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With the launch of the Community App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Let's take a look at the Super Customizable Cumulative Flow. Besides having a name like a superhero, this app will be your sidekick in making well-informed decisions to optimize your flow. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

 

Super Customizable Cumulative Flow

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

 

Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs) are amazing ways to view your Team’s flow, and are available in Agile Central for iterations, releases, milestones, and other buckets. This app lets you further customize CFDs by choosing the type of item to track, the field you want to group by, and even the timeframe for the chart.

 

Note, this cannot be used in on-premises installations.

 

Use Cases

 

CFDs can answer many questions about your Team, such as:

  • Forecast and track progress: The states of the scheduled work items indicate the progress of your development as it moves to completion. To determine if you are on target to complete the work within the scheduled iteration, track the accepted state.
  • Manage scope: As your 'scheduled work item' bars become level, it is easy to see when excess work is added to a timebox. If the level of the bars do not remain uniform and instead continue to increase, you need to re-address the scope of your timebox.
  • Identify bottlenecks: Use the rolled-up states of your scheduled work items to determine if there are trends that indicate bottlenecks. For example, a large section of scheduled items in a completed state as compared to a small amount of accepted may indicate a testing roadblock.

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With the launch of the newCommunity App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's let's take a look at one of the top apps for portfolio management, WSJF. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

 

WSJF (Weighted Shortest Job First)

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

 

About

 

When trying to determine which work to start on first, many teams use WSJF (weighted shortest job first), which is a lean method for determining backlog prioritization using the cost of delay and remaining job size. The WSJF board allows your team to calculate WSJF scores based on Risk, Value, TimeCriticality and JobSize so you can determine what should be worked on first.

 

 

Use Cases

 

Your team is trying to deliver value quickly and want to do a comparison of features/initiatives/etc based on the cost of delay and job duration. More information can be found here.

With the launch of the newCommunity App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's let's take a look at one of the great time-saver apps, Portfolio Item Copy. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

 

Portfolio Item Copy

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

Portfolio Item Copy

 

Have you ever wanted to copy a portfolio item and all of its children? With this app you can simply select the destination project and portfolio item to copy, and it will make a copy of that portfolio item and its descendants, including other portfolio items, user stories, and tasks. Test cases and defects are not copied.

 

By default, it copies the following fields:

  • Name
  • Description
  • Owner
  • Parent
  • Tags

 

If there are required fields, the app will attempt to copy those fields as well. If the Release field is required for stories, the app will present the user with a drop-down box for default release to put in as a placeholder for any parent stories that are being copied.

 

Use Cases

You can now make a template Portfolio Item, and copy it as you build your roadmap backlog. Create your standard stories, such as running security checks or adding analytics tracking, so that you don't forget to add them on each feature. Talk about a time saver!

 

You can also use this app to help split features across releases, if needed. Take your partially completed feature, copy it, and clean up each to reflect what was done in the prior release and what's to be done in the next.

 

If you have other use cases for this app, I'd love to hear them in the comments!

With the launch of the newCommunity App Catalog doc, we want to highlight some of the awesome apps available for you to install and use right away. Today's post is about the Custom Chart app. You can find details on how to install the app as well as the full list of great appshere.

 

You can find all of the App Of The Week posts here.

 

 

Custom Chart

GitHub Project | Source Code to Install

 

Custom Chart Preview

 

 

About

 

This app is the chart equivalent of the Custom Board and Custom List apps. Pick a chart type (pie, bar or column), an object type, and a field to be aggregated and gain insight into your process via the generated chart. Use the advanced filtering control to further slice and dice your data. The data is also exportable for more fine grained inspection.

 

Use Cases

 

You need to see your data sliced and diced, and this app delivers! There are innumerable use cases for presenting your data just the way you want it, and here’s some ideas for inspiration:

  • View your defects by resolution to determine how many require code changes versus user education.
  • View your stories by estimate to see if story sizes are generally too big or too small which would indicate the team should recalibrate their sizing.
  • View your features by investment category, aggregated by story leaf plan estimate to assess how you’re spending your time across your portfolio and adjust accordingly.