What's New


What’s New - September 2020

We are pleased to present you with the latest release of the Project TimeLine. In recent months our team worked hard to improve the usability and allow managers to take full advantage of forecasting and reports that Project TimeLine offers.

 

Highlights

 

Planning of Epics

To make sure you and your team deliver on every goal, Project TimeLine allows for easy and convenient planning of Jira Epics. You can now schedule your Epics on the TimeLine and get automatic predictions of completion date plus early warnings of possible delays.

Until this release planning was only available for Releases. Now managers can set start and end dates for Epics and track elapsed time vs work completion. Teams that estimate issues and know their velocity - can also get a prediction of when an Epic will be completed with the given speed of work.

 

Handling unestimated issues

 

Configure how you treat unestimated issues

With the extended configuration options and improved UI - now managers can know better the impact of unestimated issues on their plan. Project TimeLine offers two options for unestimated issues:

  1. Leave issues unestimated and get an indicator about the count of unestimated issues (e.g. Epic is 24% but there is 1 unestimated open issue)

  2. Configure a default estimate and get a better preview of the volume of work (e.g. set a default of 8h for any issue that does not have estimate - will provide better estimate of the volume of work than leaving the tasks not estimated)

  3. The last option is to not use estimates at all. If your tasks are relatively the same size and your teams do not estimate them, now you can also track progress by monitoring the count of resolved vs not resolved issues

 

Number of unestimated issues

The clear indication of the number of unestimated issues helps you understand how reliable the progress indicator is.

For example: if only a few issues are not estimated, then 90% looks good; if most of the issues are not estimated and just one issue is resolved: 100% doesn't mean that most of the work is done.

 

Whole New User Experience

Project TimeLine user experience keeps getting better.

 

Better overview of the schedule

For every Release/Epic you see:

  1. % of elapsed time: this makes it easy to compare elapsed time with work done and get an indicator for delay

  2. Working days passed: how many days have elapsed since the scheduled start

  3. Working days left: how many days the team has to complete the work in time

 

Apply different colors to visualize your elements and reduce the time to insight

You can configure different colors to quickly distinguish Epics or Projects on the timeline.


Roadmap

On our roadmap, we strive for making Project TimeLine a great value for both Product and Service teams.

For Product Teams - extended support in Sprint and Release planning:

  • Resources available to participate in the next Sprint/workload

  • Vacation's impact on the velocity and on the Release date

For Service Teams (e.g. consulting companies) - better overview of resource utilization:

  • How are resources distributed among multiple projects

  • Which resources are over/under utilized

  • When is the best time to start a new project

  • Support of Business/JIRA Core projects  

  • Tracking of checklists on Release level (Definition of Done) 

If you know what your needs are and would like to share them with us - feel free to contact us!

 

Already Delivered

  • A tree view of issues in Release/Epic 

  • Support of Server Hosting

  • Scope Filtering by Status Category 

  • Release Planning:

    • How many Stories can be added to a Release so that it is feasible?

    • Stories are below the line and don't fit in a release?

    • Forecasting the calculated end date 

  • Release Monitoring:

    • Early warnings if the implementation is going slower than planned 

    • Is the velocity slowdown a trend that may lead to delays?

    • Is there scope creep?

  • Sprints on timeline

  • Change of scale - weeks, months, quarters

  • Ability to change schedule - drag & drop Releases and Epics on the timeline