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Help Translating tinyPM and Win!

Marcin Niebudek,

That’s right. We’ve done it once and now we are doing it again. For tinyPM 3.0 we’ve made a lot of small changes and it influenced also the translations.

You as a tinyPM user can help translate the tool into your language. Why should you do that? Well… Agile tools play the best role in distributed environments where different cultures with different languages meet together. You can make it feel more familiar to your team mates. However we have also something for you personally :-)

Translation Gifts

What do you need?

  • You need to know English and one another language (your national language)
  • You need some time
  • You need to have a SaaS tinyPM account with any plan (PERSONAL is enough)

What are the rules?

  • Top contributor for each language wins a tinyPM t-shirt and a $20 Amazon.com gift certificate.
  • Each other contributor who provides at least 20% of translation gets a tinyPM t-shirt.
  • We will send gifts and include a language in main tinyPM release when it reaches 80% of translation.

Where to start?

You need to log into your own tinyPM. From there you can access translations in the two following ways.

  • First one is to go to your “Account Settings” and there you will find a “Language” and a link to translations application.
  • Second one is to use a “gear” menu in the upper-right corner of the screen, which contains “Translate tinyPM” option.

Translating tinyPM

Oh, by the way… When I’m writing this post we have already Spanish translation done, Portuguese and German in progress with new contributions! You are great!

Update May 8th, 2013

Yeah! There are some translations that are already finished. It’s also great to see some new languages that where not present in previous versions. Great! We’ve already contaced translators and are sending gifts.

  • Spanish
  • Slovenian NEW!
  • Chinese
  • Suomi (Finnish) NEW!
  • French
  • German
  • Russian

A few more are in progress. Gift certificates and T-shirts are waiting!

  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Afrikaans NEW!

tinyPM 3.0 BETA Public Availability

Marcin Niebudek,

tinyPM agile collaboration tool just got new powers! We are happy to announce that a new 3.0 version is now available as free BETA.

tinyPM 3.0 BETA

BETA means that we did our best so that everything works fine, but there still may be some quirks. Also note that this is the first tinyPM 3.0 version and we are working hard to improve the feature set.

So what do I get?

First of all new tinyPM is a SaaS solution. Sign up in 1 minute and you’re ready to go. All BETA accounts get 5 users and 5 projects for free. And what’s more important those accounts will remain free also after the BETA period. This way we want to thank you for being our early adopters.

In the new version you will find all the well know and well received features from tinyPM v2.x, but done in a better way. To name a few improvements:

  • our UI just got a lot faster,
  • we’ve improved the usability of all features,
  • most content is editable inline now,
  • backlog management has never been easier,
  • you can do anything you need without leaving your taskboard,
  • we now support read-only users, so that your business and clients stay up to date at no additional cost,
  • and many more…

How do I start?

After logging in you will notice a First Steps box on the top of the page. The best way to start is to follow the steps mentioned there. But feel free to choose your own way or just look around. If something seems confusing to you LET US KNOW! tinyPM should be straightforward to you and we will make sure to keep it that way.

I’ve noticed that some features present in tinyPM 2.x are not there. Why?

Don’t worry. tinyPM 3.0 changed completely the technology stack (but this is a story for another post) so that we can do things the way they should be ;-) We will be introducing missing features shortly. If you think that any particular one should be delivered sooner than others, just LET US KNOW!

You can always post your ideas using Settings menu in the top-right corner of the screen. You will find there Have suggestions? options which posts your comments directly on our UserVoice forum for tinyPM 3.0. Make sure to use it often!

I already have my projects in tinyPM 2.x. What now?

You are all fine. We’re working on a migration path. When it’s ready you will be able to move to tinyPM 3.0 at no additional cost. All licenses from tinyPM 2.x will remain valid. We were always providing upgrades for free to all our users. Nothing changes here.

Have problem or questions?

Make sure to get connected with us through one of the following channels. This is the best way to stay up to date with what’s going on with tinyPM.

tinyPM’s mantra remains the same – tiny effort, perfect management, but we also add one more to it. You can always do better.
Still reading… Stop and check out http://beta.tinypm.com

tinyPM 2.6.2 Released

Marcin Niebudek,

While working hard to release tinyPM 3.0 we’ve decided to make one more release for v2.x which would include the most urgent changes. So here comes days off on iteration burn-down charts as well as a few more improvements and fixes to exports and API.

