Easy Agile Programs Feature Log

Latest product improvements and updates

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Digitising the Program Board

August 2021 | Version 4.0.1

SAFe practitioners rejoice! The features you value most in Easy Agile Programs have been brought together in the one view and enhanced to deliver the full SAFe Program Board experience.

The Program Board is a key output of SAFe PI Planning. Now you have a holistic view of the PI in one screen with the ability to filter details as needed, as well as all the cues needed for a successful PI Planning session.

Additionally a more focused view of the Program Board means that Release Train Engineers, Scrum Masters, Product Managers and Product Owners can easily identify features the teams are working on, and associated dependencies, for more productive and collaborative Scrum of Scrums or ART syncs.

What's new on the Program Board?

FEATURE LEVEL DEPENDENCIES
Previously customers could only see dependencies between stories, now you can see feature to feature and feature to user story dependencies - all full screen.

MILESTONES
Create, view and edit milestones in context of the work. Keep relevant events, milestones and deliverables visible on the Program Board - or collapse them from view to reduce distraction.

FILTER BY PORTFOLIO EPIC
Roadmap quick filters have been added to the filters menu for programs using a dedicated roadmap board. Focus conversations on high level work planned for the PI by filtering features by portfolio epic, initiative, business owner or any parameter important to your team.

Screenflow of Easy Agile Programs create milestones, toggle team level issues and toggle dependency types

What's improved?

There are more options to customise what you see on the Program Board to reduce the visual noise.

✔️ FEATURE ONLY VIEW
You now have the option to switch team level issues on/off using the View Setting Menu.

✔️ CHOOSE WHICH DEPENDENCIES YOU WANT TO SEE
Only want to at risk dependencies? Toggle healthy, at risk or blocked dependencies on/off at your choosing.

✔️ CLEANER UI, NAVIGATION AND PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS

Filter more than the backlog for better focus

June 2021 | Version 3.6.0

Up until now, quick filters could only be applied to the backlog. This meant that the Team Planning Board and Increment Roadmap had more detail than what you may have needed to see during pre-planning and team breakout sessions.

With this release, teams will be able to use Quick Filters to filter both the backlog and issues scheduled on their Team Planning Board. For those Programs using a dedicated feature/epic board you can also use Quick Filters to filter both the backlog and issues scheduled on the Increment Roadmap 🔎

What's more - you won't lose these active filters when you refresh or return to the Program!

GIF of filtering the Increment Overview

Special thanks to customers Tricia, Frank, Tessy and Gaby for taking the time to walk us through your feedback that lead to this release 👏

+ Share your view of the Program

Want to share that filtered view with another team member or stakeholder to make sure you're on the same page?

You can now do this by simply copying the URL of your current view 👌 Easy!

☁️ Cloud customers

We are excited to share that Native Jira issue view is now available for Cloud customers, so you don't have to leave the app to access:

  • rich media and comments
  • subtasks and linked issues
  • configured fields

Other small improvements and bugfixes

  • Enhanced breadcrumbs design to improve ease of navigation
  • Custom fields bugfix to remove error message “Error rendering program-increment-field” on the Jira create issue screen
  • Issues are orphaned when a board is deleted
  • The order of teams should not impact the ranking of my epics
  • Team capacity and issue estimate disappearing
  • Timing issue fails to load the backlog on the edit roadmap screen
  • Other minor bugfixes

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Enhancing Program and Program Increment custom fields 🍾

April 2021 | Version 3.4.0

As the most voted issue on our backlog, we're excited to announce that Program and Program Increment custom fields are now visible on all Jira issues in your Program for greater visibility and transparency 👏

Want to track which features and stories are scheduled in a Program or Program Increment?

All customers across Server, Data Center and Cloud, including both Scrum and Kanban teams, can now track what's being scheduled without manual work arounds.

For Server and Data Center customers, it's also easy to navigate to the Program or PI from the issue - simply click on the custom field value:

Navigate to the Program and Program Increment from the issue

Like Server and Data Center, Cloud customers are also now able to see the history of where an issue has been scheduled in your Program.

🎉 We're excited to share this release to our customers to reap these benefits:

Greater visibility of work scheduled in PI and Program

Improved and easier reporting capability

Improved navigation to the PI and Program from an individual issue

eazyBI user?

Reporting just got a whole lot easier. Issues and Features will now be pulled into eazyBI with the name of the Program and Program Increment not just the object ID. Say hello to more accurate and less-time consuming reporting!

We're listening to your feedback - April Updates

Update: April 2021 | Version 3.5.0

Reorder team swimlanes for quicker reference

Scrolling through team swimlanes to find ones of interest? In this release you can reorder the team swimlanes to prioritise your view. This order will be reflected on all views across Easy Agile Programs.

See your sprints with calendar dates

The Increment Overview and Team Planning Board now show dates beneath your sprints so you don't need to leave the app for real-time reference.

Migrate from Server to Cloud with ease

Easy Agile Programs is now compatible with Jira Cloud Migration Assistant so you can move your Programs from Server to Cloud. Find out how.

🐛 Minor Bugfixes.

Update: March 2021 | Version 3.3.0

Improved focus on at risk and dependent issues

Filtering of the increment overview

At risk work and dependencies between teams is now easier to see with new and improved filtering capability on the Increment Overview.

Visual noise can be stripped back by:

  • Dependency: easily isolate blocked, at risk or healthy dependencies
  • Status: track and filter out what's in progress, to do and done
  • Team: choose which team swimlanes are in view

When might you use these filters?

With the combination of filters applied, noisy Increment Overviews are distilled so Release Train Engineers and Product Owners can more clearly see dependencies between teams ahead of ART or PO syncs, or scrum of scrums.

✅ Quickly provide an update on completed work

Easily focus syncs on what the team will accomplish

Proactively discuss problems or opportunities during feature development


⚡️

We've cut the load time of Programs by 50% so you and your teams can visualise work faster

What else have we improved?

  • Selecting a Shared Team Features on the Team Planning Board now filters the work of all teams toggled
  • For multi-project boards, the last used project should now be remembered when creating stories on your Team Planning Board
  • Quick create doesn't auto focus on input field when switching between team planning boards
  • Minor navigation updates for consistency across screens

We are continually improving our products' performance and features. If you are unable to view the features we've detailed here, it means you aren't on the latest version of Easy Agile Programs. Only a Jira administrator can update this for you.

Please feel free to use the sample copy below to reach out to your IT help desk to ask for an update to the latest version of Easy Agile Programs.

Sample update request message

Hi there,

I've recently learnt that the version of Easy Agile Programs we have installed is outdated. We're missing out on critical updates, performance improvements and new features to help me do my job more effectively and to get the most value out of the product.

The latest version of Easy Agile Programs is compatible with all currently supported versions of Jira and can be easily updated by using the "Universal Plugin Manager" in Jira.

You can read all about the releases here.

To find out how you can upgrade this app via the Atlassian Universal Plugin Manager, please visit this page.

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