August 2, 2022
We recently demonstrated SpiraPlan to a large, multinational life sciences manufacturing company. During the series of demonstrations and proof of concepts, we configured SpiraPlan for a set of different use cases, including demand management, application portfolio management, vendor selection and management, change management, application decommissioning, configuration management, and supplier qualification. In this series of articles, we will be highlighting these different use cases and providing best practices and ideas for how to configure SpiraPlan. In this article we will be covering the topic of supplier qualification.Read More
July 20, 2022
We recently demonstrated SpiraPlan to a large, multinational life sciences manufacturing company. During the series of demonstrations and proof of concepts, we configured SpiraPlan for a set of different use cases, including demand management, application portfolio management, vendor selection and management, change management, application decommissioning, configuration management, and supplier qualification. In this series of articles, we will be highlighting these different use cases and providing best practices and ideas for how to configure SpiraPlan. In this article we will be covering the topic of vendor selection and management.Read More
June 24, 2022
Inflectra has launched a series of conversations about Risk Management. In the four virtual events, a panel of expert speakers will highlight lessons learned and best practices in risk prevention, mitigation, and management. This series will cover business, security, operational and technical risks. A particular emphasis will be on addressing risk in regulated industries that work with mission- and safety-critical applications.
Starting on July 14, 2022, the series will cover four topics:
Series details are enclosed.Read More
May 25, 2022
We recently demonstrated SpiraPlan to a large, multinational life sciences manufacturing company. During the series of demonstrations and proof concepts, we configured SpiraPlan for a set of different use cases, including demand management, application portfolio management, vendor selection and management, change management, application decommissioning, configuration management, and supplier qualification. In this series of articles, we will be highlighting these different use cases and providing best practices and ideas for how to configure SpiraPlan. In this article we will be covering the topic of demand management.Read More
January 27, 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.Read More
November 1, 2021
Organizations exist to create value for their customers, shareholders, and stakeholders. Their survival depends on the impact of several known and unknown uncertainties emerging from many types of risks that challenge their ability to deliver value continuously. If you don’t manage risk, risk will manage you. The latter won’t be pleasant for your project.Read More
July 19, 2021
Our development team has been working feverishly on the next version of KronoDesk, our acclaimed help desk solution that adds service desk functionality to our Spira platform. There are many new features and improvements as part of KronoDesk 4.0, and this article focuses on the new support for Microsoft ActiveDirectory and LDAP that will be available in the new version.Read More
July 15, 2021
A customer recently posed this question to us:
We are gathering requirements following a standard template for use cases. In that template we record main scenario and alternative flows like shown on the example below. What is the best way to map primary and alternate use case process flows to requirements inside Spira?
This is a relatively common question, so in this blog we outline some ways you can manage and map use cases inside Spira....Read More
July 7, 2021
On July 1st, Inflectra and Sriram Rajagopalan, Ph.D., hosted a webinar on the 4th Industrial Revolution: Industry Trends Post COVID-19, covering the following areas of interest:
Overview of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): cyber-physical systems and a transition past the 3rd Industrial Revolution
Introduction to the Six Global Megatrends: globalization 2.0, technological convergence, a digital era of 4IR
Lessons learned from COVID-19: impact on industries and acceleration of trends
The emergence of risk management as a cross-functional domain across all roles and products in the enterprise.
The webinar presentation, blog, and recording are enclosed here👇Read More
May 26, 2021
Welcome to your one-stop-shop for all Spira v6 Getting Started Videos!
We are glad you are interested in learning the fundamentals of Inflectra’s QA, ALM, and Enterprise Agile Program Management platforms! This video playlist will help you to smoothly navigate our award-winning platforms, onboard your team members, as well as help you toward your Spira certification efforts under Inflectra's new Initiative called Spira Academy!
The below series of videos explores the most fundamental aspects of the three Spira platforms - SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan. The videos are divided into:
the Cross-Cutting Spira features for all Spira products,
the SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan-only features.
Begin your adventure with our Getting Started with Spira series’ below!Read More
May 13, 2021
On May 12th, Inflectra hosted a webinar on Spira version 6.9 in which we covered the new and enhanced functionality, including:
Enhanced Requirements Management Document Views
New Odata functionality for SpiraPlan
99 Custom Properties
Baselining enhancements for SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan.
