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BigPicture and BigGantt pull data straight from the Jira environment. While the process is fully automated for users' convenience, various parameters of each Program among many other things can be changed in order to customize the experience. 

Options which are available in this tab are divided into three major sections: General, Task Types and Task Hierarchy (WBS).

General

General options have two subsections which allow us to: 

Remove Tasks Not In Filter

It defines what exactly will be synchronized between Jira and our app. Please note that 'Remove tasks not in filter' feature is set to 'ON' by the default. When checked, all tasks that do not fit our current filtering scheme of our Scope, will be removed from the Gantt chart and Gantt's WBS. If this definition is set to 'OFF', once we customize our Task not to fit filtering conditions, it will remain in our Gantt chart and Gantt's WBS. On the other hand once we decide to set it back to 'ON' and Re-Sync our app, it will automatically remove all tasks which do not fit anymore and add new tasks that now fit the filtering scheme (if any were added or redefined).

Recalculate Parents

When checked, this option will automatically make the duration of Parent Tasks to be the same as the total duration as their Children Tasks. This means we won't be able to resize the Task Bar of a Parent Task on the Gantt chart. When we decide to switch it 'OFF', then we are once again free to modify their duration.

Task Types

Task Types section allows users to define Jira Issues and its other entities to be synchronized and defined in the form of a Task on the Gantt's WBS. 

Task Hierarchy

Task Hierarchy (Work Breakdown Structure) section concerns the hierarchy of Tasks displayed on Gantt's WBS. By dragging the available entries from the 'Available' pane (right) to the 'Selected' pane (left), one can easily sort the Work Breakdown Structure as desired.

Please note that in this section of the app, only Gantt's WBS (the task structure in Waterfall model) can be configured. Relation between Tasks (Start-to-End, End-to-Start etc.) are available in the App’s Global Configuration, under the Task Link Synchronization. We cannot forget to apply our changes by using the 'Save and Sync' button at the very bottom of the page.


Now, what would happen if we would like to build a structure that is based on (for example) Versions and Components? And most importantly, how to do that? Firstly from the Task Type menu we have to pick options: 'Synchronize Jira Versions' and 'Synchronize Jira Components' , then in the Task Hierarchy section we select: 'Synchronize Versions Structure' and 'Synchronize Components Structure'. Then we press 'Save and Sync'


Right after that, we can go back to the Gantt chart and see what happened on the Gantt's WBS space:



We have just built our first structure based on Versions and Components. We can create and synchronize similar structures on Gantt's WBS based on different conditions defined in this Program Configuration Menu.

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