The Scope Creep Update (v2.45)
Release #45 of Metro Retro Early Access has landed. The landing was a little rough, apologies if you got caught in the small period where the board was not clickable or show/hide was missing... Messing with z-layers at the last minute was a mistake!
Our team retrospective this week will probably include "release smaller updates" somewhere in the notes. We got a bit carried away with this one. So much so that we have decided to split the usual video into two, with the second video focusing on the beta/experimental features. Anyway, without further ado, the notes video and notes:
Waiting Room & Organization Access Control
We've done a few things that will streamline getting people into your organization spaces and boards:
- People can now automatically join your organization when you share a link to a board with them. This works off an email domain whitelist available in the new Access Control section of the admin screen.
- If a person is not whitelisted they will see a "Request Access" option that will email administrators requesting permission to join the orgnanization.
- Once in, if a person does not have access to a board, they can now "Ask to join" which will notify anyone on the board that they want permission to join and show their information in the new waiting room widget.
Organization Template Library
There is now a shared template library for the entire organization. Add boards to the template library and everyone in the organisation can use them. Useful if you have branded boards or sets of templates you want everyone to use.
I actually forgot to mention this one in the video... The waiting room functionality required an extension to our collaboration system that means that we can share which users are on which boards with members of the organization even if they are themselves not on the board.
This means we can add the participant indicators to the dashboard previews, showing who is online, but also powers the Live Now view. Originally, this was just for me and Jamie to test and debug, however it was so useful for us day to day that we have decided to keep it. Our plan is to eventually roll it into a more useful Home screen (merging with Recent Boards), but for now if you want to use it to find your colleagues, it's there.
Any private boards will show up as private (no title or preview) so that your protected information is still safe. Anyone trying to join will go via the waiting room functionality.
Improved Board Create UI
The template browser and board/folder creation buttons have been overhauled to make them easier to use and more pleasing to look at. The new template browser also automatically includes any boards you add to the Template Library mentioned above.
Time Machine [beta]
You can now step back through the history of each of your boards using the Time Machine function in the bottom left of the board view. This feature is functional but not polished, so expect bugs. In it's current form it's possible to scrub through the timeline and pull out objects that were deleted or lost by selecting them and using the copy/paste functionality to bring them into your present board. In the future we will add more explicit restoration functionality.
Note: this should be compatible with all your existing boards. We would be grateful if you could report any errors you happen upon.
Hands Concept & Planning Poker [beta]
This release includes a new board function called "hands". It's inspired by mechanics from digital board games and basically lets you virtually "hold" board objects in front of you as if you were holding a hand of cards. You can hold anything on the board at the moment, but large items will cause erratic behaviour. For now we have added a planning poker template with the function enabled. Check out the video for information on how it works: