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Please note that releases of GreenHopper "behind-the-firewall" (that is, GreenHopper for installation on-premises at your site) may occur several days before GreenHopper OnDemand is updated to the latest release.

12 November 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements:

Customise Colours for Epics

You can now choose your preferred colour for each epic. Simply click the drop-down at the right of the Epics panel and select a different colour:

(info) Please note that epics are still in early development. To try them out, activate epics via Labs.


Edit Epics in-line

There is now a quick and easy way to change an epic's label. Simply hover over the epic in the left-hand panel, click the 'pencil' icon, then start typing:

Press Enter to save your changes.




5 November 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 6.0.6 Release Notes and the GreenHopper 6.0.5 Release Notes.

Epics now available via Labs

We hope you enjoy the much-requested epics, now available in an initial implementation via Labs. Expect to see further development of epics in upcoming GreenHopper releases in the near future.

Epics provide you with an additional hierarchy of story management, providing planning guidance for groups of issues within, or across, projects. This allows ScrumMasters and Product Managers to measure important groups of issues that are all related by a common theme.

In GreenHopper, an epic is simply an issue of type "Epic", which has a label (e.g. "My Epic") with which other issues can then be associated (linked).

Once activated in Labs, you will see an Epics panel at the left of the screen in Plan mode (for Scrum boards only):

(tick) A few tips:

  • To view just the issues for an epic, click the epic in the left-hand panel.
  • You can click Tools > Hide/Show Epic Panel if you wish.
  • Epic issues may also appear in Kanban boards that include a project containing epics. To prevent this, add issuetype != epic to your board's filter.
  • To allow epics from a different project, add (project = AAA and issuetype = Epic) to your board's filter.

Creating an epic involves specifying the epic's label (please see Creating an Epic for more details):

You can then simply drag-and-drop cards (issues) onto your epic (see Adding an Issue to an Epic):

See also Removing an Issue from an Epic.

Technical notes

If you have previously been using epics on the Classic Boards, please note the following:

  • Classic epic-issue relationships are not migrated and the new implementation uses a completely different mechanism to join epics and their issues.
  • After epics are enabled in labs we do not recommend using the Classic New Card button or the JIRA Create Issue button to create new epics.
  • "Old" epics may be visible in the new "Epics" panel, if they used the "Epic" issue type, but please note that labels will need to entered manually, and links to other stories may need to be recreated.

The Classic implementation of epics is very different to the new implementation which introduces some new custom fields and custom field types. Please see GreenHopper JIRA Configuration for details.

The new implementation of epics will eventually include an 'Epic Status' field that will be used to exclude epics that are complete. To exclude any pre-existing epics in your system that are complete change the filter for your board to include 'and (issuetype != Epic or resolution is empty)'

The new implementation of epics does not use the 'Epic/Theme' field at all, its value is ignored



Detail View is now closable

If you prefer to use the full screen-width to see your cards, you can now close the Detail View in Plan mode (you always could in Work mode):

(tick) Tip: You can use the "t" shortcut to toggle between hiding/showing the Detail View.



More customisation of Issue Detail View

In GreenHopper 6.0.3 we introduced the ability to add text-fields to your cards. Building on this, you can now also add numeric fields (e.g. Business Value).

See Configuring the Issue Detail View.


Count of Visible Issues Shown in Column Header on Work Mode

When a Quick Filter is active, the count of visible issues is now shown in the header of Work mode. Note that you need to enable 'Issue Count' as the Column Constraint in the configuration of the board for the issue counts to appear in the column header.




15 October 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements:

Auto refresh

To make sure you are always seeing the latest data, GreenHopper now refreshes the board periodically if the browser window does not currently have focus.

It sends a poll request to the server every 30 seconds with a checksum and if this has changed, the server sends back the new board data.

If GreenHopper detects an out-of-date board while you have focus on the window, it will show a message asking you to refresh:

We would love your feedback on this new feature (note that it has currently been implemented for Work mode only). Please comment on GHS-5568 - Getting issue details... STATUS .



Customise your Issue Detail View

By popular request, you can now choose which fields to show in the Issue Detail View. At this time you can choose any custom fields of type "Text" — more to follow very soon in future releases.

See Configuring the Issue Detail View for further details.


What type of board is that?

You now have an instant visual indicator of what type of board you are looking at, thanks to the following icons:

Scrum board

Kanban board


We have added these icons to the Agile drop-down menu:

The icons are also shown at the top left of each board:


Easier management of Remaining Estimate

For boards that are configured to use Time Tracking there are two improvements to make the management of the Remaining Estimate on issues and sub-tasks easier.

