codeBeamer 7.7: Integration with JIRA®, Enterprise Architect and more

codeBeamer 7.7 is releasedWe are excited to announce the latest release of codeBeamer! Version 7.7 introduces a variety of new or extended integrations, a fully preconfigured SAFe® template to help implement the Scaled Agile Framework in large organizations, as well as performance and usability improvements.

This blog post will walk you through the most important updates in this latest release. For more information on the changes since version 7.6, and on how the new features work, make sure you sign up for our webinar on 24 Jun 2015 titled What is new in codeBeamer 7.7?, or check out the relevant Release note in codeBeamer's Knowledge Base.

SAFe® Template

codeBeamer's latest version 7.7 offers a template to help the successful implementation of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®). SAFe® is a structured approach to scaling Agile that lets you keep a certain level of organizational hierarchy while helping spread Agile across the departments and teams of large enterprises. Not only is codeBeamer the first known implementation of this framework, but from this latest version, we also offer a template specifically dedicated to supporting the management of processes under SAFe®.

The template includes preconfigured trackers for the three layers of organizational hierarchy under the Scaled Agile Framework: the Team, Program and Portfolio levels. These trackers enable you to align the goals of all levels to your overall business strategy, and to manage multiple Agile Release Trains (ART) across all levels. The basic aim of ARTs is to orchestrate the work of all teams in order to deliver value for the business.

codeBeamer's Demand Management functionality helps you create and manage Business and Architectural Epics. Planning the implementation of elements on the Program Backlog happens during Release Planning sessions. These will flow on to the Team level backlog for implementation; teams can then start working with Agile / Scrum, Hybrid, or Waterfall processes. (If your aim is to scale Agile, your teams will obviously use an Agile methodology, while if you're working on complex hardware+software+service architectures, some of your teams may opt for a Hybrid or Waterfall methodology, while others will stick with Agile.)

Through its customizable workflows, the SAFe® Template can be configured to suit your internal processes. Flexible Kanban boards support task management at the Team level, as well as demand management on the Portfolio level. The performance of all Agile Release Trains can be monitored through accumulated data of the Team level.

Enhanced Risk Management

Risk management has always been one of codeBeamer's strengths. After introducing a helpful Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) template in version 7.6, the new version 7.7 now comes with updated Risk Matrix Diagrams. These diagrams are now able to show both risks derived from requirements, and requirements derived from risks. They are also easier to use, with simply customizable background colors and value intervals.

Enterprise Architect and JIRA® Integrations

codeBeamer has always offered integration points with many tools (just think about our MS Office round-trip functionality, MS Project importing, ReqIF, REST API integration with various tools such as Jenkins/Hudson, etc). With version 7.7, we've extended this list with two notable features: the first one is our extended JIRA® sync functionality, allowing you to work simultaneously with JIRA® and codeBeamer. This integration allows you to set update intervals as low as 2 minutes – in this case, your data will be automatically migrated from JIRA® to codeBeamer every 2 minutes, ensuring smooth collaboration and integration between tools and teams. (Please note that this is a one-way process).

Our Enterprise Architect integration lets you import UML diagrams into codeBeamer. This helps using UML models to guide your entire development process, while letting you establish links between your work items in order to ensure complete traceability from user stories and requirements all the way through to testing and release. Importing your data to codeBeamer is really simple, all you will need is your codeBeamer username and password – with a single click of a button, your diagrams can then be imported to any codeBeamer tracker you see fit.

In addition to the above three major updates, we have implemented numerous usability improvements in codeBeamer's latest version 7.7.

To name just a few:

  • The Document View now offers a customizable control bar with new control buttons, a brand new transition menu, and an updated WYSIWYG editor.
  • A Resourcing Extraction wiki plugin is now available with accumulated data about users and tasks, helping you track the performance of your team members.
  • In addition to the Requirements Review functionality, ratings may now be exported to Excel. Importing, on the other hand, has also been made easier by allowing you to import images from PDF, and tables in tables from Word.
  • The Coverage Browser now offers advanced filtering options, while the Release Planner allows you to join releases (add releases to releases).
  • A flexibly customizable Kanban cardboard (with swimlanes) is now available for all tracker types.

Please feel free to watch our webinar on 24 Jun 2015 titled What is new in codeBeamer 7.7?, where we showcase these new features and improvements. If you'd rather discover what's new on your own, why not download codeBeamer 7.7 and start your free 90-day project right away?

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