Bugzilla updated to 3.4.6

All Bugzilla instances have been updated to 3.4.6. You can read about all the changes here or just the differences below.

  • When doing a search that involves "not equals" or "does not contain the string" or similar "negative" search types, the search description that appears at the top of the resulting bug list will indicate that the search was of that type. (Bug 474738)
  • In Internet Explorer, users couldn't easily mark a RESOLVED DUPLICATE bug as REOPENED, due to a JavaScript error. (Bug 546719)
  • If you use a "bookmarkable template" to pre-fill forms on the bug-filing page, and you have custom fields that are only supposed to appear (or only supposed to have certain values) based on the values of other fields, those custom fields will now work properly. (Bug 538211)
  • If you have a custom field that's only supposed to appear when a bug's resolution is FIXED, it will now behave properly on the bug-editing form when a user sets the bug's status to RESOLVED. (Bug 520993)
  • If you are logged-out and using request.cgi, the Requester and Requestee fields no longer respect the usermatching parameter--they always require full usernames. (Bug 533018)
  • If you tried to do a search with too many terms (resulting in a URL that was longer than about 7000 characters), Apache would return a 500 error instead of your search results. (Bug 513989)
  • Bugzilla would sometimes lose fields from your sort order when you added new fields to your sort order. (Bug 470214)
  • The Atom format of search results would sometimes be missing the Reporter or Assignee field for some bugs. (Bug 537834)
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Bugzilla updated to 3.4.5

All Bugzilla instances have been updated to 3.4.5 in order to resolve a security issue announced yesterday.

You can read the release announcement here.


Bugzilla updated to 3.4.4

All Bugzilla instances have been updated to 3.4.4 in order to resolve a security issue announced yesterday.

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Wayne Allen to Present Lean Software/Kanban at SPIN on Jun 11, 2009

Using Lean for Software Process Improvement

Dates/Times: Thursday, June 11th, 2009; Networking @ 6:00 PM; Seminar @ 7:00 PM
Location: OGI School of Science & Engineering, Paul Clayton Building (building #2 on campus map), Room 401


Lean manufacturing concepts have been around a while and have proven successful in the manufacturing and construction industries. Recently the software industry has taken some steps in the lean direction as an outgrowth of the agile software movement. Fundamentally, lean presents a toolkit for process improvement. This presentation will cover what lean software is, how it fits in with the other agile approaches and specifically the software kanban - a lean approach to managing the flow of software from idea to the customer.

Speaker Bio

Wayne Allen is the VP of Software Engineering for Integrated Services, Inc. who is the leading supplier of point of sales solutions for the Quick Lube and Car Wash industry. Wayne has a passion for the craft of software engineering that he has developed in his 20 years as a programmer, consultant, manager, executive and small business owner. This passion has led him to the new crop of "agile" software development processes such as XP and Scrum. Wayne is a regular speaker both nationally and internationally on the topic of agile software development. You can read about Wayne's thoughts on software development at blogs.consultantsguild.com.

A Special Treat from PNSQC

Plan on coming early! In collaboration with the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) the SPIN meeting will have pizza provided by PNSQC beginning at 6:00 pm.

PNSQC is the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference, a group of volunteers interested in Software Quality. The Mission of the PNSQC is to enable knowledge exchange to produce higher quality software. As a non-profit, it seeks to promote software quality by providing education and opportunities for information exchange within the software community.

How to Register

This is a FREE lecture sponsored by the Rose City SPIN. To register, please go to: http://www.cpd.ogi.edu/course.asp?n=09-SPIN-0610

The seminar will be held in room 401 of the Paul Clayton Building on the OGI campus. The Paul Clayton Building is Building #2 on the OGI Campus Map.

Rose City SPIN

The Rose City Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) is a monthly forum for networking, mutual support, and promotion of effective software practices. We exchange practical experiences, ideas, knowledge, wisdom, and war stories about the technical, business, and human facets of software process improvement. The Rose City SPIN serves the software development community of the Portland/Vancouver metro area. Whether you work for a large company or a small one, corporate or self-employed, industrial or academic setting, you are welcome at the Rose City SPIN.

Wayne Allen to a be a panel member for the SAO Dev/QA SIG "Life Inside an Iteration" on Nov. 20, 2008

Agile software development processes such as Extreme Programming (XP), Scrum, and Lean Software Development have become mainstream in many organizations, but what is "Life Inside an Iteration" really like? Find out as our panelists talk about what activities help let QA and Development work in sync, what the hand offs are and how they happen, how they have managed the inevitable change within the iteration. Our panelists include developers, testers, customers and consultants to bring a broad perspective of best practices to these issues.