Jazz 5.0 Is Officially Available!

I’ve been refreshing the IBM Rational Jazz Downloads page all morning to be the first to tell you that Jazz 5.0 is now officially available for download.

So long, RRC! Welcome RDNG!

Anyone who has downloaded the milestone release of Rational Requirements Composer 5.0 may have noticed that in the help documentation, Rational Requirements Composer does not have its own help section. DOORS Next Generation, however, does.

When version 5.0 of the Jazz suite gets released in June, RRC will be no more. The name of Jazz’s requirements management tool will henceforth be Rational DOORS Next Generation.

I suspected this change coming for a while. As RRC gained modules, most places I’ve seen latched onto modules, even if they had never used DOORS 9. Having DOORS and RDNG still presents the “which tool should I use” problem to IBM, but at least IBM has narrowed the list down from three tools to two tools.

With the upcoming Requirements Configuration Management capabilities in RDNG (open beta starting around June and final release coming in Q4), I expect RDNG’s marketshare to grow exponentially, especially since existing DOORS 9 users can leverage their licenses for RDNG.

In the meantime, I can now speak about RDNG to everyone we do business, and that will lead to less confusion to my customers and even within IBM. June 1 can’t get here soon enough.

IBM Jazz CLM 4.0.6 Released

Head to the 4.0.6 downloads page and grab the latest release.

When CLM 4.0.5 was released I listed all of the enhancements in one page. This new release (which includes Rational Jazz Foundation, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Quality Manager) appears to address bug fixes and does not appear to add new features.

I’ll update this post as I learn more.

Quality Manager 4.0.5 Saves Records Per Page Query

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2013 in Jazz, Rational Quality Manager | No Comments

I don’t believe this was announced in the 4.0.5 release notes, but Rational Quality Manager now allows Records Per Page to be saved for a query.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s the setting shown below.

RQM Items Per Page

Even an IBM expert didn’t realize this change made it in. Very cool.

A client of mine new to 4.0.4 asked for this, and it just so happened to be fixed quickly. So rare that the stars align in this way.

IBM Jazz 4.0.5 Released

IBM Jazz 4.0.5 Released
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IBM just released IBM Jazz 4.0.5. While you can download 4.0.5 now, I thought I’d cover some compelling reasons to do so.

What’s new in Jazz Team Server 4.0.5

  • You can limit the amount of time that a report runs — good for stopping reports that take too long or that error out.
  • CLM server monitoring is now installed by default. Seems like a few hoops must be jumped through to use it though.
  • Archive and restore process templates: I see this being used to help migrate projects to sandbox servers.
  • Project Members can be searched for within the Manage Project page. Filtering for Project Members
  • Clear the current iteration instead of having to have a default
  • Membership data for projects and teams, including roles, is now sent to data warehouse so it can be reported on.
  • New window to create timelines and iterations (seems cleaner to me, just my opinion)
  • repotools now supports online backup of work item indices

What’s new in Rational Team Concert 4.0.5

  • Can now copy and paste build properties
  • ClearCase Importer has been improved
  • Export source code data query results from builds into a file
  • Improved usability for merging changes containing gaps in history
  • Remote Project Support (Rational Developer for System z and TPF Toolkit)
  • Removal of restriction on promoting Kanban views
  • Improvements on Tag creation and display on Work Items
  • UrbanCode Deploy integration
  • Can exclude components from builds
  • Context-aware search command line command supports SSL and smart cards
  • The ISPF client can accept all for incoming changes (I have no idea what this means, looks mainframe/cobol related)
  • Can set line delimiter handling in source control to NONE
  • Connect to JazzHub from RTC Eclipse Client
  • New help for command-line interface
  • Argument seperator in command-line interface
  • Create Package Wizard has an option to include work items
  • Create Package Wizard has a preview package option.
  • Can query results of package export
  • Ant tasks for packaging and deployment
  • In the web client, you can now view preconditions and follow-up actions.
  • The plan editor has been greatly enhanced
  • Bug fixes for MS Project 2010 export with correct dates
  • Kanban view now reports on exceeded count limits
  • Can migrate plans from pre-4.0.5 releases and include explicit rankings
  • New filtered combo widget (drop-down list searching without using the drop-down list. Pretty nice.) Drop-downs also will show tree views
  • Query results will now show approvals, links, and comments in-line
  • Approvals now bulk-editable in Eclipse
  • Can filter links in query results
  • Links are now bulk-editable in Eclipse
  • Override schedule properties of builds

