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tl;dr Today we are super excited to announce Advanced Roadmaps for Jira Software Premium. If you’re already a Jira Software Cloud customer, you can test drive Advanced Roadmaps 1 month for free by starting a trial of Jira Software Premium (go to billing → manage subscriptions → change plans). Get the full story below. If you’d like to join us for a live demo and Q&A, join our webinar on 5/21 (5/22 in EMEA and APAC).
18 months ago we launched roadmaps in Jira Software Cloud next-gen projects. The feature has been a hit, becoming one of our fastest adopted features of all time. Since then, we’ve received a lot of passionate feedback from customers on how we should evolve our roadmaps offering. If you’ve been following the evolution of our roadmaps feature, you’ve seen continuous enhancements ever since it launched in response to feedback from you, our customers. In that time, two key themes have emerged on what you wanted to see from us next.
The first theme is that people want roadmaps in classic projects. For this, we’re excited to share we’re bringing the next-gen roadmap directly into classic projects. This means that every single team working in Jira Software Cloud will get access to a powerful basic roadmap. More details to come on that in the next couple months.
The second theme is some organisations need more powerful planning capabilities, like the ability to build roadmaps that span across several teams and projects. Today we’re excited to be announcing Advanced Roadmaps in Jira Software Cloud Premium. For Advanced Roadmaps, we’ve taken our product previously known as Portfolio for Jira, redesigned it from the ground up and rebranded it to align with our product vision. Advanced Roadmaps will help you deliver products faster and more reliably by building smarter plans at both a team and cross-team level. If you’re curious to understand how the new experience is different you can learn more here.
So what’s included in Advanced Roadmaps that can help you take planning to the next level?
Multi-team & organization-level roadmapping: With Advanced Roadmaps you can build your roadmap based off of work from as many Jira boards, projects, and filters as you need. While Advanced Roadmaps will work for a single team, it is particularly well-suited to representing larger pieces of work because it enables you to create additional levels of hierarchy (as many as you need) above the Epic level. So for example, you could map epics from a dozen different teams or Jira projects to a single feature.
Multi-team & organization-level dependency tracking: You can track and visualise dependencies across all of the work in your roadmap, which can be really helpful in accounting for issues that can come up and blockers across your business. The Advanced Roadmap is specifically designed in a way to deal with the number of dependencies across a large body of work.
Multiple scenario planning: Plans change and there’s almost always more than one path to getting your project over the line. With Advanced Roadmaps you can build different versions of a plan, in order to account for things like the best and worst case scenarios or different strategic options that are available for your organization.
Capacity planning: Advanced Roadmaps helps you account for your team’s capacity in your plans so you know if you have to reduce the scope of your project, reallocate resources, or adjust your due dates. Based on how teams estimate their work, and how fast they work, every team gets visibility into whether they’re taking on too much work in a specific sprint or whether they can potentially take on more. Because dependencies are also accounted for in your plan, you can easily identify work that might be at risk (for example if another piece of work is dependent on a team that is over their capacity), which can help you fix potential problems before they arise.
Communications at all levels of your organization: Easily share a live version of your roadmap tailored to your specific audience. For example, if you’re sharing your roadmap with an executive team, you may want to show work and progress at the highest level (for example here’s what a dozen teams are working on and how they’re making progress). And with other stakeholders you may want to show how epics and stories are progressing. No matter who you’re sharing with, it’s easy to filter your roadmap to the right view. You can share via Confluence or with a link to your roadmap.
What’s coming in the future?
As I mentioned earlier in the post, we also have a basic roadmap in next-gen (which will soon be available in classic projects). Today the Advanced Roadmap and basic roadmap are two different solutions, designed to solve problems at different levels of your organization (at the team level and cross-team level). In the coming year you can look forward to more harmonization between these two experiences. We’ll also be looking for ways to improve the way people share their roadmaps.
If you’re interested, take Advanced Roadmaps for a test spin! We’d love to hear your feedback. If you’re already a Jira Software Cloud customer, you can trial Advanced Roadmaps 1 month for free by starting a trial of Jira Software Premium (go to billing → manage subscriptions → change plans). If you're new to Jira, you can learn more about roadmaps in Jira Software here. If you’d like to join us for a live demo and Q&A, join our webinar on 5/21 (5/22 in EMEA and APAC).
Head of Product, Agile as it Scales