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What's New - August 2021

Release Schedule

Click here for an overview of the PPM Pro release process. 

The table below lists this month's product release dates. 

What When
Release Notes published for new features August 6
New features released to sandbox environments August 13
New features released to production environments August 20
Issue fixes released weekly Planned weekly releases containing issue fixes and minor enhancements; release notes updated accordingly

Releases are deployed during the standard maintenance windows.

Reminders

  • Defect fixes and occasional beta features are delivered weekly; most beta features and GA features (when ready) are delivered monthly.
  • You can request that beta features be enabled in your production environment by entering a support ticket (some beta features not initially available in production, Planview will advise). Please note that any issues you find will be handled during the normal development cycle. 
  • Planview sends out status emails in advance of planned and non-planned releases/updates/incidents. These alerts include the date and time window of the releases/updates/incident, as well as a link to the release notes that include a list of the issues addressed in the releases/updates/incident. To subscribe to these alerts, please go to https://status.planview.com/ and click the Subscribe button.
  • We typically hold a live product release webinar on the Wednesday before the production release. This webinar will be hosted by PPM Pro product management and consulting personnel, and will include time for Q&A. Click here to register for the August 18th release webinar. Also, remember you can sign up for any/all upcoming customer webinars here.
  • Inner circles are offered as a way for our interested customers to collaborate with PPM Pro Product Management and each other, provide feedback on PPM Pro product capabilities, and guide new feature development. Click here for more information or to register.

New Features Matrix

Feature

Notes

Status

For more information…

Financial Summary

If you wish to enable this feature in your production environment, enter a support case requesting to do so.

Rolling beta highlights

  • Additional ETC/EAC calculation
  • Additional PMI metrics (ETC, EAC, NPV, ROI) - project fields and settings interface
  • Variance column for totals and time series
  • References for summary fields now includes list of projects
  • Added a set of Financial Summary PMI metric fields to project/Available Fields in SSA. See Financial Summary PMI Metrics for more information.
  • and much more!

See previous release notes for complete list of features - list above winnowed down for readability :)

Beta

Known Issues

Setting Up Permissions for Project Financials

Configuring Summary Data Streams - General Tab (Beta)

Creating Fields for the Financial Summary (Beta)

Working with the Summary View (Beta)

Checking the Numbers

Financial Summary: Cookbook (Beta)

Financial Summary PMI Metrics

Coming Soon      
Key Report Enhancements
  • Capacity & Demand Reporting
Target: Post-release updates/September
WS API - Entity type 208 (Task Budget) is being deprecated with the September release. The Task Budget fields should be accessed by the task entity - there is no change for the Task entity methods. Target: September release

Release Notes - Sorted by Release Date

Release Date Function Area LeanKit Cart Release Note Description
Targeted Sept 3 Reports 1610914556

Fixed. Multi-report drilldowns work as expected (component refers to reports or dashboards). Previously, an issue prevented drilling down from the second to the third report. 

August 27 Reports 1600228167
1613348330

Fixed. Project Owners can view Task Schedule time series report data regardless of whether they are a member of the Internal Costs standard group. Previously, an issue required the project owner to be a member of the Internal Costs group to see Task Schedule data in a time series report.

August 27 Reports 1612787605

Fixed. Bubble data values display in the correct font color (black), as expected. Previously, the Bubble data values displayed in white font, rendering some values invisible or hard to read.

August 20 (production)

Dashboards 1569079344

Fixed. Members can be removed from the Dashboard Team tab, as expected. Previously, an issue prevented the removal of Dashboard Team members.

August 20 (production)

Dashboards 1602530228

Fixed. Re-running a dashboard that is configured to allow the user to change the scope when viewing works as expected when the user changes the scope and re-runs the dashboard.  Previously, after the the user changed the scope and re-ran the dashboard, the new scope was not respected.

August 20 (production) Internationalization   Improved. The Portuguese translation for the phrase "gate flow" has been changed from "Fluxo de portas" to "Fluxo de aprovação", which is more in line with "approval flow".

August 20 (production)

Lookup Lists 1593570236

Fixed. Custom UDFs works as expected, even if no default value is specified. Previously, an issue caused the list to require a default value, and if none was supplied the entity ID was used.

August 20 (production)

MSP Import 1599469885

Improved. When importing a task with children that have dates from MSP, PPM Pro will automatically set the task to be automatically scheduled so that the parent task will inherit the earliest start date and the latest target date of its children. This is consistent with how the UI behaves.

August 20 (production) Reports 1600239563 Fixed. The appropriate (Time Series) fields are available and function as expected for the Finance Entry topic/Time Series Specialty. 
August 20 (production) Reports 1601603572

Fixed. Stakeholder users do not need to be a member of any group in to be able to see report data such as Hours, FTE, Percent or Gap returned by Resource Specialty time series reports. Full users do need to be in the Internal Costs standard group to see any cost field such as Actual Cost, Allocation Cost, Scheduled Cost and Estimated Cost. Previously, an issue caused the report to render no data for users that were not members of the Resource standard group.

August 20 (production) Reports 1601254463

Fixed. In a Staffing Request topic report, creating a filter based on Role works as expected. Previously, when adding Role as a filter the system threw an error. 

August 20 (production) Reports 1600707751 Fixed. You can create Column: Basic reports for the Staffing Request topic as expected. Previously, an issue caused the error "Unable to render report data" to appear when adding fields to the report.
August 20 (production) Reports 1597916545
1544557274

Fixed. Emoji in a string field or text box field or list field can be exported to Excel (note that Excel does not support colors, displays in gray scale). Previously, exporting fields that included emoji resulted in a corrupted file.

