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Feb 28

Custom fields from third-party Jira apps in BigPicture and BigGantt

  • Custom fields from third-party apps can be viewed on the Gantt chart and Scope in BigPicture and BigGantt
  • Newly covered plugins include Tempo Budgets, CRM for Jira by Teamlead, Elements Connect by Elements, Jira Misc Custom Fields by Innovalog, Traffic-Lights for Jira by Frank Polscheit, Zones by celix Solutions, and others. See the table for the complete list
  • Improved integration between BigPicture/BigGantt PPM tools and third-party Jira addons


Custom fields in Gantt chart

Four custom fields (notice the green dots) from different third-party add-ons (Color Custom Fields by Andrey V Markelov, CRM for Jira by Teamlead, Traffic-Lights for Jira by Frank Polscheit, Elements Connect by Elements) have been added to the above Gantt chart.

Users routinely need more than Jira has to offer. Fortunately, Atlassian Marketplace was born, where vendors publish their extensions, properly called apps. Several hundred vendors offer their apps, making Jira a prominent, powerful tool. Users choose from CRM or accounting apps or simple addons that color issues by their status. BigPicture is one of the most powerful apps on Marketplace…

There used to be a big “BUT” with third-party apps… They lacked the big picture view. As they came from different developers, they seldom exchanged information with each other. For example, you wouldn’t be able to view a project risk related to a given client through the CRM app. Instead, you would have to check the “plain” Jira to discover information coming from different apps. This age is now coming to an end with the custom fields in BigPicture.

Plenty of Jira users have requested custom fields from third-party apps to appear on the Gantt chart and Scope in BigPicture and BigGantt. Our developers have taken on these requests and, here you go – a bunch of custom fields from the third-party Jira add-ons that can be added to Softwareplant’s Gantt chart/Scope perspectives.

Table 1: Fields in third-party Jira apps available in SoftwarePlant Gantt charts

Jira app name Author Fields integrated into BigPicture, BigGantt

Color Custom Fields

Andrey V Markelov
  • Picker Color Custom Field
  • Select Color Custom Field

CRM for Jira – Customers & Sales

  • CRM Company
  • CRM Company (Deprecated)
  • CRM Contact
  • Contacts CRM
  • CRM Contact (Deprecated)
  • CRM Companies select field
  • CRM Custom Directory
  • CRM Custom directory (Deprecated)
  • CRM Multiple Custom Directory
  • CRM Products Select
  • CRM Property
  • Crm Select Custom Field
  • CRM Select Property
  • CRM Single Product Select

Jira Misc Custom Fields (JMCF)

  • Calculated Date/Time Field
  • Calculated Number Field
  • Calculated Text Field
  • Transition Caller Field
  • Parent Status Field
  • Transition Count Field
  • Transition Date/Time Field

Elements Connect (formerly nFeed)

  • nFeed
  • nFeed – Date
  • nFeed – DateTime
  • nFeed – User
  • nFeed (deprecated)

Advanced Roadmaps (formerly Portfolio for Jira)

  • Team
  • Parent link, more

Profields – Jira Project Tracking

  • Date Field
  • List Field
  • Number Field
  • Original Estimate Field
  • Text Field
  • User Picker Field
  • List Field

ScriptRunner for Jira

  • Scripted Field

Traffic-Lights for Jira

Frank Polscheit
  • traffic-light field


celix Solutions
  • Zone Field
  • Zones Autocomplete MultiUser Picker
  • Zones Autocomplete User Picker
  • Zones Multi User Picker


How to add a custom field from a third-party app to BigPicture or BigGantt?

BigPicture version 7.10 and higher, BigGantt 4.8 and higher

Follow the below path. It starts on BigPicture’s new Home/Overview screen. Can you see the ‘Configuration’ option in the image below?

Program/Box Configuration (cog wheel) > Gantt/Scope > Column views > Details.

Overview module, BigPicture 8, box configuration

Now, you should be able to see your third-party fields in the ‘Available fields’ area.

Configure column views Big Picture 8

BigPicture 7.9, BigGantt 4.7, and earlier

  1. Have both your third party app and BigPicture/BigGantt installed in Jira
  2. Get to the Gantt/Scope screen
  3. Press Settings, i.e. the cogwheel icon in the top-right corner; you need to be a Jira admin to see the icon
  4. Custom fields from the third party plugin should be visible at this stage in Available fields, as pictured below
  5. Drag and drop a choice of fields to Selected fields. They will form columns of the Gantt
Custom fields, perspective configuration


Custom fields on the Gantt chart/Scope will:

  1. deliver complete information on a single screen
  2. give a wider perspective to a project manager
  3. save your time, as you don’t have to click through a gazillion issues


About The Author

With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.