What’s new in Rational Quality Manager 4.0.5

  • Test Suite runs can be puased, resumed, and stopped.
  • Support for multiple subcategories
  • Reportable REST API for lab resources
  • Subcategory filters in table views
  • Can restore deleted test artifacts
  • Manage categories through heirarchical views
  • New views for category management (show all and show outline)
  • Can create new values from existing values in a different category via drag and drop
  • Test Plans have three new sections: Test Scripts, Test Case Results, and Test Suite Results
  • The test case results for test scripts that have test data associated with them now include the row number of the test data for each step result.
  • New process advisors for state transitions
  • Support for reconciling a subset of requirements collections
  • Various scalability improvements

What’s new in Rational Requirements Composer / DOORS Next Generation 4.0.5

  • Scripting (with warnings against using in production)
  • Drag and drop linking
  • Link creation via Cut and Paste
  • Get hyperlinks for multiple artifacts at once
  • Define preferred link types for artifact types
  • Drag-and-drop reodering of artifacts within a module (finally!)
  • Drag-and-drop artifacts between modules and collections
  • Use OSLC to link to all artifacts in a module view
  • Module scrolling is faster and improved
  • Can now upload a new artifact and include it in a collection or a module in one step (versus uploading, then inserting existing artifacts)
  • Can now control more easily how many levels are shown within a module
  • Embedded images/graphic artifacts are now proportionally scaled within the artifact viewer
  • Search now defaults to the current project instead of all projects
  • Double-clicking now selects an artifacts and the space bar highlights an artifact
  • You can now copy artifacts and create links between the original and duplicated artifact
  • Copy artifacts via drag-and-drop within modules
  • Improved keyboard shortcuts
  • Improved performance while editing within modules
  • Improved scroll preview within modules (it shows up only when needed)
  • Module views available to RRDI
  • New RRDI reports — Requirement List by Collection, Requirements with Execution Results by Collection, Artifact Count, Requirement Counts, Requirements Distribution, Requirements Linked to Test Cases by Collection, Gap Analysis, among many others (must enable them in JTS advanced properties)
  • RRDG exports include printing module in book or table format
  • Quick print of reports without giving parameters
  • Inline view of PDF files in artifacts
  • RDF URIs for the type system
  • ReqIF improvements (to support RDF types)
  • Tips for Requirements Management

I got all of the above information by going to this page, and manually viewing each of the links. The above list does not include all improvements.

My Thoughts

IBM has committed to providing quarterly updates to their Jazz CLM applications. This list is quite big considering IBM’s schedule. RQM probably got the most needed improvements with subcategories, and DOORS Next Generation (DNG)/Rational Requirements Composer is starting to mature nicely. I’m very interested to see how the scripting report works (I believe it uses JavaScript) and how rapidly it matures.

2014 will be a great year for Jazz, particularly for DNG, if IBM can keep their promise of how they intend to version control requirements. That, with reusability, will really have companies who currently use DOORS evaluate DNG seriously.

Free Private Source Code Hosting on JazzHub

Free Private Source Code Hosting on JazzHub

From now until the end of 2013, registering on IBM’s JazzHub allows free hosting of source code for public and private projects.

This was just announced so I haven’t been able to dive in head first on this, but JazzHub seems to be an implementation of Rational Team Concert in the cloud that has been set up to import code from github, who also allows free project hosting for open source projects.

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There is a small catch here. Your private projects are hosted at no cost to you until January 2015, where fees start to apply. At that time you can either migrate your projects elsewhere, convert them to open source, or decide to pay.

While we here at Baselines Incorporated have always been experts in requirements management, we learned Rational Team Concert when we saw that Jazz was the future platform for the Rational DOORS brand. While Rational Requirements Composer/DOORS Next Generation are not currently at feature parity with DOORS Classic, going towards Jazz allows for a much better backend architecture than the current DOORS Classic settings, which will eventually allow for things like true version control of requirements! (This will be the killer feature that solidifies DOORS Next Gen’s place in the market as the new requirements leader. You heard it here first.)

Git/Github is great for version control. Aside from a bit of a learning curve because of a new paradigm of source code control, I don’t personally have many complaints about it. It’s easy to use when you know how to use it. The simultaneous problem and benefit with git in my opinion is that other than the command line, there’s no standard client to use.

RTC allows use of a command line, explorer shell extensions in Windows, Visual Studio, and Eclipse. Eclipse has a fully configured RTC download and RTC is a plug-in on the Visual Studio side. There are git plugins for Eclipse too (I’m not sure about VS). But RTC was built with Eclipse in mind and so there is just one RTC plug-in for Eclipse.

In any case, if you’ve been wanting to try out RTC for some application ideas you’ve had, there’s really not a lot of reason not to try JazzHub right now.

Feel free to contact us for more information regarding DOORS, DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager.