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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.


Quick actions in the backlog

Keeping your team moving just got easier. You can now view the status of work at a glance in the Backlog and perform common actions, such as updating status, assignee, and story points directly on the card – without ever opening the issue. 

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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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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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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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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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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
In the works

A more precise view with additional filters for boards and backlogs Coming in 2021

Additional filters will give you the flexibility to find exactly what you need on the Backlog and Board, whether that’s based on a custom field, you have created or based on one of the common fields provided during setup.

More flexible estimation configurations Coming in 2021

It is hard to reliably predict when a team will deliver software. The process of estimation encourages open conversations, uncovers risk or uncertainty, and helps teams breakdown work into smaller tasks. Some teams prefer to estimate in story points and then take a step further and provide time estimates to help ballpark resource allocation and prioritize work. In next-gen projects, teams will have the flexibility to set estimates based on what suits their specific needs.

Workflows per issue type and column status mapping Coming in 2021

We're bringing a new way to define, adapt, and adjust how work flows on your board by giving you more control of how your work progresses to match how your team works.

Each issue type can have its own specific set of statuses, transitions, and rules. So when work moves forward, it moves to the checkpoints you've already defined.

Columns and statuses on your boards will be decoupled so you can map multiple statuses to a single column creating a more focused and concise board. We'll even give you a dedicated space to manage it all, helping to distinguish set up things from work things.

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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