Product Update: QACube Version 5.0

Version 5.0 of the QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps includes several important updates. The design of the platform has been significantly improved to make it easier to navigate and provide a seamless user flow. This includes a complete redesign of all report pages, different color themes to choose from, the elimination of the component switch and a completely restructured menu. Among the most important new features is a new home page that provides quick access to our favorite work items and pages. Finally, we have redesigned the status report with multiple widgets, the ability to add each widget multiple times, and an option to download the report as an image file. Let’s take a closer look at the full range of new features our team has prepared for the new release.

1. General design improvements1. General design improvements

Multiple different skins to choose from in user settings

New home page containing "My Favorite Work Items" and "My Favorite Pages" 

Single work item chooser for all sections of QACube reports to improve usability

Work item choosers are now on separate pages, redesigned and enriched with the possibility of adding items to "My Favorites"

2. Main menu overhaul2. Main menu overhaul

Redesign of all data reporting pages for better navigation

Reorganization of the menus and removal of unnecessary components for improved user interaction

QACube report pages are now organized into 7 sections for every work item type:

- Cockpit

- Dashboard

- Plan




Status Report

Cockpit page improvements

New and improved Cockpit pages for every work item type displaying the most important metrics grouped by sections (Plan, Releases, Development, Test, and Operation)

Analytics section introduction

KPI component renamed to „Analytics“

Still available in the main menu before choosing a work item

Dashboard page improvements

Users now have the possibility to set any custom status report as a dashboard page 

Plan section introduction

The new "Plan" section allows user to keep track of all relevant data during the planning phase of application development

The "Plan" section now contains the following QACube pages:

"Progress Core Data" (enhanced with the filter for entity type) 

"Requirements Core Data"

"Tasks Core Data"

"Impact" (containing graphics of the relationships between applications, projects, releases and the requirements that belong to them) 

"Milestones Core Data" – new core data page with possibility to display and manage milestones 

"Risks Core Data" - new core data page with the possibility to display and manage risks

Development section introduction

The "Development" section allows users to keep track of all relevant data during the coding phase of application development.

It now contains the following QACube pages:

"Code Core Data"

"Affected files"

Test section introduction

The "Test" section allows users to keep track of all relevant data during the testing phase of the application lifecycle.

The "Test" section now contains the following QACube pages:

"Test Cases Core Data"

"Execution Lists Core Data"

"Defects Core Data"

Operations section introduction

The "Operations" section allows users to keep track of all relevant data during the OPS phase of the application lifecycle.

The "Operations" section now contains the following QACube pages:

"RFC Core Data"

"Incidents Core Data"

"Problems Core Data"

Status report page improvements

Status report page has been redesigned and enhanced with the following elements:

Added possibility to save a Status Report as an image file

Added new "Requirement Matrix" widget 

"Execution Count" widget redesigned and enhanced with an option to also show the execution duration history 

Added possibility to choose date ranges for snapshot in the "Requirements Sunburst" widget

Multiple redesign of the widgets including "Risk Overview", "QAMI", "Code Sunburst", "Defect Duration", "Build Volume", "Deployment Volume", "Change Overview", "Ticketing Overview", "Development Performance", "Requirement Status Bullet Chart", "Pie Bar", "Defect Overview", "Requirements Overview", "Test Cases Overview", "Progress Time Series", "QA Time Series", "Code Time Series"

Easy adding of widget and release switch improvements 

Possibility to add any widget multiple times

Added a button for scrolling back to top

Release radar introduction

"Release Dasboard" page has been renamed to "Release Radar" with complete redesign and multiple improvements:

Repositioning of the filters

Added drill-down possibility to applications/projects Cockpit pages

Added "Basic evidence" tile

Improved logic for dynamic filtering

Added possibility to switch between basic, trend, and history view

Enhanced "Comment QM" section

Removed applications/projects switch and added automatic choice of the release type according to previous selection in the chooser page

3. Other updates for QACube 5.0 Reporting3. Other updates for QACube 5.0 Reporting

The selected work item settings ("Application Settings", "Project Settings", "Release Settings" etc.) are now easier to reach from every page of QACube

"Breadcrumbs" have been added for easier navigation and visibility of the selected work item

Users can now find info about a selected release, environment, and last data updates in every QACube page 

