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Today we are excited to introduce Advanced Roadmaps, a major refresh of the product we previously called Portfolio for Jira Cloud. Advanced Roadmaps is designed to help you ship larger pieces of work faster and more reliably by building smarter plans. We believe this latest refresh will greatly improve your ability to get visibility into work happening across Jira Software, track dependencies across teams, plan with team capacity in mind, and communicate status across your organization.
This post will walk you through how the product experience has evolved in Advanced Roadmaps and how you can begin to make the most of these new capabilities.
You can find the new Advanced Roadmaps features under the Plans tab in your Jira Software navigation. Nothing will change for your existing Advanced Roadmaps plans until you opt them into the new experience.
When you are ready, just head into your plan’s settings (accessed via the “…” next to the plan’s name) and enable the “improved interface”. You can easily revert back if you later decide that you’re not ready for the change.
All newly created plans will have the improved interface by default.
The older experience focused on a data-driven approach to planning, where the product would auto-schedule work into a roadmap view. We heard that this was unrealistic for many of you who just wanted to manually assign dates to work and communicate plans to stakeholders. Advanced Roadmaps provides a new “Roadmap” view that delivers an at-a-glance overview of in-progress and upcoming work. This view allows you to simply drag-and-drop any level of issue on the timeline in order to schedule it.
You can still automatically schedule your work via the “Auto-schedule” feature, allowing you to preview the changes and accept the parts that work for you and your teams.
We’ve removed the “Reports” tab and incorporated many of their insights directly into the extremely flexible timeline view, where it can provide a more complete and in-context picture with your plan.
For example, dependencies are now more visible on the timeline, allowing you to quickly identify those which may block your work and quickly resolve them.
The flexibility of the timeline can provide many different views of your work and we’ll soon introduce a new feature that will allow you to save these views for sharing or later reference.
Advanced Roadmaps also includes a number of other smaller improvements that will make planning your work and communicating your plans even easier:
Grouping: You can now group your timeline by Assignee, Project, Release and Sprint to better visualise your work in the manner relevant to your and your stakeholders;
Colouring: Colouring options have been extended to Component, Label, Project, Status, and Team so that you can highlight the parts of your plan that matter the most; and
Filtering: Finally, Advanced Roadmaps can now your plan filter by more fields (including new types of custom fields!). We’ve also significantly improved performance when using filters so that you can quickly answer any questions that may arise while you’re planning for your teams.
This is just the beginning! We have more in store for Advanced Roadmaps to help users share their plans more easily, plan future capacity with greater flexibility, and get started with planning for the first time.
We hope that our new Advanced Roadmaps feature helps you and your teams get even more out of Jira Software Cloud Premium.