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What's New - April 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 April 2
New features released to sandbox environments April 9
New features released to production environments April 16
Issue fixes released weekly Subsequent Fridays - 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 April 14th 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…

Dashboards Revamp

If you wish to enable Dashboards and Dashboard Overviews in production, enter a support case requesting to do so.

Rolling beta highlights:

  • Export dashboards to Excel
  • Publishing Schedule expiration notification
  • View references to dashboard & other grid columns
  • Edit content options/view content list
  • Published URL display text
  • Access to previously published dashboards (a way to baseline anything reportable, folks!)
  • Dashboard Overviews! Project and Home
  • ...and much more!

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

Beta

Known Issues

FAQs Dashboards (Beta)

Dashboards - Then and Now (Beta)

Using the Dashboard Designer

Dashboards (Beta) Cookbook

Setting Up Overview Dashboards (Beta)

Publishing Dashboards (Beta)

 

Reports Revamp

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

Rolling beta highlights:

  • New type: Tile
  • All Projects in Portfolio Hierarchy field path
  • Export to Excel
  • Gantt Print to PDF
  • Auto-size height in dashboard to fit content
  • Member report topic and field path
  • Ability to merge multiple rows
  • Reporting on hierarchical entities (tasks, portfolios)
  • Ability to edit/rearrange color palette
  • Ability to express % value on pie and donut charts
  • ...and much more!

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

Beta

Known Issues

Demo: Intro to Reporting Beta

FAQs Reports Beta

Reporting - Then and Now

Reports Overview (Beta)

Using the Report Designer

Building Gantt Chart Reports 

Grouping and Sorting for List Reports

Creating Drill Down Links

Reports (Beta) Cookbook

Training videos!

Transitioning to New Reports

Creating Stacked List Reports

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 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      

 

 

 

Release Notes - Sorted by Release Date

Release Date Function Area LeanKit card Release Note Description
Targeted for May 14 Financial Entries 1563650847

Fixed. Creating a filter for financial entries works as expected. Previously, an issue cause "Forecast" to appear twice as a filter element.

Targeted for May 14 Timesheet Entries 1564615267

Fixed. Notifications are sent out as expected if an alert has been configured to notify the immediate supervisor of users who have an overdue timesheet. Previously, an issue prevented the alert from firing.

Targeted for May 10 Gantt charts 1567504405 Fixed. Gantt charts that use a Color By field work as expected.
May 7 Managed Staffing

 1539783600

Fixed. The "is" and "contains" operands work as expected when creating filters for the Designated Staffer and the Route To fields. Previously an issue caused filters using these operands to produce unexpected results.

May 7 Project Staffing, Bill Rate 1562262451

Fixed. Bill rate visibility on the project Staffing section works as expected: users who are not in the Billing Rates standard group will see the title "Role Rate" but not the value of the rate itself. Users in the Organization standard group can see actual rate values in the project Billing Rates section. Previously, if not in Billing Rates group users were seeing "Resource Rate" instead of Role Rate, and non-permissioned users could see project billing rate values in the Billing Rates section.

May 7 Projectplace Integration, Staffing 1529969203 Fixed. When staffing a resource to a role for a project that is integrated with Projectplace, the new resource is invited via email to become a member in Projectplace. Previously, an issue prevented this invitation from occurring.
May 7 Requests 1539875776 Fixed. When the "Notify other pending approvers" checkbox is enabled in the Approval model, the system sends a notification to all pending approvers at the current gate. Previously an issue caused the notification to be sent to approvers at the next gate.
May 7 UI, Groups 1557711788 Fixed. The hover text that describes the Organization standard group has been updated to use the correct text! It was still referring to a time in the past, in a galaxy far, far away.
May 7 UI, Internationalization 1550311954 Fixed. Resource names that include special characters render as expected after saving.
May 7 Unit Manager  1535767593 Fixed. Users can update the unit manager value, as expected. Previously, if there was an invalid value, it could not be changed.
April 26 Project Staffing  1561040174 Fixed. After editing a cell (contour), the interval control works as expected.
April 26 Resource Workbench 1560785755 Fixed. After modifying an allocation in the lower panel of the Resource Workbench, the % utilization value for the resource in the upper panel updates automatically. Previously, the value did not update until the user refreshed the browser.
April 23 Requests 1539875776

Fixed. When the "Notify other pending approvers" checkbox is enabled in the Approval model, the system sends a notification to all pending approvers at the current gate. Previously an issue caused the notification to be sent to approvers at the next gate.

