YouTrack 6.5.17015 Is Out

Welcome a fresh update for YouTrack 6.5 (build 17015). This minor update brings a number of bug fixes in YouTrack and Hub. For more details check the Release Notes.

Download YouTrack 6.5.17015 and upgrade to the latest version today!

If you’re using YouTrack InCloud, your instance will be upgraded on Monday, January 25, according to our Maintenance calendar.

JetBrains YouTrack Team,

The Drive to Develop

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10 Most Wanted Features in YouTrack

Feedback analysis is extremely important and valuable for every product development team, and what better time to do that than the start of a new year? Today I want share with you the 10 most wanted YouTrack features and reveal our product plans for these features for 2016.

The list is based on your votes for feature requests in our issue tracker. By the way, filtering the top wanted features in YouTrack is as easy as running the search query #YouTrack #Feature #Unresolved sort by: votes

  1. JT-13480 — Gantt chart support/109
  2. JT-5129 — Project Overview/93
  3. JT-16657 — Real time update of agile board and backlog/90
  4. JT-17476— Search for issues based on time tracking/84
  5. JT-13376 — Jenkins integration /78
  6. JT-7724 — YouTrack is much better than JIRA. When will Jetbrains make a competitor to Confluence?/74
  7. JT-21112 — Support Markdown syntax/69
  8. JT-6234 — Integration YouTrack with Visual studio, especially with VSTS work items/59
  9. JT-24385 — Integration with Slack/54
  10. JT-16990 — Integrate with hipchat.com (group chat for teams)/53

Is it really what you are missing?
The first question I have for you is: is it really what you are missing in YouTrack? Please leave your comments here or in the corresponding features, describing your use case and explaining why you think it’s really important for you, or alternatively speak out in favor of other features that’s you’re missing more.

What is planned for 2016 from this list

At JetBrains we do listen to our customers, and do our best to combine our product vision with external feedback. YouTrack is not an exception, so here is what’s on our list for 2016 from your top features list.

  • JT-13480 — Gantt chart support (109 votes) is the most wanted feature in YouTrack at the moment. It’s already in progress and will be included in the upcoming version code-named Inception, planned for Spring 2016.
  • JT-16657 — Real time update of agile board and backlog (90 votes) is a part of our new Agile board concept that we will introduce in the upcoming Inception.
  • JT-17476— Search for issues based on time tracking (84 votes) is planned for the upcoming Inception as well. We plan to start working on it in a month or two.
  • JT-21112 — Support Markdown syntax (69 votes) isvery good one and definitely on our list for the version following Inception. We expect to make it available by the end of 2016.
  • JT-24385 — Integration with Slack (54 votes) – Definitely yes, because we use and love Slack! There are several things we want to do here. Some kind of integration, like Integration with Slackbot and sending notifications to Slack channels over Zapier is already available (we’ll cover this integration in more detail in a separate post). However, there are still some activities planned to enhance the integration. Most likely, they will be included in the version following Inception.

What’s not on our roadmap for 2016

The following features are not yet planned for this year for various reasons. For some we don’t feel they’re 100% necessary, and for others we haven’t got a clear vision of how exactly it should work. Of course, you can always help us or change our mind, by voting more actively, commenting your favorite requests, adding more details about your use cases, and sharing your ideas of how you think this feature will improve the product for you.

  •  JT-5129 — Project Overview/93 – We agree that this feature is important, but we         haven’t finalized our vision on the best way to implement it. It might be the part of the Dashboard, Planning board, or something completely different. So the feature is on our list for sure, but it’s not planned and estimated at the moment.
  • JT-13376 — Jenkins integration /78 – Although this request is pretty popular, we don’t have clear plans for it now. As an alternative, we suggest using our TeamCity, which offers a free  version as well.
  • JT-7724 — YouTrack is much better than JIRA. When will Jetbrains make a competitor to Confluence?/74 – This is our favorite request on the YouTrack team. However, it looks more like a request for a new product than just a YouTrack feature, and we don’t have such plans in JetBrains for now.
  • JT-6234 — Integration YouTrack with Visual studio, especially with VSTS work items/59 – Not very clear for us and not planned for now.
  • JT-16990 — Integrate with hipchat.com (group chat for teams)/53 – A good one as well, but not planned yet. It may be implemented in scope of Integration with Slack but no guarantees right now.

Hopefully now you have a better idea of what’s coming in 2016 and are inspired to share your feedback and vote more actively! Your voice does matter to us, so please check the most wanted features list and speak out right now!

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The First Update for YouTrack 6.5 in 2016 Is Out

Please welcome the first update for YouTrack 6.5 (build  17006) in the 2016! This build brings two important bug fixes:

  1. JT-32351 – Custom logo is displayed incorrectly
  2. JT-33192 – Security problem related with changing the language of YouTrack server

For more details, please check the Release Notes.

Download the latest YouTrack build today and enjoy all the fresh goodies.

If you’re using YouTrack InCloud, your instance have already been updated to the latest version before the New Year.

