For low-resolution, long term planning purposes it would be incredibly useful to have multiple Versions or Epics layed across the same chart so that we can better understand when we should be aiming to start on certain releases, and if we can, even at a very high level, hope to meet goals.
Is this current functionality somewhere?
Sidenote: It would be useful for these charts to utilize story points and velocity rather than hour-based estimates.
You can take a look at eazyBI report creation plugin for JIRA. With eazyBI you can create custom reports based on JIRA data.
Here is an example report of burndown chart for Sprint. Similar reports could be created for Fix version or issues within Epic.
Let me know if you have any additional questions about eazyBI. You can also contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an example report that shows how much Story Points were created in Epic as well as how many are still due. As well there is Story Points resolved within Epic % showing to which Epics not all 100% story points are resolved.
Here is also an example of Gantt chart for Epics.
Note that both charts use Page filters to only show those Issues that are with Type 'Epic'.
If you wish to do some more analysis for each epic, please let me know more details on what measures you would like to analyze.
How would I be able to go about using something like the latter report for future planning? I fooled around with it a bit, but couldn't really come up with something that I was envisioning.
ie. Use velocity to calculate when I'd be able to start and therefore complete an epic or version based on my currently scheduled work and potentially the priorty of different epics.
Maybe that example isn't possible, but the key I'm looking for is future planning of epics / versions.
For Gantt chart it is necessary to choose what will be the Start and End date to visualize in chart. In previous example I have used Issue created date and Issue resolution date, but it is also possible to do some custom calculations to get Planned Start and Planned end date.
Below is an example where I calculate Planned Start and End date using MDX function DateAddDays.
As example for issues that are not blocked by others the start date is today (3rd of September), but for the blocking issues the start is today plus Remaining estimated days (Remaining estimated hours divided by 8) of blocking issues. This means that for example Demo-24 does not start before all blocking issues are Planned to finish.
The Planned end is the Start plus Remaining estimated days.
The dates can be calculated based on other criteria as well. Is this something that you have imagined?
If you wish to try eazyBI, I can also help with creating more appropriate report calculating dates based on criteria you could describe to me from your JIRA configuration.
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