August 31, 2022
As we head into the end of Q3, we are excited to be releasing some major new features and enhancements for both our Spira and Rapise platforms. In a series of upcoming blog articles, we will be highlighting some exciting new marquee features that you can expect to see in upcoming releases. To get the ball rolling, in this article, we will be showing a preview of the new agile (Scrum and Kanban) boards that will be unveiled in an upcoming release of SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan. This major refresh of the agile planning boards was made possible from feedback from some of our most loyal and devoted customers, thanks so much for your help.Read More
June 20, 2022
The #teaminflectra attended the Agile DevOps West conference on Jun 15th and Jun 16th in Las Vegas. As a gold sponsor, #teaminflectra was a proud contributor to the #agiledevopscon that had 3-day pre-conference tutorials, 4-conference keynotes, 18-industry technology presentations, 36-talks, and 1-day Agile + DevOps Leadership summit. Dr. Sriram Rajagopalan (@agilesriram) also presented his unique approach to the importance of #businessagility in one of the industry technology presentations on Wednesday. In addition, there was a large expo hall for attendees to benefit from the numerous interactions and product demos of various sponsors.Read More
June 15, 2022
After two years of missing the legendary EuroSTAR software testing conference (we did take part in the virtual events, but it's not the same), #TeamInflectra was privileged to be able to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark for the 30th Anniversary EuroSTAR event. At EuroSTAR, we were able to join over 1,000 software testers for 4 incredible days of learning, testing and community connections. It was a great opportunity for our team to connect with the world's leading software testing experts, listen to inspiring keynotes, interactive tutorials, buzzing track talks and in exchange give attendees a very special Inflectra welcome. Here's the recap of our time at the conference.Read More
April 29, 2022
After several years of virtual-only events, #TeamInflectra was grateful for the opportunity to attend STAREAST in-person in Orlando, Florida. This year, STAREAST celebrated its 30th year of being a leader in testing and quality innovation, and we were excited to be a part of the magic as a Gold Sponsor. Full of keynotes, tutorials, and sessions covering a wide range of topics, STAREAST brings together like-minded industry peers and thought-leaders to learn, share, and explore all things QA, Agile, and Testing. Here's the recap of our time at the conference.
March 30, 2022
On March 29th, Inflectra and partner Orca Intelligence hosted a webinar focused on The Automation of Requirements: Save Time Planning, Creating, and Managing Requirements with Swiftly and SpiraTeam. In this webinar, we covered:
Work in SpiraTeam to build out a scope for solicitation and generate an estimate in Swiftly
Agile Project Planning
Plan in detail with SpiraTeam and automatically generate details with Swiftly
Agile Delivery Lifecycle Management
Generate detailed user stories with Swiftly and SpiraTeam
Manage user stories through SpiraTeam.
If you missed the webinar, we have a full recap below.Read More
December 16, 2021
As we start preparing for 2022, we will be providing some information on our plans for 2022, including some previews of planned functionality in our Spira and Rapise platforms. One of the key plans for SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan in 2022 is the addition of a new artifact called "Teams". These teams will be available across the system to make assignment of work easier as well as improving the usability and configurability of the agile planning boards.Read More
July 13, 2020
Inflectra's Application Lifecycle Management platform - SpiraTeam is finally coming to its own!
SpiraTeam is an integrated solution that helps teams manage requirements, tests, plans, tasks, bugs, and issues in one environment, with end-to-end traceability baked in. The product first hit the proverbial shelves in 2011; it had a few make-overs along the way, and as of July 2020, it is thriving in its version 6.6.
In our humble opinion, SpiraTeam has been an excellent ALM platform for a while, but it took the world a bit to catch up. And now that it has, it can not get enough of SpiraTeam!
Here is a sampling of the recent SpiraTeam accolades from across the internet:
August 8, 2019
As we get ready for the release of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan 6.2 later this month, we'd like too introduce some of the new functionality that will be available in this release. In the first installment of this series, we're excited to announce the new requirements management views that have been added to SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan 6.2. They are designed to better serve the needs of the Business Analyst community who often need different views of requirements than the project teams and project managers.Read More
July 23, 2019
On July 17, 2019 Adam Sandman of Inflectra and Henrik Rexed of Neotys hosted a joint webinar called: Transform Software Testing & Quality with the Neotys-Inflectra Platform. The webinar demonstrated the powerful capabilities of this combined QA and performance testing platform vis-a-vis legacy tools.
If you missed the webinar, here is a recap of the most important take-aways:Read More
July 10, 2019
As of version 6.1 SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan sport a gorgeous new dark mode. We have reworked every part of the application to give you an easy on the eyes, fully dark experience. It helps you focus on your work and focus on the content most important to you. SpiraPlan is now the first test management tool, the first ALM tool, and the first portfolio management tool to have an in-house, native dark mode.*Read More
June 13, 2019
We have recently completed a series of in depth webinars on agile project management, software development and testing. The webinar series was immensely popular and so we are offering these webinars on demand.
Please view the details below and register.Read More
May 21, 2019
One of the changes we have made in the latest version of Spira is to increase the trial evaluation accounts to support up to 20 concurrent users. Previously our trial cloud instances were limited to only three concurrent users. Find out why we decided to make the change.Read More
March 27, 2019
On March 21st, 2019, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan hosted a webinar on Excellence through Reporting in Agile Projects. This webinar concluded the 5 part certificate series called: Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
March 26, 2019
When we focus on reporting, we often fail to recognize value using benefit delivery. Instead, many view reports only as a transactional instrument. Based on my experience in managing the program management office, and being a change agent for a product development framework, I believe the purpose of a report is to tell a story! The story not only should tell what has happened but also give a preview of what may come!Read More
March 15, 2019
On March 7th, 2019, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan hosted a webinar on Cutting the Costs And Improving The Software Quality with SpiraTeam®. This is the 4th webinar in the certificate series called: Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
March 4, 2019
We have recently hosted a webinar on The Top Alternative To Micro Focus QA Suite. If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
February 28, 2019
On February 21, 2019, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan hosted a webinar on Five Essentials to Managing Your Requirements with SpiraTeam®. This is the 3rd webinar in the certificate series called: Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
February 18, 2019
On February 13, 2019, Inflectra and #SriramRajagopalan hosted a webinar on Mastering Four Ceremonies Of Better Agile Project Delivery. This is the 2nd webinar in the certificate series called: Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course.
If you missed the webinar, please enjoy the recap in this blog.Read More
January 14, 2019
Inflectra is hosting Journey Into Agile With Inflectra - A Free Webinar Course for those who choose to learn more about how Inflectra approaches agile software development and testing process. The course participants are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion after the course is completed.
If you are interested in learning more about getting Agile By Inflectra Course Certificate, feel free to check out our FAQ below:Read More
August 29, 2018
One of the unfortunate realities of software development is that the system administrators are usually the last people to get new features. When products are adding new goodies, improving usability or looking to streamline workflows, the administrators are usually an afterthought. Well, as we're working on the new templating and program management features in Spira 6.0, we have made sure to improve the experience for system and project administrators at the same time.Read More
July 5, 2018
When it comes to project management strategies, most people think of development teams.
Whether they’re focused software, websites, inventory, or any number of items, the intricacies of successfully developing a viable product require stringent tracking. There are many phases between brainstorming and product launch, most of which generally consist of numerous smaller tasks, which can be broken down into several more specific tasks. With so many hands in the honey pot, disorganization quickly leads to sticky situations.
