This is the final post of a three part blog series highlighting a few lesser known but can’t-live-without features in GreenHopper, our agile planning tool for JIRA. Each part is based on events in your projects. In previous posts, we walked through the planning session and ‘work’ phase of the project. Part Three will focus on tracking progress and using charts.
GreenHopper includes the Chart Board: graphical representations of the ongoing progress for any version. Burndown charts show the number of incomplete issues or hours related to the version release date, while burnup charts show the other data associated with issues – the statistics we talked about in Part One. All charts show several trend lines to help you get an idea of your progress.
Customize my View
Your User Preferences (top right corner, under Tools) are where you choose whether to show dates, forecast lines, or values on chart points, and the number of decimal places to show.
Side note: here you can tweak settings for the other GreenHopper boards, such as card opacity and max issues per page. One handy setting is the ‘auto assign’: permissions for transitioning issues typically differ between ‘assignee’ and other users, so this setting lets you automatically assign a card to yourself while you transition it on the Task Board – which is typically what you want when you pull issues from To Do to In Progress.
Each of the charts described above can be your go-to page for project status, depending on what you care about most.
Stats for Stakeholders
GreenHopper charts are flexible and granular because different project stakeholders care about progress in a number of ways. At the top of the Chart Board is the list of charts available:
* Burndown: number of hours, issues, or custom unit (such as points) remaining
* Burnup chart: custom unit (such as ‘business value’) gained leading up to the version release date
* Value chart: custom unit gained or burned, broken down per day
* Cumulative Flow diagram
Burndown charts are popular, because they answer the most important question about your project: how much work is left? Burnup charts show the value of the work completed so far, especially handy if you are using ‘business value’ as a statistic.
Value charts show daily progress, which is helpful way to gauge team activity. Pull this chart to see if the team completes more work on a Monday versus a Friday, or if the team is working harder closer to the due date: if the amount of daily work completed increases over time! Also view the relative value of each sprint or major release.
Of course, if you want to share this information with your team on a highly visible display, use the JIRA Wallboards Plugin to turn your dashboard into an information radiator and give everyone an idea of the performance of the current phase of work.
The best way to get useful data in front of all your stakeholders is to use Contexts to filter and highlight issues. GreenHopper ‘contexts’ streamline your current view of any board or chart to highlight a specific group of issues. Project Administrators can ‘share’ these contexts with other users. Use naming conventions that make sense to projects and teams – think Team SF or SysAdmin – so anyone viewing a board or chart will be able to easily select their view context.
Any saved filter in JIRA is available as a GreenHopper context as well, so the full power of JIRA search and JQL are available to customize the view on any board.
Go tweak your user preferences and play around with some charts: track your current projects and keep your team moving toward the finish line! Share project progress and details with the others in your org who might be interested.