Those of you who use the releases functionality will find current release charts on all dashboards and on backlog so that you can quickly notice how the release is doing.

As always the full list of changes is available in our documentation. Download new tinyPM today!

tinyPM Survey Closed. We Know the Winner!

Marcin Niebudek,

This time we’re happy to announce the winner of the book “Management 3.0″ by Jurgen Appelo which was the prize in our survey. The survey was announced among our newsletter subscribers and users that registered in our support site after downloading tinyPM.

First of all thank you for participating in the survey. We value all the feedback that you’ve given us. We are even more happy as the survey allowed also people who didn’t decide to use tinyPM to share their reasons behind that decision.

So using our advanced prize drawing tools we have found a lucky winner… It’s Chris Townsend from UK. We’ve already contacted Chris and will be shipping the book soon!

Chris indicated that they are introducing agile in their company and don’t know yet how it will go. We are sure the book will give them lots of new hints as well as a new perspective on the management in general. Here is what else Chris said about tinyPM:

How is tinyPM helping you being more agile?

The taskboard is probably the most valuable as it’s a great way to visualise outstanding work.  The dashboard is probably next for us as it gives a good indication of progress overall.

What kind of projects do you use tinyPM for?

Web projects – currently the size of the projects has been relatively small, but TinyPM has been really handy for keeping track of requirements/time spent as well as introducing the team to agile methods that we can hopefully apply on larger projects in the future.

What would you change or add in tinyPM?

A hosted version!

Well, as for the latter we actually offer a hosted tinyPM, but we’re working on a tinyPM 3.0 which will start as a full SaaS solution from the very beginning. Those of you running tinyPM on your local servers don’t need to be worried. There will be still a downloadable version available.

Thank you once again for participating in the survey. If you didn’t have luck this time, soon there will be another chance. Stay tuned!

tinyPM v2.6 Released

Marcin Niebudek,

We are happy to announce that tinyPM 2.6 is available for download! This version brings highly requested taskboard customization along with largest REST API improvements and extensions since its release with v2.0

tinyPM REST API

Taskboard Customization

We’ve been writing about the taskboard customization lately, so you can watch a short video there and see how it looks like. We’ve also added the ability to hide done stories on taskboard. This will help you work with longer iterations.

If you are shifting from strictly iterative development into more Kanban-like one, then you may extend the default tinyPM taksboard by adding additional states to your flow and treat iterations more like releases.

This means you can create 1-2 months long iteration, turn on hiding done stories and work by continuously adding stories to that iteration. Doing so will let you remove short artificial time boxes and still use some higher level planning.

REST API Improvements

tinyPM 2.6 brings also many API changes request on our feedback forum and in e-mails from our users. You will find for example:

  • new resources to work with comments
  • new resources to work with timesheet data
  • additional resources for accessing and creating stories
  • extended data in already existing resources

All changes has already been updated in API documentation. Most of them should not break any existing applications (unless you parse the data in some custom way). The only change that is not compatible with old versions is task state data. This is due to taskboard customization and the fact that there are no more hard coded task states in tinyPM. You will now need to obtain available states from project resource.

As always the full list of changes is available in our documentation. Download new tinyPM today!

Taskboard Customization in Upcoming tinyPM 2.6

Marcin Niebudek,

The awaited tinyPM 2.6 is almost ready and today we’re showing you the preview video with taskboard customization that will be available in this release.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fnQtP4CzyI

You will be able to add columns to represent more granular states for tasks that are in progress. You will be also able to rename all existing columns. This will be of course done per project, so you can adjust each project taskboard separately.

Finally when removing taskboard column, all task that are currently in this column (in all iterations across the project) will be automatically moved to the previous state.

User stories will still have three states – pending, in progress and completed. First task state will map to pending status, all task states in the middle will be treated as work in progress higher in the hierarchy and the last task state will be treated as completed status.

This is the first step of introducing more Kanban features in tinyPM. How do you like it?

