Editing the contents of your project home page

Customizing the contents of your project home page helps you organize your project content.

CollabNet allows you to organize your project home page using pages. The project content editor allows you to create pages. Once you have divided the activities in your project under these pages, you can further add subpages or freeform pages under them to organize information and tasks pertaining to the particular page that represents an activity in your project. You can then add components to the contents under these subpages or freeform pages or if you prefer it, directly to the pages.

In this customized layout:

This editor allows you to customize your project home page and your project to make it easy to work with.

Creating your project home page

If you are a project manager of a development project lifecycle, you may want to add a page to your project called "Development - Best Practices" and further subdivide this page into subpages: "Unit Testing" and "Samples."

To any one of these subpages you can add a freeform page. You can also add a freeform page directly to a page. You can edit the format of the page, subpage or freeform page and add several Components that comprise the activities to the contents under these subpages or freeform pages. You can add the following components to any of these pages choosing the format that will best suit your requirements.

These components represent the activities that go into a typical software development program. For example, if you wanted to upload documents that represented "Sample Codes," "Generic Architecture" and "Coding Practices", then you can add the component "Documents" and then proceed to upload these files into that component.

Of these, the last three components are those that are created at the time of creating your project and appear by default.

Project overview

This has information on the project summary, the categories the project belongs to, information on the owner / owners of the project and the role of the logged-in user.

Subprojects

If your project has subprojects, then they are displayed on the project home page.

HTML

The HTML component allows you to add HTML content directly to a page. You can edit the HTML source on the screen by adding, modifying or deleting tags using the wysiwyg editor.

Note: Some supported browsers like Safari, may not display the wysiwyg editor. You may not see the editor, but you can enter HTML tags manually.

Activity table

This allows you to add a pre-defined blue panel to your page, subpage or freeform page and displays a set of standard links within this panel that you can customize to meet the needs of your project. You can customize these links to allow you to view active and historical work items in a project such as Requirements. For example, you can provide a link to view a graphical report that shows how many requirements are still in definition, how many are being designed, how many are in coding, and so on.

You can add query links for artifact queries. These panels can be populated any way that you want to, to display the information relevant to the page.

You can also edit this panel using the wysiwyg editor.

Documents

The Documents component allows you to upload any document that you may require for monitoring the progress of the project. You can provide links to various files. For example: Process Templates, Requirements Specifications and so on.

Note: When you save an HTML file from the project page, the saved content will include all of the project page content, for example, the navigation links. If you want to save only the HTML file content then you can access the file content in the Version Control directory by accessing the HTML file directly. If you want to just view the contents of the HTML file, you can view it in the Version Control directory.

Metrics report

The Metrics Report component types allow you to display graphs of Project Tracker reports generated using the Tracker Metrics tool. You can define two types of reports:

A "Trend" report displays the trends in the specified Project Tracker artifacts over a period of time. It contains one trend line for every selected artifact type.

A "Point in time" report displays the status of the specified Project Tracker artifacts at a particular point in time. It contains one stack or cluster for each selected artifact type.

You can select the Metrics report - single component type to display a chart for a single report type, and Metrics report - double component type to display two charts, one for each type of report. You can click on a report image and view the details or edit the report.

Milestones table

The Milestones table displays the milestones in a project plan that you have uploaded into Project Dashboard. To be able to see this table, ensure that your project has Project Dashboard enabled and a valid Microsoft Project plan file with proper allocation of tasks to resources, uploaded into your project.

Project tracker query

This Project tracker query component contains links to project tracker queries and allows you to view the query results from within the project pages. The component uses the existing queries you have already setup in Project tracker. The permissions that apply for being able to create or view a project query, apply here as well.