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Serena Development Manager 1.0 Readme
This document contains important information about the 1.0 release of Serena Development Manager.


What's New

What's New in Serena Development Manager 1.0

Serena Development Manager is a new solution offering that integrates development project management, change request and task management, version control, and baseline management features, with a rich dashboard reporting component.

Welcome to Serena Development Manager

Serena Development Manager enables you to orchestrate and monitor your key software development efforts, tracking source code changes and approvals through a central workflow engine. Development Manager uses Serena Business Manager (SBM) to coordinate events across your systems using Web services, integrating application project definition, source code management, test management, and release approvals. Track and report on development progress using the included dashboard solution, providing comprehensive decision-making support to managers and directors who need the last information at all times on key performance indicators (KPIs).

Development Project Lifecycle Management

Promote development activities through lifecycles stages such as planning, code, test, and release. You can customize the development stages according to your organizational practices, define user roles and owners for each stage, and set up notifications.

Development Source Code Management

Development Manager includes Serena Dimensions CM, the powerful, enterprise-scale source code configuration management application.

Test Management System Integration

Monitor your QA team’s progress on defects and requirements by integrating Development Manager with your test system. You can synchronize information about defects between Development Manager and HP Quality Center / ALM.

Graphical Business Intelligence Dashboard

Serena Development Manager includes ALM Dashboard, a rich, graphical reporting tool that allows you to carefully monitor key performance indicators (KPIs). The reports are fully configurable, and can provide graphical information on any aspects of your projects that managers or executives need to track.

Installation Notes

Installing this Release

You must install several components to use Serena Development Manager:

  • Serena Business Manager
  • Serena Development Control, which includes a number of Business Manager process apps that integrate all of your processes together
  • Serena Dimensions CM
  • Serena ALM Dashboard

For information about installing and configuring these components, please refer to the Serena Development Manager Installation and Configuration Guide.

Full System Requirements

You can review detailed system requirements, including supported integrations, at From the Products list, select Development Manager, then click on the 1.0 release. From here you can display supported platforms and integrations.

Development Control Supported Platforms

Development Control, which is the set of SBM process apps and integrations provided with Development Manager, specifically supports the following platforms:

  • Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Visto Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2008 x86 and x64

Dimensions Patch

Important: Make sure to patch Dimensions CM to the latest patch level.

MSI 4.5 Required

Development Control requires MSI 4.5. If MSI 4.5 is not already installed, the Development Control installer will install it, however the system must then be restarted before continuing with the Development Control installer.

Known Issues

Issue Installing via Remote Desktop

When installing Development Control via Remote Desktop access to a Windows 2003 system, installation may fail if you include the Connector to Quality Center option. To avoid this issue, run Remote Desktop in Console or Administration mode.

(DEF207386) "Unable to execute transition Sync QC" Error When Approving New Requests

When attempting to approve a new change request with the item type Dev Change Request, the following error message incorrectly appears:

Unable to execute transition Sync QC on principal Dev Change Requests <number>. Transition is not available for Dev Change Request item type.

(DEF207392) "Pending Build Completion" Message When Build is Pending Launch

If you start a build after verifying a baseline and then display baseline details from the associated development package, the incorrect status "Pending Build Completion" appears. This should state "Pending Build Launch."