November 23rd, 2010 - tinyPM v2.5 is ready for download. This version brings two big features – release planning and SVN itegration. In fact the SVN integration is done through plugin which is the first implementation of history plugins API which we will hopefully be able to open for our community this year.
There is also one more thing which we wouldn’t be able to accomplish without a great work done by the community members. tinyPM gets 7 new translations and has now 13 language versions!
We’ve introduced releases in tinyPM projects. They have two functions. First one is that they become markers dividing you planned parts of backlog, so you can quickly see what’s going to be finished for which version of the product. In the other hand future releases give you additional place for unplanned stories. So now it’s possible to divide a large backlog into smaller chunks without planning to many iterations ahead.
tinyPM is now also able to forecast release dates based on the estimated effort of stories assigned to each release and an average velocity of your team. Releases can have also planned velocity value defined, which will be used to forecast dates and release performance indicators (similar to those already present on project dashboard) at the beginning of the project when average team velocity is unknown.
SVN Itegration / History Plugins
We’ve built the infrastructure for a new type of plugins (except for the sandbox connectors already present in tinyPM). Those plugins allow to connect to some sources like source code repositories or build servers and collect events (like code commits or build statuses) and put them into the tinyPM’s history timeline. Some of those plugins will also allow to bind those events with user stories.
Along with new API for history plugins we release the first implementation of such a plugin which is able to import code commit messages from Subversion repository and is also able to bind those commits (and changed files list) with stories. All you need to do is to put the user story id like #123 in the commit message and all commited files will be associated with a story having id #123.
You can read more about configuring this plugin in our documentation at:
One more time we want to thank all the tinyPM users who provided translations for their native languages. tinyPM v2.5 is release with the following new translations:
All users are welcome to improve any of those translations or add new ones at: http://support.tinypm.com/translate/languages.jsf
If you want to take a look at some of the new features, go to our on-line DEMO: http://demo.tinypm.com
Full list of changes is always available at: http://documentation.tinypm.com/display/DOC/Change+log