Experts from CM-Consult fully adapted GanttChart for IBM Rational ClearQuest v.8.0 . Currently GanttChartforClearQuest supports the following versions of IBM Rational ClearQuest: 6.x, 7.x, and 8.x. Besides, in release 1.4 of GanttChart performance of the application when displaying a large number of tasks was improved.
GanttChart for ClearQuest is a unique plug-in for IBM Rational ClearQuest developed by CM-Consult. It allows project managers, executives, and all team members to view tasks from the project plan. Project managers like GanttChart because it is easy to use. With two clicks GanttChart allows re-planning tasks, and automatically updates the corresponding task fields. That is GanttChart for ClearQuest allows you to plan tasks directly from ClearQuest in real time mode.
Also, project managers will definitely like the ability to visualize
the transition tree of each request. This function not only displays the
graphic representation of a state chart, but also allows viewing the
number of transitions between states (number of loops). If a task was
sent for rework several times, this information will be available in the
The most important feature is that after the
installation GanttChart works as a single application with ClearQuest,
and allows project managers to save time for planning and re-planning
GanttChart is compatible with any ClearQuest schema including standard ALM schema and any customized user schema.
Sometimes it is required to perform minor corrections to the custom
schema to be able to use all features of the application.
The most important features include:
Ability to plan and re-plan on the spot, including altering the dates for multiple tasks.
Support for user databases with large number of tasks without performance degradation.
Convenient display of tasks: color coding of tasks depending in their status (late, completed, not implemented, etc.).
Ability to view the user’s load for the whole pool of change requests (tasks, defects, requests, etc.).
of hierarchy and relations between change requests as aggregate tasks
and implementation sequence – complete visualization of relations
(hierarchy and relations between tasks).
Display of brief information about a task as a tool tip.
Display of UML state chart for every task (through the context menu).
Ability to open change request forms directly from a chart.
Different representations of a project (as a Gantt chart or as resources load by day).
Change requests are highlighted in different colors depending on their completion status. Such
highlighting allows distinguish tasks by status, for example, green –
completed; yellow – in progress; red – late and not started yet; crimson
– in progress but late; blue – planned; gray – new not planned task.
Point to the task to view brief information about it
GanttChart configuration is easy and intuitive
of states provides a convenient representation of task change history.
It represents states and transitions between states, and also calculates
and displays their number. It is convenient, when you need to find out
how many times a task (or any change request) has been returned for
rework. For your convenience, you can rearrange states by moving by a
You can analyze the resources usage in a special representation of GanttChart
Using context menu, you can easily configure and manage the Gantt chart
GanttChart is a powerful complex tool necessary for every manager who uses ClearQuest.
Powerful planning and visualization capabilities, and interactive
configuration makes GanttChart even more attractive for those who want
to save time and get more functionality from ClearQuest.
Currently GanttChart for ClearQuest
is available for ClearQuest v.6, v.7, and v.8. English and German
interfaces are available. Our company can localize GanttChart for
ClearQuest interface for your language within 10-15 days.
You can download 30-day fully functional trial version from our website after filling a short form.
you fill the form, our representative will contact you, and send you
the distribution kit and the license key. The key allows using all
functions of the application for 30 days.
Our licensing scheme allows choosing the best service plan for each customer.
To facilitate installation and use of our GanttChart for ClearQuest
solution, we provide special configuration files within the
installation package that allow automatically configure the program to
use the ALM schema. You can also download the configuration files from
our web site. Configuration files allow facilitating the GanttChart for
ClearQuest configuration if the ALM schema is used (see 5. Configuring
GanttChart for ClearQuest with supplied configuration). If you use
another schema, it is recommended that you read the User Guide to be
able to configure GanttChart for ClearQuest manually according to your
ClearQuest schema. Our solutions are compatible with any ClearQuest
schema. If you have difficulties with configuration, contact our support
service. In complex cases we can release the package for your
ClearQuest schema that will allow you to use our solutions to the
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The GanttChart for ClearQuest tool has proved to be a very
successful add-on for the ClearQuest system. It significantly
simplifies the planning process in ClearQuest. Standard
integration of IBM Rational ClearQuest and MS
Project allows solving a number of same tasks that GanttChart
solves, but with GanttChart it is much more convenient
to work with a large number of heterogeneous relations between change requests,
including hierarchical and sequential relations. Besides, there is no need to
use two tools at the same time – a project manager can well do with
ClearQuest with GanttChart add-on
installed. Our experts have gained much use from this tool.
