Dashboard widgets: general

ALM Octane's dashboard provides a variety of customizable widgets to assess the development progress and quality.

Add up to 30 widgets to a single dashboard view or the Overview tabs in the Backlog, Quality, and Pipelines modules to suit your product and team needs.

Quality analysis widgets

You can check the quality of the application development.

In the Dashboard module, add the following widgets to assess the quality:

Feature quality status

This widget enables you to see how much testing has been completed on your features. You can also analyze the quality of the features by reviewing the number of runs according to status.

Open defects by feature

This widget enables you to see the outstanding defects for each feature and their severity. It helps you understand their current quality.

Features by risky commits

This widget enables you to recommend further regression testing before finishing the release.

Quality by application module

This widget enables you to see the quality of each area of the application.

You can configure the Criteria to use to determine the level of quality. For example, you can use the number of defects, percentage of failed tests, or percentage of risky commits.

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Traceability widgets

The Traceability widget reflects relationships between a selected primary entity and a secondary entity. You can set filters both on the primary and the secondary elements.

For example, you can use traceability widgets to see the following:

  • All the requirements of a particular release, and all the tests that cover them.

  • All of your team’s features and the defects that cover them.

  • Requirements that are traced to/from a set of requirements.

To see requirements or features that do not have test coverage, use the filter to only include those without a relation.

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Release forecast widget

To view your release's forecasted progress, add the Release forecast widget to the Dashboard module.

This widget displays a line with the forecasted progress of user stories or defects through the end of the selected release. This widget also includes details on the release, including finished story points and expected completion.

ALM Octane displays the forecast line after you mark enough Backlog items as "Done".

Forecast calculation

  • The forecast is based on the state of the release’s actual story points until now, together with the planned story points for the team. This is based on the team manager’s expected velocity, as defined in the Team Backlog module. The gap between actual and planned velocity is used to forecast when the release content will be complete, based on the assumption that this gap will remain constant in the future.

    For example, if the expectation to date is 50 points and actual completion is 45, the gap shows that the current pace is 90%. The forecast assumes that at the planned date of completion, 90% of the content will be done.

  • If there is no expected velocity available for calculation, the forecast is based on the assumption that the actual points-per-day rate will remain constant in the future.

Color representation

  • The solid green line shows actual progress, and the yellow line shows expected velocity as defined by the team leader or equivalent role.

  • If the forecast (dotted) line is green, this means the release content is expected to be done by the release date.

  • If the line is red, the content will not be complete on time, at the current rate of progress.

Where I can see forecasting

Forecasting is available in Agile widgets, but not in Custom widgets. Forecasting is available for a release, and not for a sprint. You can see forecast data in burn-up widgets only.

If there are too few story points to generate a release forecast, your widget will be empty. Clear the Forecast checkbox to show data in the widget.

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Features average cycle time widgets

ALM Octane provides several widgets to help you track the cycle time for your features and other work items, such as user stories and quality stories, in a specific scope.

For details on calculating the average cycle time, see Determine the cycle time.

Feature cycle time across releases widget

The Feature cycle time across releases widget is a trend widget that compares the average cycle time of a feature in multiple releases.

By default, cycle time refers to the time a feature was started ("In Progress") until its completion ("Done"). In the Scope page, you can customize the start and end phases from which to measure the cycle.

The feature average cycle time across releases is calculated as follows:

Note: Release items that have not reached their end phase or have skipped their start phase, as defined in the widget Scope, are not included in the cycle time calculation.

The widget header shows, as a percentage, the increase or reduction in the average cycle time compared with earlier releases. Using this cross-release trend widget, you can see whether you are improving your development cycle with shorter cycle time for features, resulting in less time to market.

When you hover over points in the widget, a pop up provides information about the release, for example, the number of completed features, and the average story points per feature.

Feature cycle time by phase across releases widget

The Feature cycle time by phase across releases widget is a trend widget that shows how long features remained in each phase across multiple releases.

The feature average phase time across releases is calculated as follows:

The y-axis shows the average number of days that the features remained in each phase. In the Scope page, you can indicate which phases and releases to track.

Study this widget to find patterns in the feature cycle time. This information lets you spot anomalies in the release cycle and pinpoint the problematic phases. When you hover over the different sections of the widget, the tooltips show a summary of the time periods. For example:

In this example, the later release shows a decrease for the In Progress phase, but an increase for the Ready for QA phase for Release 2. In the second release, the time that features waited for QA is higher, which may indicate a shortage in QA resources.

Feature cycle time by phase widget

The Feature cycle time by phase widget is a summary widget that shows how long features remained in each phase.

The feature average phase time is calculated as follows:

The y-axis shows the average number of days that the features remained in each phase. In the Scope page, you can indicate which phases and releases to track.

This widget enables you to select features completed on a specific time frame (not necessary coupled to a specific release). It also enables you to drill down to the phase time of each item in order to identify bottlenecks.

