Hi folks! I’m Pete Morris - a Product Manager working across our roadmaps and Advanced Roadmaps experiences in Jira Software Cloud.
Over the last 18 months, we have seen how demands put on teams have drastically increased the complexities of work. With complexity comes a greater need for visibility and having the right tools to plan and manage work effectively. This is why our team is focused (and really passionate) about continually improving the planning experience in Jira Software Cloud.
We’re excited to share what’s coming for roadmaps and Advanced Roadmaps, but first I wanted to share a few of the incredible updates we’ve shipped over the last year in case you missed it!
Our team-level planning experience was built to help all teams visually manage their dependencies and track progress on the big picture in real-time. Support for company-managed projects (formerly classic projects) was one of our most popular requests!
Since its launch in the fall of 2020, we’ve improved the following:
Visualize and manage sprint assignments from your roadmap: You can now plan story-level issues in sprints. Once dates are added to sprints in your backlog, bars will display the duration on your roadmap. Easily drag-and-drop your stories into sprints or move issues between sprints.
Reduce the clutter to focus on what’s most relevant: We’ve made it easier to hide your done epics so you can focus on what's next. Simply toggle on or off which status you want to see from All to Complete, or Incomplete. We’ve also added additional text and label filters to make it easier to find the work that you want to plan by filtering by the issue name and/or the label.
Performance, performance, performance: Roadmaps have gotten a lot faster. We’ve optimized the load time and many interactions to make everything feel a lot snappier.
Planning flexibility: Reorder and reparent child issues so you can manage priorities and break down your work directly from the roadmap.
We launched Advanced Roadmaps, our solution for teams-of-teams, in our Premium edition in May 2020. It has been incredibly exciting watching you all discover and adopt our newest planning experience.
Here is a roundup of the biggest updates since the launch:
Spin up a plan quickly: A revamped plan wizard simplifies how you create a plan and connect it to your teams' work so you can spend less time setting up and more time planning.
Customize your views: With saved views, you can use any of the many view options and then save your configuration for reference later.
Stay ahead of dependencies: The dependency report makes it easier to map dependencies across teams, projects, and initiatives, spot bottlenecks, and understand how a delay in one team may impact many others.
Simplified plan navigation: we simplified the plan’s controls and introduced a collapsible header to maximize the timeline view.
Do more from your plan’s timeline: Enjoy vastly more intuitive interactions with the timeline as dependencies can now be represented by lines (or badges) and you can scroll through your planned work by scrolling forward / backward - just like the roadmaps experience in your team’s project!
Keep stakeholders in the loop: Provide even more context by embedding your plan in a Confluence page with the Advanced Roadmaps Confluence macro.
Improvements to story-level planning in roadmaps: We’ll continue to iterate on your most requested feature - the ability to plan story-level issues on the timeline.
Teams going global - We’re working towards unifying the concept of “teams” across all Atlassian products so that the team you use in Advanced Roadmaps is the same team you use in Jira Software, Confluence, Opsgenie, etc.
Investigations into incorporating uncertainty in planning: Agile planning is often fluid and responsive - we know that dates aren’t always the best solution for long-term planning. We’re exploring better ways to plan that embrace uncertainty and fluidity that can come with longer-term planning.
Team-managed project (formerly Next-gen projects) support in Advanced Roadmaps - this is probably our most sought-after request for Advanced Roadmaps. I’m excited to confirm that we’ve started laying the foundations by simplifying Jira’s issue hierarchy. We’ll be able to share an approximate timeframe in the future.
Sharing your plan made easier: You will soon have the option to export a snapshot of your plan’s timeline as an image (PNG file) to easily share progress with stakeholders.
As always, we’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below or use the “Give feedback” button in product - this feedback goes directly to our teams.
Thanks and happy planning!
If you haven’t taken Advanced Roadmaps for a test drive, you can start a free trial of Jira Software Cloud Premium (go to billing → manage subscriptions → change plans). If you're new to Jira, you can learn more about roadmaps in Jira Software here.
Pete MorrisAtlassian Team
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