Managing ALM Octane Entities from within PPM

When a PPM request type is mapped with an entity type such as feature and user story and an agile project in ALM Octane:

  • Creating and moving a request of the request type to a certain workflow step in PPM would automatically create a mapped entity in the mapped project in ALM Octane.
  • Changes in the request or the agile entity are synced between PPM and ALM Octane.

This allows users of both applications to participate in the processing of requests, defects, features, user stories, and so on.

This section details on how to manage an ALM Octane entity from within PPM.

What are Qualified Request Types?

If you want to manage an ALM Octane entity through managing a mapped PPM request in PPM, the PPM request should belong to a request type that meets the following requirements:

Requirement Description

The request type is enabled.

Make sure the request type is active.
The request header type for the request type includes the field group: Agile Integration Info.

This field group in the PPM request details page contains details of the mapped ALM Octane entity.

To add the Agile Integration Info field group to a request header type, see Request Header Type Field Groups .

 

The request type is assigned a workflow, and the workflow contains an execution workflow step that has the following special command added:

ksc_create_agile_requirement '[REQ.REQUEST_ID]'

When you create a request of the request type in PPM, and when the request moves to the execution workflow step, the special command triggers the action of creating a mapped agile entity in ALM Octane.

To assign a workflow to a request type, see Creating Simple Default Rules for Request Types .

To add the special command to an execution workflow step:

  1. In PPM Workbench, open Configuration > Workflows.
  2. Open the target workflow, and go to the Layout tab.
  3. Right-click the execution step, and select Edit Source.
  4. In the Execution Type field, select Workflow Step Commands.
  5. In the Execution section, click New Cmd
  6. In the New Command window, give the command a name, and in the Steps field, type ksc_create_agile_requirement '[REQ.REQUEST_ID]'.
  7. Click Add to add the command, and click Save to save the changes to the execution step.

Mapping PPM Request Types with ALM Octane Entity Types

When a PPM request type is mapped with an ALM Octane entity type, creating a request of the request type in PPM enables creating an entity of the entity type in ALM Octane. You can map the same PPM request type with different ALM Octane entity types that are managed in different ALM Octane projects.

To map a qualified PPM request type with an ALM Octane entity type:

  1. Add an ALM Octane instance. See Adding an ALM Octane Agile Instance.
  2. In the Request Mapping tab of the instance, click the add icon next to Request Type Mapping.

  3. Establish a mapping between a PPM request type and an ALM Octane entity type.

    PPM Request Type Select a PPM request type to map.
    Agile Project Select an ALM Octane project where a mapped ALM Octane entity is to be created.
    Agile Entity Type

    Select an ALM Octane entity type to map with the PPM request type.

    For example, if you select Feature, it means creating a PPM request of the request type would create a feature in the ALM Octane project.

    Mapping Status

    Whether the mapping is enabled or not.

    You can only enable a request type mapping after you have set up field mappings for it.

  4. Click Save.
  5. Add field mappings to enable the request type mapping.

    Field mappings work in the way that:

    • When you create a request in PPM, the values in the request fields are auto-filled in the mapped ALM Octane entity fields.
    • When you update a field in the PPM request or ALM Octane entity, the field value is synced from PPM to ALM Octane, or from ALM Octane to PPM, or bi-directionally, depending on how sync direction is set for the field mapping.

    To add a field mapping:

    1. Click the add icon next to Field Mapping.

    2. Add mappings between PPM request fields and ALM Octane entity fields.

      PPM Request Field

      Select a PPM request field to map.

      PPM request fields available for mapping are text fields, user fields, and user list fields. Only auto-complete list fields validated by SQL-User are shown here as user fields and user list fields.

      Agile Entity Field

      Select an ALM Octane entity field to map with the PPM request field.

      ALM Octane entity fields available for mapping are string fields and user list fields.

      We recommend you map PPM text fields with ALM Octane string fields, and map PPM user or user list fields with ALM Octane user list fields.

