Tempo Planner Tip of the Month: Managing Your Programs with Tempo Planner – Part 2 – Program Timelines

Did you know that with Tempo Planner for JIRA team leads can perform high-level team planning within a program and track progress across multiple teams to improve their overall performance? Get a great overview of how your teams are progressing in real-time with program planning. Here’s how:

Using the program timeline

A program is described as a team of teams that offers a higher-level overview of how a project is progressing and the capacity of the teams within the program. The program timelines give managers, teams, and team leads the ability to view and plan across teams.

To access the program planning in Tempo Planner click the Tempo menu and select Program Planning.

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We’re now in the program planning space and see the default view, the program board. In the top-right corner we have the Timeline button, if we click on it, we can access the program timelines

Program Timeline

There are two program timelines, the program projects timeline and the program teams timeline. The default view is the program team timeline, but you can easily navigate to the project teams timeline by clicking the Projects or Teams buttons in the top-left corner.

Program teams timeline

This timeline shows all scheduled iterations and sprints in the program grouped by teams. The program team timeline allows the user to schedule new iterations and edit existing ones. Easily view the high-level iteration status for teams within your program and make plans and forecasts based on that information.

On the left-side we have the teams within the program, which in this case are: GreenCloud Wikkieea, GreenCloud Tango, and GreenCloud Azome.

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To create an iteration for a team, click on the day you’d like to start the sprint/iteration and drag it over to the end date. Once you’ve released the left mouse button the create iteration dialog will automatically open up and you must associate the iteration with a Project, write a short Description, and you will have the option to change the selected start and end date.

The program timelines are viewable in months, weeks, and days to fit your organization’s needs accordingly. Navigating between programs can also be done by clicking the arrow next to the name of the program, which is in this case GreenCloud Product Development.

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Easily view the high-level iteration status for teams within your program and make plans and forecasts based on that information.

Program projects timeline

This timeline shows all scheduled versions and epics in the program, grouped by projects. Furthermore, it allows the user to schedule new versions and edit the existing ones. The program project timeline gives managers and team leads a proper roadmap of all upcoming versions and allows them to create edit versions as they see fit. Stay up-to-date on how things are progressing within your programs and make sure they’re meeting deadlines.

On the left-side of the team members timeline we have all of the projects associated with the teams in the program. In this example that’s four projects: Internal, Azome, Wikkkieea Cloud, and Tango OnDemand. 

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To create a new version you simply click the day for the version start and drag it over to the end date. This will open up the Create Version dialog and give the version a name and a description. You’ll then have the option to adjust start and end date according to your needs.

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By clicking projects in the left-sidebar a list of epics will appear in collapsible sub-rows below every project. The epics are shown on the timeline with a blue box on their due date. If they do not have a due date, but they have a version, they will be shown on the release date of the version. If the epic does not have a due date nor a version, a message will be shown below the epic’s name that says “Epic has no due date.

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The program project timeline gives managers and team leads a proper roadmap of all upcoming versions and allows them to create edit versions as they see fit. Stay up-to-date on how things are progressing within your programs.

And that’s how you can manage multiple teams on a program level using the program timelines! Make sure you’re fully utilizing your Tempo instance and stay tuned to our blog for more neat tips and tricks on using our Tempo suite of add-ons for Atlassian’s JIRA.

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Bjarki is the product marketing manager for Tempo Planner and Iceland's number one pineapple enthusiast. He loves playing soccer, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and listening to old school 70's funk.

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