BigPicture is evolving towards an “umbrella” portfolio management app. Hence, it will integrate more and more with popular issue trackers/task management software. BigPicture version 8 can source tasks from Trello, but sockets for Azure DevOps Server, as well as for many instances of Jira Cloud/Server, will follow. On the other side of the spectrum, even earlier versions of BigPicture could exchange information with Atlassian plugins, such as Tempo, Portfolio for Jira, and even ScriptRunner. Also note, that BigPicture has an API so that you can design your custom app-to-app bridges. Let’s discuss the current state and the future of BigPicture integrations.
BigPicture 8 ‘milestone’ integrations
BigPicture version 8 is a 2020 premiere, yet still under development and testing at the time of writing. Throughout the lifespan of BigPicture 8 (~2020-2022) we’re going to integrate the app with the following software:
|Tool||When will it integrate with BigPicture|
|Trello||BigPicture 8, in 2020|
|Jira Cloud/Server – 2nd, 3rd+ instance||2021-2022|
|Azure DevOps Server, formerly Microsoft TFS||2021-2022|
|Rally software, Google Calendar||will follow|
Now, what do the software packages from the table have in common? They are not that great at delivering the big picture (panorama, progress) of projects, products, or programs an organization might have in the portfolio. Not to mention that team A could prefer TFS, while team B could love Trello, while team C could make heavy use of Jira. Here, BigPicture steps in.
Known as a project management solution for Jira, BigPicture will evolve towards the ‘umbrella’ app in the coming years. BigPicture 8 will suck tasks from Azure DevOps, many instances of Jira Cloud/Server, as well as from Trello.
Say, you’ve built a portfolio in BigPicture, with program A connected to a Jira instance, project B sourcing tasks from a Trello Kanban board, and a LeSS requirement area sucking issues from a TFS instance. This huge task collection of various origins can be managed with BigPicture’s Gantt charts, roadmaps, Scope views, Resource management modules, Risks, and Reports. With BigPicture 8, a CEO could potentially observe the single bar reporting on the progress of this portfolio of agile, hybrid, and waterfall projects, products, or programs.
The following integrations were present in BigPicture 6 and 7 and will be retained in BigPicture 8 and later versions.
Synchronize BigPicture’s Workload Plans, Holiday Plans, Teams, and Skills with their counterparts in Tempo Timesheets, Planner, and Budgets. You need BigPicture Enterprise Server/Data Center extension for that.
(Portfolio for Jira)
Use the sophisticated Gantt chart view available in BigPicture and BigGantt to manage tasks originating from Advanced Roadmaps. BigPicture and BigGantt recognize:
- the hierarchy of tasks – the “Parent link” custom field of Advanced Roadmaps (Portfolio)
- the “Team” custom field of Advanced Roadmaps
Custom fields of various plugins
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to add a traffic-light to BigPicture/BigGantt Gantt chart or Scope view? Or the Scripted field from the immensely popular ScriptRunner for Jira? Or ‘Calculated…’ and ‘Transition…’ families of fields from Jira Misc Custom Fields (JMCF) by Innovalog. BigPicture and BigGantt recognize custom fields from a bunch of popular and even quite niche add-ons that you could have gotten from Atlassian Marketplace.
The API lets you connect a custom bridge between your in-home app and BigPicture. As of now, it’s a private REST API, so it has its limitations. Still, many clients make use of it. It’s an opportunity for automation. If you are familiar with the select, update, and insert, then give this quick tutorial on BigPicture API a try.
Widgets and Gadgets for Jira
Yet another form of integration. BigPicture can export its Overview (portfolio) view, Gantt chart view, and Risk matrix view to a Jira dashboard and Confluence Server/Data Center pages. Watch the video below.