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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. Today you can install the Cycle Time Chart and begin a new era of better flow for your team. You'll be able to see what your typical cycle time is, and hone in on outliers to identify room for improving 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. And if you're a fan of flow-based reporting, be sure to check out the new Cumulative Flow Diagram on the Team Board Product Announcement - Team Board Now Hotter Than Hot 

 

Cycle Time Chart

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About

The cycle time for a work item is the time it takes to get from one being in progress to completed. Traditionally in Agile Central this is shown as a column chart - https://help.rallydev.com/cyclelead-time. This app shows your cycle time data as a scatter plot so you can view the distribution of cycle times and explore outliers.

 

Use Cases

Inconsistent cycle time will cause inconsistent delivery, so flow-based Kanban teams will love this chart as a way to identify deviations from their standard cycle times. The app includes percentile lines, and you can dig into the most inconsistent cycle times to identify root causes and improvement actions.

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. Today's post is all about the Custom Grid with Deep Export. If your data reports not only slice and dice, but also make julienne fries, you need this app to get all the great data you can out of Agile Central. 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 Grid with Deep Export

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About

Have you ever wanted to export user stories with their children? With the Custom Grid with Deep Export, you can filter for the stories or portfolio items you are looking to export, then export them with their children. No longer do you have to export several layers of data just to stitch them back together!

 

Use Cases

This app is great for using with your reporting tool or spreadsheet of choice to look at several tiers of data at once. You can also use this app if you have a past or current set of stories and tasks that are similar to some new work that you are planning, so you can copy them to create a basis for your new work.

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

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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.

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

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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 Query Counter, one of the most versatile apps. 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.

 

Query Counter

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This app may not look like much, but it’s a highly powerful tool to easily convey information to you, your Team, or stakeholders. The app takes a custom query, to make the number, and puts it embedded into your text. Here's the settings for the app for the screenshot above. The "{#}" marker shows where the app should put the number:

 

 The uses for this app are endless:

  • Create a data validation page to check for issues, like stories that are in progress with no estimate, or defects that are closed with no resolution set. Each Query Counter can give the number as well as the steps to take to resolve the data issue, like setting the defect resolution.

  • Make a release dashboard that tracks items like open defects and how many features are still open, with tips in the Query Counter app for historical trends and targets.

  • Report on your Team’s working agreements like the size of your backlog, if you’re trying to keep it reasonably small, and the total number of items in process. Use the Query Counter to document the working agreement too.

 

Many users like to put this app next to a Custom List that also shows the items that match the query so you can see the details. The text makes it so anyone who sees the list on the right knows what it's about by adding much more context:

 

If you love this app too, or have your own awesome use for it, we'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Did you know about the plethora of awesome Custom Apps ready for you to install in Agile Central? These apps give you the power to view delivery metrics in new ways, easily communicate progress, and even automate data updates. I’m excited to announce that we’ve just posted a Community App Catalog document to share the most popular apps for you to try out and install in Agile Central today!

 

On this blog you'll also start to see a weekly feature - The App of the Week. Each week we'll highlight one of the great apps available to you via the Community to explore and leverage.

If you have questions or feedback, or apps that you’d like to see on the list, please let us know in the comments.