Home.

Time Machine Performance Enhancements

Various enhancements to Time Machine improves the performance. For example: a shared Web cache is enabled across the application, allowing faster load times.

Ability to Generate Reports Based on Time Machine

While in a Time Machine view, you can now generate a report based on the view.

Access to Reports from All Perspectives

Reports are now accessible from any perspective.

Plan Review Comparison Report

Plan Review reports now have the option to create a comparison to Time Label states created in the Time Machine. The report notes items added, items modified, and items deleted. The index notes areas that are modified or unchanged, giving you a quick glance and access to the areas that most interest you.

Directional Flow in Relationship Diagram

Relationship Diagrams are organized by To and From relationships. When you select a requirement and view the Relationships Diagram, requirements linking to the requirement display on the left of the diagram flowing to the selected requirement. Whereas, requirements linking from the selected requirement display to the right flowing away from the requirement.

Visual Indicators in Relationship Diagram

Relationship Diagrams have indicators to help determine relationship and status at a glance.


• Orange lines indicate a relationship with an external project.
• Gray lines indicate a relationship within the project.
• Solid lines indicate a normal status.
• Dashed lines indicate a deferred or suspect status.


Additionally, if you hover over the connecting lines, status details appear.

Filter Relationship Diagram

You can filter the Relationship Diagram to display relationships based on Relationship Type and Relationship Status.

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EdBenton Absent Member.
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Borland proudly announces the general availability of Atlas 4.0! If you already use Atlas and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Atlas 4.0 for free.

Borland Atlas is a central platform for gathering and delivering requirements. New features and improvements mean Atlas now offers even more flexibility to help teams collaborate efficiently and stay in sync. Business as well as Agile teams can clearly see a real-time status of their software delivery life-cycle. Respond faster to market demands with Atlas' new Agile requirements management features.

Introducing Atlas Team

Atlas Team is the new delivery-focused application within the Atlas Planning and Tracking Suite allowing agile teams to breakdown and manage work delivery in agile cadence. Some features include:


• Enables definition and breakdown of program objectives into actionable stories.
• Defines/manages sprints and team releases.
• Collaborate and status with the Team Room's List and Card views.
• Tracks progress against defined dates and payloads.

Redesigned Filters

Filters now open in a separate dialog box that has been redesigned to show filters in a clear, concise, and understandable way.

You can view the filter list while creating new filters and make inline edits of a selected filter. Additionally, you can duplicate an existing filter to use its criteria toward a new filter.

Track Requirement Progress across Projects in Gantt

Atlas offers a new column in the Gantt chart called Projects, enabling you to quickly view the requirement's
progress across all projects.

Click the Requirement to open the various associated stories and projects.

New Relationship Capabilities

Relationship types and direction can be defined through the relationship dialog boxes as you step through setting up relationships.

This offers more control over the direction and type of relationship while you are creating it or editing it.
Additionally, relationships can be filtered by status in the Relationship tab.

Ability to Push Stories to Multiple Projects

Atlas now provides the ability to push stories to multiple projects. The Server Administrator creates a Delivery Projects user defined attribute, assigns projects to it, and attaches the UDA to the appropriate
Requirement Type.

When users push to backlog, a story is added to the projects that were selected in the Delivery Projects UDA.

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EdBenton Absent Member.
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So what is Atlas?

Micro Focus Development teams have been using the Atlas Planning and Tracking Suite to more effectively gather, define, discuss, plan and track their Software Development requirements. Atlas has empowered teams working on Enterprise software such as Reflection, InfoConnect Desktop and RM/COBOL to work more effectively and deliver better software faster that meets customers’ business requirements.

Business analysts use Atlas to quickly define well written requirements, with a user interface that “just works” and doesn’t take time to figure out. Managers use Atlas to plan releases effortlessly with team capacity management and a built in discussion feature to gather the feedback of other stakeholders. Integration with Silk Central enables development managers and other stakeholders to review test results directly within Atlas. Decision makers have access to the live and accurate data they need all within one elegant and intuitive user interface.

atlas

How does Atlas help?

Requirements are sent directly to developers’ preferred delivery tools. Developers update their backlogs in Micro Focus StarTeam Agile, Rally and VersionOne and the updated progress is reflected instantly in Atlas. Product Managers are able to review delivery status in Atlas based on live data from Agile delivery tools without needing to learn or obtain access to the delivery tool itself. These innovations and more have helped teams at Micro Focus deliver better software faster.

As Phillip Miller, Director of COBOL Development puts it:

‘In an environment where multiple development teams are often involved in delivering complex features the evolution of a high level idea into a requirement that’s understood and agreed by multiple teams has always been challenging. Atlas, with its whiteboards, versioning and discussion features, has allowed us to radically improve our approach to requirements capture and analysis.