Users now have the possibility to return to the home page by clicking on the QACube logo from any place in the application including "Platform"

"Toggle filters" feature in user settings has been enhanced and now offers the possibility to select up to 4 filters to be shown on "Projects", "Applications", and "Releases" 

4. Updates for QACube 5.0 Platform4. Updates for QACube 5.0 Platform

Added possibility to change the labels of the existing defect statuses that will appear in every QACube defect report 

Added default colors for defect statuses in "Codebook"

Added possibility to import Test Level property from testing tools via Tosca, Jira, QC, and qTest importers

Product Update: QACube Version 4.6

The QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps 4.6 release has new updates that provide the users with more freedom over data presentation and control. New features include creating, saving and loading templates. These templates allow users to control what data they see in accordance to their specific needs. Release Dashboard brings new pagination control, which allows users to control the number of applications visible on the Stage Details section of the Release Dashboard. Structured Defects widget on the Status Report is enhanced with new details available, which can be set in the widget’s options.

Platform ComponentPlatform Component

Release Dashboard Stage Management

New features in Stage Management allow loading and saving templates. This enables a user to:

Create stages that show data specific to their needs

Create more templates and remove them according to their wishes.

Testing ComponentTesting Component

Structured Defects Widget Enhancements

The Structured Defects Widget has been enhanced with some new features. These features allow a user to:

Filter data by status, severity, and priority.

Deactivate paging functionality

Show all defects for all different groups.

Release Dashboard Pagination Option

The pagination option on the Release Dashboard Page enables:

A cleaner view of the Release Dashboard Page

Control over how many applications are visible in the Stage Details Section.

Tosca Native Importer Support for MSSQL

Tosca Native Importer now supports MSSQL

This feature adds more security while working with databases.

Product Update: QACube Version 4.5

The new QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps 4.5 release updates introduce new features on the Platform and Testing Component. The new release offers various possibilities in terms of archiving, Release Dashboard data viewing and measuring and more. Also, there is a new widget available - Structured Defects.

Platform ComponentPlatform Component

Risk Archiving

A user can now archive risks on the Risk Management page. This feature provides:

a better overview of active risks

selective archiving for improved history management.

Gitlab New Functions

Gitlab can now import file structure for a specific Gitlab connection. 

This enables a user to see the imported Gitlab file structure on the Affected Files and Code Core Page in the Development Component.

Testing ComponentTesting Component

New Structured Defects Widget

This widget represents the defects details grouped and aggregated by clusters. With this widget, a user can:

automatically import all details, assigned to a specific release.

aggregate/consolidate defects in an overview at the level of the previously determined node.

Unit Test Cases

A new tile is available on the Release Dashboard page for Applications. A user can see:

more details for the specific application and its unit test cases and related Sonar metrics

aggregated information in the Overview section.

Create RFC Portfolio

If the Active RFC filter is activated, a user can create and RFC Portfolio. 

This enables users to create a specific portfolio for RFC.

Measuring Tool on the Release Dashboard

Release Manager, Quality Manager, and Test Manager can use this tool for the answers that are not given on the Release Dashboard. With this feature: 

QACube makes a difference between pending data and data that is not provided.

Export Functionality of the Release Dashboard

This feature splits the questionnaire information into separated columns. It allows a user to:

sort the exported questionnaire information into an Excel spreadsheet

filter the exported questionnaire information into an Excel spreadsheet.

Product Update: QACube Version 4.4

The new QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps 4.4 release has major changes in several components. It introduces new functions on the Testing Component, Release Dashboard page, such as Dynamic Filtering, and new segments in the Overview section. The improvements on the KPI Component allow a user to have better overview of the information as well as more control over who can access Wheels. On the Platform Component, new features include additional Custom columns for certain importers, new Jira authentication method, new metrics, to name a few.

Platform ComponentPlatform Component

Jira Authentication oAuth

A user can now log in on Jira over Jira Importer and Rest API via token. This provides:

advanced authentication

a choice for users depending on their preferences.

SonarQube New Metrics

There are additional metrics in SonarQube which help the user:

get more information from the new metrics

get a better outlook of the code and its details.

RFC Importer Status

The new Moved status is added so a user can see:

the RFCs from the penultimate import in this new status.

