Introducing Tempo Planner 1.2: Visualize your roadmaps, keep your team focused, assign custom team roles, and more

We’ve released our Tempo Planner 1.2 version today, which includes deeper program planning capabilities and more. Our Planner add-on for JIRA is being developed at a fast pace these days, and we’re anxious to show you what this new release has to offer.

In our latest Tempo 1.1 release, we introduced brand new program planning features, which enable program managers to prioritize their program backlogs and delegate epics to various teams and team members. This was the first step in our journey to provide higher level planning capabilities with Tempo Planner. The new features included in this 1.2 release build off the last, and include a new Program Roadmap, a User Agenda Gadget, custom team roles, and other improvements and fixes.

Manage your short-term and long-term roadmaps

Our Planner team has been diligently working to bring you new Program Roadmap features, which help you match your short-term and long-term goals with solutions to help meet those objectives. They also provide a mechanism to help you forecast your future developments, and provide a framework with which you can visually plan and coordinate them. With these new program roadmap features, teams can flexibly plan at a higher level in conjunction with how your development process is likely to grow. This release enables teams to express where you’d like the product development process to go, and why it’s worthwhile investing in it.

Tempo Planner’s new Program Roadmap displays all anticipated releases in the program and offers an easy way to schedule these releases. Users get an overview of what the main deliverables are in each release by viewing the epics contained within the release.

The left column on the Program Roadmap displays all JIRA projects linked to the teams assigned to the program, along with all of the Projects’ Versions. Expanding the Versions shows the Epics included in the particular Version on the Roadmap timeline. These JIRA Versions for each Project display on the Roadmap timeline according to their set start and release dates. The exact dates are viewable and editable by simply expanding a Version from the timeline. JIRA Issue types contained in the Version also display in the expanded mode, as shown below. The Program Roadmap timeline displays in nine-month intervals, which are sectioned to quarters with the current month being highlighted in blue.

Once planning for a Program Roadmap is entered, Tempo’s Team Timeline shows the releases from the Program Roadmap at the top of the Planner Timeline. This makes it easy to sync sprints and other activities around releases that the team will participate in. 2014-04-08_16-06-09.png

Get your team on track and focusing on the smaller and bigger picture with Tempo Planner’s new program roadmap today!

Stay focused with Tempo’s new User Agenda Gadget

With the release, we’ve added a brand new gadget to our arsenal -- the User Agenda Gadget -- which helps team members keep focused on their JIRA issues at any given time. Planning for team members at the issue level can be a time consuming task. It can also be difficult for team members to know what is -- or should be -- on their agenda today.

Tempo Planner’s new User Agenda Gadget displays all assigned issues within the scope of today’s plans for team members. For example, a team member that is planned to work on a particular project component will only see issues assigned to them that are part of that component. This works for any kind of plan. A team member who is committed to a sprint will only see issues that are a part of that sprint and are assigned to them.

This gadget’s high level user planning and visibility enables project managers to quickly steer the effort of their teams without having to schedule each issue at the micro-level.

Define your own team roles

Not happy with the team roles Tempo Planner offers by default? Now you can define your own custom roles, easily rename Planner’s default roles, and even set a new custom default role. Team Leads can add these custom roles when assigning a team member to their team, delete roles no longer in use, or rename existing roles to better suit their purpose.

Read more on how to customize Tempo Planner’s team roles in our documentation pages.

This release also includes a number of additional improvements and fixes. Check out the Tempo Planner 1.2 release notes for more information.

We’re constantly striving to improve Tempo Planner with each release. Please keep your feedback coming so we can make it even better!

Upgrading Tempo Planner is free for all customers with an active license. New customers can purchase or evaluate Tempo Planner for JIRA download through the Atlassian Marketplace.

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