Build Roadmaps in Azure Boards across Projects!
This extension enables Azure Boards with Gantt chart styled Roadmaps. The Roadmaps are composed of related Epics and Features that can be selected across any Project in an Organization, provided you have access to it; Portfolio++ follows the Azure Boards security model.
Built for Executives, Program Managers, Product Owners, Srum Masters and Development Teams, the interactive Roadmaps greatly improves cross-team visibility and promotes internal-team communications. We have found that these insights accelerate a team's understanding of the work required of them, as well as the larger program context for the work around them.
Portfolio++ helps teams with their Backlog quality through features like Epic Status. Epic Status quickly identifies backlog items that have typical development challenges, e.g. backlog items without points, Tasks without hours, and other insights. Over time, Portfolio++ can help Program Leadership understand the status of "work in the large" at the Epic and Feature level, i.e. what is done, how much is done, what isn't done, etc. The ability to create these program incremdents and "snapshot" views really helps with strategic planning decisions as well as risk management.
This extension has been a game changer for us and our clients. We hope it is useful for your teams too!
The 4/28/2021 release adds the following:
Create a Roadmap
After installation of Portfolio++ to your Azure DevOps Organization, click on Portfolio++ in the Hub, and select ‘Add Roadmap’ to get started.
Define your Roadmap
Add Projects and Epics to your Roadmap. Create as many Roadmap views as your teams need. Select which Projects and Epics show up to provide project visibility without clutter.
Turn on Filters, get a Snapshot, change Settings, or Reload
Use the icons shown here for quick access to common tasks.
Once your Roadmap is defined, use filters to isolate different aspects of the Roadmap.
Card Options: Show Story Points, Item Counts, Tags
The Card Options feature allows you to change how Progress Metrics or Tags show on your Roadmap's cards (the progress bars). These can be used to show different measure of "Done-ness", as well as helping to further isolate related Epics, Features, and User Stories in a Roadmap (through Tags). Being able to quickly show progress toward "totally done" really helps with daily stand-ups, too. Teams feel good when the status bars move to the right.
Card Options: Percent Complete
Use the toggle to switch between counting points as a fraction to complete versus percent complete.
Set Date Range
Many Roadmaps are "calendar-wide", e.g. more than a year in duration. The Date Range feature helps to define a more narrow time period, so that the work going on at that time is the only area of visibility. This Feature really helps to focus a team during planning sessions, helping them switch between calendar views and Sprint Iteration views seemlessly.
Enabling Tags will make them visible on a Roadmap (by default). Once enabled, Tags can be used as Filters on the Filter menu.
Save your View
If you want to save a View of a Roadmap, do it here! This Feature will allow you to name the settings you use frequently as "a View", so that you can quickly reference different Views of the same Roadmap. You can also share this view with others. For example, making a Roadmap 'Public', but 'Locked', with saved 'Views'. We have seen some clients save different views, for different teams, all working from the same Roadmap.
Enhanced Epic/Feature Timeline
Access the Team's Epic/Feature Timeline view directly from the Backlog Tab. Use filters to reduce the width of long running Iteration Paths. Choose which metrics to display on progress bars.
Stop clicking through each Project Area's Backlog to make sure Stories or Product Backlog Items have Story Points or Effort, are decomposed into Tasks, and that Tasks have hours. The Epic Status view highlights these challenges and gives you a “drill-through” button click to the show the Stories and Tasks of concern, so teams can fix issues quickly.
ADO 2019 pre-Update 1 is not supported.
ADO 2019 Update 1 works with two known issues (see below). However, we do recommend that you upgrade to Azure DevOps 2020, or Azure Services. If you cannot, and you continue to have problems, please let us know by sending an email to info@iTrellis.com.
Documentation and Help
Watch demo videos and learn about best practices with Portfolio++ on the iTrellis product page
Release Notes and new Feature requests
We are actively iterating on this project, and we greatly appreciate the feedback we have received from this community. We continue to release new features, and your feedback helps us prioritize our work. Please help us by submitting bug and feature requests. We have received some great suggestion for improvements from this community, many of which are reflected in the updates below.
Please reach out to us here.