What's new in 15.1.90

The following new features and enhancements are introduced in the ALM Octane 15.1.90 release.

SaaS: For the most recent SaaS updates, see What's New in ValueEdge Agile, Quality, Release & Insights.

Release highlights

Following are highlights of the release:

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What's new in 15.1.90

My Work

The My Work area has been fully redesigned. It now provides you with the full array of ALM Octane capabilities. My Work now uses the standard ALM Octane grid view, enabling you to perform regular actions such as filtering, grouping, sorting, adding columns, and bulk updates.

The new view is enabled by default. You can use a toggle to switch to the old view if needed.

For details, see The My Work area.

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Backlog and Requirements

The following backlog enhancements are now available:

Enhancement Details
Features timeline

Track your feature progress with new feature timelines.

A new Grid Timeline view in the Features tab displays color-coded bars for each feature, illustrating the feature's progress over the release timeline. Each feature is represented by a colored bar indicating its current phase. The bars are positioned according to the feature's start time and target milestone.

For details, see Analyze the release.

Defects recycle bin

Defects that you delete are now placed in a recycle bin. You can restore defects from the recycle bin to the workspace.

For details, see Restore or delete defects from the recycle bin.

Requirement description versions

You can now save changes to requirement descriptions as a version, and then compare changes between versions.

For details, see Requirement management.

Import tasks You can now import tasks from an Excel file. For details, see Import from Excel.

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The following quality enhancements are available:

Enhancement Details
Quality risk analysis ALM Octane now includes quality risk insights that indicate which areas in your product are at high risk and may require further testing. Application modules are assigned quality risk scores that allow you to identify the problematic areas.

For details, see Quality risk analytics.

Test coverage for a specific work item

For manual and automated runs, you can customize test runs to cover specific work items, such as epics, features, and defects.

For details, see Test specific backlog items.

Copy tests across workspaces You can now copy manual and Gherkin tests from one workspace to another. For details, see Copy or move items to another workspace.
Manual runner timer You can now measure the duration of manual or Gherkin test runs automatically. The timer starts when the Manual Runner window is launched, and stops when the Manual Runner window is closed. For details, see Test execution.
Test suite history The History tab for test suites now includes logs on reordering tests in a test suite. This is in addition to the logs on adding and removing tests in the test suite.
Link to custom run reports

If you use custom test run reports, you can now define a URL pattern in your job configuration or test runner, pointing to the report location. Automated test run results in ALM Octane will include a link to the custom report as defined by the URL pattern.

For details, see the step "Test Run Reports" in Define test and test run information.

Environment value passed to test runner In the test execution framework, the environment value is now passed to the test runner job for multiple automated runs with the same environment.

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The following pipeline enhancements are available:

Area Enhancement
SCM Branches
  • If you configure ALM Octane to link to your Source Control Management (SCM) system, the Branches tab now shows the branches associated with features, stories, and defects. You can also see details about each branch such as its SCM user, when it was created and updated, and whether it has commits or pull requests. For details, see Track branches in your SCM system.

  • A new external action, Create Branch, enables you to create a branch in your SCM repository from within an ALM Octane entity. This enables you (for example) to create a feature in ALM Octane, and then select the Create Branch menu command to create a branch in your repository for this feature. You can use the SCM Change Pattern settings to name the branch using your branch naming template. The following SCM systems are currently supported: Bitbucket Server, Bitbucket Cloud, and Github Cloud. For details, see ALM Octane Create Branch External Action.

Run automated tests on any host If you don't have a dedicated CI server, and you only need a lightweight CI to be used primarily for triggering UFT One test runs from ALM Octane, you can use the new Minimal Jenkins Installation for ALM Octane. For details, see Before you set up the integration.

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A new powerful widget reflects relationships between a selected primary entity and a secondary entity. For example, you can see all of your team’s features and the defects that cover them.

For details and more examples, see ALM Octane dashboard.

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Release processes

The following enhancements are now available in release processes:

Area Enhancement
Query criteria

In addition to user-input criteria, you can now define query criteria in quality gates.

You define a rule that checks whether the number of items within a given scope meets a specified condition. ALM Octane automatically evaluates the criterion, and passes or fails the criterion accordingly.

For details, see Define quality gates.

Dashboard widgets

You can create dashboard summary widgets based on processes.

You can filter and group the processes based on attributes of the current stage (cross filtering and cross grouping). For example, show all active processes with CurrentStage.Type = 'Testing'.

You can also cross filter the release processes grid based on attributes of the current stage.

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The following usability enhancements are now available:

Enhancement Details
New rich-text editor A new rich-text editor is now used in memo fields and comments. The editor has an improved user interface and several additional capabilities.
Quick reply Quick reply on comments is now supported on mobile devices. For details, see Comment on items.
Import tags You can now import items from Excel that contain new tags. The new tags are added to the list of available tags in ValueEdge and ALM Octane.

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The following administration updates are now applied:

Enhancement Details
Export and import spaces enhancement When exporting and importing a space's data, you can now include Elasticsearch data such as history, trends, and audit information. For details, see Export and import spaces.
Uninstall licenses The site admin can now uninstall license files. For details, see Manage licenses.
Hardened HTTPS Your on-premises environment working with HTTPS is now further reinforced: If ValueEdge and ALM Octane is defined in octane.conf > app-url as using HTTPS protocol, users trying to access ALM Octane with HTTP will now be blocked.
Upgrade troubleshooting If you are upgrading to version 16.1.100, review the section "Troubleshooting HTTPS filtering" in the Linux Upgrade Guide or Windows Upgrade Guide.

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The following changes and enhancements now apply to attachments:

  • You can now paste images into comments. The images are saved as attachments of the item. For example, if you paste an image in a defect's comment, the image is added to the defect's attachments. For details, see Attachments.
  • In the past, images that you embedded in memo fields via REST API were saved to the database as base64 strings, as part of the memo field entries. You could embed any number of images to any memo field.

    Now, images that you embed in memo fields via REST API are handled the same way as images pasted in the UI: The images are converted to image files. The files are saved in the file repository and referenced from the selected memo field.

    The same rules that govern uploading attachments via the UI now apply to images posted via REST API.

    For details, see Embedded images.

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Supported platforms

Following are changes to supported platforms:

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External actions

You can now do the following with external actions:

  • Host external actions in ALM Octane.
  • Establish trust to another server that hosts external actions using CORS.

For details, see Create external actions.

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The following miscellaneous updates are included in this release:

  • The Access granted field is renamed Data access categories.
  • The Assign to Users business rule action is renamed Add to stakeholder's My Work area.
  • The Comment on behalf permission is used to identify comments by users when using the API key to import. The permission is intended for integrations only, and should not be used for any other purpose. The permission has moved under a new Integrations heading.

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