Managing and sharing project status

You can use dashboards to keep team members informed about project status and to encourage collaboration.

About this task

Customizable dashboards can provide live status on the latest design activities. Dashboards provide team members with a web-based view of the project status, which they can use to monitor and collaborate on the project. Dashboards are useful for publishing project information, but also for gathering external information that relates to the project.
There are two kinds of dashboards: personal dashboards and project dashboards. You can use dashboards in several ways, including these:
  • Team leads can use dashboard widgets and queries to determine the status of the application being developed.
  • Project teams can use dashboard pages to communicate key information about a design.
  • Project leads can track project conditions and trends at a glance.
  • Team leads can track team progress and balance workload.
  • Developers can track their workload and work item status.
You can customize your dashboards by adding widgets from any of the applications in a lifecycle project. When you add Design Management widgets, you can limit the scope of the widgets to specific projects or to specific contexts. The following design-specific widgets are available for you to add to dashboards:
  • Most Comments - Displays a list of the design artifacts that have received the most comments during the specified date range.
  • Query - Displays a list of queries that are available for the project.
  • Recent Comments - Displays a list of comments posted during the specified date range.
  • Recent Links - Displays a list of links that were created during the specified date range. You can also specify the types of links you want to include in the list.
  • Reviews - Displays a list of the reviews that meet the specified filtering criteria.


  1. To define the scope of a Design Management widget, in the widget, click the Menu icon and click Settings.
  2. To define a project scope, click Select and, in the Select Project Area window, select a project area.
  3. To define a context scope, click Select and, in the Select a Context window, choose one of the options and select an item from the list.
  4. To save the changes, click OK.

What to do next

For more information about creating, updating, and managing dashboards, see Managing dashboards in the Rational® solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management product documentation.