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/.

7 gadgets for a powerful Scrum dashboard in Jira

Scrum is one of the most popular agile frameworks for software development. Tracking a Scrum project in an effective way is an important task of every Scrum Master or Product Owner. Identifying and then making visible the right metrics needed not only by the team but also by management or other project shareholders can be difficult. In this post we present a list of gadgets that can be used to build a powerful dashboard in Jira for showing the essential metrics, numbers and charts for an ongoing Scrum project.

But why putting all these on a dashboard and not using Jira reports, for instance? Well, 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.

But let’s see what these awesome gadgets are.

Agile Wallboard Gadget – Displays the team task board. On this gadget you can see the items from the current sprint along with their status and assignee. It gives you the overall picture of the sprint contents.

It’s useful to look at this gadget during your daily Scrum and to point to the specific items during the meeting. It is a gadget that comes with Jira.

Sprint Health Gadget – Shows the overall status of the sprint. How much work was done, time elapsed and sprint scope change.

It can be also configured to display the members of the Scrum team. This is a Jira native gadget.

Sprint Burndown / BurnUp Chart Gadget – displays the burndown or burnup chart for your current sprint, which helps you see if the sprint is on track or not.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. You can configure it as burndown and/or burnup and you can also choose to display the Scope line. In addition, the chart can be generated by Story Points, Original Time Estimate or Issue Count and, optionally, you can choose to include the sub-tasks in the calculation.

Release Burndown / BurnUp Chart Gadget with Forecast – displays the burndown or burnup chart for the entire release, which helps you to see if the project is on track or not. In addition, it can do a prediction (forecast) about the release ETA based on the current or expected team velocity.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. You can configure it as burndown and/or burnup and you can also choose to display the Scope line. In addition, the chart can be generated by Story Points, Original Time Estimate or Issue Count and, optionally, you can choose to include the sub-tasks in the calculation. The forecast can be determined either by the automatically calculated current team velocity or by a fixed manually-entered velocity.

This gadget is based on a Jira issue filter, which means that you can fully control what issues to be tracked in the chart. You can use this gadget to display cross-team or cross-projects burndown/burnup charts.

Team Velocity Gadget – Shows how the team performs along the time, from a sprint to another. How much work was committed, how much was completed and the average velocity. The team needs to know its current velocity when doing to planning and the commitment for the next sprints. Also, the gadget helps you determine if the team tends to over-commit.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. It can be configured to calculate the velocity by Story Points, Original Time Estimate or Issue Count. It allows including sub-tasks in the calculation.

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. For example, you can display the number of not estimated backlog items, or the sum remaining story points.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira.

Work Break-down Structure (WBS) – this gadget displays the issues from a filter in a hierarchical form of Epics > Stories > Sub-Tasks along with their current status. You can use gadget to have an overview over specific epics or the over entire project, quickly determine what items are still open.

This gadget is offered by Great Gadgets app for Jira. It is based on a filter and it can also displays the initiatives defined in Advanced Roadmaps for Jira (formerly Portfolio) on top of epics.

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/.

A powerful Reported vs Done chart for Jira dashboards

A Reported vs Done 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.

Such chart is a “must have” on the monitoring dashboard of any support team because it shows potential team capacity problems, overloading periods or poor team performance that might require corrective actions. Don’t have it yet? See below how to add it to your Jira dashboard.

Great Gadgets app for Jira offers a gadget that you can use to display a Reported vs Done (or Reported vs Resolved) chart on your Jira dashboard. And it is a powerful gadget because it has some key-features:

  • The chart is based on a Jira issue filter, which means that you have full flexibility about what issues to track in the chart
  • You can generate the chart not only by Issue Count but also by sum of Story Points or Original Time Estimate. This is useful if the issues in your backlog do not have the same size / weight.
  • The gadget settings allow you to select a time interval and the chart lines do not start from zero but from the actual values at the beginning of the interval

Assuming that you already have Atlassian Jira in-place, follow these steps to configure and display the chart on your Jira dashboard:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of Great Gadgets installed in your Jira instance. If not, you can install the app from Atlassian Marketplace: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/search?query=stonikbyte+great+gadgets
  • Create a new filter in Jira (or use an existing one) that includes the Jira issues that you want to track. It must include the resolved issues.
  • Decide on which Jira dashboard you want to add the chart. Create a new Jira dashboard or choose an existing one.
  • Add the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart gadget (yes, the name Release Burndown/Burnup Chart is correct) to your Jira dashboard by clicking the Add Gadget button from your Jira dashboard and then by selecting and adding the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart.
  • Configure the gadget. At Release Issue Filter, enter the filter that you created before. As you can see, the Intervals of length is configurable and you can choose to calculate by Story Points, Issue Count or Original Time Estimate.
  • At series to display, choose to display only Burned and Current Scope.
  • Make sure to check the option Continue to display data after release end date

That’s all! Click Save. The gadget should now display the Reported vs Done chart on your Jira dashboard.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact 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/.