If you missed the webinar, we have a full for your cap below 👇Read More
April 15, 2021
It is widely agreed in the software industry that one of the keys to delivering high-quality products is to get the requirements "right." However, there is far less consensus on what "right" actually means and even less consensus on the best way to get there. So having powerful requirements management and requirements traceability is vitally important to the software development and testing process. In our latest version of SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan, we have improved the new requirements document view to make it more useful for business analysts (BAs) and other team members.Read More
February 19, 2021
On February 18, 2021, Inflectra's Sriram Rajagopalan, Ph.D., led a discussion on the An Emerging Role of Project Management in Drug Discovery and Supply Chain. If you missed the webinar, please enjoy this recap, complete with the video recording and the presentation.
In this webinar, the presenter covered the following topics:
January 25, 2021
We are excited about the next release of Spira 6.8, due to be released in March. This new version includes major enhancements to the documents management module to allow users the create and edit inline content directly in Spira. Customers have asked us for ways to make authoring the unstructured, freeform content easier in Spira, similar to how they could use a Wiki, Google Docs, or Confluence page. This new functionality lets you write plain text, rich text, and markdown inside Spira and have all of the versioning and workflow capabilities at your disposal. Of course, you can link this content to your requirements, test cases, and other Spira artifacts.Read More
January 7, 2021
We are excited about the next release of Spira 6.7.1, due to be released in early February 2021. One of the key new features is the ability to automatically save generated reports from the Reports center into the Documents Management module, where they can be archived and versioned.Read More
November 17, 2020
We are excited about the next release of Spira 6.7 that is due to be released in early December. As mentioned in the previous article on the new release, a key area of focus in this new release is improving the experience and functionality for developers and development teams. With that in mind, we have revamped the source code management and documents management module, and for the first time, there is now a way to view rendered markdown files directly in Spira.Read More
June 22, 2020
On June 16th, 2020, Inflectra's agile champion - Sriram Rajagopalan, Ph.D. hosted the last webinar in the Risk Management webinar series. The webinar explored why to use a “Benefits Register” in programs and portfolios.
If you missed the webinar, please enjoy this recap, complete with a video recording.
The webinar covered the following areas:
June 10, 2020
As we get ready for the upcoming release of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan, we'd like to introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. This release builds on top of the new program and portfolio management views in v6.5 and adds some new features and reporting widgets.Read More
May 5, 2020
Often we get asked the question, how do you determine the Return on Investment (ROI) of purchasing and using SpiraTest to manage a team's requirements, test cases and defects. If the organization in question is using another tool (for example Micro Focus / HP ALM) it is easy, you simply compare features and license cost. However what is the ROI and business case for teams that are using manual methods, using MS-Word and MS-Excel instead of a tool? This is a bit trickier to calculate, so don't worry - we've put together a handy spreadsheet to help you out!Read More
April 28, 2020
On April 23, 2020, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan hosted a webinar called: Why to use RACI to Manage Stakeholders? This is the 1st webinar in the Risk Management series by Inflectra. If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.
The webinar covers the following topics:
April 23, 2020
As we get ready for the upcoming release of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan, we'd like to introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. This release includes two main features, plus lots of smaller enhancements and bug fixes. The two main marquee features are Portfolio and Program Management Dashboards, and new additional views of the release and task pages, including a Gantt view that will enhance our support for traditional waterfall and hybrid projects.Read More
April 1, 2020
Project management software has been around long enough that it’s fairly ubiquitous for businesses of all types. Teams from sales and marketing to manufacturing and software development use project management software to organize the myriad moving parts of business projects. But modern project management software doesn’t stop at tracking projects. Valuable features and reporting built right into today’s PM platforms make it easy for teams to use the software to help them build better processes, save time, and increase profitability across an organization.Read More
February 12, 2020
In the following article, Sriram Rajagopalan - Inflectra's Enterprise Agile Champion shares his thoughts and experience managing program and portfolios.
