Six “must-have” gadgets for any Kanban dashboard in Jira

Kanban is a popular agile framework suitable for both operations and development teams. It does not matter if you are a support team handling issues reported by customers, an internal service desk team or a company that delivers pizza, Kanban helps you visualize both the process (the workflow) and the actual work passing through that process. Also, it helps you identify potential bottlenecks in your process and fix them so work can flow through it cost-effectively at an optimal speed or throughput.

A Kanban team that uses Atlassian Jira for tracking the Kanban project should also have a team dashboard for tracking their project and work. The dashboards in Jira are very powerful. They are fully configurable and you have a lot of gadgets to choose from (some of them are Jira native gadgets while some others can be added by installing Jira apps / plug-ins). So you can build the dashboard based on your needs and you will have all the metrics & charts centralized in on place. Then, you could share it with your team members or to use it as an “information radiator” by displaying it on big monitors or TV screens in the open space.

In this post we present a list of “must-have” gadgets that can be used to build a powerful dashboard in Jira for tracking a Kanban project in an effective way.

Agile Wallboard Gadget – displays the Kanban task board of the team showing the current status of the issues and their current assignee. Also, it helps you determine bottlenecks – the columns that contains more issues as they should, based on the WIP limits.

This is a Jira native gadget.

Reported vs Done Chart – Shows the line chart of reported issues and done issues along the time. This chart tells you how your team handles the workload in time. It gives you a clear indication if your team manages to resolve issues fast enough for maintaining the backlog size in acceptable limits.

It can reveal potential team capacity problems, overloading periods or poor team performance that might require corrective actions.

This chart is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. For more details, see also A powerful Reported vs Done chart for Jira dashboards.

Control Chart Gadget – shows the issues done in a specified time period along with their cycle time in a scatter plot chart. You can use this gadget to identify the issues that took longer than expected – the ones that are over the average time or over the threshold that you set. Simply hovering the mouse over a point from the chart will display a tool-tip with the issue key, cycle time and the date when its cycle was finished.

It can also display a data tab, with more details about each issue. Also, it can be configured to generate the chart based on cycle time, lead time or time between two statuses. This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira.

Cycle Time Trend – calculates and displays the average “Cycle Time” or “Lead Time” for the past time intervals. Use this gadget to see how fast your team delivers in time, how quickly the issues are marked as done along the time.

It can also display a data tab, with more details about each issue. Also, it can be configured to generate the chart based on cycle time, lead time or time between two statuses. This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira.

Kanban Velocity / Throughput – calculates and displays the team’s velocity (throughput) for past time intervals and the average in term of number of issues (cards) delivered in a given period of time. It helps you determine how the team performs along the time.

Optionally, this gadget can also do a prediction over the ETA of the issues from the backlog, which helps you answer the difficult customer’s question: “When will my problem be fixed?”

This chart is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. For more details, see also How to track the team velocity / throughput in Kanban with Great Gadgets app for Jira.

Issue Formula Gadget – shows the result of a math formula (like COUNT, SUM, AVERAGE, MAX, etc) applied against the field of the issues from specified filter. It helps you calculate and display key-numbers like total unresolved critical issues or backlog size.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira.

Start building your dashboard now. If you need any assistance with Great Gadgets, please don’t hesitate to contact us at support@stonikbyte.com.

About StonikByte

StonikByte is an Atlassian Top Vendor and the author of various apps (add-ons) for Atlassian Jira, which includes:

  • Great Gadgets for Jira – a gadgets pack for tracking projects in an agile manner. Includes gadgets like sprint and release burndown / burnup charts, team velocity, issue field sum-up, cycle time, work breakdown structure (WBS) and more.
  • Documents for Jira – a document management system for Jira where you can store and manage your project-related files.
  • Project Team for Jira – an app that makes visible the project teams, allows extending the user profiles by adding custom fields, generates and displays org-charts.

To find more about StonikByte, please visit https://stonikbyte.com/.

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