Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Flagging Impediments in the Rapid Board

Without flagging, how do you tag things as "Impeded"?

We finally got our long-awaited upgrade to JIRA 5.2, which meant upgrading to 6.1.4! I couldn't wait to move over our 10 teams to the Rapid Board (now referred to only as "The Board"). I had customized the crap out of as much as I could, and had gotten us to somewhere better than the Classic Boards... almost. 

No flagging?!?!?! How could this be? I relied on that so that my teams could easily flag something as impeded. I would then get an alert, and quietly scurry around clearing it while they continued on with what they were doing. It worked. But now it is no more.

If you have read my previous post on flagging impediments, there was one thing that I had already done that saved us: the "Impediment" custom field! I quickly went to work setting a swimlane to filter any ticket that had text in the "impediment" field to the top of the Work board using the query : "Impediment is not EMPTY".

My teams love the visibility and lack of clutter around their boards, with the added bonus that they no longer have to flag, then fill in. Then now only have to add their impediment, and voila!

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