Comparing global configurations

Compare global configurations to see content differences between milestones, for example, between Sprint 7 and Sprint 8. The comparison report shows you the child configurations in each configuration that are included, missing, or different.

About this task

You can compare a global configuration with a different stream or baseline and vice versa. You cannot compare components.

For example, a team discovers that it must remove new functions from a configuration at a milestone. A comparison visually illustrates all child configurations to be removed if the configuration is removed. The comparison report can help with feature planning, resource allocation, and test case rework.

Procedure

  1. Select a global configuration in the tree view, right-click, and select Compare With.
  2. Use the Compare With dialog box to help you select the stream or baseline to compare the selected configuration with.
    1. In the Compare With dialog box, type a configuration name in the search box to search for configurations of the same component. When you clear the Show only configurations of the same component checkbox, you can look for configurations across all components within the selected project area. Image showing comparison of two streams from different components You can also type * in the search box to list configurations across all the components.
    2. If necessary, click the Filters icon and type the global configuration name to narrow the results.
    3. Examine a stream to view its baselines and baseline staging streams by hovering over a stream and clicking the Show icon. You can select a baseline or baseline staging stream for comparison, or return to the previous view by clicking Back to Search Results.
    4. Make your selection and click Compare.
  3. View the comparison report on the Compare Configurations screen.

    In the following example, you can see that the global stream on the right side contains one more stream as compared to the baseline staging stream on the left.

    Image shows "Compare Configurations" with an added stream.

    If you click the Swap Sides icon, you can view the same change in the opposite context. The baseline staging stream on the right side contains one less stream as compared to the global stream on the left.

    Image shows "Compare Configurations" with a removed stream.

    The symbols between the results show you the changes between the two global configurations.
    • A plus sign shows that configurations were added.
    • A minus sign shows that configurations were removed.
    • The delta symbol shows that the same configuration was modified in some way.

What to do next

If you want to investigate the possible results of removing a global configuration, you can find where that global configuration is used in streams and baselines. Use the comparison report to see if the removal has broader implications to your product deliverable. See Finding where a stream or baseline is used in configurations.


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