GanttChart flexible settings allow configuring the necessary representation of a
Gantt chart to be displayed. Every user has got an opportunity to build
“their own” Gantt chart, where they can see the set of tasks assigned to them,
and every task can be highlighted by a necessary color depending on its status,
that allows the user to organize their working time in the better way.
Additionally GanttChart has particularly flexible creating a Gantt chart
with any queries.
Christian Häussler, IT Software
Development Manager, HUK Coburg AG,
Das Plug-in „GanttChart for ClearQuest“ hat
sich als eine sehr gelungene Erweiterung für ClearQuest
herausgestellt, die den Planungsvorgang im ClearQuest
deutlich erleichtert. Die Standardintegration von IBM Rational
ClearQuest und Microsoft Project ermöglicht zwar
einige ähnliche Planungsvorgänge, doch die Arbeit mit einer größeren Anzahl
verschiedenartiger Verbindungen zwischen verschiedenen Änderungsanfragen,
einschließlich der Hierarchie und Verbindungen einer Abfolge von Anfragen, sind
in GanttChart wesentlich besser realisiert. Außerdem braucht
man nicht zwei verschiedene Programme gleichzeitig zu benutzen, denn mit
GanttChart kann sich ein Projektmanager alleine auf
ClearQuest festlegen, ohne regelmäßig umschalten zu müssen.
Unsere Mitarbeiter haben auch viel Nutzen aus GanttChart
für sich gezogen. Flexible Einstellungen der Erweiterung
GanttChart ermöglichen es, die abgebildete Darstellung des
Gantt-Diagramms an die gewünschten Art und Weise anzupassen. Sowohl
Projektleiter, als auch Mitarbeiter haben die Möglichkeit erhalten, ein
„eigenes“ Gantt-Diagramm zu erstellen, auf dem genau die Zusammenstellung von
Aufgaben und Aufträgen dargestellt wird, die ihnen zugewiesen wurden. Jede
Aufgabe kann mit einer beliebigen Farbe entsprechend ihrem Status markiert
werden. Das ermöglicht es dem Projektleiter einen schnellen Überblick über den
Stand seines Projektes zu geben oder dem einzelnen Mitarbeiter, seine
Arbeitszeit besser zu organisieren. Über die Möglichkeit, ein
Gantt-Diagramm über eine beliebige Queries zu erzeugen ist das Plug-in
GanttChart for ClearQuest besonders flexibel.
Christian Häussler,IT Software Development Manager, HUK Coburg
CM-Consult Company announces the release of the new solution that
performs background tracking of time an owner spends on task
fulfillment. This solution is designed to ease estimation of task
duration. Mechanisms underlying TimeTraker functioning allow saving
ClearQuest licenses used. You can download a demo version from our web
site after filling in the simple form.
Rational ClearQuest TimeTracker allows you to improve the
process of estimating time actually spent on tasks and increase
effectiveness of working time planning, both personal and of the whole
project. It also allows saving ClearQuest licenses
used. ClearQuest TimeTracker allows you to launch
tracking of time spent on tasks by the single mouse click. Since
ClearQuest Time Tracker automatically gets the list of tasks and
updates task statuses, the time an employee spends working with
ClearQuest significantly reduces, that allows saving up to 40% of
ClearQuest licenses. Such saving is achieved due to decrease of user
session duration in ClearQuest.Solution
type: Application. Prerequisites: Requires
IBM Rational ClearQuest installed in the system. Delivery
type: Windows distributive. Compatibility: Compatible
with ClearQuest 7.0 and upper. Multilanguage support: Yes.
The major advantage of the GanttChart tool is the
ability to graphically represent states of activities. When
you have a large number of activities it is difficult to visually
represent and estimate them using the grid view only. In such case, a
chart is very useful. Another advantage is the possibility to modify
dates of activities in graphic view (i.e. in a chart itself) that
simplifies data updating in ClearQuest.
Jesuino Jose de Freitas Neto, IT
Executive Manager, Banco do Nordeste do Brazil, Federal Bank of
This is a usefull and successful solution
allowing to simplify a life to ClearQuest users who got used to work
with Gantt charts. Visualisation of hierarchy and
relationships of change requests of different types allows to
accelerate the analysis of a current tasks' status and to make a
Rational Technical Specialist, IBM EE/A, SWG Department.
With GanttChart module my team achieved possibility to
plan tasks for change requests resolving right after acceptance, in
the same tool, without any intermediate steps. I recommend
this tool as a rapid-planning extension to all teams, which use
Zaydullin, Lead analyst, SCM Specialist, TatNeft (Oil company).
