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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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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More than meets the eye: Urban Turtle 4.13 is here!

This has been an exciting year for us here at Urban Turtle. The product has grown leaps and bounds since the beginning of the year. We are also now shipping the same product for two different version of TFS, something we had never done before. We are quite proud of the new features we’ve implemented and we are looking forward at everything that’s coming for the next year. But for now, before year’s end, we thought we’d give you a small present with our twelfth consecutive monthly release: Urban Turtle 4.13.
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Like the sun piercing a gray november sky: Urban Turtle 4.12 is out!

It’s been a productive month of November for us here at Urban Turtle. Our efforts were twofold. First, we really improved the overall experience for trial users of our online demo instance. Secondly, we ironed out some of the kinks that have been reported either by you, our dear customers or by ourselves, since we’re also avid users of the Turtle. And yet, we managed to squeeze in a few new features, for good measure. Read on for the details.
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Ghosts and ghouls can’t scare us: Urban Turtle 4.11 is out!

ninja_turtle_costumeIt’s that time of the month again where we gladly lift the curtain on what we’ve been working on these past few weeks! Today, we are proud to introduce a brand new way to forecast progress on your software development project: the Roadmap view! We’re also breaking new grounds, allowing cross-project reporting on the dashboard! Ghosts and ghouls could never stop us from releasing kick-ass software, month after month!
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Urban Turtle for TFS 2013 now available!

Early this morning, Microsoft released the final version of Team Foundation Server 2013 to the world. We have been following the progress made on this new release very closely to ensure that we would have a compatible version ready in time. We are quite excited to bring you our own final version of Urban Turtle 2013, compatible with TFS 2013.

Recommended Upgrade Procedure

The only recommendation that we are making with regards to upgrading from TFS 2012 (or the TFS 2013 Preview/RC builds) to TFS 2013 is to uninstall any version of Urban Turtle prior to the upgrade.

If you have upgraded from TFS 2012 while having Urban Turtle installed, fret not! You may encounter a small glitch while trying to uninstall Urban Turtle but this can be easily fixed.

Once the upgrade procedure is complete, you will notice that the Urban Turtle is obviously missing from Team Web Access. At this point, all you need to do is install the latest version of Urban Turtle for TFS 2013 and you will be up and running in seconds.

There is nothing more to it. As mentioned before, both versions of Urban Turtle will share the same feature set although this may change in the future.

Urban Turtle 4.10 – Shed new light on your backlog

Urban Turtle has always been about bringing innovation to the TFS platform and breaking new grounds. But, at the same time, we strive to provide users with simple solutions to complex problems encompassed in a compelling experience. To ensure that we meet these goals, we’ve never been afraid to release new tools early on to gather customer feedback as soon as possible. To us, this is the best way to deliver truly useful and practical solutions. Urban Turtle 4.10 introduces the Product Backlog Tree View, which is designed to shed new light on your backlog. It’s an introduction, but there’s much more to come in the future!
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Spread the word, share the love. Urban Turtle 4.9 is out!

we call it "turtle love"If there’s one thing we’ve learned these past few years, it’s that our customers love Urban Turtle. It can get so popular within an organisation that more people than originally expected start using it and end up relying on it. Some call this addiction but we prefer to call it turtle love.

Exceeding the number of users allowed by your Urban Turtle license has always had little in the way of consequences. A soft warning displayed across the top of each add-on was the only thing reminding everyone of this fact. We trust our customers to do the right thing, which is to enable us to deliver even more awesome software every month. Unfortunately, until now, extending the number of users allowed by a license was not a smooth process. It involved manual intervention and maddening calculations around expiry dates. The splitting of the Urban Turtle offering into distinct add-ons simply exacerbated that.

Today, we are releasing a revamped end-to-end solution giving our customers a simple, and fast, way to add users to their license. In mere minutes, without any manual intervention on our part, you can request, purchase and receive a new license allowing everyone who loves the turtle to continue using it.

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Announcing Urban Turtle 2013 for Team Foundation Server 2013

urban-turtle-previewToday we’re releasing the first Preview version of Urban Turtle 2013 with support for the recent release of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Preview. For the moment, both Urban Turtle 2012 and Urban Turtle 2013 Preview use the same version number (4.9) to reflect the fact that they share the same feature set. However, we are still working on our road map for both versions and it is quite possible that they will diverge at some point in the future.

So, if you’re an early adopter whose production server has already been upgraded to TFS 2013 or if you are just testing the waters, we invite you to download Urban Turtle 2013 Preview and provide us with your precious feedback. It is a fully supported release and we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Download Urban Turtle 2013 Preview now!