I’m happy to announce that GreenHopper 5.2 is available today. This release includes several great features for you to use Kanban to optimise your development process.

What’s new in GreenHopper 5.2?

  • Cumulative Flow Diagramscumulative-flow-diagram.pngThe chart board and release boards now include Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFD). This chart plots the number of issues in each swim lane on the task board over time. When analysing this chart, teams can determine the amount of work in progress (WIP) and the average lead time for the development team.
    Both WIP and lead time are key metrics for teams using Kanban to measure the effectiveness of limiting work in progress.
  • Release from task boardrelease-when-ready-2.pngIt’s now even easier for Kanban teams to release when their ready. As soon as the team feels enough work has been completed to warrant a release, you can do so by selecting “Release” directly from the “Done” column.
    GreenHopper will prompt you to create a version on the fly, then automatically move all of the issues from the done column into this new version and release it.
    The start date of the version will be pre-populated with the date of the first transition of a card presently in the ‘Done’ column. The end date and release dates will be pre-populated with the current date.
    release-done-column.png
  • Create issues from legendcreate+issue+from+legend.pngYou can now click directly on any issue type in the legend to create a new issue.
  • Plugin points are coming soon – The GreenHopper team is working to expose several plugin points in order for you to pull data from GreenHopper into other plugins and applications. These plugin points will continue to develop and improve over time. We would love to get feedback from you about the types of data you want out of GreenHopper.
  • Several minor improvements – We have also made smaller improvements to the agile gadget, column spacing on the planning board (in list view) and the burndown charts (caching).

Check out the complete GreenHopper 5.2 Release Notes for all the details.

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