Improved onboarding and greater ease of use
Field mapping screen on the first admin launch of the app
Tasked with configuring BigPicture? First, you need to map Jira fields onto BigPicture… and now the field mapping screen will pop up immediately on your first admin launch of the app.
New to BigPicture? No worries! You’ll set your first initiative just by selecting what you want to plan, track, manage, and report on to import relevant Jira projects into the app.
Save time by setting up new initiatives with predefined templates. One of the hottest enterprise features is making it into the standard version of the app. Now, our gallery of preset initiative templates is available to all BigPicture users!
Now you get instant contextual access to relevant documents right in the app.
Your management command center is getting more customizable
Configure what columns of your Overview to show. And save your preferred views for future use - to easily access the big picture view of your business you want.
Change the Box order to manual and structure and restructure your portfolio in the most intuitive way. Arrange and rearrange your portfolios and initiatives by simply dragging and dropping items across the Overview module. The items will end up exactly where you place them.
You can switch between sorting and manual modes without losing the manual data order.
Gantt-charting is becoming more intuitive
Searching for specific tasks in the Gantt module is becoming easier and more intuitive. The items you search for are now highlighted and displayed among other items, so you never lose the context.
If you use Gantt as an agile roadmapping tool or for timelining hybrid initiatives, you can now display the estimated and actual work effort expressed in story points, right in the resource panel.
Resource management is more flexible and intuitive
Managing resources is getting even easier. Now, adding an absence in the Resources module takes just a single (right)click.
Planning half-day absences
If your organization’s policy allows for half-day absences, now you can reflect those accurately in BigPicture.
Upgraded timeboxing and backlog management
Get the timeboxes your teams are using in Jira automatically synced with your BigPicture Board module.
Working with the Board module is becoming even easier. Now, you can save time during your planning sessions by in-line creating new tasks just by pulling them from the module’s backlog.
Be it backlog prioritization or WBS planning that you are working on in the Scope module, you can achieve a neat, informative view by hiding all irrelevant (filter-based greyed-out) items.
Enhanced portfolio management
Every business case is unique and so are the metrics and indicators you might want to attach and track. Now, you can easily do so by adding your own custom columns based on strings, numbers, dates or estimations.
New BigPicture Enterprise features
In enterprise environments having multiple Jira instances within an organization is equally common and challenging from the management perspective. Now, you can connect and manage multiple instances of Jira Cloud right in your “master” Jira Cloud instance - and see the full big picture.
Automatically list all overdue work items
Spotting all the work items that are behind the baseline and including them in your reports takes no time with the new enterprise report type - Plan delay. You simply add it to your Reports module and get an always up-to-date table of the overdue items you need to handle to keep all the initiatives on track.
|Category||Feature description||Sneak peek|
|Navigation and layout|
The "save" button is positioned at the bottom left.
|App Configuration and App Administration - direct links to frequently used app configuration pages (wrench icon at the top right → drop-down menu)|
|Roadmap module - renamed to Objectives|
Scope module - it's possible to resize the details panel
Reports module - new lightbox (presentation view)
When the Lightbox mode is active, you can use the arrows to switch between different rows or charts and also switch to the next or previous chart
Hover over the bars to show the task count in each category
Reports module - task report form (updated)
Resources module - task details
When a field has no value, it is shown as "Unassigned" or "Unestimated".
App settings drop-down (wrench icon at top right) updated
Jira Admin and/or App Admin is able to find all the settings he/she is looking for easily and quickly.
You can navigate directly to a particular settings tab:
Important: drop-down options are role dendent
You can review and change the field mapping.
Changes affect only the project the Box is based on (separate configuration saved by the app).
Conditions: applicable only when the scope of a Box is based on a single Jira project.
Box hierarchy gadget - sort the Box list
You can sort the list by:
- start date
- end date
The sorting in the gadget does not impact the order of the Boxes presented in the Overview module.
Box hierarchy gadget - simplified filtering
The following filters are available:
- my boxes
Risks gadget - gadget height can be adjusted
To change the width use the "Edit layout" option of a dashboard.
Filtering on the Risk gadget is independent of filtering on the Risk module
|Filtering on the Calendar gadget is independent of filtering on the Calendar module|
|new task duration fields|
Two new task duration fields are available:
- Duration calendar days - based on the number of calendar days (start to end date)
- Duration working days - based on the number of working days (non-working days excluded
Those fields can be added to colum views/cards in BigPicture modules.
Important: Read-only fields - the "duration" fields have informational value and are based on task data.
Column views - full functionality added to the Overview module
In the Overview module you can:
- make temporary changes to an existing view (doesn't affect other users)
- update an existing column view
- create a new column view
Important: Column views of the Hierarchy mode and Timeline mode are independent and must be changed separately.
Box status - inline editing
You can add a "Status" column to the Overview module. Then, use inline editing to change the value and update a Box status.
"Inactive for" column is available
You can see when the Box has been used for the last time.
Define Box scope during Box creation
You can add Jira projects to the scope of the Box during the creation process.
Note: After creation, advanced settings are available in Box configuration. If you want the Box to be based on a Jira board or filters configure the scope after a Box has been created.
Box type templates
11 Box type templates are available to all BigPicture users. When creating a new Box, select a Box type that best suits your business needs.
Templates can be reviewed and edited in app administration.
- Agile project - A built-in type, that is recommended for projects run in agile methodology
- Classic project - A built-in type, that is recommended for classic (waterfall) projects
- Hybrid project - A built-in type, suitable for hybrid projects involving agile and classic approaches
- Hybrid stage - A built-in type, that helps to organize hybrid project schedule into stages
- Iteration - A built-in type, that helps to schedule work iteratively
- LeSS Requirement Area - A built-in type, designed for multiple teams working together on one product.
- Portfolio - A built-in type, that stores agile, classic and hybrid types of projects
- Program - Basic Box type that lets you divide the work into lower levels such as Iterations, Stages or Program Increments
- Program Increment - A built-in type, that allows for grouping iterations into increments (recommended for SAFe® adopters)
- SAFe Art - A built-in type, to represent an Agile Release Train (recommended for SAFe® adopters)
- Sprint - A built-in type, that helps to schedule work iteratively
- Stage - A built-in type, that helps to organize classic project scope into stages
|Default module names are the same for all Box types|
Using the '+Add' button, you can:
- create new tasks
- go to Scope definition
|Search by Teams name and multi-select filter on Resources module|
|Story Points conversion|
Story points conversion ratio can be set to "0"
Can be useful in connection with the velocity report.
When a team is still learning to estimate its velocity, the conversion ratio changes from sprint to sprint. You may prefer to show the velocity of future iterations as unknown (=0) and wait for the scrum master to later enter the correct value based on historic data (capacity planning tab of the Board module).
|Resources panel (Gantt module)||Story Points effort mode is available on the Resource Panel (Gantt module)|
Teams from a lower Box can be assigned to an upper Box
- teams from upper-level Boxes
- teams from lower-level Boxes
Board module - capacity planning
Box editor can edit capacity planning values on Board.
Box viewer has read-only access to capacity planning on Board module.
|BigTemplate||Scope module - export to .pdf |
Import date format
Three date formats are recognized:
- yyyy-MM-dd (e.g. 2021-12-31)
- dd-MM-yyyy (e.g. 31-12-2021)
- MMM/dd/yyyy (e.g. Dec/31/2021).