Blog Feed Post

XL Release 6.2: A Better Experience for Release Managers

XL Release is a great help to teams in planning and tracking the progress of their software releases. With XL Release, teams can check whether all criteria have been met to move changes through the pipeline all the way to production. As our product grows, we want to make sure XL Release is a powerful source of information about possible risks in the software delivery process. We also want to help teams to avoid roadblocks on the release path.

When looking to produce a successful release, there are 3 main points that help Release Managers stay on track:

  • Fast identification of possible risks and bottlenecks.
  • Available resources to complete their tasks at the time of the release.
  • Easy access to a complete overview of release pipelines to identify the progress of all releases in the pipeline.

This week we introduced a host of new features in XL Release version 6.2 to improve overall user experience. Let’s have a look in more detail!

Enhanced Release Overview Screen

The new Release Overview screen introduces features that help you quickly identify problems, better track progress of a release and find needed releases faster.

XL Release 6.2 Enhanced Release Overview Screenhttps://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Integrat... 300w, https://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Integrat... 768w" sizes="(max-width: 999px) 100vw, 999px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Integrated Risk Score

XL Release now provides a unique view that lets you sort your releases based on a calculated release risk score. To assign a risk score, XL Release performs following checks:

  • Are there are any flags assigned to a release?
  • How severe are the flags?
  • Are there any flags on the release itself?
  • Are any tasks failing or have any already failed?
  • Is a currently running task being delayed due to lack of attention?
  • Is a release meeting its due date?

A specially developed engine automatically checks release data and assigns risk status to each release. Currently 3 risk stages are available:

  • “At risk” – Urgent matter. Release is failed or failing and needs quick action.
  • “Attention needed” – A check is needed. Something is about to go wrong.
  • “On track” – You are doing well. Release is on schedule.

XL Release 6.2 Integrated Risk Scorehttps://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Integrat... 300w" sizes="(max-width: 366px) 100vw, 366px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Release Managers can sort all releases so that riskiest ones appear at the top, ensuring they’ll never miss an item that needs attention. For a quick glance at the situation, simply hover over a risk indicator and a release status summary will pop up. (Learn more about about Risk Intelligence in XL Release 6.2.)

Embedded Pipeline Overview

To support the need for faster access to release pipelines, we are introducing an embedded pipeline into the new Release Overview screen. This helps Release Managers quickly check how far they have moved along the release pipeline. They simply unfold the section below the release of interest. XL Release will provide an indication of the current status, and show what is already completed and what is next on the schedule. This new pipeline overview is also available for completed and archived releases.

XL Release 6.2 Embedded Pipeline Overviewhttps://i0.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Embedded... 300w, https://i0.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Embedded... 768w, https://i0.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Embedded... 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1188px) 100vw, 1188px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Instantly See the Progress of Your Release

A great addition to the new Release Overview screen is a release progress indicator, which appears for each release. You can now easily understand how far you are in your release process.

XL Release 6.2 Release Progresshttps://i2.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Instantl... 300w, https://i2.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Instantl... 768w" sizes="(max-width: 999px) 100vw, 999px" data-recalc-dims="1" />

Find Your Release Faster!

XL Release 6.2 also boosts user experience by providing enhanced filters. These are accessible from the Release Overview screen. Change sorting order based on dates or risk status, view only flagged releases, search on multiple tags–all these features help you find releases faster.

XL Release 6.2 Enhanced Filtershttps://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Find-you... 300w, https://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Find-you... 768w, https://i1.wp.com/blog.xebialabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Find-you... 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 1103px) 100vw, 1103px" data-recalc-dims="1" />


What’s Next?

We are actively working on enhancing user experience in XL Release to ensure it remains the most advanced release pipeline management tool available.

Try XL Release 6.2 to see latest improvements and stay tuned for more unique features!

We’d love to hear your feedback on our new UI and features! Leave a comment below for our Product team.

The post XL Release 6.2: A Better Experience for Release Managers appeared first on XebiaLabs.

Read the original blog entry...

More Stories By XebiaLabs Blog

XebiaLabs is the technology leader for automation software for DevOps and Continuous Delivery. It focuses on helping companies accelerate the delivery of new software in the most efficient manner. Its products are simple to use, quick to implement, and provide robust enterprise technology.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that CollabNet, a global leader in enterprise software development, release automation and DevOps solutions, will be a Bronze Sponsor of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, taking place from June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CollabNet offers a broad range of solutions with the mission of helping modern organizations deliver quality software at speed. The company’s latest innovation, the DevOps Lifecycle Manager (DLM), supports Value S...
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
Join IBM November 2 at 19th Cloud Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, and learn how to go beyond multi-speed it to bring agility to traditional enterprise applications. Technology innovation is the driving force behind modern business and enterprises must respond by increasing the speed and efficiency of software delivery. The challenge is that existing enterprise applications are expensive to develop and difficult to modernize. This often results in what Gartner calls ...
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior...
@GonzalezCarmen has been ranked the Number One Influencer and @ThingsExpo has been named the Number One Brand in the “M2M 2016: Top 100 Influencers and Brands” by Analytic. Onalytica analyzed tweets over the last 6 months mentioning the keywords M2M OR “Machine to Machine.” They then identified the top 100 most influential brands and individuals leading the discussion on Twitter.
The 20th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Containers, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportunity. Submit your speaking proposal ...
The age of Digital Disruption is evolving into the next era – Digital Cohesion, an age in which applications securely self-assemble and deliver predictive services that continuously adapt to user behavior. Information from devices, sensors and applications around us will drive services seamlessly across mobile and fixed devices/infrastructure. This evolution is happening now in software defined services and secure networking. Four key drivers – Performance, Economics, Interoperability and Trust ...
NHK, Japan Broadcasting, will feature the upcoming @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley in a special 'Internet of Things' and smart technology documentary that will be filmed on the expo floor between November 3 to 5, 2015, in Santa Clara. NHK is the sole public TV network in Japan equivalent to the BBC in the UK and the largest in Asia with many award-winning science and technology programs. Japanese TV is producing a documentary about IoT and Smart technology and will be covering @ThingsExpo Silicon Val...
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound e...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Twistlock, the leading provider of cloud container security solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Twistlock is the industry's first enterprise security suite for container security. Twistlock's technology addresses risks on the host and within the application of the container, enabling enterprises to consistently enforce security policies, monitor...
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
Automation is enabling enterprises to design, deploy, and manage more complex, hybrid cloud environments. Yet the people who manage these environments must be trained in and understanding these environments better than ever before. A new era of analytics and cognitive computing is adding intelligence, but also more complexity, to these cloud environments. How smart is your cloud? How smart should it be? In this power panel at 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, pane...
With billions of sensors deployed worldwide, the amount of machine-generated data will soon exceed what our networks can handle. But consumers and businesses will expect seamless experiences and real-time responsiveness. What does this mean for IoT devices and the infrastructure that supports them? More of the data will need to be handled at - or closer to - the devices themselves.
Building a cross-cloud operational model can be a daunting task. Per-cloud silos are not the answer, but neither is a fully generic abstraction plane that strips out capabilities unique to a particular provider. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Wolf, VP & Chief Technology Officer, Global Field & Industry at VMware, will discuss how successful organizations approach cloud operations and management, with insights into where operations should be centralized and when it’s best to decentraliz...
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.