This blog complements Inflectra's February 7th webinar on the same topic, with the webinar recording available inside.Read More
February 4, 2020
In the following post Sriram Rajagopalan - Inflectra's Enterprise Agile Champion discusses the theory of leadership in product management and the use of lean approaches for acceleration of organizational growth
This blog complements Inflectra's January 23 webinar on the same topic, with the webinar recording available inside.Read More
February 4, 2020
On January 23, 2020 Inflectra hosted a live webinar: How To Incorporate Lean & Kanban in Product Lifecycle Management. If you missed the webinar, here is a recap of the most important take-aways 👇:Read More
December 12, 2019
SpiraPlan is an easy to use, complete solution for managing your product development lifecycle. In this article we discuss the top 10 features you should look for in a product development tool, and why you should choose SpiraPlan over other tools on the market that offer features for product development.Read More
August 20, 2019
As we get ready for the release of SpiraPlan 6.2 later this month, we'd like too introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. In the third installment of this series, we're excited to announce some key enhancements to the risk management module in SpiraPlan. This new functionality extends the power of the risk management features and also better integrates them into the rest of the SpiraPlan platform.Read More
August 8, 2019
As we get ready for the release of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan 6.2 later this month, we'd like too introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. In the first installment of this series, we're excited to announce the new requirements management views that have been added to SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan 6.2. They are designed to better serve the needs of the Business Analyst community who often need different views of requirements than the project teams and project managers.Read More
June 20, 2019
The theme this month is Risk Management, with the new functionality available in SpiraPlan v6.0 as well as the article on Risk Management in Agile Initiatives from Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan that we features earlier in the week. In this article we discuss some important tricks and tips from one of our key partners - Peter Brackstone from Influence IT Consulting in Brisbane, Australia.Read More
June 18, 2019
The principles of risk management play a pivotal role in the project management framework. While the principles of project management do not specifically recommend waterfall approach, some agile practitioners incorrectly disassociate from the principles of project risk management in agile approaches to product development or project management.Read More
May 24, 2019
On May 16, Inflectra hosted a webinar: 4 Key Elements of Inflectra's New Spira 6.0 to introduce the latest enhancements to the SpiraTest, SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam to its loyal customers as well as other interested parties.
Some of you may have missed the webinar. that is why we are sharing the recording with you.Read More
February 28, 2019
The blog is produced in conjunction with Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
The corporate business practices have evolved significantly. The products we develop are getting more complex and sophisticated. No longer are the software always having a graphical user interface for users, as wearable technologies and surgical implants transmitting updates to a mobile app are becoming commonplace. These emerging products, applications, and services will require identifying, gathering, and grooming requirements critical aspects of project management and product development.Read More
February 5, 2019
As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraPlan v6.0, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. In this third installment of the blog series on the new version we'll be discussing the new enterprise risk management features, including support for risks, mitigations, tasks and risk cubes.Read More
January 31, 2019
On January 24, 2019, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan offered to a group of aspiring agilists a webinar on Five Principles to Managing Your Application Lifecycle with SpiraTeam®. The webinar is part of Inflectra's certificate course called: Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
If you missed the webinar, we understand - and are happy to share with you the most important take aways from the webinar.Read More
January 28, 2019
As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v6.0, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. In the second installment of the blog series on the new version we'll be discussing the new document management features, including workflows, and check-in / check-out functionality.Read More
January 25, 2019
The blog is produced in conjunction with Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
Often, when people hear about application lifecycle management, they interpret the terminology with things they know. Project Managers or Scrum Masters will think of the current scope of the project or the specific iteration/release that has a known scope and relatively short duration. Business Analysts, Product Managers, and Product Owners think of the product lifecycle management that has an uncertain scope and unclearly long duration. Architects, Designers, Developers, and Testers focus on software development lifecycle. Operations, Service Delivery, Program Managers and Portfolio Managers think of the deployment considerations, release documentation, and benefits realization.Read More
December 24, 2018
As I was concluding a capstone class on project management, there was a question from a few students on whether there is any scope of career growth for project management as a profession with the increased focus on agile principles. Questioning further on the root cause of this concern was the fact that agile approaches, such as Scrum, does not call for a project manager role and the focus is only on product management. In a brief attempt to address this ongoing confusions thinking product and project management are mutually exclusive disciplines with product management slaying the project management field, I explain here the ongoing need for the symbiotic relationship between these two disciplines.Read More
December 17, 2018
As a firm believer in continuous improvement, I have always been monitoring the external environment to find new trends and equip myself with this knowledge. One of these interests was understanding more about Program and Portfolio Management.Read More
December 11, 2018
One of the major reasons that software projects are cancelled, fail to deliver the expected value or experience massive cost / budget overruns is due to a failure to grasp the risk and issues associated with managing the scope. This article describes the three most common types of scope management failure with suggestions of how to avoid such a fate.Read More
September 5, 2018
Someone on Quora asked the question - "Which test management tools provide integration with Selenium & CI tools?". When I read this question, it was interesting, as we do get this question quite a lot, and the answer does depend a lot on which flavor of Selenium your are talking about, and which CI tools in particular you want to use.Read More
July 18, 2018
Would you like to have a realistic, full production-like data set available in your test management suite? Having all the exceptions, pollution and human or system made data entry errors available before an application or release goes life is a major quality assurance advantage. Just read the news and learn about some of the recent IT failures due to data migration or testing without a realistic set of sample data.