      Sync Direction
      • From PPM to Agile: the value of the PPM field overrides the value of the mapped ALM Octane field.
      • From Agile to PPM: the value of the ALM Octane field overrides the value of the mapped PPM field.
      • Bi-directional: the value of the field whose last update date is later overrides the value of the other field.

        Note: Make sure the clocks in the PPM server and ALM Octane server are synched. Otherwise, changes done in ALM Octane might override changes done in PPM even when the changes in PPM are done after the changes in ALM Octane.

    3. Click Save.
    4. Repeat a through c to add other field mappings.
  6. Click in the Request Type Mapping line to enable the request type mapping.
  7. (Optional) If you want to receive email notifications when the request type mapping error occurs or the mapping creates or updates agile entities in ALM Octane, set up email notifications for the request type mapping.

    1. Select the request type mapping, and click in the Request Type Mapping line.
    2. Specify when and how often email notifications are sent and sent to whom.
    3. Click Save.

    Email notifications provide the same information as event logs. See Viewing Event Logs.

Creating an ALM Octane Entity by Creating a PPM Request

  1. Make sure the ALM Octane entity type is mapped with a PPM request type, and the mapping is enabled.
  2. From the PPM menu, select Create > Request, and click the mapped PPM request type.
  3. In the Create New <PPM_Request_Type> page, Agile Integration Info section, provide the following information.

    Agile Instance Name Select the ALM Octane instance where the mapping is created.
    Agile Project Select the agile project where you want the ALM Octane entity to be created.
    Agile Entity Type Select the entity type that the ALM Octane entity belongs to.
    Sync Flag
    • If yes, the PPM request would trigger creating a mapped agile entity in ALM Octane, and the value changes of mapped fields are synced between PPM and ALM Octane. See How Changes are Synced between PPM and ALM Octane.
    • If no, the PPM request does not trigger creating a mapped agile entity in ALM Octane.

      If you change sync flag to no after the PPM request successfully creates a mapped agile entity in ALM Octane, the value changes of mapped fields are not synced between PPM and ALM Octane.

    Agile Entity ID

    Not editable when creating or update the request.

    It shows link of the ALM Octane entity after the request is submitted and moved to a certain workflow step where the mapped agile entity is created in ALM Octane.

    Do not edit these fields after creating the request, otherwise, the sync between the request and the agile entity may fail.

  4. Provide other request information.
  5. Submit the request.

    When the request moves to the workflow step where the special command ksc_create_agile_requirement '[REQ.REQUEST_ID]' is added, an entity of the selected agile entity type is created in the selected agile project in ALM Octane. You can click the link in the Agile Entity ID field to open the entity in ALM Octane.

What if a field is required in ALM Octane but its mapped field in PPM request is not filled?

It might happen that a field is required when creating an ALM Octane entity but the field is not mapped to a PPM request field, or its mapped PPM field is not filled.

In this case, to avoid ALM Octane entity creation failure, PPM would give a default value to the required ALM Octane entity field when creating the entity.

For example, the Name field is required when creating a user story in ALM Octane. If the mapped PPM field is not filled, the Name field would be auto-filled with the default message "This user story is auto-created by the mapped PPM request <request_id>."

How Changes are Synced between PPM and ALM Octane

When you create a request of a request type that is mapped with an ALM Octane entity type, and set the request field Sync Flag to Yes, the value changes that happen in mapped fields are synced regularly between PPM and ALM Octane.

  • The sync happens every time when the background service External Request Info Sync Service runs.
  • The background service syncs the field value changes according to how the sync direction is set for each field mapping. See Sync Direction.

Viewing Event Logs

Event logs keep records of:

  • Whether a PPM request or an ALM Octane entity was created, updated, or deleted.
  • Date and time of the event.
  • Whether an error occurs to an event.
  • Other details.

To view event logs of a request type mapping,

  1. Select the request type mapping and click .
  2. You can search the log for all the events that are logged for that request type mapping or for only their error events, over the date range you specify.