CM-Consult’s GanttChart is a product that was
wanted by many project managers using IBM Rational ClearQuest.
It allows executing almost every PM’s task within IBM Rational
ClearQuest in a new and agile way.
Razuvaykin, former Rational sales specialist, IBM (2005-2007)
GanttChart for ClearQuest1.3 is a plug-in for IBM Rational ClearQuest
7.1 or later version. This plug-in is of interest for
everybody who uses IBM Rational ClearQuest and who
lacks for project management functionality. The module does not
substitute the existing project management tools. It just adds
operational slices into IBM Rational. For
most users, the functions provided by the plug-in are enough for
planning and operation management (see
New features in version
1. Ability to display the owners workload
diagram on basis of the selected diagram or in general by projects
the owners workload diagram on basis of the Gantt chart built earlier
or data from ClearQuest
Representing the owners workload diagram
in two views: In task view with ability to perform planning; In bar
Building the workload diagram by owners
change requests into basic (for example, tasks that have planned dates
and workload), and auxiliary (for example, defects and enhancement
requests that do not have planned dates and workload) by workload
the workload diagram into sections by owners
synchronizing changes in the Gantt chart and the workload diagram to
improve the effectiveness of planning
solution was developed as a result of an effort of both our
specialists and our clients. The idea to create such
solution has emerged as a result of close cooperation with our
customers and deep understanding of their business problems. In most
companies we have cooperated with the planning horizon for tasks and
works is measured in months and quarters, but not years. Project
managers have often to modify work schedule, update it, establish
priorities, and set responsible persons. ClearQuest is
a powerful tool that simplifies this process, but it has its limits.
In ClearQuest, planning and representation of tasks is
performed in flat view, but all managers are used to using the Gantt
chart for planning. Unfortunately, the standard ClearQuest package does
not provide users with such opportunity. GanttChart
for ClearQuest allows managers to save a lot
of time while preparing plans of work/tasks and exercising operational
control over the project. In absolute terms, a manager
spends about 12-16 minutes on rescheduling the average
group of connected tasks without using GanttChart. Using GanttChart
for ClearQuest, the same operation takes 10-15
seconds. So, using GanttChart
for ClearQuest results in increasing the manager’s
efficiency and manageability of the whole project. We are
greatly pleased to have gained recognition of our contribution from IBM
CEO, CM-Consult, IBM Rational ClearQuest certify
GanttChart is a product that was wanted by many project
managers using IBM Rational ClearQuest. It allows executing
almost every PM’s task within IBM Rational ClearQuest in a new and agile
Former Rational sales specialist, IBM (2005-2007).
GanttChart module my team achieved possibility to plan tasks for
change requests resolving right after acceptance, in the same tool,
without any intermediate steps. I recommend this tool as a
rapid-planning extension to all teams, which use ClearQuest.
Lead analyst, SCM Specialist, TatNeft (Oil
is a usefull and successful solution allowing to simplify a life to
ClearQuest users who got used to work with Gantt charts. Visualisation
of hierarchy and relationships of change requests of different types
allows to accelerate the analysis of a current tasks' status and to make
a decision faster.
Specialist, IBM EE/A, SWG Department.
major advantage of the GanttChart tool is the ability to
graphically represent states of activities. When you have a
large number of activities it is difficult to visually represent and
estimate them using the grid view only. In such case, a chart is very
useful. Another advantage is the possibility to modify dates of
activities in graphic view (i.e. in a chart itself) that simplifies data
updating in ClearQuest.
Jesuino Jose de Freitas Neto,
Manager, Banco do Nordeste do Brazil, Federal Bank of Brazil
that it now provides a free, fully-functional and unrestricted edition
of its flagship product GanttChart
for ClearQuest . People who download this free edition are
entitled to 15 days of free technical support as well.
CM-Consult products intended to provide business continuity are added to the international solutions catalogue IBM Global Solutions Directory
. IBM Corporation adds to this directory the most significant solutions
that are based on IBM technologies and have been successfully
implemented for a number of customers.
GanttChart for ClearQuest is added to the IBM Global Solutions Directory with the ID 41151. GanttChart for ClearQuest is a plug-in for IBM Rational ClearQuest 7.0, 7.1 or later version. This plug-in is of interest for everybody who uses IBM Rational ClearQuest
and who lacks for project management functionality. The module does not
substitute the existing project management tools. It just adds
operational slices into IBM Rational. For most users, the functions provided by the plug-in are enough for planning and operation management.
"Recently our solution ProjectTracker has been added to the IBM Global Solutions Directory and now the turn of GanttChart for ClearQuest has come. This solution was developed as a result of an effort of both our specialists and our clients.
