The following new features and enhancements are introduced in ALM Octane versions 12.53.18 and 12.53.19:
A Preview pane for backlog items and tests is now available in the Team Backlog, Quality, and Defects modules. You can update the item's phase and add comments directly from the Preview pane.
In addition, this preview view is available inside selection dialogs when adding items, such as tests for a test suite:
For details, see Preview an item.
We made the following improvements to the task and story boards:
Work with defects in a story board in the Defects module:
You can add new stories directly from inside the story board:
You can scroll each column inside the board independently.
In the Team Backlog module, drag and drop items from the board to a team member bucket to assign the item to a team member.
Merge, minimize, or hide story board columns.
The story board now provides a combined view for user stories, quality stories and defects.
You can now create autofill lists to use when creating a new backlog item. Specify field values that you want to re-use in future backlog items, save the autofill groups, and retrieve it in when creating additional entities of the same type.
For details, see Use autofill lists for new Backlog items.
You can now define filters and favorites using dynamic [current] and [default] release values.
You can filter the application modules tree to display only selected top-level nodes. The Application Modules parent node then displays a summary of the selected nodes only.
For details, see Work with application modules.
ALM Octane helps you identify application modules that have been recently affected by development:
Dashboards: The Commits by application module widget shows how many of the changes committed in your SCM are associated with each application module.
Pipelines module: View the application modules associated with failing automated tests.
For details, see Identify application modules affected by recent development.
The test suite has been redesigned allowing you to run test suites in a more flexible manner.
When running a test suite, you can:
Assign test runs within a particular suite run to different owners.
Duplicate a test run within a suite run, enabling you to run the same test on a different environment.
Execute a partial run of the test suite, instead of the entire test suite.
View defects opened during a particular test suite run. Available both from within the test suite and the Defects module.
A consolidated test suite run report displaying all the tests in a test suite run, and all the steps in these tests.
For details, see Run test suites.
A new version of the HPE ALM Octane CI plugin is available. This version requires you to add a HPE Octane Cucumber test reporter step to your build job in Jenkins when working with Gherkin automated tests. This enables smoother delivery of the Gherkin test results to ALM Octane.
For details, see Create a build job in Jenkins.
On the DevOps > Test Assignment Rules settings page, you can now create rules that assign owners, as well as application modules, to automated tests.
Assign owners to automated tests to help accelerate problem resolution. In addition to using these rules, you can manually assign an owner to any type of test.
The rule editor now enables you to filter, sort, and group rules, and also to assign multiple application modules in a single rule.
For details, see Create and manage test assignment rules.
Run, track, and analyze UFT tests from ALM Octane.
Use a Jenkins job to run UFT tests stored in ALM or in a source code repository. Trigger the job from ALM Octane and analyze the tests and test runs in ALM Octane.
For details, see Automated testing flow.
The Overview tab of the Backlog and Quality modules now supports up to 10 widgets.
Dashboard graphs now support totals of number-type user-defined fields.
You can now duplicate an existing widget configuration to assist you in configuring additional widgets.
You can view dashboard widgets in full screen view.
Agile and trend-based widgets are available in the Overview tab of the Backlog modules
DevOps admin permissions are required.
ALM Octane now supports Bamboo CI servers, in addition to Jenkins and TeamCity. Set up integration with your Bamboo CI server and monitor your build pipelines, automated testing and SCM changes.
For details, see Install and configure the HPE ALM Octane CI plugin on your CI server.
Send pipeline failure notifications to committers: Configure your pipeline to send an email notification upon build failure to anyone who committed a change in that build.
For details, see Track commits associated with a pipeline run.
Automated tests and failure analysis
Latest pipeline run tag. Filter tests and test runs to show only tests that are currently in use. The display will include only manual tests and automated tests that ran as part of a pipeline's latest run.
Note: This tag is included by default in the Scope configuration of widgets based on test runs.
For details, see Analyze automated test run results.
Problematic tests widget in pipeline. A pipeline's overview and a pipeline run's Failure Analysis tab now include the Problematic tests widget, showing a breakdown of tests that have not been consistently successful.
An automated test run's Problem field indicates the type of problem this test is having. For example, Continuously failing, Oscillating, Continuously skipped, and more.
For details, see Problematic tests.
ALM Octane-ALM Synchronization
This section is relevant for SaaS users only.
Synchronize your ALM/Quality Center requirements and releases with ALM Octane, in addition to defects.
For details, see Synchronize ALM Octane with ALM.
Track ALM test results in ALM Octane
Use the new ALM Test Result Collection Tool to bring ALM test results into ALM Octane. Then track and analyze the results using ALM Octane's dashboard capabilities.
Using automation, you can run the tool periodically to transfer ALM test results to ALM Octane on a regular basis.
For details, see Send automated test run results to ALM Octane.
Call URL action over integration bridge
To enable the Call URL business rule action, install the integration bridge. This bridge allows ALM Octane to integrate with external applications.
For details, see Set up the Integration Bridge.
Business rules for roles
You can add a condition to a business rule to apply the rule to a specific user role.
For details, see Define rule conditions.
The following user management capabilities are now available for site admins and workspace admins (in addition to shared space admins).
|User management capability||Site admin||Workspace admin|
|Add other users|
|On-premise: Set user passwords|
|Assign roles to users|
For a list of REST API changes, see "What's changed?" in the ALM Octane REST API Developer Guide.