Developing software can be complicated. As a developer, I need to track deliverables, work items, sprints, customer commitments, build results, and test runs. I use a variety of tools to get my work done, so that means I need to switch into different applications to get what I need. How can I get all the information I need into one place so I can get work more efficiently?
The answer, of course, is with a dashboard! A dashboard can pull in data from multiple sources and give you a quick view of a project’s status. If you’re a developer you can create a dashboard that shows a list of tasks you’re supposed to work on, quick tips to help you develop or test your product, rules of the road explaining what process to follow for making changes. If you’re a manager you could create a dashboard showing a chart of all defects in the product you want fixed in the current release with their status, a list of newly submitted show-stopping issues, and a burn-down showing your teams progress toward release.
We are pleased to announce the availability of a beta version of our dashboard. The dashboard is an important part of our strategy to provide social and agile development tools for our customers. We want to create a wonderful experience for our customers, so we would love to get your feedback. I’ll talk a little bit about what this beta can do and how you can help.
A dashboard might have different purposes for different teams, but at a basic level it provides a place for you to keep on top of your work and collaborate. The beta version of this dashboard has some collaborative widgets (such has FAQs, quick tips, rich text docs, bookmarks). It also has some widgets that connect it to a ClearQuest server, allowing you to run queries and charts on work items.
We have set up a DevOps Dashboard Beta community page with lots of content. You can go there to register for and download the beta, view documentation, watch demos, read blogs and do tutorials. We expect to add more content every week. This should be enough to get you started.
We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas. Are we going in the right direction? What would you like to see in the dashboard? How will you be using it in your environment? What products would you like to see integrated into the dashboard? No suggestion is too small! Found a bug? Need help? Let us know in our beta forum.
What introduction would be complete without a spiffy screenshot? This is an actual screenshot of a dashboard we are using in-house. It shows a couple of ClearQuest queries being run and a couple of charts. The first query is a list of work items assigned to me. The second is a list of all open defects. The top chart is a breakdown of open defects by severity. You can hover over the chart to see more detail (e.g. there are currently three minor defects). The second chart is a double aggregate chart of all work items. First breaking it down by work item type (e.g. defect, epic, story) and then by severity.
Now that you’ve seen it, why not go and try it? Hope to hear from you soon.
Enterprise Architect at HCL