Field mapping screen on the first admin launch of the app
BigPicture 8.5 is live!
BigPicture is becoming…
easier to get started and use
more powerful in Portfolio Management
1. Improved onboarding and greater ease of use
1.1 Getting started with BigPicture is easier than ever
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!
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
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
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.