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Spira 4.2 User Manual Help Viewer

1. Introduction
2. Functionality Overview
3. User/Project Management
4. Requirements Management
5. Test Case Management
6. Incident Tracking
7. Release Management
8. Task Tracking
9. Resource Tracking
10. Document Management
11. Reports Center
12. Source Code
13. Planning Board
14. Mobile Access
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1. Introduction
2. Functionality Overview
3. User/Project Management
4. Requirements Management
5. Test Case Management
6. Incident Tracking
7. Release Management
8. Task Tracking
9. Resource Tracking
10. Document Management
11. Reports Center
12. Source Code
13. Planning Board
14. Mobile Access

8.2. Task Details

When you click on a task item in the lists displayed on either the main task list page or on the requirement / release details pages, you are taken to the task details page illustrated below:

This page is made up of three areas; the left pane displays the task list navigation as well as the workflow transitions (see below), the upper part of the right pane contains the task detailed information itself, and the bottom part of the right pane displays different information associated with the task.

The navigation pane consists of a link that will take you back to the task list, as well as a list of the other related tasks, nested under their parent requirement. This latter list is useful as a navigation shortcut; you can quickly view the peer requirements or tasks by clicking on the navigation links without having to first return to the requirements or tasks list pages. The navigation list can be switched between five different modes:

  • Current Filter - The list of tasks matching the current filter organized by task folder
  • All Items - The list of all tasks, irrespective of the current filter, organized by task folder
  • Assigned - The list of tasks assigned to the current user grouped by their parent requirement
  • For Release - The list of tasks assigned to the current release or iteration, grouped under that parent release/iteration.
  • For Requirement – The list of tasks associated to the same requirement as the current task as well as other tasks at the same level in the requirement hierarchy.

The top part of the right pane allows you to view and/or edit the name of the particular task. The fields that are available and the fields that are required will depend on your stage in the task workflow. For example a not-started task might not require a “Release” whereas an in-progress task could well do. The types of change allowed and the fields that are enabled/visible/required will depend on how your project administrator has setup the system for you. Administrators should refer to the SpiraTeam Administration Guide for details on configuring the task workflows to better meet their needs.

Depending on the user’s role and whether they are listed as the owner or author of the task, displayed in the left hand side of the page, above the navigation list is a set of allowed workflow operations:

These workflow transitions allow the user to move the task from one status to another. For example when the requirement is in the Developed status, you will be given the options to:

  • Block Task – changes status to “Blocked”
  • Complete Task – changes the status to “Completed”
  • Defer Task - changes the status to “Deferred”
  • Restart Development – changes the status to ‘In-Progress’

After changing the status of the task by clicking on the workflow link, you can then fill in the additional fields that are now enabled and/or required. Once you’ve made the changes to the appropriate task fields, you can either click <Save>, <Save and Close>, or <Save and New> to commit the changes or <Refresh> to discard the changes and reload the task from the database. In addition you can print the current task by clicking <Print>, which will display a printable version of the page in a separate window.

You can specify the subject line for the email, and either a list of email addresses, separated by semicolons, or an existing project user .The content of the email is specified in the System Administration – Notification Templates.

The lower part of the right pane can be in one of four possible modes that can be selected: “Overview Properties”, “Attachments”, “History” and “Associations”. Each of the different views is described separately below.