The idea to create such solution has emerged as a result of close
cooperation with our customers and deep understanding of their business
problems. In most companies we have cooperated with the planning
horizon for tasks and works is measured in months and quarters, but not
years. Project managers have often to modify work schedule, update it,
establish priorities, and set responsible persons. ClearQuest is a powerful tool that simplifies this process, but it has its limits. In ClearQuest,
planning and representation of tasks is performed in flat view, but all
managers are used to using the Gantt chart for planning. Unfortunately,
the standard ClearQuest package does not provide users with such
opportunity. GanttChart for ClearQuest allows managers to save a lot of time while preparing plans of work/tasks and exercising operational control over the project. In absolute terms, a manager spends about 12-16 minutes on rescheduling the average group of connected tasks without using GanttChart. Using GanttChart for ClearQuest, the same operation takes 10-15 seconds. So, using GanttChart for ClearQuest results in increasing the manager’s efficiency and manageability of the whole project. We are greatly pleased to have gained recognition of our contribution from IBM Corporation", Alexander Novichkov , the general director of CM-Consult, sais.
To analyze the project progress in real-time mode.
To promptly modify the work schedule.
service-oriented approach is used and every day a lot of requests
require project manager’s attention, GanttChart allows managers to save
time spent on rescheduling groups of requests (change requests and
To efficiently allocate resources.
To promptly convert requests from one state into another.
To modify planned dates of groups of tasks and requests by dragging tasks and requests on a chart by the mouse.
To view their load relative to the whole pool of requests (tasks, defects, requests, etc.).
To comfortably work with the work schedule.
It was founded in 2004. The main business is consulting in project management area, implementation and support IBM Rational tools and technologies as well as methodic (RUP). Distribution, setup and customization, support of IBM Rational software and Microsoft tools. «CM-Consult» is in TOP-5 of the Russian consulting companies implementing IBM Rational. Our team conducted over 25 successful projects of IBM Rational technologies implementation, we trained over 700 specialists. «CM-Consult» is a business partner of IBM for all these years and has a status Premier IBM Partner as well as Value Advantage Plus (V.A.P.). The base of the team is the certified professionals and experts whose experience and deep knowledge are beyond doubts. The clients of «CM-Consult» are the biggest international companies: HUK-COBURG (Germany), Banco do Nordeste (Brazil), United Aviation Group (Russia), Tatneft (Tatarstan oil, Russia), VTB bank (state external trade bank, Russia), Irkut avia plant (Russia), Russian Aluminum and many others.
About "Rational-Tools project"
project starts at 2008 for international promoting the solutions and
services of CM-Consult which are worked through the real projects of
the company. Rational-Tools is the set of the unique solutions and
software which extends and complements the capabilities of IBM Rational
tools and it has no analogues in the world. Some of these products are
registered in IBM as Value Advantage Plus (V.A.P.) solutions (Project
Tracker and UML2ClearQuest), that confirms their high quality and
relevance for the broad spectrum of customers.
project manager’s time for the replanning of request groups (change
requests and extension requests). Especially within service oriented
approach when a great number of requests every day require a special
Effectively distributing the resources.
Transferring requests from one state to another on-the-fly.
Shifting the groups of tasks and requests (change planned dates) in drag-and-drop mode.
The module is made in the form of Plug-in for IBM Rational ClearQuest 7.0 and upper. This
module is intended for every person who uses IBM Rational ClearQuest
and is short of project management capabilities. The module does not
substitute for existing project management tools but adds the
operational sections into IBM Rational. For the most
experienced users the functions of this module will be absolutely
enough for ad-hock planning and operational management of their
Scenario of the video:
Connecting to the ClearQuest database
Configuring the GanttChart for ClearQuest module
Mapping fields for ALMAcivity
Mapping fields for ALMTask
Mapping fields for ALMRequest
Configuring relations between ALMActivity, ALMTask, ALMRequest
Planning works according to the ALMRequest change request using GanttChart for ClearQuest
Creating a new ALMRequest change request
Executing a query for the new ALMRequest change request
Starting the GanttChart for ClearQuest module
Building the Gantt chart on basis of the executed query
Creating the ALMTask child tasks for ALMRequest
Importing the results of tasks creation into the Gantt chart
Creating the ALActivity child works for ALMTask
Importing the results of works creation into the Gantt chart
Planning dates for the new ALMActivity, ALMTask, ALMRequest
Saving the results of the planning
Analyzing and correcting possible mistakes made while working with the mandatory fields
Saving the results of the planning
Demonstrating the results of the planning in ClearQuest
Simulating the developer’s work
Starting to work with ALMActivity (specifying the actual start date)
Finishing to work with ALMActivity (specifying the actual finish date)
Building the Gantt chart on basis of several ALMRequest change requests
Enabling sections for the Gantt chart
Executing query for all ALMRequest change requests
Starting the GanttChart for ClearQuest module
Building the Gantt chart on basis of the executed query
We (http://www.cmcons.com) constantly implement IBM Rational tools, i.e. we face both features of the tools and their limitations in practice. Here I will speak about probably the most important tool when it comes to support of change processes - IBM Rational ClearQuest. I will not tell you about the tool itself since there are special materials on this topic. I want only to point out that it controls all changes in a project, or rather all change requests (CR). In ClearQuest, change requests can be of the following types:
Enhancement request – New requirements from a client.
