Where are my dependencies? You're only a board away

Do you find that your teams are getting blocked mid-way through a Sprint because they're waiting for something? 

… Maybe they’re waiting for designs from another team.

… Maybe they’re blocked by a technical environment being down.

 Or maybe it’s an unexpected delay that slipped through the cracks.

Whatever the reason, keeping on top of multiple teams is not only difficult, but time consuming, especially when working with physical boards. To claw back some of the hours in your week, enter JIRA.

You can automatically pull all dependencies across multiple projects into a single board in JIRA. No manual updates. No inconsistencies. No excuses.

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To do this, simply:

  • First, make sure on your existing project boards you are flagging dependencies (i.e. linking issues) by doing the following: more (...) > Link > JIRA Issue > Choose issue link type ‘blocks’ or 'is blocked by'.
  • Create a saved filter which cuts across all the projects you want visibility on and that it is filtering dependencies: Issues > Search for issues > Enter filter query.
    • Example filter (you will need the ScriptRunner add-on for this): (project = X OR project = y OR project = z) AND issueFunction in hasLinkType("Blockers")
  • Create a new board: Boards > View all boards > Create board > Create a Kanban board > Board from an existing Saved Filter > Choose the filter you created above.
  • Map the statuses for these projects to columns on your team board: Board Settings > Columns.
  • Voilà!

With this dependencies board, key team members across all of your teams can gather around to see what needs some help or what to watch out for, all in real time.

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For this to work effectively, you’ll have to make sure to keep this board transparent and to synchronise at a regular cadence. I’ve found getting people around the dependency board once or twice a week to be the sweet spot.

How do you keep your dependencies in check?

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