Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 3 – Urban Turtle 4.18

You want to follow Microsoft cadence and update your TFS Server to latest version? You can now do so with Urban Turtle 4.18.

This release include minor update to support TFS 2013 Update 3 and some bug correction.

Here’s the listing :

  • Support for TFS 2013 Update 3
  • Improvement and bug fixes on the unordered list
  • Bug fixes in the product management

So, can’t wait to have this amazing new version of UT? Click here to download it.

Enjoy your experience folks!

Turtles in Seattle

Last week, Microsoft hosted its annual VSIP summit at their Campus in Redmond and guess what, Urban Turtle was there! After one week near Seattle, lets have a look at the highlights of that event.

Did you say Cloud?

It’s not a big secret to anybody that Microsoft is developing in the Cloud space. Almost 75% of the presentations we saw during the summit were Cloud oriented.

In the forefront of their cloud initiative is Visual Studio Online (VSO). This service is now available online and gives you the same TFS possibilities of the on premise version without the commitment to a huge infrastructure.

The most interesting part about VSO is Microsoft’s deployment model. When using this new service you will always be running the latest version of the VSO platform. Microsoft plan to continue their commitment to releasing new versions after each development sprint. This means continuous access to fixes for small issues as well as the latest new features. That’s really cool!

And for people who decided to continue using their on premise version (which is still a very good idea), Microsoft will continue to support and update their TFS platform several times a year. VSO will become a laboratory for the on premise version.

And where does the Turtle fit in all this?

We can’t ignore the fact that the new online version of Visual Studio is a very good opportunity for Urban Turtle and we want to be there. Especially when you consider that Microsoft wants Urban to be part of the development. You know its a love-love relationship!

Now we know you are asking yourself “what will happened with my super Urban Turtle licences if we are all moving to VSO?” We want to assure you that we will continue to develop the on premise version of UT. Thanks to you our roadmap is full of great ideas that will help us to bring this product further!

So, after these good conferences and interesting meetings (shout out to Aaron Bjork and Will Smythe), Urban Turtle continue to develop its online solution that will enhance your VSO agile management experience.

Finally, we really want to thanks the VSIP team for this nice summit! We look forward to seeing you again next year!


The Turtles!

Urban Turtle top music bands

The Urban Turtle team really cares about its clients and when we say care, we mean REALLY care! So, we hope that you all enjoy your summer. To help you enjoy this season even more, here is our top of the best geek bands of ALL TIME!

  1. 1. The Datas and the Papas
  2. 2. U 00000010
  3. 3. AC/CD
  4. 4. #000000 Sabbath
  5. 5. Radio<HEAD>
  6. 6. #FAAFBE Floyd
  7. 7. CodePlay
  8. 8. Johnny Cache
  9. 9. Led Zeppelin (already geek name)
  10. 10. The Turtles (self-promo)
  11. 11. Sex Pixels
  12. 12. Bon Java
  13. 13. Deep Turtle
  14. 14. Weezer (seriously, just look at them)
  15. 15. RAMstein

What is your favorite GEEK music band?
Don’t hesitate to share your playlist.

Enjoy the sun folks!

Urban Turtle 4.17 and summer news

With the much anticipated arrival of summer (at least for us living in Montreal) the Urban Turtle team is happy to bring a few updates to our dear customers.

A new release!

A new version of Urban Turtle (4.17) is now available for download.

Making a Bulk Commitment

You will now be able to preform bulk state changes to work items in the Product Backlog by selecting your work items and using the Bulk Action menu’s Change State Operation.

Real Parent/Child links

We’ve changed the way Urban Turtles creates links to now use Parent/Child link type between work items. This affects links between features, product backlog items, tasks, bugs and any other type of work item you choose to nest from within Urban Turtle. Dont worry, we will still honor the Related Links created by previous versions of Urban Turtle, but this will better align your work item structure with new functionalities being developed in TFS.


Urban Turtle release 4.17

What’s next with Urban Turtle? Check our Roadmap and tell us what you think!

Portfolio Management Dashboard

Project reporting and progress tracking are time consuming activities. They are further complicated by cross project reporting on TFS. We want to lighten your reporting workload and get the big-shots off your back. Our summer roadmap has us working on adding reporting capabilities to the Portfolio Management Dashboard to help stakeholders easily follow the advancement of teams as they convert business goals into business realities.

Want more details? Discover what we have in mind for the product management and the storymap on our website.

Suggestion board: a way to be part of the product development

Now that you have a new Turtle in hand and you’ve seen what cool things we have planned for the summer, you are probably asking yourself “This product is great but how can I use the Turtle to bring world peace?”

We want to know what you would like Urban Turtle to do for you. We invite you to participate in the development of the Turtle by sharing your thoughs and wishlist on our community suggestion box!

Urban Turtle 4.16: Bring order to your backlog

Bring order to your backlog Urban Turtle has always made it easy to add items to your backlog. We introduced the Quick Add functionality back in Urban Turtle 2010 and it’s proven to be quite a popular feature.  With the introduction of the Product Management add-on, we added a new way to define your development projects in terms of product backlog items. It seems that these features have lead to some difficulties when it comes to managing your backlog.

One of the most glaring issue has been to try and find out what work is properly ordered and what items have yet to be prioritized. In the latter case, these items are most often newly created items. Given that, by default, their backlog priority is set to 0, they would usually appear at the top of the backlog, effectively changing the priority of existing items.

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We too, aim for the goal! Urban Turtle 4.15 is out!

canada-hockey-teamsFresh off an outstanding olympic performance from our Canadian hockey teams, both female and male, we bring you the latest update to the gold standard in Agile project management tools for TFS: Urban Turtle 4.15. While we were not watching our teams rule the competition, we managed to work in several new features and improvements. Many of them stem from user feedback, read on to find out if yours made the cut this month.

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Better view of non-prioritized work items

keep-calm-and-prioritizeHello community!

We’re currently thinking about a way of managing work items that have not yet been prioritized in your product backlog. We know that, sometimes, it’s a bit difficult to find a newly created item that you want to prioritize: they get lost in all the numerus items of your backlog.

Let’s say that I’m the Product Owner. I just created a bunch of stories under multiple Features in the Product Management. I now have to prioritize them for my team to know what to work on. Below is what I would see when I load the Product Backlog:

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Urban Turtle 4.14 sprints, and prints!

triple-rocketturtleThe Urban Turtle team is proud to make available the first release of the year: Urban Turtle 4.14. With some under-the-hood tweaks and a few nice features, this is a release that you won’t want to miss. Again, customer feedback played a major role in the decisions we’ve made and we are thankful to all of you who take the time to share their thoughts about the product with us.
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