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Why is the version report gadget being retired?

The most useful indicator on my dashboards is the version report gadget.  In one graphic it shows all stakeholders the progress towards the committed features in the next version.  It motivates developers as they can see the progress towards their medium term goals.

Today Jira Software Cloud is showing the message "The Version Report gadget will be retired soon on Dashboards. You can still access your Version Report by navigating to the Reports feature inside your Project."

Why is this very useful feature being retired?  There is no similar gadget for epics, so that isn't an option.  There is not even a gadget for providing links to reports, so I have to educate stakeholders on how to navigate to a project and its reports.  This seems a big backward step for the usefulness of dashboards.

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elizabeth_jones Community Leader Jun 24, 2021

I now use Advanced Roadmaps to track and share progress to versions. Is this an option for you?

Thanks for the suggestion Elizabeth.  I can see from the Advanced Roadmaps documentation that people can visually see progress towards a release.

The version report gadget shows a lot more than a Gantt bar because it is two dimensional.  It tells a story about scope change, velocity, disruptions, etc.  I like the transparency that brings.

I think Advanced Roadmaps would double the cost of our Jira licence and give stakeholders less clarity.

The Version Report will still be available under Reports. If you are using a Kanban board, simply create a Sprint board and you will be able to see the Version Report in the Sprint board's Reports even if you aren't using the Sprint board.

Thanks Peter.  I am already using Sprint boards and access to the Version Report is not the problem.

The problem is that the Version Report Gadget will not be available for dashboards.  The whole purpose of dashboards is to make it easy to communicate progress to stakeholders without requiring them to navigate around Jira.  You can't even link to the Version Report directly from a dashboard!  I am not aware of Atlassian's rationale for removing this very useful gadget.

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The whole purpose of dashboards is to make it easy to communicate progress to stakeholders without requiring them to navigate around Jira.

Sounds like a pain point. Sorry to hear that. The only workaround I can think of is linking the stakeholder to the report. But yeah, this might complicate their experience since they'll now have a lot of features and options in front of them.

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So you CAN link/add the Version Report in Confluence and use a Confluence Page to report against the Version Report. 

@Derek Campbell - agreed, this was a lovely little gadget I used often, I'd love to know the WHY Atlassian are removing this too. 

@atlassian-qe ??

Would also love to know why this is being removed. We use dashboards for high level update meetings regarding product development and the version report gadget is provides vital information. Having to click through to a report in a Jira project defeats the point of a dashboard. 

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