The primary changes to the look of Tempo Planner 2.1 include the Iteration Timeline in Team Backlog and the complete overhaul of the way users view and play with Iterations. However, in terms of the most requested new feature, the ability to plan by story points takes the lead.
Plan by Story Points
With Tempo Planner 2.1, product managers can now view story points on a feature level and thereby track the progress of features for teams that work in relative estimations.
Story points mark the effort (rather than actual hours) that a project requires – they represent an abstract scale for measuring the amount of focus, work, risk and complexity that goes into a story. Many of our users incorporate story points into their planning and Tempo may well add to the range of options for those users in the future.
Product managers will be able to view aggregated story points in the Team Backlog and plan out individual sprints based on the amount of effort that they estimate would go into the sprint. Provided that story points have been set for the issue, they will be visible in the header of each issue contained within a selected Iteration. A sum of story points can be seen in the metrics bar in the Team Backlog.
Story points can also be viewed in the Program Kanban, where they are shown in the header of each epic, next to the hour estimate. This constitutes a new way to determine the scope of an epic with ease.
New Ways of Iterations Planning
The new Iteration Timeline in the Team Backlog opens up a wealth of possibilities to help team leaders create reliable forecasts for their team’s workloads.
But that’s not all we’ve done to improve iteration planning.
An iteration section has been added to the team overview page. There, users can see at a glance the status of the iteration a team is currently working on. Users can view the estimated and remaining capacity to see if an iteration is on track and dive right into it if necessary. If the iteration is over 100% capacity then it will show as “over capacity”.
Users can also view an upcoming iteration and the plan items that compose the iteration by clicking the drop-down arrow. For each plan item you will see the type, key, summary, associated epic, and remaining estimate. Clicking on an iteration will take you to the view for the corresponding iteration in the Team Backlog.
In the Team Backlog, users are greeted by the brand-new iteration timeline in place of the previous drag-and-drop view for member availability within the iteration. However, both views are still there and users can choose which views they would like visible by clicking the corresponding symbols in the metrics bar. With the Iteration Timeline, team members can forecast their iteration planning comfortably against actual visualisations of the plan. When you assign an issue to a team member, the forecast will show a plan for the team member on the iteration timeline.
Furthermore, team member worklogs are shown in the iteration timeline for teams using Tempo Timesheets as well.
Below the Iteration forecast timeline you get the familiar division of issues by users. Now, subtasks are nestled below each of the assigned tasks.
Other Noteworthy Features
With Tempo Planner 2.1, Tempo Planner is now compatible with JIRA Data Center, Atlassian’s high-performance and high-availability service for enterprise customers. JIRA Data Center is specifically designed to support the unique and complex requirements of enterprise organizations and it is one of several enterprise features that Tempo offers for large-scale distributed teams.
JIRA Data Center offers uninterrupted access to critical applications, intelligent distribution load across the user’s Data Center cluster, and integration with industry standard technologies for database clustering and shared files systems. This is to ensure that our largest enterprise customers are not without our mission-critical time tracking, planning, budgeting, and portfolio management solutions.
Finally, unassigned issues in Tempo Planner’s work item sidebar are now called issues and in a drop-down menu, users can toggle between unassigned issues and assigned issues divided by team members. This is another way to keep you up-to-date with what your team is working on.
Those are the key features of the new Tempo Planner 2.1 along with numerous fixes and improvements. We hope our users are as excited about these new addition as we are. Tempo Planner’s 2.1 release notes can be accessed here.
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