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Defect resolution time widgets

ALM Octane provides several widgets to help you track defect resolution time. These widgets also have insight cards that provide you with tips and suggestions on how to interpret and act on the widget's information. An additional insight allows you to determine the quality of defect resolution, by displaying a graph of defect resolution time versus reopen rate. The Reopens field displays the number of reopens for each defect. If it is not displayed, use the Customize fields button to add it. For details, see ALM Octane insights.

For details on calculating defects resolution time, see Determine the cycle time.

Note: Versions of ALM Octane preceding CP5 (12.55.8) did not collect tracking data. Therefore, if the defects were handled in earlier versions, they will not appear in the widgets.

Defect resolution time across releases

This trend widget displays the defects average resolution time across multiple releases. The y-axis shows the number of days that the defects remained in phases included in the resolution cycle.

By default, the defect resolution time refers to when a defect was created (New) until its completion (Closed). Therefore, if a defect has not reached the Closed stage, it will not be added to the calculation of the average resolution time. In the widget's Scope page, you can customize the start and end phases from which to measure the time.

Study this widget to find patterns in the defect resolution time. This information lets you spot anomalies in a specific release and pinpoint the problematic phases.

The widget header shows, as a percentage, the increase or decrease in the average defect resolution time, i.e. to the end phase, compared with earlier releases. This information lets you spot issues in the release cycle and pinpoint the problematic releases.

When you hover over points in the widget, a pop up provides information about the defect resolution time.

Defect resolution time by phase across releases

This trend widget shows how long defects remained in each phase across multiple releases. The y-axis shows the number of days that the defects remained in each phase. In the Scope page, you can indicate which phases and releases to track.

Study this widget to find anomalies in the defect resolution time. This information lets you spot issues in the release cycle and pinpoint the problematic phases.

In the following example, although a reduction in the resolution time occurred for Release 2, there was an increase for Release 4. specifically in the Pending Support phase. This indicates that the handling of this defect by support was a bottleneck in the development cycle.

When you hover over points in the widget, a popup shows how long the defects remained in each phase, at the selected point.

Defect resolution time by phase

This summary widget displays how long defects remained in each phase. The y-axis shows the number of days that the defects remained in each phase. In the Scope page, you can indicate which phases to track.

In the following example, it is evident that the defects remained in the Rejected phase for longer times than any other stage.

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Test runs burn-down widget

The Test runs burn-down widget shows the execution of your planned runs over time, enabling you to track the convergence of your test execution plan.

This can help you see if testing will be finished by the release deadline, or if you need to increase testing resources if the burn-down is not following expected test execution over time.

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Expert users widget

The Expert users widget is available from the Overview tab of the Quality module. The widget lists users who are most active on a specific application module.

The users are rated with stars that reflect the user expertise. The level of a user's expertise is relative to other users' expertise, and is based on the following metrics:

Metrics Details
Item score

ALM Octane calculates the item scores to measure user expertise for the item owners.

The item score is based on the following metrics:

  • Story points: The number of story points for a work item.
  • Item type constant: Each item type has its own constant score. For example, the score for user stories is four points, and the score for defects is two points.
  • Degradation factor: The correlation value used to assign old work items with less weight (number of story points). For example, work items completed more than four months ago get half the weight of new work items of the same type.

The item score is calculated as follows:

Expert score

Once the item score is calculated using the above formula, ALM Octane sums up the scores for items owned by a user. It then normalizes the scores to a scale of 0 to 100, in order to facilitate the representation.

The item scores are then compared, per user:

  • The user with the lowest item score is assigned an expert score of 0.
  • The user with the highest item score is assigned an expert score of 100.
  • Other users are assigned an expert score ranging from 0 and 100 according to their expertise relative to the users with the lowest and the highest scores.

Based on the expert scores, the user is rated with stars:

  • 3 stars: The user has an expert score exceeding 75.
  • 2 stars: The user has an expert score exceeding 60.
  • 1 star: The user has an expert score exceeding 20.

Note: Users with a score of 20 or less do not get stars.

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Single number (KPI) widget

Available in: ValueEdge and ALM Octane 16.0.400 and later

You can configure a custom summary widget to display critical KPIs, such as critical defects, feature story points, or waste time, as a single number.

Configure the widget as follows:

Fields Values
Scope Configure the scope to display the number for an item type in a release and milestone. Apply additional filters, as necessary.
Display

Configure the following display options:

  • Display type: Number chart.
  • Function: Define whether the widget number should reflect a count, sum, or an average.

    For a sum or average, you also need to select a unit specific of the selected item type, for example Estimated hours, Invested hours, and other.

    Note: The function for the x-axis is not available for the Number chart display type.

  • Use conditional color ranges: By enabling this option, you can set a threshold to display the widget number in a certain color.

    Example: The widget is configured to display the number of critical defects. Apply colors to mark the defect ranges:

    • Red - 20: If the number of critical defects exceeds 20, the widget number will be in red.
    • Yellow - 10: If the number of critical defects ranges from 11-20, the widget number will be in yellow.
    • Green - base: If the number of critical defects ranges from 1-10, the widget number will be in green.

    The colors are configurable. Click the colored circle to select any other color for the number range. If not changed, the default colors will be used.

Tip: Click the widget number to drill down to specific items. Hover over the filter icon to view the applied filters.

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