April 18 Reports (Legacy) 1557985772

Fixed. The report source 'All Roles Allocated' now runs as expected. Previously reporting on Actual Hours with this report source resulted in a Null Pointer Error.

April 16 Attachments 1550803498 Fixed. The 'Select Recipients' modal that appears after clicking the 'Pick' button when emailing an attachment now has Users populated. Previously selecting 'Pick' resulted in a blank modal.
April 16 Data Import 1526510085

Fixed. When using the data import facility to update an entity, if the system hits an invalid record, the update will abort and a message will inform the user. Previously, if an invalid record was hit, the system implied the update was successful even though the records had not been updated. 

April 16 Filters 1535123316

Fixed. Now adding a filter to a filtered list in SSA gives expected results.

 
April 16 Filters, UDFs 1546202626 New. Filters can be applied to multi-select UDFs. For example, if you create a new multi-select list that has list to use 'Select: All Resources', when creating or editing this field you can optionally apply a filter to limit what resources show up in the list.
April 16 Financial Entries 1547101910 Fixed. When adding task associations to a financial entry, when you sort the tasks by outline, the task outlines are now sorted according to expected outline order. Previously they were sorted by 1-10, such that task 10 appeared before task 2 and so on.
April 16 Managed Staffing 1521676071

Improved. (Managed Staffing enabled and user has Staff Directly permission) When staffing directly by way of the "quick staff" button on the project Staffing screen, you now have the option of saving the allocation with a status of "New" (click the Save button) or saving the allocation with a status of "Staffed" (click the Save and Staff button). This additional flexibility accommodates organizations' different staffing processes. 

April 16 Projects 1524728106

Fixed. When creating a project from a template, including/excluding the  project calendar element now works as expected - if you include the project calendar in the copy, that is the calendar that will be used in the target project. Previously, if you included the project calendar element when creating a project from a template, the system allowed you to select a different calendar in the template project during the copy, but ultimately used the original calendar from the template project, making it appear that there was a bug. We have enough real bugs in our product, we don't need imposters. 

April 16 Projects 1551370179 Fixed. Creating a project from within an Engagement/Program works correctly. Previously a 500 error was thrown.
April 16 Resources 1552259716 Fixed. Adding a new resource rate within the edit Rates modal shows appropriately. Previously if you added a new rate, the modal wasn't refreshed to show the new rate, even though the rate was correctly added and visible on the resource record.
April 16 Requests 1547957472

Fixed. Creating request reminder notification messages works as expected. Previously, in certain situations the reminder notification text area in the rich text editor disappeared, only to be found after refreshing or re-entering the editor. S'all good now. 

April 16 Requests 1541585399 Fixed. You can now change the category on a request that has no gates. Previously an issue kept the user from being able to change category.
April 16 SSA 1540925145 Fixed. Creating a field restriction for the Scheduled Resources field works as expected. Previously, an issue caused the field to remain editable after applying a View Only restriction. 
April 16 Scoring 1556373016 Fixed. The scoring section now shows data when 'View' is changed. Previously after changing the View dropdown from default 'By User' to one of the other options ('By Criteria' or 'By Category'), the scoring section data disappeared.
April 16 Skills 1550488910 Fixed. Creating a new Skill Category now allows you to apply a Skill Range. Previously clicking the Skill Range 'Pick' button resulted in an empty modal.
April 16 Tasks 1538530717

Fixed. The Cost Budget field in the Task grid reflects the sum of CapEx and OpEx tasks. Previously, the sum included OpEx fields only. 

April 16 UI, Multi-currency 1533931860

Improved. The type-ahead/searching function has been improved, primarily when searching for currency codes. Previously, it appeared that certain currencies were not supported, when in fact the type-ahead was not locating and displaying them. 

April 16 User-defined fields 1543369961

Fixed. User-defined field titles can repeat across entities. For example, you can have a Project Log field called Calamity, and you can have a Task field called Calamity. Previously, if a user tried to enter a UDF title that was in use in another entity, the system threw the error: Title: Another field already has this title" - to which we now say, so what?!