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New updates and improvements to Faros AI.


NOV 18TH, 2022

We are introducing a new feature to make it much easier to create charts and reports when our data is spread across multiple tables. Data is now auto-joined for common use cases! You can now skip creating most joins explicitly and go directly from selecting your data to choosing fields on adjacent tables.
Notice that in the example above, you can now filter Pull Request Review based on information from other tables like the Repository or Author and Reviewer directly without declaring a join.
This feature applies everywhere you interact with fields in the Question Editor; Filter, Summarize, Custom Columns, and Sorting. In addition to the fields on the table you are working with, you will now be able to expand related tables and select fields from those as well. The join will automatically be applied on the correct join ID when you run your query.
This feature only looks one level deep at tables directly related to your main table. If you need to do multiple levels of joins, (e.g. TableA join TableB join TableC) you would still need to declare those joins as before. BUT, those declarations are even easier now, too, because the table ID’s will now be automatically populated once you select the table you are joining to.

Once you select the “Pull Request” table to join with, ID’s are automatically populated.

There are still some situations where it does not make sense to have every join pre-defined, so don’t worry if you don’t see the particular relationship you’re interested in; everything will still work like it did before by manually specifying the join tables and ID’s.

NOV 17TH, 2022

In order to provide our customers with custom security policies that meet their needs we added the ability for tenant owners to customize the security policies for their tenant account.
An owner can now modify settings such as:
  • MFA enforcement
  • User lockout after X password attempts
  • Password history
  • Idle session timeout
  • Force re-login on session expiry
  • Maximum concurrent sessions
  • Login restrictions based on IP addresses

OCT 28TH, 2022

Faros now provides new reporting tables, one for each default flow. This will improve performance for all cards and queries built on top of these flows! The faros default flows and their new tables are listed below.
  1. Lead Time | Flow Duration Lead Time
  2. PR Cycle Time | Flow Duration PR Cycle Time
  3. Time to Resolution | Flow Duration Time to Resolve
Previously, data for these flows was stored in the Flow Duration table. Data for the flows listed above has now been moved to their new table respectively. The Flow Duration table will continue to store data for custom flows. For more information on flows check out our docs.

OCT 27TH, 2022

If you would like more visibility into your different task dependencies - which task depends on which, and who is blocking what - then you might want to check out the new Task Relationship reporting table.
With this information now available to you for reporting, you can start to answer questions like:
  • How many of my team's tasks are currently blocked?
  • Which are the most critical blocking tasks that need to be resolved right away?
  • What teams are handling a lot of the blocking tickets and tend to be the bottleneck in our development flow?
  • How frequently is my team getting blocked and is that trend increasing or decreasing?
Task Relationship information is being extracted from your Task Management System (TMS). The report table will tell you if any _Task A_ is related to a _Task B_ and if that relationship type is either blocked_by, is_blocking or the generic relates_to. See below for an example of the table contents.

OCT 6TH, 2022

Faros now includes a new restricted dashboard collection editable by owners and admins. This is the perfect place to house curated dashboards for your entire organization.
Any user who does not have admin-level permissions will be able to see everything in the collection in a view-only capacity. This lets you share insights broadly without worrying about them being accidentally changed or deleted.
All users can still collaborate on dashboards in the shared reports folder. Once a dashboard and its cards are deemed ready, any admin can move these items into the curated reports collection. Pair this new feature with Favorites and Home Pages to provide all of your employees a Faros experience customized to your company.

OCT 4TH, 2022

As an owner, you can now access billing and subscription information directly within the Faros application.
The "Subscription" tab displays your Faros tier as well as list of modules you have purchased. On the "Billing" tab, you can confirm how many seats you are currently using within Faros, along with the a list of which employees are included in this seat calculation. In addition, you can also view your billing history and see when your next payment is due.