This post, however, is not about development teams. It’s about introducing project management to the rest of your company to help clear up and prevent sticky situations.Read More
June 15, 2018
Thank you for joining our June 12th webinar on Becoming Agile In Software Testing: The US Government Edition. The webinar recording and slides are offered below for those who had to miss it.Read More
June 5, 2018
We will be releasing the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam, and SpiraPlan v5.4 this week - v18.104.22.168. It's probably the last release of Spira v5 as we now change gears and focus on Spira v6.0. We shall be updating the roadmap shortly, for those who have been asking. But first, what's in the latest version.Read More
April 23, 2018
We decided it made more sense to release the entire DevOps blog as a single whitepaper, so in this paper, will be discussing some best practices and lessons learned about how to implement DevOps (Development + Operations) using the Inflectra platform in conjunction with other tools such as Jenkins. This is based on some experiences we've had internally implementing DevOps in the past 2-3 years as well as feedback and suggestions from our customers.Read More
March 2, 2018
In mid-April 2018, #teamInflectra is coming to California! And we're combining teaching and learning at STPCon with efforts to strengthen relationships with the Inflectra community on the West Coast. With this in mind, we've planned a number of events for our partners, customers and technologists in California:
Please consider joining us for one of the events detailed below:Read More
February 13, 2018
We recently surveyed one of our key training partners - Agile Training Champions, and asked them to let us know what were some of the most common questions about SpiraTeam that people have, as well as some of the best practices they recommend. In this article, we cover some of the items that frequently come up during training, so that you can benefit from them.Read More
January 23, 2018
January 16, 2018
As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v5.4, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. Last week we discussed the new graphs and charts, so this time we shall be illustrating some of the new agile software development features in SpiraTeam v5.4, specifically the new board views we've introduced for tasks and incidents.Read More
January 10, 2018
As we're in the final countdown for the release of the latest version of SpiraTest, SpiraTeam and SpiraPlan v5.4, we are going to be highlighting some of the most important new features in this version to help you get ready for the release. In this article we shall be discussing some of the graphing enhancements in v5.4, both the additional standard graphs, and the new custom graphing engine that lots of customers have been waiting for!Read More
December 18, 2017
In this new blog series we will be discussing some best practices and lessons learned about how to implement DevOps (Development + Operations) using the Inflectra platform in conjunction with other tools such as Jenkins. This is based on some experiences we've had internally implementing DevOps in the past 2-3 years as well as feedback and suggestions from our customers.Read More
December 15, 2017
We have some big news to share for 2018!
Based on extensive feedback and discussions with our customers during the user summits and consultations with our partners, we are making some changes to our product lineup next year. The big news is that we will be retiring our existing "SpiraPlan" feature set, and launching a new SpiraPlan edition of our Spira ALM platform that will cater to the needs of programs, portfolios, and enterprises.Read More
October 30, 2017
We are pleased to release the updated Development Roadmaps for our SpiraTeam application lifecycle management platform. The development roadmaps outline the functionality enhancements planned for later this year and 2018 and covers the features planned for SpiraTest, SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam.Read More
October 23, 2017
At Inflectra, we want to make you life as easy as possible, so you can get back to developing. That’s why, we've updated one of our popular developer plugins for SpiraTeam - our flagship ALM platform. You don’t have to worry about switching windows between your web browser and Microsoft Visual Studio IDE just to track what you have to get done. Our updated Visual Studio plugin provides a more streamlined way to review your assigned work and track progress. In addition, the latest version includes support for the SpiraTeam contact manager introduced in v5.Read More
October 18, 2017
We are excited with the new release of SpiraTeam v5.3 (also including SpiraTest and SpiraPlan in case you were asking!). In this article we are going to highlight some of the enhancements in the latest version. The full list of enhancements, bug fixes and new features can be found in the release notes.Read More
September 22, 2017
One of the nice features in SpiraTeam is the ability to do custom reporting, so that you are not limited to just the reports that ship with the system. Due to popular demand, we recently had a webinar explaining how to use these powerful custom reporting features in your projects. Don't worry if you missed the webinar, we have a recording available as well as a copy of the presentation.Read More
September 7, 2017
It is never a dull moment with Inflectra, and after the lull of summer, we are back with vengeance! Which is to say, we are going all out sponsoring two software testing events in September-October 2017 in the US: STPCon in the greater D.C.-area and Agile Open Florida, in Orlando, Florida. So, if you are attending one of these, read what Inflectra has in store for you (and if you are not, there is still time to sign up):Read More
August 31, 2017
We heard from one of our customers recently that due to breaking changes in the Firefox plugin model, Selenium IDE will no longer work. This somewhat sad news took us by surprise since we didn't realize that Selenium IDE had not been migrated to the new WebExtensions plugin architecture. Hopefully that will happen, but in the meantime, we have some good news!Read More
August 25, 2017
Customers sometimes ask us why we chose four priorities, severities and importance values in SpiraTeam. Now you can of course customize the system to change the priorities and severities but this article explains why we chose four and why you might want to keep them.Read More
August 24, 2017
August 9, 2017
Have you ever wondered about what it is called when you test a system by interacting with it solely through external interfaces, without looking inside?
Wonder no more – it is called Black Box Testing!
