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BigPicture 8.5 is live!

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BigPicture is becoming…

easier to get started and use

easier to get started and use

more powerful in Portfolio Management

more powerful in Portfolio Management

1. Improved onboarding and greater ease of use

1.1 Getting started with BigPicture is easier than ever

Field mapping screen on the first admin launch of the app

Access the field mapping view right on your first admin launch of the app

Tasked with configuring BigPicture? First, you need to map Jira fields onto BigPicture… and now the field mapping screen will pop up immediately on your first admin launch of the app.

Easy-start wizard for new app users

Start using BigPicture just by selecting what you want to do

New to BigPicture? No worries! You’ll set your first initiative just by selecting what you want to plan, track, manage, and report on to import relevant Jira projects into the app.

Enterprise-grade templates available to all BigPicture users

Save time by setting up new initiatives with predefined templates

One of the hottest enterprise features is making it into the standard version of the app. Now, our gallery of preset initiative templates is available to all BigPicture users!

Contextual quick help is always at hand

Get instant help thanks to the contextual in-app documentation bits

Sometimes, immediate access to the relevant parts of product documentation can save you hours. Now you get instant contextual access to relevant documents right in the app.

1.2. Your management command center is getting more customizable

Configurable Overview module column views

Display only the data you need and want to see

Configure what columns of your Overview to show. And save your preferred views for future use – to easily access the big picture view of your business you want.

Drag-and-drop management of the Overview structure

Structure and restructure your portfolio in the most intuitive way

Arrange and rearrange your portfolios and initiatives by simply dragging and dropping items across the Overview module. The items will end up exactly where you place them. Everything will be instantly reflected in your Jira.

1.3 Gantt-charting is becoming more intuitive

Snipe to task on Gantt

Find your searched tasks in context

Searching for specific tasks in the Gantt module is becoming easier and more intuitive. The items you search for are now highlighted and displayed among other items, so you never lose the context.

Story Point effort mode in the Gantt Resource Panel

Plan and track resource allocation in story points… on a Gantt chart!

If you use Gantt as an agile roadmapping tool or for timelining hybrid initiatives, you can now display the estimated and actual work effort expressed in story points, right in the resource panel.

1.4 Resource management is more flexible and intuitive

Adding absences by right-clicking on the Resources module

Add right away who and when is away

Managing resources is getting even easier. Now, adding an absence in the Resources module takes just a single (right)click.

Planning half-day absences

Include half-day absences in your plans

If your organization’s policy allows for half-day absences, now you can reflect those accurately in BigPicture.

1.5 Upgraded timeboxing and backlog management

Board timeboxes based on Jira boards or set manually

Sync BigPicture board timeboxes with those on your Jira boards

Get the timeboxes your teams are using in Jira automatically synced with your BigPicture Board module.

In-line task creation from Board’s backlog

Create new tasks based on your Board backlog items in seconds

Working with the Board module is becoming even easier. Now, you can save time during your planning sessions by in-line creating new tasks just by pulling them from the module’s backlog.

Scope greyed-out tasks can be hidden on task structure

Manage your backlog or WBS with a greater clarity

Be it backlog prioritization or WBS planning that you are working on in the Scope module, you can achieve a neat, informative view by hiding all irrelevant (filter-based greyed-out) items.

2. Enhanced portfolio management

2.1. Custom indicators are available in the Overview module

Custom columns 

Define custom columns relevant to your business

Every business case is unique and so are the metrics and indicators you might want to attach and track. Now, you can easily do so by adding your own custom columns based on strings, numbers, dates or estimations.

2.2 New Enterprise features

Support for multi-Jira environments

Integrate your BigPicture instance with multiple Jira Cloud instances

In enterprise environments having multiple Jira instances within an organization is equally common and challenging from the management perspective. Now, you can connect and manage multiple instances of Jira Cloud right in your “master” Jira Cloud instance – and see the full big picture.

New report type – Plan delay

Automatically list all overdue work items

Spotting all the work items that are behind the baseline and including them in your reports takes no time with the new enterprise report type – Plan delay. You simply add it to your Reports module and get an always up-to-date table of the overdue items you need to handle to keep all the initiatives on track.