The wait is over—RTC 6.0 is here!
Fans of Rational Team Concert (RTC) have been anxiously awaiting the release of RTC 6.0—the wait is over! For a larger release like this one, it’s difficult to summarize all the changes that have gone in. Even more so, it’s difficult to decide which changes to highlight as pivotal and which ones may be considered minor. In this four part series we’ve tried to highlight a few items planned for delivery in RTC 6.0 worth noting.
Planning has always been one of the arch stones of the RTC story. It’s no surprise then that IBM made this a focal point for development in version 6.0. In version 5.0.2 of the Rational Team Concert product IBM officially introduced the Quick Planner view (this was release as a tech preview in version 5.0.1). This feature builds on the native planning capability already available in the product by making it easier and faster to manage your projects in an task-oriented agile way. Work item organization and creation has been streamlined with this feature to accelerate project workflow. In version 6.0, there were a myriad of updates to this feature. The list below highlights just a few of these updates to the Quick Planner:
- Ability to customize filters with any enumeration-type attribute including custom attributes
- Usage of logical operators in attribute filters.
- Extension of quick-create functionality to include any enumeration-type attribute. This would allow to quickly and easily create items with a particular enumeration value type.
- Optimizing the QP viewer for mobile devices
- Support for the Found In attribute
- Predefined reports from the Jazz Reporting Service are embedded in the QP view
- Task breakdown view allows you to add existing tasks as children quickly.
The volume of improvements to this feature will only help improve end user uptake and clearly represents an effort to migrate some of the most useful features of the planning functionality from the full feature client into the web-interface while simultaneously striving to maintain usability.
To that end, the other major Planning related change you can expect to see in version 6.0 is the removal of the Plan editor in Milestone 11 of this release from the eclipse based client. All planning going forward from this release must be done using the web-client. For traditional users this could represent a pretty significant paradigm shift, especially in organizations looking for a modernization solution for legacy development groups. The shift to a web-based planning solution, while substantial for some, is generally a much more approachable and standardized presentation solution. It’s worth taking this change into consideration when planning your potential forward migration.
While this is not a comprehensive list of the planning changes made in the upcoming release these are two of the major line items. It’s encouraging to see the continued investment in Planning features and functionality—keep up the good work!