In Plan mode, the sprint footer will now display the sum of the Remaining Estimate of all of the issues and sub-tasks in the future sprint. Note that the the value will not be shown if:

  • the board is configured to use the Original Time Estimate as the Estimation Statistic (see Configuring Estimation and Tracking), and
  • the board is configured to use a Tracking Statistic (see Configuring Estimation and Tracking), and
  • the sum of the Original Estimates on the issues is different from the sum of the Remaining Estimates on the issues and sub-tasks.

In Work mode, the value shown on the bottom right of the card is now the Remaining Estimate for the issue or sub-task:


Sample data included

To help newcomers get started quickly, we've included sample data with GreenHopper.

  • Scrum and Kanban projects.
  • Projects pre-populated with issues showing how to use a board.
  • Sample reports included.


Parallel sprints

You can now have multiple active, parallel sprints. For example, if you have two teams working fom the same backlog, each team can now work on their own sprint.

Please note the following caveats with this simple approach:

  • The Velocity Chart will not show the velocity per team.
  • The current implementation assumes that the teams perform estimation identically, which is unlikely in practice.

This feature is currently in Labs – please enable "Parallel sprints" to activate it. Please note that this feature is still undergoing development and may change from its current implementation.


10 September 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 6.0.2 Release Notes.

Customisable card colours

You will be as pleased as we are to see this very popular request satisfied. You can now configure your card colours based on Issue Types, Priorities, Assignees, or JQL queries of your choice.


Multiple active sprints

If you are working on a large, multi-team project, then you may want to keep track of each team's current activity – that is, you may want to track multiple active sprints.

In GreenHopper 6.0.2, if your board's filter is configured to display multiple projects then you can now see all of the active sprints. Great for Scrum of Scrums meetings.

Multiple active sprints in Plan mode:

...and in Work mode (click the sprint name to toggle between the various active sprints):


Ability to rename future sprints

Following on from GreenHopper 6.0, where we delivered the ability to create multiple upcoming sprints, GreenHopper 6.0.2 brings you the ability to rename your future sprints.

Simply mouseover the sprint name, click and start typing:


Expand/collapse all swimlanes

This will save you some time and mouseclicks.

To instantly see all issues in all of your swimlanes in Work mode, simply press the "-" key (see Using Keyboard Shortcuts) or select Tools > Expand all swimlanes:


Burndown Report shows what didn't get done

The Burndown Report now includes an itemised list of incomplete issues/outstanding work at the end of the sprint:


Navigation change yields faster performance

In GreenHopper 6.0.2 we have removed the board selection drop-down, which has improved page load performance — especially on instances that have lots of boards.

You can still access all boards via Agile > Manage Boards, and of course your most recently used boards are available directly from the Agile menu:




13 August 2012

The Atlassian team announces the release of GreenHopper 6.0, bringing you the ability to plan multiple sprints at the same time.

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 6.0 Release Notes and the GreenHopper 5.10.6 Release Notes.

New menu structure

In GreenHopper 6.0, the new board (formerly known as the Rapid Board) is now promoted in the menu structure. The previous boards are now known as the Classic Planning Board, the Classic Task Board, the Classic Released Board and the Classic Charts Board, and are available via Classic in the menu:

Please note that the keyboard shortcuts have also been updated. Type "?" for the latest list.



Future sprint planning

You can now create multiple upcoming sprints, allowing you to plan several iterations ahead. Simply click Add Sprint at the top of the backlog:



iPad aware

You can now view your GreenHopper board on your iPad, e.g. during your standups you can now:

  • view the current status of all your stories in Work mode and drag them from column to column
  • view your Burndown Chart
  • and more

We hope you enjoy the convenience of being able to perform many of your most common GreenHopper tasks on the iPad (we do!)


Simple workflow editing in GreenHopper

You can now edit your project's workflow from within GreenHopper. Just click Add Status on your board's Column Configuration page:

For details (and caveats), please see Using GreenHopper Simplified Workflow.



No longer Rapid by name – but still rapid by nature

In GreenHopper 6.0 the new board is no longer known as the "Rapid Board" — we figure everyone knows by now that it is vastly faster than the Classic boards. The new board has been built from the ground up on newer technology that enables us to provide optimum performance, making the most of your valuable time.






16 July 2012

This release delivers a number of bug-fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 5.10.5 Release Notes.




9 July 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements to the Rapid Board:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 5.10.4 Release Notes.