What Time Is It In Your Project?

Marcin Niebudek,

One of our Clients brought our attention to one of the problems with time zones. You may not have noticed that in you tinyPM instance especially if you host tinyPM on your own. But they were using our hosted version where this problem turned out to be easier to spot.

So think for a second what does it mean when you say that your iteration start on Monday, July 4th?

Well at the first sight it may appear to be a strange question… at least if your whole team is co-located. But what if part of your team sits in London, part in New York and the rest in Sydney? What does the 4th of July means to you then?

Let’s assume we’re in London. In a face to face conversation you would probably mean July 4th around 8 am (which, in other words, means the start of your working day). Ok this will remain the 4th of July for New York (but around 3 am) and also 4th of July in Sydney (3 pm).

However when you use electronic tools and you enter dates without specifying time, this usually means 4th of July at midnight. Instantly your team members from New York will see it as 3rd of July (7 pm).

Of course handling different time zones is not a problem for the tool itself. The question is more general. How do you define your project dates in highly distributed environment? We would choose a single time zone for the project to be used for raw dates so that everybody knows that what we mean when we say July 4th, 2011.

This is also what we’re introducing in tinyPM 2.5.6. You may now define a project time zone. It will be presented next to all date fields which do not require time (like iteration start dates and release dates).

As usually you may find the list of all changes in tinyPM 2.5.6 at:
http://documentation.tinypm.com/display/DOC/Change+log

Our Agile September

Marcin Niebudek,

This September will be intense for us… This is because of two great conferences that we’re proud to support – AgileByExample in Warsaw and Agile Eastern Europe in Kiev.

We are more than happy to come to Kiev for the third time, but even happier to support a brand new conference that will have its 1st edition in Warsaw, Poland. There is still Call 4 Papers opened for AgileByExample 2011 and it’s an international event, so if you have interesting stories to tell, go ahead and submit your examples of agile adoption. After all it’s all about real life examples!

If not in Warsaw, then maybe we will meet in Kiev? The best you can do is to visit them both. I’m sure they will be quite different but complementing events. I already can’t wait till September.

Moving Stories Between Projects in tinyPM v2.5.5

Marcin Niebudek,

We’ve just released tinyPM v2.5.5 which includes a highly voted option to move stories between projects.

This will create the same story in the target project, with all tasks, comments and attachments. However the tasks will be reset to pending state and all user assignments will be removed.

No time spent entries will be moved. This means that all activity connected with the story in the current project stays where it was performed (including time reports).

You may choose to delete the story in the old project with this action, so it also allows you copy the story and leave the same one also in the source project.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhnF30mfl-I

This version brings also updated plugin for:

  • GitHub – which now supports private repositories
  • SVN – which now allows to specify option for trusting self signed server certificates (trustServerCert)
  • RSS – which now supports Atom 0.3 format (used for example in GMail) and handles feeds over https correctly

As usual you will find a full list of changes here:

http://documentation.tinypm.com/display/DOC/tinyPM+Documentation+Home

tinyPM’s 3rd Anniversary

Marcin Niebudek,

It’s been 3 years since we’ve released tinyPM 1.0. This was an amazing time and a lot of you have trusted us and helped us improve the product.

We’ve received a lot of valuable feedback. tinyPM users did a great job translating the application into 14 languages! We’ve made over 20 new product releases so far with another one (v2.5.5) coming out in a few days.

Today we start the 3rd Anniversary Sale! If your team has grown or you were thinking about getting more users into your tinyPM instance, now you have chance to buy tinyPM license in the best price ever. The sale will last for one month and will end on June 10th, 2011.

So what are our plans for the future?

At the end of 2010 we’ve introduced the hosting service for tinyPM wich we will be improving and extending throughout this year.

The 2011 will be the year of tinyPM 3.0 for wich the work already has been started. We will soon write some more about what’s coming in tinyPM 3.0, but you can expect among others:

  • new lighter UI and a way better user experience
  • mobile version so that you can unleash the full tinyPM potential on all you smart phones and tablets

Thank you for choosing tinyPM as your agile collaboration tool!
Stay tuned for a lot more…