This page is designed to help you understand how our product, Easy Agile TeamRhythm, interfaces within your Jira instance from a data, usability and navigation perspective by answering some of our FAQs regarding our Jira integration.
To begin with. Easy Agile TeamRhythm has 2 major components: The User Story Map and the Retrospectives Board.
Once installed, every agile board in your Jira instance will have access to their own User Story Map and Retrospective board. The Story Map and Retro Board can not be enabled or disabled for specific projects.
To put it simply, Easy Agile TeamRhythm is an extension to each of the team’s agile boards in Jira, which means the team have control over what they can see and edit in our app. The Story Map and Retrospective board will work for all Scrum or Kanban Boards that sit in Jira Software Projects.
We’re now going to go over how both the User Story Map and Retrospective Boards integrate with your teams agile boards.
The User Story Map converts your team’s flat backlog into a 3D view of their Jira data, helping them to plan and execute their work more effectively.
To access the User Story Map, a user need only navigate to the desired board in Jira. There, they will see the User Story Map icon in their project sidebar.
The data pulled into your team's User Story Map, is a direct result of the underlying board's filter. This means, if a team’s board in Jira is populated with Jira data like issues, epics, sprints or versions, those will be present on the team’s user story map when loaded for the first time.
We’re now going to explore how the team’s Jira data from their agile board is presented and transformed on the User Story Map.
Lining the top of the User Story Map are the team’s Jira Epics that appear on their backlog. The Jira epics are ordered left to right based on their ranking in the team’s backlog.
Beneath each of the Jira Epics from the team’s board, are the Jira issues that live on the team’s backlog that have been linked to the Jira Epics.
The swimlanes that appear on the User Story Map are the Sprints that appear on the team’s backlog. For Kanban teams, they will see the Versions from the Jira Project their Board lives within.
The estimation statistics displayed on the swimlanes are pulled directly from the estimation statistics configured for the team’s board. If a team have configured Story Points, the Story Map would show Story Points for example.
All permissions configured for the agile board are also pulled through and respected on the User Story Map. If users do not have permission to create or edit issues on the board for example, they will not be able to create or edit issues on the User Story Map.
Teams can create new Epics, issues, Sprints and versions on the User Story Map. Similarly teams can adjust estimates, issue descriptions and reschedule issues across Sprints or Versions on the User Story Map.
All changes made on the User Story Map are reflected on the team’s agile board in real time and any changes made on the team’s board will also be automatically reflected here. The data sync is 2 way and in real-time, so there is always a single source of truth.
Now we’re going to look at the retrospectives functionality. To reiterate, once installed, every agile board will have access to a retrospectives board in Jira.
To access the Retrospective Board, a user need only navigate to the desired board in Jira. There, they will see the Retrospectives icon in their project sidebar.
Retrospective boards are created automatically for every sprint that is created on the team’s backlog. By default, the team will see a retrospective board for their active sprint on their backlog, however they can select any active or historic sprint from their backlog for which they would like to conduct a retrospective.
When a team opens a retrospective board for the first time it will be empty. They will see the following Start, Stop and Continue columns whereby they can collate ideas for improvement as a team.
Retrospective items do not sync with any Jira data, and the data lives solely on the Retrospective Board in Easy Agile TeamRhythm.
Retrospective action items however, can be converted into Jira issues whereby they will be created and populated on the team’s agile board in the issue type, sprint and linked to the Epic of their choosing.