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.
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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
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
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
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 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.