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The Board Module is a powerful tool whose main purpose is to visualise and highlight new feature delivery dates as well as cross-team dependencies. But if you work in non-agile teams you can plan your tasks and coordinate work you plan with the other teams. 

The Board Module is very helpful during planning sessions (such as Program Increment (PI) Planning or Iteration planning) as it can show capacities across different teams. But there is much more the Board Module can help you with. For example, it can boost the way you monitor Timebox execution thanks to its built-in reporting features as well as various progress bars that will help you and your team to stay on track.

The Board Module also incorporates a timeline that shows important events or milestones. Plus, you can customise task card by using the task template creator.

Board Elements

The Board Module includes four elements:

  • Module header
  • Timeline with markers
  • Board with tasks and dependencies
  • Backlog

Board Hierarchy

The Board Module utilises the concept of the Box hierarchy, which needs to be configured first in the Overview Module. You can zoom in on three levels of Boxes, for example:

  • Program Box
  • Program Increment
  • Iteration

If you create multiple sub-Boxes the Board can display up to two levels down.

The data on the Board can be displayed at one or two levels. For example, at the iteration level only or at the program increment and iteration levels.

Main Features

The table below describes the Board's main features:

Feature

Description
Team picker

Display or hide teams shown using the Board. You can also select or deselect all Teams or use the search box to find the team you would like to show / hide.

Timebox Reports

Generate instant reports using charts for the each Timebox (reports for upper-level Timeboxes are a BigPicture Enterprise feature).

View options

Adjust the the way cards are displayed or quickly collapse all the team swim lanes to get an overview of your teams' progress. View settings include the following features:

    • Totalsaggregation options showing progress of a Timebox or planned-vs-capacity indicatio
    • Collapse or expand all swim-lanes to get an overview of all your team's progress or planned work status
      (info) Swimlanes are displayed in alphabetical order and cannot be rearranged.
    • Compact mode
    • Show full scope - load tasks from lower level Boxes
    • Show objectives
    • Only show tasks with dependencies

Dependencies

Display different dependency types and resolve conflicts:

    • SoftBoard-dedicated, color-coded dependency links
    • Strongdashed-line colour-coded links showing custom dependencies
    • Correct (healthy dependencies, colored yellow and green)
    • Incorrect (unhealthy dependencies, colored red)

Inline editable field

You can inline edit the text and number fields both on a task card and within the backlog.

Configuration

The Board configuration includes:

Card Views

Change the layout of the task card and add different fields to provide the right level of information for your team.

Capacity planning

Define the capacity of teams and team members.

Quick filters

Filter data using previously created JQL filters in program configuration.

Search box

Quick search your tasks using:

Timebox info

Additional information about the selected Timebox which includes the Timebox ID.

Full screen mode

Use this mode to hide Jira's and shared app's headers.

Timeline

Dynamic timeline with "Today" and "Zoom" buttons. Click on timeline's arrows to navigate between Iteration and Program Increments or to add a marker or an important event.

Backlog

Dynamic backlog sidebar presenting all tasks which can be planned on the board. Backlog can be displayed as a flat list of tasks or as a task structure.

Live sync

Update task data without refreshing the page. The live sync mode is recommended for distributed teams.