I wanted to share my experiences with ALM’s Jira plug-in called Structure for Jira (https://almworks.com/structure/overview.html). I find this to be an extremely useful tool when managing my projects and tickets in Jira.
Organizing Using Automations
One of the challenges of using Jira’s Backlog and Board views is that while it allows for custom filters via Quick Filters, there is no way to view different sorted views. Structure enables me to create multiple views by creating multiple boards. The view that I show below of projects organizes and sorts them by Due Date. This is done by dynamically using an Automation that inserts issues into each section based on my JQL criteria as well as sorting by the JQL.
Another view that I find extremely helpful is organizing all IInitiatives, with dynamically generated views of contained Epics and Stories. This is done by using the “Add issues linked by…” and “Add issues belonging to epics” Automations. See below:
A very convenient feature that Structure enables is the WYSIWYG capability to modify fields within Jira tickets right from the Structure view. This makes it really easy to view a group of tickets at a glance, whether it’s a project view or any other type of group that one wants to see and modify fields quickly inline, without having to change screen contexts.
Rough Drafts, Quick and Easy
If you haven’t formulized an approach to how you want to organize your work, you can always use the drag-and-drop features. This is a nice way to get your tickets onto a board and organize them in an ad hoc manner, using folders parent tickets and even with a mix of Automations (Automations can be placed within lower levels so that only nested tickets are affected by them) so that you have organize a single board in several different ways. I highly recommend using Structures to create views that will be sure to enhance your effectiveness in staying informed as to the state of your projects and work items.
During my 17 years as a coach, mentor, and trainer of Agile teams, I’ve participated in hundreds of Agile planning meetings. The end result was a wall of backlog items annotated by an explosion of co...
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