So, when do you use black box testing? What are some of the approaches in the black box testing? Which elements of software's design may help you make black box testing more effective?Read More
August 3, 2017
At Inflectra, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to manage your tasks, bugs, and requirements, so you can get back to developing. That’s why we develop plugins that work in the IDEs you use the most. Eclipse remains the most popular Java IDE on the planet, and we are happy to announce a new version of our Eclipse plugin.Read More
July 12, 2017
We just released the final evaluation guide in our three part series comparing legacy HP products with new and easy to use alternatives from Inflectra. Coinciding with the announcement that HP is selling its software assets to Micro Focus, we thought it would be good to highlight the three guides in case you need help convincing your boss or a co-worker on the benefits of switching to Inflectra.Read More
June 5, 2017
Last week, Adam Sandman from Inflectra hosted a webinar to discuss the new features available in SpiraTeam v5.2 (including SpiraTest and SpiraPlan). This was a great opportunity for customers and new users to learn about the new features, ask questions and provide feedback. If you missed the webinar, don't worry, there is a second session this week and we have the recording from the first session.Read More
June 2, 2017
You're testing the latest release of your software. Time is tight as always. Your mission is to find serious bugs, so they can be reported and fixed before the product goes out to customers.Read More
May 2, 2017
With the recent news about HPE selling its software portfolio to Micro Focus, and the herd of former HP customers trying out SpiraTeam to see what alternatives they have, we thought it would be a good idea to see how SpiraTeam compares against HP ALM.
April 24, 2017
We're very excited about the next version of SpiraTest (also SpiraPlan and SpiraTeam) coming out on April 26th. It includes a set of enhancements to the test management functionality that were a favorite of our testers at the recent user summits in Europe. In this article, we'd like to highlight three of these popular changes:
Read more on how these upgrades to SpiraTest will make your life as a test manager much easier!Read More
April 18, 2017
Chris, one of Inflectra's latest interns, has created a brand new way to get data into SpiraTeam: Google Sheets (feel free to check out the code on Github). Google Sheets is great product, letting you create spreadsheets from anywhere at anytime. While it's great for us as consumers to use, what's it like for a developer? Chris explains some plusses and minuses to working with the Google Sheets API.Read More
April 4, 2017
One of the most popular sessions in our recent user summits in London, Zürich and Mannheim were the discussions of the future Inflectra product roadmaps. We presented the proposed roadmap for SpiraTest, SpiraPlan, SpiraTeam and Rapise to the community and captured their feedback and suggestions (sadly there was not time to also cover KronoDesk). Based on their feedback we have now published the updated roadmaps for the products for 2017/2018. Learn what users in Europe had to say.Read More
December 12, 2016
Spira v5.1 is now out! This blog gives
you some insight into the release and discusses our accelerated release
strategy going forward.
April 19, 2016
Thanks again to all of our loyal customers that provided feedback and suggestions for the test execution screens in SpiraTest / SpiraTeam. We have released a beta version with the new screens. Please take a look and let us know what you think.
February 5, 2016
Some people think in fully-formed and eloquent prose (like Supreme Court Justices). The rest of us either think in shorter-form lists and phrases, or visually with pictures. We want to know if our users would benefit from richer integration and use of visual tools and diagrams in SpiraTeam.
January 29, 2016
We've shared two sets of mockups for revisions to test execution. This has generated great ideas from many of our customers. We want to share a concept from a customer on how one of the views for test execution could look in SpiraTest 5.Read More
January 25, 2016
Last week we published mockups for a revised test execution page in SpiraTest. We asked for your feedback and got lots of insightful and useful suggestions. Based on what we heard we have published a second round of mockups for you to look at.
November 13, 2015
We recently had our development and testing team for Rapise come together for a collaborative planning section. Our company is based in Silver Spring, a suburb of Washington, DC but we have team members working remotely in other countries as well. The occasion made us think about the benefits and limitations of modern collaboration tools.
July 16, 2015
This summer we had the privilege of having an intern (Bruno Gruber) work for us to develop some of the build server plugins for SpiraTeam. During the course of his internship we were able to see how different companies and technologies make things easy (or hard in the case of Microsoft TFS) for a new developer to start working with their systems. Based on his frustrations and observations we've published this to hopefully encourage Microsoft to make things easier for the rest of us.