JetBrains YouTrack Team

The Drive to Develop

 

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HTTPS is now available in the YouTrack InCloud Free plan

Https_for_everyone-02It’s the most wonderful time of the year, isn’t? Giving and receiving presents makes you feel happy and cherished. Well, we’ve joined Santa’s club too and prepared a nice little present for you!

Good news for all the existing and new YouTrack InCloud Free plan customers.

HTTPS is now available for everyone who uses our cloud. This means that now you can access your free instance with either a public (http) or private (https) connection without changing any settings at all. Please note that if you haven’t visited your instance for a while, it might take about an hour to update your license and enable https.

To ensure a secure connection to your free YouTrack instance, use https://instnancename.myjetbrains.com/youtrack

However, we recommend that you switch to HTTPS-only mode to ensure only private connections to your instance. Make sure that your Base URL is set to https://instnancename.myjetbrains.com/youtrack and enable ‘HTTPS only’ from the Domain Settings.

We wish you the warmest Christmas holidays and all the best in the New Year!

JetBrains YouTrack Team

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Changes in InCloud Maintenance Schedule

To ensure the most comfortable technical downtime for all our customers, we’ve decided to split the maintenance times of our InCloud servers according to their location (EU or US).

We’ve analyzed your weekly activity on our InCloud servers and found an optimal interval with the lowest activity. The maintenance schedule will change to the following:

EU Servers: Sunday, 11 pm — Monday, 1 am CET

US Servers: Monday, 1 am — Monday, 3 am EST

The new schedule will be effective as of next Monday, December 28, 2015. Please keep an eye on our Maintenance Calendar for the details. Don’t forget to check our Service Status page if you experience any problems with your instance availability.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to leave your comments here or contact our technical support.

JetBrains YouTrack Team

The Drive to Develop

 

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YouTrack 6.5 (build 16981) Is Out

We are glad to let you know that a new YouTrack 6.5 (build 16981) is available. This minor update brings a number of VCS integration fixes and  some minor fixes related to the new branding. For the full details, please read the Release Notes.

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Download the latest version today and enjoy all the fresh goodies.

If you’re using YouTrack InCloud, all servers were upgraded today, on Monday, December 21, 2015 according to our Maintenance Calendar.

JetBrains YouTrack Team

The Drive to Develop

 

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Welcome YouTrack 6.5 (build 16953) along with a new JetBrains branding

We’re glad to announce that a new YouTrack 6.5 (build 16953) is released! Please upgrade to the latest version today and enjoy a number of bug fixes and improvements. Check the Release Notes for more details.  Download and upgrade to a new build today.

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Today is a big day for us. We’ve launched a new company branding. So, when you download a new YouTrack build, you’ll notice a brand new YouTrack logo.

A part of InCloud servers will upgraded Tomorrow morning, and the rest will be upgraded on Monday, December 14th, according to our Maintenance Calendar.

We’ve also updated our website in a new branding design. If you want more details on this, please visit our company blog.

 

 

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YouTrack 6.5 (Build 16932) Is Out

Please welcome a new YouTrack 6.5 (build 16932). This minor update introduces a number of bug fixes, including Jira import problems, mailbox integration and performance issues. Please take a look at the full list of the Release Notes for more details.

Download the latest build today and enjoy all the improvements. All the YouTrack InCloud servers will be updated next Monday, December 7th, according to our Maintenance calendar. Please note that some of the servers were updated this Monday, November 30th.

Keep tracking with pleasure!

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YouTrack 6.5 (Build 16897) Is Out

Please welcome a fresh update for YouTrack 6.5 (build 16897). This minor release brings a number of important bug fixes for GitLab/Bitbucket integration, reports etc. Check the full list of the Release Notes for more details.

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Download the Latest YouTrack 6.5 (build 16897) today and enjoy your issue tracking even more! If you’re using YouTrack InCloud, your instance is already upgraded to the latest build today, according to our Maintenance Calendar.

Keep tracking with pleasure!

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YouTrack Inception roadmap: Welcome a brand new Agile board

It’s been awhile since we released YouTrack 6.5. We’ve had enough time to get tons of feedback, analyze it and discuss our future plans inside the team.Today we are excited to share our plans for the next version, code-named Inсeption and planned for Q1 2016.

YouTrack ‘Inсeption’ Feature List

This time we have a very short and precise plan:

1. Project Templates
2. Agile Board: new concept and live update
3. Enhanced Backlog management
4. Choosing data center location for YouTrack InCloud instance
5. Merge user profile

Project Templates

Why?

As you may have noticed, YouTrack provides very flexible customization options. It’s a great advantage when you have a specific or complicated business process, which happens pretty often. However, if you want to get a ready YouTrack project for pure issue tracking, Scrum or Kanban, in one minute we can vastly simplify your life just by adding project templates. This creates a new project with all the predefined fields, workflows and even boards that you need.

How will it work?

When you create a new project, YouTrack suggests a project template to choose. It can be either a pure issue tracking project, just as you create it now, or a Scrum or Kanban project. Let’s describe Scrum and Kanban templates in more details.