August 20 (production) Reports 1593126734 Fixed. The Capacity FTE (Time Series) field is now available.
August 20 (production) Reports 1600228167 Fixed. Project Owners can view Task Schedule time series report data regardless of whether they are a member of the Internal Costs standard group. Previously, an issue required the project owner to be a member of the Internal Costs group to see Task Schedule data in a time series report.

August 20 (production)

Reports  

New. Ability to filter on fields that can be aggregated (also referred to as "field-level filters"). This allows customers to configure the exact breakdown of data they want to retrieve by allowing users to apply a filter to the same field in different ways in one report. This essentially allows "splitting data" much like you can do today with the filters "Staffed/Unstaffed", "Capitalized/Uncapitalized", but you are not limited to the filters we provide.

For example, imagine a task report that returns all task schedules - now you can add the task schedule to the report multiple times, each time filtering on a different role (previously you could only return all task schedules).

August 20 (production)

Reports 1578824554

New. The Show Zero Values setting on the Display tab for crosstab reports has a new option called "Do not include in the report". The setting allows you to hide rows that have values of zero in every cell within timeframe specified of the report.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1579840577

Improved. To make editing of field Display Names easier, within the Field Options modal the original field title is now displayed as the default and can be edited, rather than having to always type in a fresh title. Currently when you click in the field, the field is empty/no original title is displayed.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1594624646

New. Display Data As options are now available for health color fields (supported colors red, yellow, green) and calculated string fields that are displayed as strings (supported colors red, green, yellow, blue, orange, amber, aqua, cyan).

For example, if a calculated string field results in a string that matches one of the supported colors, applying one of the Display Data As options will result in the color that reflects the string value.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1586809806

Improved. The ability to sort the Selected Fields in the Field Options dialog has been removed as it was confusing. Instead, use the Sorting section in the Display tab of the report definition.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1541868788

Fixed. You can now filter Timesheet Entry reports by Portfolio Title. Previously, an issue caused the filter to return no data, even if there was a valid match.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1590384101

Fixed. Project owners (regardless of whether they can approve or not) can see all time logged against their projects, as expected. Previously, timesheet entry reports returned timesheet entries logged by the project owner, and did not include other users' timesheet data when the project owner was not included in the approval process. 

August 20 (production)

Reports 1588849396

Fixed. When a report is exported to PDF, any hyperlinks on the report are not visible (and thus inactive). Previously, an issue caused the links to be visible, which made users think they were clickable, and frustration ensued.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1586549168

Fixed. Timesheet entry reports return timesheet entry IDs that have no formatting, such as commas, as expected. Previously, an issue caused timesheet entry-level IDs to include commas, even though other IDs did not.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1598336427

Fixed. Staffing Request list reports return role names as text, as expected. Previously, an issue caused the role to be visualized as an ID number instead of the role name.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1598338152

Fixed. In Attachment reports, the field Attached Entity ID is rendered without any formatting, such as commas, as expected. Previously, an issue caused the attached entity IDs to be rendered with commas.

August 20 (production)

Reports 1587975972

Fixed. Creating and running a pie chart based on the Staffing Request topic works as expected. Previously, an issue prevented this report from rendering.

August 20 (production)

Reports, Requests  

New. Reporting metrics on the gate history and the request lifecycle. New report fields retrieve data such as that captured in the Activity Log. Includes the ability to report on Request data such as:

  • when a request was submitted/entered each gate
  • when a request was approved to move to the next gate
  • how long each request stayed in each gate
  • requests days to closure and days to conversion/approval
  • the requests that I was an approver for
  • how much time does a specific approver generally take to deal with a request at a gate
  • approved requests, including approver(s) and date/time of gate action (approval/rejection/send back to prior gate/place on hold/place back in progress)

August 20 (production)

Requests 1585355714 New. There can now be a maximum of 8 fields on a request card. Previously the limit was 6.

August 20 (production)

Resources, Permissions 1589388378

Fixed. The All Users standard group has been renamed All Resources/Users because it contains both resources and users. You can apply a filter to derive the results you need.

Background: Groups were initially used for applying permissions to users. Later, the ability to have non-user resources in groups was added to accommodate additional use cases involving groups. So the group became hybrid, but the name of the group did not. We have updated the name of the group to match its contents.

August 20 (production)

Task Schedules 1602367095

New. Ability to show the task Scheduling tab to permitted users only. A new permission called "Task Schedules" has been added to the Project > View permissions tree. Permission profiles that include Project > View > Tasks and Project > View > Task Schedules permissions will allow permitted users to view the task Scheduling tab. To edit the Scheduling tab you must have Project > Edit > Task permission and Project > View > Task Schedules. Currently, the task Schedules tab is visible to all users who can view tasks.

With this release, those users will still see the Scheduling tab for any tasks they have permission to see. You will need to adjust the permission profiles to remove View permission for the appropriate users. 

August 20 (production)

User Types 1572760180 New. The Time User user type has an optional "enhanced" mode that gives Time Users additional capabilities (provided the user is granted appropriate permissions). Additional capabilities are: 
  • can be added to relevant standard groups (Internal Costs, Organization)
  • ability to create reports
  • ability to drill down from permitted reports and dashboards
  • can view SSA-enabled entities assigned to/owned by others (portfolios, projects, tasks, issues)

Please contact Customer Care if you are interested in using the enhanced Time User in sandbox or production.