Cross-project release burndown chart in Jira with Great Gadgets app

Do you have a large release that spreads across multiple projects or multiple teams and you don’t have a good way for tracking it and for making a picture about the overall progress?

With Great Gadgets app for Jira you can solve this quickly. This app offers a Release Burndown/Burnup Chart dashboard gadget that you can use to generate a cross-project or cross-team release burndown/burnup in a few steps. The gadget uses the issues from a specified Jira filter as project scope and allows you to specify the release start / end dates. You can choose to display the chart by story points, issue count or original time estimate and you can also include the issue sub-tasks in the calculation. Optionally, you can choose to display a forecast line that predicts the release ETA.

Assuming that you already have Atlassian Jira in-place, follow these steps to configure and display the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart gadget:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of Great Gadgets installed in your Jira instance. If not, you can install the app from Atlassian Marketplace: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/search?query=stonikbyte+great+gadgets
  • Create a new filter in Jira (or use an existing one) that includes the Jira issues (tasks, stories, defects, etc) from all the projects/teams that you want to track. Make sure to include the sub-tasks in this filter if you want the gadget to also consider the sub-tasks. Share this filter with your project members or the people that are going to visualize the chart.
  • Decide on which Jira dashboard you want to add the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart gadget. Create a new Jira dashboard or choose an existing one.
  • Add the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart gadget to your Jira dashboard by clicking the Add Gadget button from your Jira dashboard and then by selecting and adding the Release Burndown/Burnup Chart.
  • Configure the gadget. At Release Issue Filter, enter the filter that you created before. As you can see, the Intervals of length is configurable and you can choose to calculate by Story Points, Issue Count or Original Time Estimate. Optionally, you can choose to count also the sub-tasks. Select which series (lines) to be displayed in the chart and, in case you selected a forecast line, select the velocity calculation method at Forecast based on.

That’s all! Click Save. The gadget should now display the cross-project or cross-team burndown/burnup chart.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact 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/.

How to track the team velocity / throughput in Kanban with Great Gadgets app for Jira

“Tracking team velocity in Kanban” might sound strange for some people as velocity is something specific to the Scrum framework and this term is not part of Kanban “by-the-book”. But even in Kanban, especially when switching from Scrum to Kanban, the question “How much business value my team delivers in time?” is still applicable. In Kanban the velocity is actually called “throughput”. As agile project manager or team member you want to see the amount of work done/delivered by your team in time, to see how the team performs or to make a better picture about the team’s capacity that helps you to estimate further releases.

In Kanban you don’t have time-boxed sprints, but you can measure the velocity / throughput on a per-week or per-month basis, by issues (cards) done or story-points burned. For example, “done issues per week” or “burned story-points per month”.

The Great Gadgets app for Atlassian Jira offers all you need to easily determine your team velocity. This app includes a Kanban Velocity gadget that helps you calculate and display a velocity chart on a Jira dashboard in a minute.

Assuming that you already have Atlassian Jira in-place, follow these steps to configure and display the Kanban Velocity gadget:

  • Make sure that you have the latest version of Great Gadgets installed in your Jira instance. If not, you can install the app from Atlassian Marketplace: https://marketplace.atlassian.com/search?query=stonikbyte+great+gadgets
  • Create a new filter in Jira (or use an existing one) that includes the Jira issues (tasks, stories, defects, etc) from your project. Make sure to include the sub-tasks in this filter if you want the velocity calculation to also consider the sub-tasks. Share this filter with your project members or the people that are going to visualize the velocity chart.
  • Decide on which Jira dashboard you want to add the Kanban Velocity gadget. Create a new Jira dashboard or choose an existing one.
  • Add the Kanban Velocity gadget to your Jira dashboard by clicking the Add Gadget button from your dashboard and then by selecting and adding the Kanban Velocity Gadget.
  • Configure the gadget. Even if most of the settings are preconfigured, review and adjust them based on your needs. At Data, enter the filter that you created before or pick an existing Kanban board (the board’s filter will be used in this case). As you can see, the Interval length is configurable and you can choose to calculate the velocity by Issue Count, Story Points or Original Time Estimate. Optionally, you can choose to count also the sub-tasks and their estimate in the velocity calculation.

That’s all! Click Save. The gadget should now display the velocity chart for your Kanban team.

If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to contact 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/.