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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. Our long term goal is to build next-gen to have all the power of Jira Software classic projects, while maintaining the simplicity of a consumer application. We’re rapidly building new innovative features into next-gen while bringing in all 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.


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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Prioritize your work within each issue

We've given you the ability to break work down within an issue by creating child issues; for example breaking epics down into tasks, and breaking tasks down into subtasks. You'll soon be able to rank this work so that everyone is clear on what's most important, no matter what view they are looking at - whether it be the board, the backlog, or the issue itself.

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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Dec 8, 2019 Find related work faster with epic assignments and issue ordering

We’ve added breadcrumbs in the issue view to facilitate actions for adding, changing, and removing epics. In addition, the ordering of child issues in the issue view now matches the ordering on the Board and Backlog, and any updates on the Board or Backlog are reflected immediately in the issue view.

Nov 21, 2019 Embed live roadmaps in Confluence

The Jira Roadmap Macro lets you embed a live Jira Software roadmap right into Confluence. ‘Live' in this case means that as you update your roadmap in Jira Software, those updates come through in real-time to Confluence. This feature is great for surfacing your roadmap with additional context to teammates or leadership who may not regularly access your Jira Software site. It’s also great for sharing the roadmaps of multiple teams in a single place. And it’s easier than ever to use: Simply drop your roadmap URL into Confluence and watch the magic happen.

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Embedding live roadmaps in Confluence

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 Create issues faster on the backlog (and throughout next-gen)

Create issues with less hassle by adding them inline in the backlog (as well as on the board and the roadmap).

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Creating issues faster on the backlog

Sep 9, 2019 Break down work into smaller increments with subtasks in next-gen

We’ve added in subtasks to help people break down their work.

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Breaking down work into subtasks

Sep 9, 2019 Give colleagues guidance with default values in the description field

Help signal how your teammates should fill in the description field on your Jira issues by adding in pre-written default values.

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Adding in pre-written default values in the description field on Jira issues

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 Map dependencies on Jira Software’s roadmap

Stay ahead of blockers and dependencies on your team by mapping out relationships between Epics on the Jira Software roadmap.

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Mapping dependencies on Jira Software's roadmap

Sep 9, 2019 Track progress on Jira Software’s roadmap

Track progress on all your roadmap items at a glance by seeing what percentage of the issues in your Epics are complete.

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Tracking progress on Jira Software's roadmap
In the works

Enable everyone on the team to personalize their view of the board Coming in 2020

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

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

Copy next-gen project configurations and workflows Coming in 2020

For teams that want to share next-gen project configurations and best practices, you’ll be able to copy a project, including custom issue types and workflows. Projects will continue to remain independent after you copy them. This will be particularly helpful for teams that want to share next-gen best practices across teams.

Bringing CI/CD information into the release hub Coming in 2020

We’re reimagining 'releases' to help you take advantage of CI/CD information from your provider of choice, right within Jira Software. This new functionality will give you unprecedented visibility and insight across your releases pipeline, which you can then easily incorporate into the way your team plans and tracks work.

Bringing the control chart to next-gen Coming in 2020

The control chart helps you understand the cycle time for your product, version, or sprint. It helps you identify whether current sprint data can be used to determine future performance.

Add time estimates to your issues Coming in 2020

Document how long you think specific issues will take to complete. This can be helpful for comparing your estimations against how long issues actually take to complete.

Easily clean up your board Coming early 2020

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.

Assign work to epics in bulk Coming in 2020

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.

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