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Fast innovation in Jira Software’s newest project type


In October of 2018 we launched a brand new, next generation project type in which we reimagined key components of Jira Software’s functionality to optimize for team autonomy and ease of use. Today this new project type comes with simpler administration, more flexible boards, and brand new features like a native roadmap. We’re rapidly building new innovative features into next-gen while bringing in many of the familiar features and functionality you've come to love in classic. We recommend giving it a try. If it’s not ready for your team just yet, it’s evolving quickly. So be sure to keep an eye on it!

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This page shows a curated selection of features we’ve released and upcoming features on our roadmap. All forward looking items are subject to change.


Enable Code as a first class citizen within the project navigation

We have added Code as a first class citizen within the Jira Software project navigation and included a net new view to provide you and your team more context about your work. Once you connect your Source Code Management to Jira Software, every time a team member includes an issue key in their commit, branches name or PR summary, we will automatically display the repo in which that activity occurred and on the page! Everyone on the team can see all the repos they work across and everyone in the organisation can see the code that team touches, all in one place.

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Save time with keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to speed up editing, navigating, and for performing actions without having to take your fingers off the keyboard.

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Assign work to epics in bulk

Say goodbye to assigning issues to an epic one at a time! Users will soon be able to plan all their work from the backlog and bulk assign issues to an epic.

Easily clean up your board of completed work

Clear "Done" issues from your board in a couple clicks so you have a clean view of all relevant issues and can easily remove issues that have been completed.

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Apr 23, 2020 Search, sort, and modify issues with ease with project issue navigator

Next-gen navigation and search is about to get a lot easier with the project issue navigator: search for any issue in the project using text search, or filtering by Assignee, Reporter, and Status. Sort your list by a variety of criteria and modify the issues directly from the list.

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The project issue navigator

Enable every team member to personalize their view of the board

We're opening up swimlane configuration so that each member of the team can view their work on the board in the way that's most useful to them - whether that's by grouping issues by assignee, by epic, or by subtasks.

Enable everyone on the team to personalize their view of the board
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Create and customize next-gen permissions

Create custom roles and assign permissions to these roles in next-gen projects. Now, in addition to the standard roles you get out-of-the-box (Administrator, Member, and Viewer) you can create roles of your choice. Once you’ve created the new role, you can: view and change its associated permissions, clone it, and a delete it. 

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Get a better understanding of release readiness with versions in next-gen

We’ll be delivering versions, along with the fixed version field, so you can plan and track multiple issues going into a release, reflecting the way you actually ship software. Versions can also be helpful for better understanding release readiness as well as reviewing what’s been released after the fact, for example to investigate problems or celebrate accomplishments.

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See how your issues ladder up to the big picture from the Jira roadmap

Get a better sense of what your team is working on, at a glance, right from the roadmap. With the addition of roadmap hierarchy, you'll be able to see all the stories, tasks, and other child issues that roll up to your Epics.

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Get the precise view of the Jira roadmap you need with new filters

New filters enable you to find exactly what you need on the roadmap, whether that’s work items from a specific person, that are in progress, or that you’ve completed. Once you find the right view of the roadmap, you can easily export it to PNG through the roadmap’s share feature.

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Break down work, right from the Jira roadmap

You can now create smaller pieces of work, with a single click, right from the Jira roadmap. This will help teams move faster, by doing more with fewer clicks

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Dec 8, 2019 Capture detailed information with the new paragraph field

This new custom field lets you capture detailed text responses in the main body of your issues. Add bullets, numbering, heading styles, and more to create the rich content needed to describe your team's work.

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Nov 19, 2019 Reimagining the sprint burndown

We’ve merged the sprint report and burndown chart into a single report in next-gen. The sprint burndown chart shows the amount of work that has been completed in a sprint, and the total work remaining. It’s also great for understanding scope creep, and for providing a summary in sprint retrospectives.

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Sprint burndown chart

Sep 9, 2019 Log time on next-gen issues

We’ve added time tracking so you can log the hours you work on issues. This can be particularly helpful for people that need to keep track of how much time they’re spending on issues or bill clients for the work they’re doing.

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Logging the hours you work on issues

Sep 9, 2019 Identify bottlenecks in your workflow with the new cumulative flow diagram

The cumulative flow diagram helps teams see issue statuses in aggregate over time, which can be helpful for identifying bottlenecks in your team's workflow. In this report, you’ll see new legends for toggling columns to improve usability, as well as performance improvements for projects with large amounts of data, and some fresh new colors.

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Identifying bottlenecks in your workflow using the new cumulative flow diagram

Sep 9, 2019 A better way to plan your backlog with the new epic panel

We’ve improved backlog planning in next-gen with the new epic panel to make work breakdown more efficient. Quickly add work to an epic using drag and drop. Create new epics and view the progress of an existing epic. Filter your backlog view by selecting one or multiple epics.

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In the works

Reimagining the workflow editor Coming in 2020

With next-gen projects we’ve rethought many of Jira Software’s core features to optimize for team autonomy and ease-of-use. We’re taking this philosophy and bringing it to a brand new workflow editor.

In our classic template workflows are global objects, meaning you can make them consistent across multiple projects. This works well for scaling a specific workflow across multiple teams, but also requires any changes to be managed by an administrator because they can impact multiple Jira projects.

In next-gen, projects are entirely independent from one another, meaning you can change something in one project and it won’t impact anything in another. In next-gen, workflows live within projects and will be tied to specific issue types. So for example you could have a specific workflow for your bugs and another workflow for your stories. Because the projects are entirely independent from one another, it gives teams more autonomy to adjust and continuously optimize their workflows without impacting other teams or having to bother administrators. The next-gen workflow editor also comes with a major facelift that will make editing and clearly visualizing your workflows easier.

The workflow editor

Understand what has shipped and when with Deployments in Jira Coming in 2020

We’ve created a new Deployments experience to help you, your team and your organisation gain an understanding of the value that you’ve shipped and when. By connecting your CI/CD tools, you can use this new view to track where in the delivery pipeline your features are so you can determine when they are likely to reach customers.

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