SEP 14TH, 2022

Bookmark your favorite Faros pages for your personal Faros experience or for everyone in your company!
As an admin, you can now highlight the dashboards and pages that are most relevant to your company. You can choose your company’s default landing page and specify which pages will be highlighted in the left-hand menu for easy discovery by everyone in your company.
All Faros users can also set their own personal favorite pages to be highlighted in the left-hand menu and replace the company default landing page with their own custom landing page as needed.September 14, 2022

SEP 1ST, 2022

Faros now allows you to store employment type and employee role information. These fields can now be used to slice and dice your data on new dimensions.- September 1, 2022
For example, you can inspect your team composition or compare your onboarding experience for contractors vs full-time employees.
Team Composition by Employment Type graph

AUG 10TH, 2022

Preview our new task management dashboards with insights into your sprints, epics, and boards.
Our new task management dashboards let you analyze your boards, epics, and sprints. To access them, go into the new Beta folder in the Faros reports directory.
These dashboards are beta, and will be incorporated into the Engineering Productivity module in the future. Reach out and tell us what you think!
Epic Overview

AUG 8TH, 2022

The way the deployment frequency metric is calculated has been updated to better reflect the performance of larger teams and organizations.
Some modifications have been made in how the Weekly Deployment Frequency metric is calculated in the Value Stream Analysis and DORA Summary dashboards. Some of these changes can cause a considerable shift in the value displayed for most customers. See below for a description of the changes made and the reasoning behind them.
  1. Deployment frequency is now normalized per application - Instead of displaying the total number of deployments, it is now the number of deployments per application. This definition will scale better for organizations with a large number of applications and, more importantly, it is more in line with the official DORA definition of the metric. While this does mean that the value will decrease in almost all cases (since we are now dividing by the number of applications), we believe it will be a more accurate representation of application development velocity.
  2. An issue with computing the metric was fixed where certain weeks that had zero deployments were previously excluded from the overall weekly average calculation.
Summary Dashboard DORA Metrics

AUG 4TH, 2022

Faros dashboards now support many more date filter options.
Previously Faros dashboards could be filtered by a relative date timespan. These filters have been upgraded to support many more relative date options as well as specific date ranges and the ability to exclude certain dates. Check out the examples below to see all of the possibilities then play around with the filter in your own Faros dashboards.
Filter by relative dates

Filter by relative dates

Filter by specific dates

Filter by specific dates


AUG 2ND, 2022

You can now distinguish between active and inactive employees in Faros
Employees now how an associated status that can be set to either active or inactive. Employees are active by default, and in general it is only the active employees you will care about and manage in Faros. An inactive employee is someone who is no longer at your company or is on a leave of absence.
Employee status lets you differentiate between employees you care about and continue to produce data (active) and employees who are not contributing new data but should be considered when looking at historic trends. Inactive employees are not considered in the seat calculation used for billing.

JUL 28TH, 2022

Easily convert tasks to incidents in the Faros schema.
Many of our customers track incidents in their ticket management system. It's now easy to quickly identify which tasks represent incidents and then create those incidents in Faros. Doing so will allow you to leverage existing incident metrics in the dashboards or build your own.

JUL 11TH, 2022

Improved Sprint Metrics
Faros now provides two new tables to capture your sprint health data. The Sprint table has aggregated metrics on the number of tasks/points planned, added, moved and removed during each sprint. The Sprint History table gives detailed information on the tasks associated to each sprint.

JUL 1ST, 2022

Play around with role based access control(RBAC) in your Faros app.
Faros now has user roles that determine what a user is able to do in Faros and what data they are able to interact with. For more details check out our RBAC documentation page.
Summary of User Roles
Summary of User Roles table

JUN 27TH, 2022

It's now easier than ever to connect your employees to their accounts!
Connect Employees to Accounts using Suggestions
Faros now provides a tool to help you more easily connect employees to their different accounts across all of your different systems. Using intelligent heuristics, Faros provides you with the 'best matches' for your employees. Read more about how to use the new tool here.