Being able to more effectively collate, discuss, track, version and collectively review the evolution of an idea into a requirement in a single tool has provided benefit to managers and developers alike.’

Phillip Miller Director of Development (COBOL)

Phillip Miller Director
of Development (COBOL)

Supporting internal customers benefits our external customers

Our internal Atlas instance is a cross-functional project supported by technical employees from Support, Quality Assurance, Project Management and all levels of development. The Atlas team meet regularly to discuss how to best support the 500 active users across Micro Focus. Issues and enhancements are researched, discussed, tested and implemented by an Agile DevOps team. This keeps us highly responsive to the needs identified by our highly engaged user base. Real user feedback from real AppDev work is being used to continually improve Atlas. Agile teams within Micro Focus working on Reflection, InfoConnect Desktop and RM/COBOL have been using Atlas to gather and define requirements, discuss and plan their releases and track their delivery. They rely on Atlas in this effort and their feedback enables us to enhance all areas of Atlas, resulting in a greatly improved “battle hardened” product for our customers.

As Director of Atlas Development Mark Kulak puts it:

‘Atlas internal usage has been invaluable for the Engineering and Product Management teams. As more users come online, we have gathered an appreciation for how diverse our user community really is.

Feedback from many teams using different planning and tracking processes has been invaluable to rounding out Atlas usability and features. While internal feedback aligns with external customer requests, the level of openness and ability to quickly iterate when dealing with internal teams makes a significant difference. It allows us to ask probing questions and work together to identify solutions.’

Mark Kulak Director of Development (Atlas)

Mark Kulak Director
of Development (Atlas)

Putting ourselves in the customer’s shoes

Supporting a large, geographically distributed Atlas user base has given us first hand experience of how Atlas sysadmins spend their day and the challenges they face. This has lead to multiple refinements in Atlas which make it as easy to administrate as it is to use. At Micro Focus support we’re constantly in contact with our customers. This helps us develop a deep
understanding of our customers goals and challenges and also a high level awareness of how they use our products to work more effectively.

Working as an Atlas systems administrator for our internal users has helped me develop a greater understanding of the needs of our customers, particularly the systems administrators who manage Atlas instances. This helps us support external customers more effectively anticipating their needs as we work with the product in the exact same way.

Everything we learn from supporting the internal Atlas server is used by development to make Atlas more effective, intuitive and robust for all users, from the sysadmins managing the instance to the management stakeholders looking for high quality progress overviews. I’ve seen lessons learned from internal Atlas usage drive real improvements in the product for our
customers.

All of this feedback has been built into the new Atlas 4.0 release – please find out what’s new on the website and take a trial to see how good it is for yourself!

Benton

 

Ed Benton

Senior Support Engineer (Atlas & StarTeam / Hub)

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EdBenton Absent Member.
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Borland proudly announces the general availability of Atlas 3.2! If you already use Atlas and you have a maintenance contract, you can upgrade to Atlas 3.2 for free.

Borland Atlas is a central platform for gathering and delivering requirements. New features and improvements mean Atlas now offers even more flexibility to help teams collaborate efficiently and stay in sync. Business as well as Agile teams can clearly see a real-time status of their software delivery life-cycle. Respond faster to market demands with Atlas' new Agile requirements management features.

Diagramming

Atlas now contains native diagramming capabilities that you can use as Concept or Requirement types.
The vast Shapes library contains the following for standard diagrams: BPMN, UML, Flowcharts, Use Case, Lean Mapping, Process Engineering, SysML, EIP, Cisco, AWS, Azure, and more. For mockups, there are shapes for Windows Applications, Internet Applications, iOS, and Android.

Watch a video to learn how to diagram here.

Synchronizing Requirements

Many times the same Requirements are used for multiple Projects. Atlas provides the ability to reuse requirements by defining them once centrally, and connecting (synchronizing) them with other Projects.

Milestone Tracking

Agile teams move quickly, incrementally adding new capability sprint after sprint. The agile delivery team is dependent on requirement information to assure priorities / expectations are clearly understood upfront.
When the project milestone planning (content, priority, purpose, and timing) side is not ready, the delivery team is left to make assumptions to fill in the gaps. This practice can lead to misaligned expectations and rework. Those on the business side need to align their milestone planning with the delivery team's sprints.
Atlas Requirement Date Planning enables Atlas users to define specific definition dates for features, and measure / track against those timeframes. By defining and tracking the project milestones, Atlas users can align their work with the delivery team, assuring business needs are available when requested by engineering.

Date Type User Defined Attribute

The Date Type User Defined Attribute type allows Administrators to create any date value for their projects.

New Requirement Type: Diagram

A new Diagram Requirement Type allows you to create diagrams instead of text descriptions for your Requirements. The Diagram Requirement Type is designated with a tree icon in the Requirement Tree.

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