Defect – Documented defect.
Task – Planned task, task for defect correction or task for enhancement request implementation.
All ClearQuest users deal with different CRs – analysts work with change requests, testers – with defects. But, one way or another, all project participants work with tasks, since in practice tasks are planned requests that have planned start and finish dates and many other attributes connected with planning (completion rate, workload, etc.). Commonly, on basis of any enhancement request (or any defect) one task or multiple tasks (plan) are created for solving the request, i.e. a hierarchical chain is built:
Every task has its owner, start and finish dates, planned and actual dates, etc. Also, upon completion of every task the request can be closed. Besides, tasks may have not only hierarchical relations (decomposition relations), but also relations of the Dependence type.
This is how any change tracking system including ClearQuest works in practice.
The advantage of the ClearQuest is that it stores data on both top-down and bottom-up relations between objects in a chain.
BUT! ClearQuest does not offer any tool for visualizing the change request hierarchy (regardless of the change request type – task, defect or any other). I.e. Clear Quest stores all requests with all relations in the database, but represents them as a flat list. Using the Query tool you can represent anything you want as a hierarchy, but to do it, you should build special reports. However, the practice shows that our users do not like building reports much, the more so because the reports should be build with great care.
Several times we tried to eliminate this shortcoming and have developed the following tools:
Special module for integration with MS Project – ClearQuest and MS Project extended integration module (ProjectTracker) allows planning and tracking tasks from MS Project. The idea is rather simple – to track a project progress, a manager works with MS Project, as usual. It is the best decision for big projects or for reallocating resources between projects. By the way, it eliminates another shortcoming – without using MS Project, it would not be easy for a manager to rearrange tasks, especially when there are a couple hundred of them. But there is another BUT – a manager receives data with a certain delay since data needs to be synchronized. And again, this decision works only on Windows platform.
The idea to develop a tool for Eclipse rose long ago, but we have managed to implement it only this year. As a result the GanttChart 1.0 for ClearQuest module has been developed. It allows the project manager or any project participant to visualize the hierarchy of change requests directly from ClearQuest.
GanttChart 1.0 for ClearQuest will be of interest for those who use IBM Rational ClearQuest and who lack for project management fucntionality. The module does not substitute the existing project management tools. It just adds reports to IBM Rational (in the next versions of the module, the most of MS Project functions will probably be transferred from MS Project to ClearQuest). The module significantly simplifies management of complex hierarchical tasks and releases project managers from their routine allowing them to concentrate on the most important problems.
GanttChart 1.0 for ClearQuest is the next generation product designed for joint operation with IBM Rational ClearQuest Eclipse. All management functions are available right after the installation in the ClearQuest standard menu.
GanttChart 1.0 for ClearQuest is a flexible decision that allows configuring any change requests with different relations and with any nesting level, providing ability for fine tuning of additional fields.
Multiplatform application. The module is integrated into the Eclipse client of IBM Rational ClearQuest and works on different platforms – Widows and Unix.
No need to use additional tools. All functions are available in one tool - IBM Rational ClearQuest client – except for budgeting, resource allocation and project portfolio management.
Single source of information and real-time synchrinization mode. The module allows displaying the actual state of project tasks on basis of last chnages in IBM Rational ClearQuest. This is performed without any additional synchronization or duplication of the IBM Rational ClearQuest data into some other project management system. All data is visualized in the real-time mode.
Access to all fucntions of IBM Rational ClearQuest. Since the module is integrated into the IBM Rational ClearQuest client, a user has the access to both the planning funtionality on basis of Gannt chart and to all functions of IBM Rational ClearQuest – making queries, building reports and charts, etc. – at the same time.