MAY 26TH, 2022

Instrumenting your pipelines just got a whole lot easier.
Faros now provides a tool to help you more easily construct the code snippets used for instrumenting integration and deployment pipelines. While you are still able to consult our recipes, the Instrumentation tool walks you through what you should be sending and reduces errors by populating options from the data you already have in Faros. Learn more about CI/CD and how to use the tool in our docs.
Generated Code

MAR 2ND, 2022

Introducing Faros Community Edition (Faros CE)!
Today, we are excited to announce that we have open-sourced a community edition of Faros that is now available for free on GitHub.
Faros CE is a container-based deployment that leverages 100% open-source components. With Faros CE, you get a no-code, flexible, and extensible solution for engineering operational data that is ready in minutes. Read our blog post to find out more!

FEB 10TH, 2022

Check out our new Engineering Productivity module.
This module helps engineering teams track velocity and progress towards current goals across every stage of the SDLC. You can now better understand the unplanned work that may be competing for your team's attention. We also provide industry benchmarks to help you understand what elite/high performant teams look like.

JAN 4TH, 2022

Dashboard sharing is now live.
Easily embed Faros dashboards in Confluence pages, Notion docs and more! Sharing pre-canned reports with the rest of your organization is easier than ever before.
Read more about Dashboard Sharing in the Faros Documentation.

NOV 30TH, 2021

Custom flows are here!
This month, we released a much-awaited feature: enabling our users to define custom flows in Faros.
A Faros flow can be used to describe any organizational process, such as your task management process or your deployment process.
Faros automatically computes various metrics around these flows, such as the end-to-end cycle time for the flow and the time spent in the different custom stages. Use flows to easily identify bottlenecks in your processes.
For more information, visit Custom Flows in the Faros Documentation.

NOV 12TH, 2021

Introducing new DORA dashboards (beta) and Teams Activity Log table.
With the new DORA dashboards, you get an at-a-glance view at how your teams perform as well as the ability to drill down deeper when necessary.
For more information, please view Pre-Built Dashboards in the Faros documentation.
Teams Activity Log table
Using the new Activity Log table, you can extend your dashboards to understand how your teams are spending their time: feature work or dealing with incidents.
DORA Dashboard

SEP 21ST, 2021

Introducing new UI for Data Transforms, Faros CI/CD GitHub Action, and Faros CDK for Airbyte connectors.
Data Transform UI
👷‍♀️ Using our new UI, you can now map custom fields of your source systems to fields of our graph entities. You can also transform entities into other entities (Tasks to Incidents, for example).
Faros CI/CD GitHub Action
🏗 Now you can instrument your CI/CD workflows on GitHub Actions simply by using our Faros CI/CD GitHub Action!
Faros Destination for Airbyte
⚡ Write data from any Airbyte source into your Faros graph using the universal Faros Destination for Airbyte. If an input stream is not supported, just use JSONata to transform it, by passing an expression through the config.
Faros CDK for Airbyte connectors
🛠 Build your own Airbyte source/destination in TypeScript/JavaScript with Faros AI CDK. For more information, visit the Airbyte site.

AUG 20TH, 2021

Introducing custom dashboards, new dashboards, and Event CLI.
Custom Dashboards
Visualize and track what matters most to your organization! Use our new UI to create your own dashboards with your own custom metrics and charts.
For more information, please look at Custom Dashboards in the Faros documentation.
New Dashboards
We now have dozens of new dashboards and hundreds of new charts providing visibility into the Throughput, Speed, Quality, and Investment areas of engineering orgs. The different dashboards provide differing lenses into the metrics, allowing users to drill down into teams, applications, or projects.
Event CLI
Now you can instrument your CI/CD pipelines using our Event CLI.
CLI Example

APR 29TH, 2021

Get an overview of your lead time, deployment frequency, change failure rate, and more with the DORA metrics dashboard. Simply connect up your CI/CD and source control systems to Faros, and begin to identify bottlenecks in your engineering pipelines and processes.
For more information, please look at our pre-built dashboards in the Faros documentation.

FEB 12TH, 2021

Now, in addition to the programmatic APIs and CLI, you can manage Faros from the Faros Console. The console will be the single place from where you can manage your data sources, schema, applications, and workflows!