The following article is meant to provide an overview of the 2021 product roadmap to the BigPicture App stakeholders. The App development has been split into three key value streams to highlight our focus areas for the upcoming months. 

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User Experience Excellence

Performance and Reliability

We know that performance of the App has a tremendous impact on the user experience. For that reason, we remain focused on continuously introducing further performance improvements in various areas of the App. 

 Details

This year we aim to achieve:

  • Shorter loading time and smoother performance of modules that contain a large number of tasks/resources in their scope (most noticeable on Gantt, Board, Roadmap, and Resources modules);
  • Improved performance of key functionalities (scheduling on the Gantt module, planning on the Board module, report generation time, etc.);
  • Faster scope synchronization with connected tools (Jira, Trello);
  • Background large data volume synchronization not affecting the performance of the hosting/integrated tools (Jira, Trello);
  • Fully single-page Application (almost unnoticeable switching between screens within the App with less need to reload the page).

We have implemented and will keep developing a detailed performance monitoring of our frontend components, REST APIs, selected E2E features, etc. The test results are monitored throughout the entire development process to improve performance and avoid potential regressions.

If you want to find out more about recent and future performance improvements, follow the below links.

Performance improvements - recent updates
Performance improvements - upcoming

Usability Enhancement

We will be focused on improving the everyday work experience by making the user interface more intuitive. A few crucial initiatives are listed below: 

 Details
  • Sorting, filtering, grouping, and search functionalities enhancement (user-specific sorting rules applied on a click, easy to set filtering by specific attributes, a real searching without need to filtering your data out);
    (info) INITIATIVE-87 - Key operations (sorting, filtering, etc.) enhanced and multiplatformed for the data across the Box modules and other screens IN PROGRESS

  • Inline task editing directly on the App screens (updating the attributes like dates or estimations without a need to switch between BigPicture and Jira);
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  • Multi-language App interface (set of available translations and the possibility of further customization/creation of new interface translations);
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  • Working with BigPicture directly in your Jira Project or Trello Board context without the need to switch view;
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  • Two-way task structure builders (indenting tasks of various types (in WBS) creates Jira links that reflect the task structure - e.g., indenting Story under Epic creates the Epic link in your Jira );
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  • Color coding automation (task auto-coloring according to predefined rules, e.g., by priority, risk level, or labels).
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Elevated Portfolio Management

Reporting Framework 

We aim to improve data reporting and visualization capabilities across available modules (especially: Reports, Overview, Scope, Resources).

 Details

What can you expect?

  • A much more powerful Reports module providing many new reporting widgets. To name a few: Cross-team dependencies, Cross-project dependencies, Objectives achievements/ Predictability report, Velocity chart, Work progress report, Team availability report, Risk matrix, etc. We will successively expand the catalog of the available report widgets.

  • The possibility of having embedded reports widgets among different screens of the App, starting with the Overview module and going further. All vital information will always be at your fingertips.

If you have an idea for a new reporting widget, don't hesitate to contact our Support Team.

The implementation starts at the end of Q1 2021 and will last for the rest of the year (we will regularly release increments of new features).

(info) INITIATIVE-61 - Reporting capabilities enhancement across modules (Overview, Gantt, Reports, etc) IN PROGRESS

Organization-specific Metrics

We want to allow our users to easily adjust the App to best suit their processes and retrieve metrics relevant to their organization. 

 Details

We are going to provide greater flexibility of the Overview module by introducing configurable Column Views. 

What use cases will be covered?

  • Add any scope-based aggregation for your portfolios, programs, projects, etc. (Jira custom field based aggregates included).
  • Adjust the view and remove unnecessary columns.
  • Save column set as a View and switch between saved Views.
  • Customize a View by adding brand new metrics available on Overview (health status/ traffic lights, teams involved, required skills, etc.).

The development kick-off is planned for Q2 2021.

(info) INITIATIVE-61 - Reporting capabilities enhancement across modules (Overview, Gantt, Reports, etc) IN PROGRESS

Financials Management

Portfolio management includes planning and monitoring of financials. We will successively start covering this functional gap in our tool by implementing a few handy features in the second part of this year.

 Details

What can you expect?
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    • New columns available in the Overview module: Budget, Actual cost, Estimated cost:
      • Roadmapping process facilitated by inline editing available.
      • External system integration possibility.
    • Actual costs and Estimated costs on Overview can be automatically calculated based on tasks in the scope:
      • Users can establish actual cost and Estimated cost on the task level allowing for defining the cost of the respective tasks or deliverables.
      • Costs rolling up possibility across portfolios.
      • Up-to-date portfolio reporting by syncing costs on the task level with respective custom fields.
    • Individual resource cost rates:
      • Possibility to calculate the task (Epic, Story, etc.) estimated or actual costs based on the resource cost rate assigned and task estimate or already logged work for the task
      • Costs rolling up possibility across portfolios.