Rapid Board becomes more rapid

Every second of your time is precious, so we are delighted to announce some significant reductions in page load time, particularly for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

Rapid Board gets a promotion (optionally)

Your feedback tells us that you love the Rapid Board, so we're giving you the option of moving it up the menu and making it quicker to access.

Enable Rapid Boards as default in GreenHopper Labs to change the Agile menu from this:

... to this:

(info) Classic will take you to the old Planning Board, Task Board, Chart Board and Released Board.


Rapid Board renamed to just "Board" (optionally)

If you choose to enable Rapid Boards as default in Labs, as well as changing the GreenHopper menus, the term "Rapid Board" will be replaced simply by "Board" throughout GreenHopper. It seems that's what everyone was already calling it anyway.




2 July 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements to the Rapid Board:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 5.10.3 Release Notes.

Velocity Chart

The velocity chart shows the amount of value delivered in a sprint. It is useful for your Sprint Retrospective meeting, sizing your future Sprints and also for mid-sprint progress checks.

The velocity of a sprint is the sum of the Estimate for all completed stories. Estimates can be based on story points, business value, hours, issue count, or any numeric field of your choice (see Configuring Estimation and Tracking). Please note that the values for each issue are recorded at the time when the issue moves into the sprint.



Sub-tasks now visible in Work mode

When you view an issue's details in Work mode, a sub-tasks tab will now be shown (indicated by a 'folder' icon). This shows existing sub-tasks of the issue (if any exist), and gives you the total estimate for all sub-tasks. It also gives you the ability to quickly create new sub-tasks.





11 June 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements to the Rapid Board:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 5.10 Release Notes and the GreenHopper 5.9.8 Release Notes.

Scrum graduates from Labs

In GreenHopper 5.10, Scrum support is now a core part of the product. This means that Plan mode is now automatically available for all Scrum boards — you no longer need to enable it via Labs. Likewise, the Scrum option will automatically be available whenever you create a new board.


Sprint Report shows scope-change issues

The Sprint Report now indicates (with an asterisk) issues that were added or removed after the sprint started:




View Burndown on the Sprint Report

The Sprint Report (previously known as the Sprint Retrospective Report) now shows burndown, and also displays a table showing you which issues were completed successfully during the sprint and which were not.

Smarter Sprint Naming

GreenHopper will now suggest a name for your new sprint based on your previous sprint, e.g. if your previous sprint was called "Bob 1", GreenHopper will offer "Bob 2" as the default name for your new sprint.


Estimate in Story Points, Track in Hours

In GreenHopper 5.9.7 we introduced the ability to choose your preferred Estimation Statistic (e.g. Story Points).

We now bring you the ability to do your tracking in hours, if you wish. This means that, for example, you can now choose to use Story Points for estimation, but time-tracking for burndown.

Enter your Estimation Statistic before starting a Sprint

If you do not have an Estimation Statistic applied to an issue, you will receive a warning when starting the sprint (unless your Estimate Statistic is set to Issue Count, which is calculated automatically).



Remove Issue from Active Sprint

By popular request, you can now remove an issue from an in-progress sprint in Work mode. Simply click an issue to display its Detail View on the right of the screen, then click the cog icon:



Resolve Parent when Sub-Tasks are Done

Once all the sub-tasks have been completed, it's time to resolve the parent issue. In GreenHopper 5.9.5 we introduced a prompt, when you move the last sub-task to the 'Done' column in Work mode, to remind you to move the parent too.

But what if you resolved the sub-tasks in native JIRA instead? In GreenHopper 5.9.8, we now display a button on the parent issue the next time you visit Work mode.


See the Sprint Report when closing a Sprint

When you end a sprint, the Sprint Report will now be displayed automatically.




28 May 2012

This release delivers the following enhancements to the Rapid Board:

This release also includes a number of fixes. For full details please see the GreenHopper 5.9.7 Release Notes

(info)  Please note: Plan mode is available by activating the "Scrum" option in GreenHopper Labs.

Estimation Statistic is now configurable

Instead of having to use Story Points, you can now choose to estimate your issues based on Story Points, Original Estimate, or any numeric custom field you have configured:



Sprint Burndown Chart now uses your Estimation Statistic

The Sprint Burndown Chart is now based on your configured Estimation Statistic. The value burns down when the story is completed (i.e. moved to the last column on work mode):


Sprint Burndown Chart now shows scope change

The Sprint Burndown Chart will now show issues that are added to (or removed from) a sprint after the sprint has started.


Sprint Burndown Chart now includes data table

The Sprint Burndown Chart now includes a Data Table that explains each movement of the graph (see screenshot above).




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