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[Status update: Feb 18, 2022]
These project navigation updates have now rolled out to all Jira Software users. Thank you to everyone who shared their feedback and thoughts during our early access release.
Hi Jira Community!
Over the past year, we’ve introduced new features and integrations in Jira Software Cloud that have helped teams take their time back and ship better code, faster.
But as new features roll out, we’ve noticed that our project sidebar is starting to feel a little bit cluttered. We’ve been looking at how we can improve the navigation experience within projects to help you find your work and the features you need more quickly.
We’re excited to finally be able to share some of the changes that are coming soon to Jira Software Cloud.
We’ve restructured the project sidebar with categories that match the way that software development teams work: Planning, Development, and Operations.
While we anticipate these categories will be helpful for teams with many features, we wanted to keep things simple for all users – if your team is only using Jira Software's default features, you won’t see the category labels in your sidebar.
We know accessibility is important, and we’re continuously working on ensuring that Jira Software is accessible for all our users.
We’ve added a visual indicator to the sidebar to further highlight the currently selected item. While this is a small update, it will allow many users with visual impairments to better see the item they’re currently on when looking at and navigating with the sidebar.
We’ve learned from you that people mistakenly click on the board switcher when trying to navigate to their Kanban board and Active sprints in company-managed projects.
To make things clearer, we’ve removed the board switcher icon and added a background colour to highlight which views are scoped to your board (Roadmap, Backlog, Active Sprints, etc.), which may be different to the project you’re in.
We know boards can be tricky to navigate, and we’re continuing to investigate ways to improve how they work. We’re hoping this is a step in the right direction in helping teams understand how they can use multiple boards in their projects.
Our new sidebar categories map your different views to stages in the software development lifecycle. While many work across these stages, we know that some users mainly focus on work in one or two particular views.
The great news is that these categories are now collapsible at the user level, so you can easily hide items that are less important or that you don’t need to access often.
We’ve received plenty of feedback that the current project settings structure in company-managed projects can be confusing and difficult to navigate. So, we’ve given things a bit of tidy!
Your company-managed project settings now contain collapsible groupings for issue and app configuration, and we’ve promoted some of the more commonly used items for easier access.
We haven’t changed any settings, so you won’t need to re-learn how to configure your projects on these screens – you’ll just find them faster.
In order to improve project navigation, we’ve been reaching out to our community of users (that’s you!) to better understand the struggles teams currently have navigating their projects, and evaluate some of the ideas we’ve been exploring.
While we’re planning to roll out these updates to all users over the coming months, we’re ready for you to try them out and let us know your thoughts to help us further improve these experiences.
Want early access? You can subscribe to our navigation updates for your projects right now in your personal settings:
In the top right corner of your Jira Software site, select Settings > Personal Jira settings.
Scroll down to Jira labs > Updated navigation in software projects.
Select Switch to the new experience.
Select Save changes.
Subscribing to these updates means you’ll be one of the first to trial them out as we add new improvements over the coming months.
Note: This will enable updates for your account only. Other users in your projects will need to enable this individually to see these changes.
Once you’ve had a chance to try them out, let us know your thoughts by sharing your feedback in-product or by commenting on this post. We look forward to your feedback and to continuing to engage with you all as we further refine and improve navigation in Jira.