The implementation will start in the Q3 2021 and last for the rest of the year (in increments, we will regularly release new features). 

OKRs Management

Extending BigPicture capabilities regarding management with use of objectives is an important part of the product roadmap. That's way we are going to keep delivering new options for our users regarding that.

 Details

What can you expect?

  • Possibility to decompose the objectives into initiatives:
    • Helps to answer the question: "What will we do to achieve the objective?"
    • Possibility to decompose implementation of the ambitious objectives into manageable chunks.

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  • Possibility to decompose the objectives into key results:
    • Helps to answer the question: "How will we know we're getting to achieve the objective?"
    • Better traceability of the progress by generating up-to-date charts for the objective (e.g., a line chart showing objective key result value change over the timeline).

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Hosting and integrations 

BigPicture Backup and Migration Between Jira Instances

BigPicture follows changes in Atlassian strategy, which sharpens their focus on cloud and Data Center products. In response, we want to support our users in migrating to the cloud and Data Center solutions. Moreover, we want the technical administration process of our products to become easier and safer.  

 Details

What exactly can you expect in the area of of data backup and migration?

  • Possibility to backup BigPicture Jira Server / DC instances:
    Jira Server / DC BigPicture product family data will be possible to backup and restore on the same instance or different instance of Jira Server / DC (migration process). Following example use cases will be supported:

    • App database scheme backup is automatically done before every plugin update.
    • App database scheme backup can be done and restored on the same instance on demand.
    • App database scheme backup can be done and restored on another instance of the Jira Server / DC. Data can be migrated between instances (all data will be migrated at once).
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  • Possibility to backup BigPicture Jira Cloud:
    Jira Cloud product family data will be possible to backup and restore on the same instance or different instance of Jira Cloud (migration process). We will support the following example use cases:
    • Database backup can be done and restored on the same instance on-demand.
    • Database backup can be done and restored on the other instance of the Jira Cloud. Data are possible to migrate between instances (all data are migrated at once).
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  • Possibility to migrate at once Jira Server instance to Jira Cloud:
    Jira Server product instance will be possible to migrate to Cloud instance. This process supports migration at once (the entire BigPicture or BigGantt database will be migrated), and it is recommended to proceed after Jira instance migration from Server version to Cloud. Users (relevant admins) will be asked to provide required data for migration, e.g., the information needed to users mApping. 
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  • Possibility to migrate BigGantt to BigPicture.
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Multiple Tool Connections 

BigPicture product family's mission statement proclaims: "All task management tools united. Beautifully." This means we want our users to have an overall view of what is happening in their organization based on the most current aggregated data from all the tools that teams already know and love. 

 Details

Presently, connection with Trello is already supported.

What connected tools improvements can you expect in the future?

  • Trello team boards connected with BigPicture App (already available within BigPicture 8).
  • Many Jira Cloud instances are connected with BigPicture (so-called "Jira Cloud remote" connections available).
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  • Azure DevOps projects connected with BigPicture App.
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  • Many Jira Server/DC instances connected with BigPicture App (so called: "Jira Server/DC remote" connections available).
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The backlog of tasks related to the analysis of connected tools. Following tools are presently considered for future implementation. As we don't have the exact roadmap yet, every bit of feedback is valuable and will impact prioritization:

  • GitLab
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  • Microsoft Planner
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  • Google Calendar
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  • Other tools to be considered

New Hosting Platforms

At the moment, the BigPicture product family is hosted only on Jira Server\DC, Jira Cloud, and on Trello (limited free version). We want you to know that making sure our App is available on many different host platforms and even as a standalone Application is an integral part of our mission statement. 

 Details

What are we going to work on this year?

  • A fully functional BigPicture App available on Trello.
    The idea of a fully functional BigPicture App available on different hosting platforms will be first implemented for Trello. Trello version is going to contain almost all features available on Jira incl. possibility to connect other remote tools (it will be possible to see Jira issues on Trello).
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  • Fully functional BigPicture App available on Azure DevOps.
    Azure DevOps is probably the next host platform for BigPicture App after Trello. Technical and business possibilities are in the analysis phase. 
  • Other host platforms to be considered. Any feedback will be appreciated.
  • BigPicture.One as a standalone application.
    BigPicture will also be available as a standalone application without any host platform. BigPicture.One will provide basic task management features based on current Basic Tasks but the main goal of BigPicture.One is to visualize the "big picture" of a complex world of various tools and management Approaches in one technically independent tool.

    (info) INITIATIVE-52 - BigPicture.one is available as a standalone cloud application IN PROGRESS

Besides main workstreams, we are definitely going to implement other selected most wanted features as well.