Spring is Here!

July 1, 2011 Mark Crowe

Spring '11 New Interface

The New Look

Spring is here! Spring is here! The Spring ‘2011 Release is here!

What, you say? It’s not spring any more? Are you sure? Hmmmm…

Well…you see…in Atlanta where our headquarters is based, it gets oppressively hot in the summer, so we just thought we’d roll back the calendar a bit to cool things off and…

…and we do realize that in the southern hemisphere the seasons are reversed, so we thought that we’d change things up a bit and give a nod to…

…Not buying it, huh?

OK, so this release is out a little later than planned. When we set out to freshen up the UI, we thought we’d just do a few updates, change some colors, maybe add a feature or two and then move on. Trouble was, the more we changed, the more we wanted to change. So, instead of cutting things off and shipping what we felt was a partial improvement, we kept going to get to a point that we really felt good about. That point has arrived.

We’ve been using the new release now internally in our production instance for the last few months, getting a feel for what’s working and what needs more work. We’ve also been getting feedback from customers on certain aspects of the design and incorporating that feedback into new improvements. All in all, moving closer to a Marty Cagan -type approach.

Check out the Release Notes for the details on what’s changed. You’ll see things like a new project navigator that makes it easier (especially in large organizations) to move between projects; updated menus so you can navigate directly to virtually any page; a new instant search feature; and, of course, an updated look.

The New Details View

Love Them Details

The feature that I, dare I say it, LOVE the most? Hands down…the new details view. It is awesome! Why?

  1. Because it’s fast. No more need to endure the overhead of a new window. By default, the details view pops up in a lightbox, but abides to your clickish desires by allowing the flexibility to use CTRL-click, Shift-click, or even that weird Apple button if you’re a Mac-head.
  2. More of what you need to see. The more space-efficient 2-column layout, better grouping of fields and movement of your custom fields up above the fold, not to mention the great new relationship summary bar all make for a much more informative view.
  3. Edits always carry through. When you click on an item to view its details, then decide to Edit something, that change gets pushed down to the originating page automatically. No more worrying about losing your place on the page, getting sent back to page 1, or wondering if the edit really “took”. When you make that edit, the underlying grid (or board) page is updated immediately and will be there waiting patiently for you whenever you choose to dismiss the lightbox. One-third of customer frustration: gone right there.
  4. Multiple details views at once. From the lightbox, you can pop any details view into it’s own tab or window. And, you can do this multiple times for different assets. Use this to compare the details of two different defects, easily reference one story from another, or any other reason. Also, know that partial edits in one window will not be lost just because you click to view the details of something else. Another third of customer frustration: gone.

(I better stop there or we’ll end up with too many thirds gone.)

So, don’t just believe everything you read. Go check out the new stuff yourself and let us know what you think. We’re pretty excited about it.

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