I’m happy to announce the release of GreenHopper 5.4.  The latest version of our agile planning tool for Jira address several issues around time tracking and includes a new analysis report to assist with understanding the work log and estimates reporting in GreenHopper.

This release also includes several context-relative improvements for teams using GreenHopper for Kanban, as well as several performance improvements and minor bug fixes. Read on for all of the details..

Agile Time-tracking Analysis

Several customers have reported some inconsistencies with regard to the way that Jira and GreenHopper report time across the task board, project statistics, burndown charts, and excel exports.  Without digressing too much into the nitty gritty details this was due to a combination of bugs, plus the fact that GreenHopper shows data based on the time frame of a version (using start / end dates), while Jira in general shows
current data, not restricted by a date range.

greenhopper-54-time-tracking-analysis.pngGreenHopper 5.4 fixes all of these issues and introduces a new Time-Tracking Analysis report to assist with understanding the Hours Burndown Chart for any particular iteration or sprint.

Drilling into the Time-Tracking Analysis report will show issue estimates prior to the start of the sprint, plus a breakdown of daily activity for the duration of the sprint.

This includes the following data:

  • Time Spent – hours logged each day
  • Remaining Hours – estimate of remaining hours each day
  • Details – Summary of all work log activity for each day

The report is great for analysing time tracking when tricking
situations pop up, like when clever developers enter retro-active work
logs or update original estimates out of sequence. Of course, this
report is secured for only project administrators to see.

You can get even more powerful time tracking recording and reporting features with time tracking add-ons available on the Atlassian Marketplace.

greenhopper-54-time-tracking-report.jpgIn the example above, you can see the estimates of the two issues prior to the start of the sprint (under Planning, on the left), plus the time spent and updated estimates that I entered for each issue today.


Context-sensitive Kanban

We have enhanced to areas within GreenHopper 5.4 which are particularly useful for Kanban teams.

Anyone using GreenHopper for Kanban appreciates the ability to release versions directly from the Task Board.  This feature allows teams to avoid having to create versions prior to starting their work. Instead, they simply work through unscheduled items on the Task Board until enough items are “done”, and release directly from the Done column.

In GreenHopper 5.4, this feature creates and releases a new Jira version on the fly which includes all “Done” cards part of the current context.

We have also improved the Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD) gadget to allow you to specific a context when configuring the gadget.

Performance improvements

This release contains several JQL performance improvements throughout all of the GreenHopper boards, but especially noticeable on the Task Board.

GreenHopper 5.4 includes over 50 bug fixes and improvements.  Check out the GreenHopper 5.4 Release Notes for all the details.

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GreenHopper 5.4 – Agile Time-Tracking Analys...