Archive for January 2022

Spotlight on SpiraPlan 7.0: FMEA Risk Management Comes To Town

January 27th, 2022

As part of the upcoming release of Spira 7.0 in a few months' time, we have added a new plugin architecture that lets us add new specialty features and integrations more easily. In the future, it will also allow customers and partners to build extensions to Spira. We previously mentioned some of the planned plugins we have coming - GitHub, GitLab. In addition, we have a new plugin that will provide support for Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (FMEA) in the Risk Management module in SpiraPlan.

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InflectraCON 2022: The Curious Case of Vanishing Tickets

January 26th, 2022

We have been alerted to the unfortunate fact that our much-coveted Super Early Bird Tickets for InflectraCON 2022 will be vanishing without a trace on January 31, 2022. 😱 We have been busy trying to identify the culprit of this heinous crime but will not be able to apprehend them before this ticket type expires. All we can do now is to say: Bye, Bye Super Early Bird Tickets. We (will) miss you!

But not everything is lost! 

We have the next best thing for you in here👇🏽: 

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How To Convince Your Boss To Send You To InflectraCON 2022 | A Cheat Sheet

January 25th, 2022

If you are like me, you probably have a number of conferences that you'd love to go to but are put off by the idea of having to plead your case with your boss. It is daunting, it takes time to research the benefits of attending, it is a distraction from your day job, it is yet another email you need to write. ARGH....  Long story short - you can not be bothered. 

Enter Thea from InflectraCON and her ready-made email template you can use to justify why it is an excellent idea to send you to InflectraCON - Inflectra's global user conference taking place in Washington DC on May 5-6, 2022.

I know you are busy, so let's dive in! 

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Recap: Using Big Data Analysis to Reduce Test Flakiness

January 24th, 2022

On January 20, Inflectra hosted a webinar called Using Big Data Analysis to Reduce Test Flakiness. Adam Sandman, the Founder, and CEO Of Inflectra, and Denis Markovtsev, Principal Software Developer, covered the following topics in the live webinar:

  • Why Is Test Automation So Hard?

  • Findings from the MOZ 500 Websites

  • So what can we do?

  • Tips and tools that help reduce test flakiness.

If you missed the webinar, we have a full recap below.

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Webinar Recap: SpiraPlan v6 - The Latest and Greatest Features and Enhancements

January 13th, 2022

On January 13, Inflectra hosted a webinar called Spira - The Latest and Greatest Features and Enhancements. Adam Sandman, Founder, and Director of Technology covered the following new features and enhancements:

  1. Support for two new (SSO) providers: OneLogin service and a generic OpenID provider

  2. New Upgraded Rich Text Editor

  3. Ability to edit releases and tasks in both the Gantt and Pert chart views

  4. New custom property types: Password (fully encrypted) Release, Automation Host, and Date and Time

  5. Industry-specific Sample Data for new installs and trials

  6. Built-in diagram tools get additional shapes and options,  including Swimlanes

  7. Editable Parent requirement types versus previous Epic type and simplified SAFe support for requirement types

If you missed the webinar, we have a full recap below.

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Best Practices for Handling Acceptance Criteria

January 10th, 2022

We had a customer ask us what was the recommended way to manage the Acceptance Criteria of requirements in a project. There are actually several different ways you can handle acceptance criteria depending on your exact process (and preference):

  1. You can simply add a custom Rich Text Description textbox to the Requirement artifact. That will appear underneath the main description.
  2. You can use a requirement of type Acceptance criteria and make it a 'Has Steps' type so that you could enter the acceptance checklist as steps.
  3. You create a .Feature file in the documents section and link to the requirement. That way you get the automated Gherkin syntax highlighting.
  4. You can use a test case of type Acceptance Criteria and use the test steps.

We discuss each of these options below:

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