Imagine the reduction of the amount of rework when you have a professional test data solution directly available in SpiraTest and in your test and acceptance environments. Moreover, adding realistic automated test data to Rapise would rapidly increase the value & quality of your data-driven automated regression testing.Read More
July 5, 2018
When it comes to project management strategies, most people think of development teams.
Whether they’re focused software, websites, inventory, or any number of items, the intricacies of successfully developing a viable product require stringent tracking. There are many phases between brainstorming and product launch, most of which generally consist of numerous smaller tasks, which can be broken down into several more specific tasks. With so many hands in the honey pot, disorganization quickly leads to sticky situations.
This post, however, is not about development teams. It’s about introducing project management to the rest of your company to help clear up and prevent sticky situations.Read More
March 13, 2018
Late last year we decided to migrate our core applications - SpiraTeam, KronoDesk and Rapise - from our legacy on-premise Subversion server (that we had been using since 2007) to our own cloud hosted TaraVault service. We realized we should always be using the same services as our customers, commonly known in the industry as "eating your own dogfood". If we didn't like something in TaraVault, we would be motivated to change it!Read More
January 29, 2018
We shall be releasing the latest update of our powerful, award-winning test management system - SpiraTest in a few weeks, so we thought it would be good to highlight some of the new features coming your way.Read More
January 23, 2018
As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v5.4, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. Last week we discussed the new graphs and charts, so this time we shall be illustrating the new program management features in SpiraPlan v5.4. In addition, this is the first release of the new SpiraPlan that we discussed in December, it has all of the functionality of SpiraTeam, but in addition has the new program planning features.Read More
December 15, 2017
We have some big news to share for 2018!
Based on extensive feedback and discussions with our customers during the user summits and consultations with our partners, we are making some changes to our product lineup next year. The big news is that we will be retiring our existing "SpiraPlan" feature set, and launching a new SpiraPlan edition of our Spira ALM platform that will cater to the needs of programs, portfolios, and enterprises.Read More
December 6, 2017
We always want to make things easy for our customers, and many of our recent customers have been looking to move to SpiraTest for their test management because they are excited about the new exploratory testing features, easy to use drag-and-drop user interface, integrated requirements management, and the powerful reporting and analytics. They are also concerned that their old legacy test management tool will no longer be supported or developed due to a recent company acquisition (TestRail by IDERA, HPE by Micro Focus, etc.). So to augment our line up of migration tools that we already have for HP ALM, Microsoft Test Manager, Excel, Word and Google Sheets, we have added a new migration tool to streamline switching from TestRail to SpiraTest.Read More
July 21, 2017
Many of our customers choose SpiraPlan or SpiraTeam because they are using agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban and need a powerful tool to manage their project backlogs, releases, sprints, iterations and programs. They are often using different tools for planning, bug tracking and requirements which hampers the ability to see the status of their project in one place.Read More
July 7, 2017
Many of our customers choose SpiraTest because they are tired of using manual paper-based methods such as Microsoft Excel or Word. They want to be able to more easily manage their testing, record test results and see in real-time the progress and status of their testing activities.Read More
April 24, 2017
We're very excited about the next version of SpiraTest (also SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam) coming out on April 26th. It includes a set of enhancements to the test management functionality that were a favorite of our testers at the recent user summits in Europe. In this article, we'd like to highlight three of these popular changes:
Read more on how these upgrades to SpiraTest will make your life as a test manager much easier!Read More
March 15, 2017
Over the years, we have received countless requests to introduce a feature allowing users to "hand-off" a test run that is already in progress from one tester to another. This lets person A do some testing and then dynamically hand it over to person B who can finish off the test run. In the current version (5.1) you have to start a new test execution. Well now.... despite us telling customers that this feature would probably not be included in Spiratest v5.2, we have some good news and some better news:Read More
February 7, 2017
The principles of lean have always focused on maximizing the value delivery. In fact, the Japanese term Muda (Arnheiter & Maleyeff, 2005) refers to the seven different types of wastes that one should remove. In this guest post from our agile transformation partner Sriram Rajagopalan, we discuss the types of waste that can be eliminated using a Lean methodology, and the role of Management Debt in perpetuating wasteful practices.Read More
February 1, 2017
As part of Inflectra’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, we are developing fresh and innovative approaches to giving back to our global user community as well as to our local community in DC metropolitan area.
