It’s been a productive year for GreenHopper. Let’s take a look at what the team has accomplished in the past 12 months.
The year of seven releases
Appropriately, the GreenHopper team is the most agile at Atlassian, a fact that is reflected in their densely-packed release timeline from 2010:
The face of the GreenHopper card has undergone some drastic changes in the past year. With the 5.3 release, we arrived at the current design, which improves on the clean look of GreenHopper 5’s cards.
Top GreenHopper features of 2010
#10: GreenHopper Labs (5.1)
The introduction of GreenHopper Labs paved the way for users to try out experimental features that aren’t quite ready for release.
#9: Plugin points
The GreenHopper team exposed several plugin points to allow developers to pull data from GreenHopper into other plugins and applications. These plugin points will continue to develop and improve over time. The time-tracking plugin Tempo was one of the first to make use of them.
#8: Scrum template (4.3)
GreenHopper templates allow admins to quickly configure a JIRA project with either the included Scrum template or a custom one, all in just a few clicks.
Before templates, configuring a JIRA project to take full advantage of GreenHopper’s features was a 5-10 minute affair. Now, it takes less than 1.
#7: Keyboard shortcuts (5.3)
GreenHopper’s keyboard shortcuts let you perform nearly any action in GreenHopper without touching your mouse.
#6: Inline editing (5.0)
Inline editing is now available for all fields in all views (Summary, Card and List), saving you significant time when editing issues.
#5: Drag and drop markers (4.4)
Markers – configurable horizontal bars in the Planning Board that help you visualize your team’s capacity – got a major facelift in GreenHopper 4.4. Once you’re happy with the cards above the marker, you can drag and drop the marker bar into a version on the right to schedule the cards above it.
#4: One-click wallboards (5.3)
A wallboard is a type of information radiator that displays vital data about the progress of the development team. Similar to a scoreboard at a sporting event, wallboards are large, highly visible and easily understood by anyone walking by.
If you have the JIRA Wallboards Plugin installed, you can now create an Agile-specific wallboard with a single click!
#3: Time-tracking analysis (5.4)
For project administrators, there’s now a “Time-Tracking Analysis” button above the hour turndown chart that generates a detailed data table for the chart.
#2: Cumulative flow diagrams (5.2)
The addition of cumulative flow diagrams to GreenHopper’s Chart Board gave agile teams a new way to reflect on their performance during a sprint.
A cumulative flow diagram is an area chart that shows the amount of work in each status over time for a product, version or sprint. Each colored area of the chart maps to a column on your Task Board.
#1: Limit Work In Progress (WIP) (5.0)
The number one feature turned GreenHopper into an even more powerful Kanban tool. Task Board column constraints for in-progress columns let you know instantly if one of your workflow steps is under or over capacity.
A column which falls below or exceeds one or more specified minimum or maximum constraints will be highlighted in yellow to indicate spare capacity, or red to indicate insufficient resources.
Happy new year from Atlassian! The GreenHopper team is hard at work on our next release, so get ready for a big update in 2011… In the meantime, leave a comment and let us know what features you’re hoping to see on the other side of January 1st.