Archive for July 2021

Coming Soon to Spira - Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

July 28th, 2021

Security is always a critically important topic, and if you have been following the news recently it seems there is a different cyber attack every week. Having a well developed cyber security program is a must, and as part of that, it is important that multiple layers of defense are employed to prevent a potential cyber attack or data-breach. Therefore we are pleased to announce that we have just upgraded the Inflectra website to support Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) also known as 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) and that similar functionality will be coming very soon to SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan.

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Spotlight on Spira 6.11 - Diagrams, Drawing and Flowcharts

July 26th, 2021

Many of our customers use SpiraPlan to design and manage requirements for complex systems and products including aerospace, automotive and industrial systems. Accordingly, a common need is to be able to create requirements and associated documentation that includes diagrams, flowcharts, and mind-maps. We are excited to announce that we have added free, built-in diagram support to SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan version 6.11 that is being released next month (August 2021).

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Implementing Waterfall for Execution and Management Teams in SpiraPlan

July 21st, 2021

Although businesses adopt agile practices to embrace change and respond to market needs, there is still a need for organizations to stay faithful to a set of principles and ideas that come from traditional waterfall project management. After all, if the good lessons learned from waterfall approaches, such as thinking of the milestones for payment terms, procuring resource commitments earlier to avoid delays in ongoing commitments, evaluating risks that challenge existing or future commitments, and technical architecture with scalability in design, are ignored, are we truly adaptive in strategic execution?

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Spotlight on KronoDesk 4.0 - LDAP and ActiveDirectory Integration

July 19th, 2021

Our development team has been working feverishly on the next version of KronoDesk, our acclaimed help desk solution that adds service desk functionality to our Spira platform. There are many new features and improvements as part of KronoDesk 4.0, and this article focuses on the new support for Microsoft ActiveDirectory and LDAP that will be available in the new version.

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Use Case Mapping with SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan

July 15th, 2021

A customer recently posed this question to us:

We are gathering requirements following a standard template for use cases. In that template we record main scenario and alternative flows like shown on the example below. What is the best way to map primary and alternate use case process flows to requirements inside Spira?

This is a relatively common question, so in this blog we outline some ways you can manage and map use cases inside Spira....

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Webinar Recap: The 4th Industrial Revolution: Industry Trends Post COVID-19

July 7th, 2021

On July 1st, Inflectra and Sriram Rajagopalan, Ph.D., hosted a webinar on the 4th Industrial Revolution: Industry Trends Post COVID-19, covering the following areas of interest:

  1. Overview of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR): cyber-physical systems and a transition past the 3rd Industrial Revolution 

  2. Introduction to the Six Global Megatrends: globalization 2.0, technological convergence, a digital era of 4IR

  3. Lessons learned from COVID-19: impact on industries and acceleration of trends 

  4. The emergence of risk management as a cross-functional domain across all roles and products in the enterprise.

The webinar presentation, blog, and recording are enclosed here👇

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Data Extraction and Reporting In Spira: How The Customization Works

July 1st, 2021

One of the pivotal aspects of any data captured in a system is the ability to report on such data. The application lifecycle management (ALM) tool is undoubtedly one such system where a combination of manual and automated data entries captures the transition of needs into requirements, test cases, and incidents supported by auditable comments, governance workflows of various artifacts, and the status of manual and automated execution. All these activities translate the strategic product roadmap into operational backlogs for release and iteration planning.
The Spira family of products, such as SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan, also support these needs at various levels. It should be emphasized that most of the standard reporting available from Spira and the widgets available in the project and reporting dashboard meets the majority of the clients’ needs across all the industries. Yet, a few clients may have some requirements that can be better served by modifications to existing reports as well as developing their own custom reports. Inflectra offers its implementation services to support these needs. However, the Spira product also provides support for enabling clients to develop some of these reports themselves.  In this blog, we will review how to address this need.


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