Along with our internship program, announced in January 2017, Inflectra is expanding its training capabilities in order to offer our fans an array of virtual resources to meet their software development needs. Furthermore, while our users are spread widely across the world, we, at Inflectra, see a great value in forging North to South cooperation and skills-transfer to build our follower base in the global South. In an increasingly globalized world, we are using multiple social media channels to reach and engage tech-savvy youth of various backgrounds everywhere.Read More
August 30, 2016
The disciplines of PLM and ALM are increasingly entwined together with the rise of smart consumer devices as well as Internet-enabled industrial systems. Managers need to be able to plan their entire lifecycle, both products and applications. We see a convergence into “Enterprise Lifecycle Management” or ELM in the same way that Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Accounting converged into ERP.
April 28, 2016
We had the privilege of attending the first Test Masters Academy Conference in NYC this week. The focus of the event was on Test Management Agility, with speakers providing insights from companies as diverse as Johnson&Johnson and Spotify. We thought it would be interesting to recant some of our key takeaways from the event.
February 5, 2016
Some people think in fully-formed and eloquent prose (like Supreme Court Justices). The rest of us either think in shorter-form lists and phrases, or visually with pictures. We want to know if our users would benefit from richer integration and use of visual tools and diagrams in SpiraTeam.
November 25, 2015
We often think of a release as a simple idea, you have a new version (say 1.0) of a product and you plan on releasing it on a specific date. You might then divide up that release into either iterations or sprints if you're using an agile approach or perhaps phases if using a waterfall one. You then want to be able to report at the project, release and iteration level. Well after much feedback from customers, we found that customers need more than that...
August 11, 2015
People often email us to ask if it is possible to have more than one owner in SpiraTeam when assigning a requirement, test case, incident or task. They also often ask us why we named the field 'owner' rather than 'assignee'. Well these two decisions were actually thoughtfully made and not just at random.
May 20, 2015
User Stories are often characterized by relatively short, uncomplicated and informal descriptions, whereas Use Cases are often longer, more formally structured descriptions of not only the user need but also other details. Can Use Cases strike a balance between the need for agility and the need for more information, and if so, how? Read More
May 13, 2015
In this conclusion we shall see that migration to a test management or requirements management tool can be easier than it might seem initially. Read More
May 12, 2015
Finding the best test management solution for your needs can be a tough task for organizations at times. With a variety of tools heading neck-to-neck in the market, a Quality and Test Management software to support your quality assurance, application security, and performance validation can lead to a lot of confusion. Read More
May 7, 2015
When making the transition from document-oriented information storage to record-oriented information management tools, there are a number of problems which can make the process difficult, or even unsuccessful. This second part of our series explains how such pitfalls can occur. Read More
May 5, 2015
Have you ever tried to write a letter in a spreadsheet? Ridiculous idea, right? Or perhaps you’ve tried to do the opposite and store discrete, record-oriented information in a word processor? It can be done using tables, but it’s easier with a spreadsheet. Read More
September 9, 2014
In this item we continue our examination of various Agile methodology ideas and ask whether they are valid or whether they are in fact, industry myths. Read More
September 4, 2014
It is a month till release, and the CEO comes out of the office and says we need a new feature for the release. A week later he modifies the new feature. The developer works hard to please him and delivers, but he doesn't like it. The requirement changes again and now we are a few days from release. how are we going to debug, test, and verify for release if things keep changing? Read More
July 8, 2014
The Product Manager role (unlike that of the project manager) is arguably the least well understood of all the software project development disciplines and varies greatly in definition and implementation from one organization to another. This blog discusses how the role of the product manager has been changed by the move to agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban. Read More
June 4, 2014
While it might seem that the most important consideration when choosing a test management software tool is the set of basic tool features supporting the test process itself, you should not neglect a wide range of other questions that could make or break your test management tool choice. This whitepaper identifies the key attributes you should look for in a test management solution. Read More
April 16, 2014
For a considerable period of time, we did well organized testing, but not against requirements that were formally defined.
Why was it deemed necessary to automate the test management process before there were any decent tools for recording exactly what we were testing for? Read More
April 1, 2014
(aka The Changing Role of the Modern Father)
One of the difficulties of moving from waterfall to an Agile development process is the breaking down of silos of responsibility, including that of the product owner. No longer the deliverer of the requirements 'master-specification', the product owner now participates throughout the entire process, sharing the requirements management task and taking on new, varied and, sometimes unexpected, responsibilities.Read More
March 11, 2014
Requirements Engineering (RE) is often trivialized as an activity performed by well meaning analysts before they start doing the real work of specifying a product. This whitepaper introduces the critical processes and procedures used when executing effective Requirements Engineering as part of an overall successful project. Read More
February 24, 2014
If you are looking for a requirements management tool, you probably don't need to be told how important requirements management is. There are a number of standard questions to be asked when selecting any software product for your organization. Read More