Gitlab Project Identification

The new way to identify a project in Gitlab provides:

a more precise way of identifying the Gitlab project

two options for user to choose from, to  select the target project.

Source Data Quality Page Improvement

The SDQ page will now show only the information related to the current Job instance on the Activity Cockpit page. This provides a user with:

easy access to the information related only to the selected Job

a more user-friendly experience.

Importers Improvement with 30 Custom Fields

Some importers now allow up to 30 custom fields to be added in the Component Management page. This way a user can:

add more information, if necessary

control which custom fields to display and which to hide on the corresponding page.

Testing ComponentTesting Component

Release Dashboard Overview Changes

The overview has been improved with new category and better data representation. This change allows:

New section: Missing

Questionnaire and Basic Evidence data are now shown in Warnings, Issues and Missing sections.

Release Dashboard Dynamic Filtering

The new Dynamic Filtering is available in the Filters menu on the Release dashboard page. A user can now filter:

Without PRV: drop the PRV test cases, as is done in Release Overview Widget

< 50% Progress: an exemplary filter - based on the carried out executions; it can be assessed whether less than 50% were executed per application.

Questionnaire Widget for Release Status Report Improvements

The questionnaire widget has been improved with better filters (SLM/TM/QM, Pending answers), new columns (timestamp, user). These improvements allow:

more information available

easier filtering and access to the information relevant to the user.

KPI ComponentKPI Component

Hide KPI Wheel

The new option allows a user to hide the KPI wheels in the new User Access option in the Actions column. The user can:

hide the wheels from the Wheel page

control which users have access to certain wheels.

Alphabetical Sorting of Structure Elements

The structure elements, parent and children nods, are now sorted alphabetically. This provides:

better control of the elements

a quicker way to find specific elements.

Reorder Wheels Functionality

A user can now reorder tabs with wheels. This way:

they can be rearranged by personal prioritization

a better overview is enabled and access to the most often used wheels.

Product Update: QACube Version 4.3

The new QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps 4.3 release has  some key changes for better performance. On the QACube Platform, Management of applications, projects, and their releases provide more control in the archiving option. The user can also see who created Milestones and Risks. On the Testing Component, there are some new features for widgets, and two new widgets, Code Quality Widget and Core Data Widget, are available.

Platform ComponentPlatform Component

Management Page – Applications

A user can now archive Applications and Application Releases. This provides: 

A better overview of active applications and application releases on the Status Report

A selective archiving for improved history management.

Management Page – Projects

A user can now archive Projects and Project Releases. This option brings:

A better overview of active projects and project releases on the Status Report

A selective archiving for improved history management.

Management Page – Milestones

A user can now see who created a milestone in the new Created by column. It gives the user:

A complete overview of created milestones

An easy access to specific milestones based on this new feature.

Management Page – Risks

A user can now see who created a risk in the new Created by column. It provides:

A complete overview of created risks

An easy access to specific risks based on this new feature.

Management Milestones – Child Milestone

Dependency Milestones are moved as a child milestone of the dependent milestone. The user can:

Have a better overview of the milestones and their relationship

See that the milestones are not duplicated.

DB to DB Connection in Repository Connections

There is a new Repository Connection available.

A user can now add and import connections via DB to DB connection. 

Testing ComponentTesting Component

Code Quality Widget

There is a new widget available on Status Report.

A user can observe Sonar quality information grouped by applications and corresponding data sets for these applications.

Core Data Widget

A new widget is available on Status Report.

Users can see core data of the testing component.

The widget can be added multiple times for different entity types (Requirement, Test Case, Execution List, Defect).

Questionnaire Widget for Release and Portfolio Status Report – Filter Table

A user can now filter the table by Test Manager (TM). This option enables:

Easier filtering for users

A better overview based on this feature.

Timeline Widget - Current Date Line

The current date is clearly visible in the widget, represented with the red line.

Now, a user can see the red line which indicates today’s date

The time span on the brush is saved after reloading and is always positioned to include the current date.

Product Update: QACube Version 4.2

The new QACube Quality Assurance Platform for DevOps 4.2 release has major changes in all components. It introduces Basic Evidence import via Excel and DBtoDB importer which help the user to import desired data more easily. The new release offers various new features, such as new information being displayed on Operations and Development component regarding the Applications, Test Cycle, Basic evidence, etc.

Platform ComponentPlatform Component