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10 June 2010

The Atlassian team are proud to announce the release of GreenHopper 5.0.

Working with GreenHopper is now simpler and faster. A revised user interface addresses the most common customer request, namely that GreenHopper look and behave more like JIRA. Smart drag-and-drop allows you to place cards at an exact position within the pagination of the Planning Board, and inline editing is available in all views ('Summaries', 'Cards' and 'List'). Further, common actions - comment, assign, log work - are available via a drop-down on every card.

Kanban users can now utilise both minimum and maximum column constraints, clearly identifying spare capacity or bottlenecks in the workflow. Flow-based teams are assisted when pulling work across the Task Board via a notification.

Release Charts are now generated dynamically, enabling a version to be released whilst carrying on unfinished work in the next iteration. Statistics for cards that are moved on are now captured in both the released and the next iteration. To track the progress of your iteration, and identify velocity for forward planning, the version summary has been added to both the Chart and Released Board.

Upgrading to GreenHopper 5.0 is free for all customers with an active GreenHopper license.

Highlights of this release:

Thank you for your feedback:

Over 45 fixes and improvements implemented
10 votes fulfilled

Your votes and issues help us keep improving our products, and are greatly appreciated.

Please keep logging your votes and issues. They help us decide what needs doing!

Upgrading to GreenHopper 5.0

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You can download GreenHopper from the Atlassian website. If upgrading from a previous version, please read the GreenHopper 5.0 Upgrade Guide.

Highlights of GreenHopper 5.0

 

Revised User Interface

GreenHopper 5.0 introduces a revised user interface focusing on improved performance, usability, accessibility, and visibility.

Screenshot: The New-look Planning Board

You can now access statistics more easily on the right of the Chart Board and Release Board.

Inline editing

Inline editing is available for all fields in all views (Summary, Card and List), saving you significant time when editing issues.

Screenshot: Card Inline Editing

Screenshot: Summary Inline Editing

Screenshot: List Inline Editing

Dialogs

Access to common actions are available via the icon (which will appear when you hover over the Issue Type or Priority icons), these common actions include:

  • Add Sub-task — Click to add a sub-task to this issue (if sub-tasks are enabled).
  • Edit in JIRA — Click to open the JIRA 'Edit Issue' screen, on which all issue fields are available for editing.
  • Update Priority — Click to edit the Priority field for this issue.
  • Comment — Click to quickly add a comment to this issue.
  • Flag — Click to flag this issue for special attention. Click it again to unflag this issue.
  • Delete — Click to delete this issue.

Screenshot: New Dialog Boxes for Adding Tasks and Stories

Quick Filters

GreenHopper 5.0 introduces a 'Quick Filters' bar, grouping existing issues and enabling you to quickly filter the displayed issues by:

  • 'Only My Issues' — Only display issues which are assigned to you.
  • 'Hide Sub-Tasks' — Only display issues which are not sub-tasks of other issues.
  • 'Only Pending Issues' — Only display issues which have not yet been scheduled.

Refer to Using Planning Board Views for more information about how to use these filters when viewing issues.

Drag and drop pagination

GreenHopper 5.0 allows you to place card(s) at an exact position on a Planning Board that has multiple pages (pagination).

 

Kanban Improvements

Kanban users can now specify a minimum constraint, in addition to the pre-existing maximum constraint. A column which falls below one or more specified minimum constraints will be highlighted in yellow to indicate spare capacity in your team and that additional cards can be pulled in to that column.

Screenshot: Kanban Flow with maximum and minimum constraints applied to different columns

Additionally, descriptions at the top of each column identify what constraint, if any, has been 'Busted'.

Screenshot: Example Kanban Flow Description Indicating two 'Busted' maximum constraints

 

Unlimited Assignees on the Planning Board

In previous versions of GreenHopper, 'Assignee' mode was not available on the Planning Board for projects with more than 75 assignable users.

If you run very large projects, you will be pleased to hear that this restriction has now been removed, and the 'Assignee' mode is now always available on the Planning Board. We recommend that you create a group for your assignable users per project, ensuring you only see those users relevant to the project.

 

Carry On Work

With GreenHopper 5.0 teams can now carry on work across sprints with confidence their statistics (Story Points, for instance) will be retained in the correct versions. Story Points will be 'burned' in the Released version, but the issue itself will be used for generating metrics for both the released and unreleased version it is included in. The Released Board now has a release mechanism for generating dynamic charts, meaning that static charts will no longer be stored on the filesystem (although backwards compatibility is assured — see the GreenHopper 5.0 Upgrade Guide for details).

Plus over 45 fixes and improvements

The issues for GreenHopper 5.0 are shown below. To view the list in JIRA, please see here.

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T Key Summary P Status Votes
Bug GHS-1736 Display time remaining summary on task board view using the overall JIRA preferences Major Closed 4
Epic GHS-1856 As a product owner I can perform more actions on the epic screen so I can better manage epics and stories Major Closed 2
Bug GHS-2211 Fractional value in the workday (Timetracking settings) not well supported by GreenHopper Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-2105 GUI Improvement in Cards Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-1951 As a user I can switch boards while in full screen mode. Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-1854 Ability to "insert new issues" at a particular point in the planning list Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-1690 As a GH user I would like to configure the page size of the VersionBoard Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-1524 Move "New" for Context into Context dropdown and change to Create Context Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-1486 Make statistics available in the chart board Minor Closed 1
Bug GHS-1272 Stories that were collapsed in the Task Board, are sometimes expanded automaitcally after a refresh of / moving away from the Taskboard (Green Hopper) Minor Closed 1
Story GHS-600 Use large bold font for summary text on summary card view Minor Closed 1
Bug GHS-565 Planning board: Dragging an issue from one fixversion to another should *only* remove the fixversion it is being dragged from, not all other versions Major Closed 1
Bug GHS-2469 Issues are listed in numeric order (latest issue first) instead of grouping with issue type (fault, test case etc.) in Release Notes under Release Board within Agile Critical Closed 0
Story GHS-2271 Days remaining gadget release date is confusing Minor Closed 0
Story GHS-2206 The Update Rate in User Preferences has no units - probably update every 60s or maybe every 60 minutes Minor Closed 0
Bug GHS-2205 In "Scrum" Template "Story Points" isn't Default Included in Card Style Views for "Story" Issue Type Minor Closed 0
Bug GHS-2194 Not able to shared context in other project Major Closed 0
Bug GHS-2190 Calendar i18n resources in GreenHopper are invalid Minor Closed 0
Story GHS-2185 As I user, I can add a comment to any issue on any board Minor Closed 0
Bug GHS-2181 Highlight context in planning board does not display properly in IE7 Minor Closed 0
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