Nearly a year ago we launched the next-gen template, where we reimagined parts of Jira Software Cloud’s core functionality. One of the ‘crowd favorites’ was the native roadmap, which allows teams to sketch out the big picture quickly.
Since then, many of you have told us that while next-gen roadmaps are great for easily visualizing what’s planned, there’s so much more needed in realistic planning. Much of this today still requires manual effort in understanding teams' progress and dependencies.
So today, we’re pleased to introduce two new features on the roadmap to help you be more effective in your planning – dependency mapping and progress visualization. A third feature, hierarchy view, is coming soon.
Map dependencies on Jira Software’s roadmap
One of the key variables to take into account in planning is dependencies between different pieces of work. Without including them, it becomes increasingly difficult to understand risks associated in delivering a piece of work, uncover blockers, and make decisions on what’s built and when.
Now you can map dependencies between epics on the roadmap to stay ahead of blockers. The visualisation makes it easy to plan the best course of execution and also communicate the rationale behind the plan to stakeholders to manage expectations.
Track progress on Jira Software’s roadmap
A roadmap that isn’t in sync with your team’s progress is an outdated one. Especially when your team is moving fast, it can quickly become tedious to keep track of each piece of work, what its progress is, and how it contributes to the overall schedule.
Now with the new progress bar on the roadmap, you can stay in sync with your team’s progress on each epic at a glance, without digging for details on individual pieces of work.
For more details about setting up dependency mapping and progress visualization, check out the documentation.
We’re not done yet! Keep an eye out for hierarchies, so you can unfold your epics right on the roadmap to see all the work that ladders up to it.
This means you’ll be able to see all the stories, tasks, and other child issues that roll up to your epics right on your roadmap. You can also track who’s working on what to adjust your plan accordingly.