Configuring the scope view

The scope in Portfolio for Jira is the global to-do list for upcoming releases for your work.

The scope is comprised of three (3) hierarchy levels by default:

  • Epics - Once higher-level priorities are settled, it's necessary to break them down into large pieces of work, which consist of multiple stories.
  • Stories - These are the user stories capture functionality requirements.
  • Sub-task - These are the work components that make up stories.

Though these are the default hierarchy levels, you can still create and customize unlimited hierarchical levels in Portfolio for Jira.

Viewing issues in the scope table

  1. Go to your plan via Portfolio (in header) > View Portfolio > click your plan.
  2. Click the  Scope tab to display the scope table.
  3. From the hierarchy menu, click the hierarchy level for the issues that you want to display in the scope table.
  4. In the scope table, click an issue to view more details about the issue on the right panel that appears.
    Note that when you click an issue, that issue will also be highlighted in the timeline. 

The scope table displays the following issue details:

  Issue detail Description
1 # Position or ranking of the issue in the scope table
2 Title Title of the issue
3 Release Release to which the issue is currently assigned
4 Estimate Time estimate of the issue
5 Original estimate Original time estimate of the issue, if any
6 Progress Current progress of the issue
7 Team Team that the issue is currently assigned to
8 Members Members of the team to which the issue is currently assigned
9 Sprint Sprint to which the issue is currently assigned
10 Earliest start date

The earliest date when work for the issue will start.

 

Read more about how the earliest start date works

The earliest start date is a constraint that guarantees that an issue is not scheduled before the date that you define. This applies even if the issue has a higher priority relative to other issues in the backlog, and even if there are free resources to work on that issue.

  1. Earliest start date set on a parent issue: By setting the earliest start date on a parent issue, all child issues will also be given the same earliest start date, which is 11th September 2017, in the example above. In practice, the child issues may even be scheduled a few days later, and may coincide with the beginning of the next sprint, if your team works in sprints.
  2. Earliest start date set on a child issue, with its parent issue also having an earliest start date: In this case, the date defined for the child issue overwrites the date of the parent issue. In the example above, even if MEX-13 (parent epic) has an earliest start date of 11th September 2017, MEX-4 (child issue) will still have an earliest start date of 25th September 2017.
  3. Earliest start date set on a child issue, with other child issues not having an earliest start date: In the example above, MEX-14 (parent epic) doesn't have an earliest start date set. However, its child issues MEX-3 and MEX-8 have individual earliest start dates set, and another child issue MEX-2 doesn't have any earliest start date. The individual dates then apply only to the corresponding child issues.
11 Target start date

The date when work for the issue is targeted to start – this has no impact on schedule calculation

12 Scheduled start date

The date when work for the issue is scheduled to start, based on the data provided in the plan

 

13 Target end date

The date when work for the issue is targeted to be concluded – this has no impact on schedule calculation

 

14 Scheduled end date

The date when work for the issue is scheduled to be completed, based on the data provided in the plan

 

15 Initiative

Initiative to which the issue belongs to, if any.

If you're using the default hierarchy configuration in Portfolio for Jira, initiatives would only display if you're viewing issues at the epic level.

16 Epic

Epic to which the issue belongs to, if any.

If you're using the default hierarchy configuration in  Portfolio for Jira, epics would only display if you're viewing issues at the story level.

17 Label

Label assigned to the issue, if any.

Labels are usually keywords or tags that you can add to your issues, as a means to categorize work.

18 Component

Component assigned to the issue, if any.

Components are usually sub-sections of a project. These are used to group issues within a project into smaller parts.

19 Theme Theme assigned to the issue, if any
20 Issue status

Current status of the issue in the workflow.

By default, Portfolio for Jira considers an issue to be "completed" when it is assigned to any status of the "done" category.

21 Progress Current progress of the issue
22 Source The board, project, or filter from which the issue is pulled from

Configuring the details in the scope table

You can choose which issue details to display in the scope table. This is handy when you just want to quickly view specific details about the issues in your plan.

  1. In the scope table, click .
  2. Click the issue details that you want to display in the scope table.

Troubleshooting

Why aren't issues appearing?

Try one of the following steps to make your issues appear in your plan:

  1. Make sure the fixVersion field is not hidden for that issue type.
  2. Check if there are any view filters configured for your plan that exclude the issues not appearing.
  3. The issues not appearing may not have been given a resolution value, such as unresolved.
  4. The issues may have already been completed.
  5. The issues may be within a release that's excluded from your plan.
  6. The issues were manually excluded when creating your plan. For instance, when you exclude an epic during plan creation, the child stories of that plan are also excluded.
I don't see certain issue types in my plan

This is currently a problem with issues that are created and committed for particular issue sources. If the issue source is a filter or board, and the queries used for that source require a specific field value, then that field value won't be applied when creating issues.

We're working on a solution for this, but for now, we recomend you use an agile board for your filter, and then initially create your issues on that board. In most cases, the required filter values will be automatically added to the issue.

I don't see closed issues in my plan

This can happen if there is no active sprint. To fix this, change the "Completion date" filter to something other than "Current sprint."

For example, in your plan, go to More > Completion date.

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Last modified on Sep 28, 2018

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