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Scrum Project Template

When you choose to use a Scrum template, YouTrack creates two Scrum boards for your project: Managers and Developers Boards. You also get the following issue types: Epic, User Story, Task, Bug, and States (including Open, In Progress, To Verify, and Done) which represent the columns on your boards.  You also get two Estimation fields: Story points for your Epics and User Stories, and Ideal days for User Stories and Tasks. Finally, you get a set of custom workflows attached to your Scrum project, including:

  • Resolve a User Story when all its Tasks are resolved;

  • Reopen a User Story  when one of its Tasks is reopened;

  • Moving unassigned Task assigns it automatically.

Kanban Project Template

With a Kanban template you get a Kanban board for your project with the columns defined by Stage field values: Develop, Review, Test, Staging, and Done. You also get a field called Kanban state, which has Blocked and Ready to Pull values. Blocked tasks are color-coded with red color and Ready to pull are green. WIP is limited to 5 tasks for each Stage. Kanban board has no swimlanes. A set of custom workflows attached by default includes:

  • Allow changing stage only if issue has Ready to Pull state and;

  • Change state to Blocked when Stage is changed.

Agile Board with a New Concept and Live Update

What is the concept now?

Originally our idea behind the Agile board was very simple and clear: to provide an alternative view of the Issues List. As a result, Agile board in YouTrack is based on 1. Search Query, which defines the rules which issues will be shown on the board, and 2. Fix Version, which defines an iteration/sprint in YouTrack. The advantage of this concept is in its clarity: changes made to issues from the Issues List are reflected on the Agile board automatically. However, there are some problems:

  1. The main disadvantage comes from the same source as the advantage. When the scheme is implicit, you can face some cases when it is hard to understand what’s happening, i.e. you want an issue to be added to the board, but it doesn’t match the Saved Search the board is defined with.
  2. When you follow a Kanban process and work with no iterations, just as a continuous flow, we use Unscheduled Fixed version value to reflect this process. This is not ideal, because you cannot open a default backlog on the board as it’s defined by the same saved search.
  3. When you want to create a personal Agile board, your board is limited to a certain Fix version, which is not a personal field and is shared across the whole project.
  4. We’ve also faced problems when it comes to Cross-Project boards (Cross-project Agile Boards in YouTrack: The Best Recipes). If you want to add multiple projects on one board, all these projects need to share the same Fix Version field with the same set of values, which is not always possible.

New Agile Board Concept

The new Agile board in YouTrack Inception will not be defined by a Search Query and Fix Version. You explicitly add issues to the Agile board and create sprints just for this particular board. The board is no longer limited to any search query, and the only way to add an issue to the board is to drag it from the backlog or apply a command. Sprints will be a personal issue attribute and will be only visible to a user/group that has access to a particular board.

Completely New Look and Feel

We’re completely reconsidering the way our Agile board looks and the way it’s used and configured. We’re introducing more flexible board customization in terms of Columns, Estimation, Swimlanes, Cards color-coding and the whole view of the board and cards. We’re adding default Scrum, Kanban and Custom board templates, available when creating a new board. The board templates work the same way as Project Templates, without creating a new project, just a new board.Screen Shot 2015-11-12 at 17.24.27

Live Board Update

Finally, with the new board, we are introducing a live update. Now your board will be refreshed and recalculated on every single change: when a card is moved, estimation is changed, any field is updated, work item is added, or any changes are applied via the workflow. WIP is also updated immediately.

Enhanced Backlog Management

Backlog will be still defined by a saved search, there are no changes here. However, everything else will be completely reworked. Your backlog will have several views, depending on how many details you need: including summary, description and several fields, like Assignee, Estimation, Priority etc.  You can collapse your backlog to show only Epics or User Stories and expand each User Story to see its tasks. It goes without saying that we’re adding a Search box with smart completion, Command window and extended shortcut support.

Choosing Data Center Location for YouTrack InCloud Instance

How do we handle it now?

We store our InCloud data on Amazon servers, either in the US or Europe. You can find more details about in YouTrack InCloud Security document. At the moment, when a new instance is registered, we choose where to store your data based on your GEO location. So, basically, we divide all locations based on the remoteness from our servers in order to ensure optimal connection time.

How are we changing it?

For all new instances you will have an option to choose your data center location when starting an instance. It can be either the US or Europe region. For all existing InCloud customers, we’ll add your data center location to the Global Settings.

Also, we’ll be glad to change your data center location per request. Actually, we already provide this option, so please contact our support if you would like to move your data or want to know your data location.

Merge User Profile

As you know, recently we released Hub 1.0, our brand new user and permission management tool, which comes bundled with YouTrack starting with version 6.0. The problem is that now we have two User Profiles, one in YouTrack and one in Hub. In YouTrack Profile you can manage your notifications, time zone and general settings, while in Hub Profile you can manage your authentications, password, groups, roles, and permissions. Now we’re planning to merge these profiles in order to provide you with all the info in one place.

There are lots of of bug-fixes, improvements and tasks already implemented for the next version.

We are passionate to get your feedback as soon as possible, so please leave your comments below to share your thoughts about our roadmap. We’re planning to open an EAP program very soon. Follow us on Twitter to always get the latest news.

Keep tracking with pleasure!

JetBrains YouTrack Team

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