PPM Express Digest: What’s New in August 2022?

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It is now possible to select any Work Item type to be displayed in the Azure DevOps Iterations section

Use the Configure Columns menu to add the required Work Item Types (default and/or custom) to the Iterations section. 

Please note: It is possible to select only those Work Item Types that were selected when configuring the Azure DevOps connection (on the Tasks tab, which is used to set the Work Items that need to be synchronized from Azure DevOps). 

The following fields were added to the Iterations section for Jira and Azure DevOps: Effort, Effort Progress, Story Points, Story Points Progress

Effort and Story Points – is the ratio of values from all completed items that are in this iteration to the total number of items.

Effort Progress and Story Points of Progress – is the ratio of values from all completed items that are in this iteration to the total number of items in percentage. 

For example, if the sum of all Story Points on items that belong to the Current iteration is 200, of which the sum of Story Points on items with the Completed state is 100, the Progress will be 50%.

Please note: The fields mapping for the Effort and Story Points should be configured for the values to appear in these fields (it is set by default, but if any changes, please make sure there is a mapping for these fields configured).

It is now possible to open the Azure DevOps task page from the Iterations project section, filtering it by Iteration

The ‘KPI’ section was added to Project Dashboard

You can edit the KPI section, and add and remove the fields you need to display in this section. It is an easy and visual way to monitor some metrics and details on the Project level.  

Also, it is possible to edit the KPI section in different ways for different views. For example, you can create a Resource Plan view and customize the KPI section to show only the fields that are important for the resource plan. If you create a Budget view, you can customize the KPI section to show the important fields for the budget, and add the budget section to this view only. 

An ability to calculate Project Progress by Story Points and Effort was added to the Azure DevOps connection

Before: The progress for the Azure DevOps connection was calculated by the number of work items (general number and the number of completed ones) added on the Progress tab while configuring the connection. 

Now: There are three options available for selection: 

  • Elements count
  • Sum of Story Points
  • Sum of Efforts

Please note: It is required to add field mapping for Story Points filed and Effort field to use them in Project Progress calculation. 

The way how groups and group counters are displayed based on filter results was improved for the My Assignments and My Space pages

Before: When the filter was applied to the My Assignments or My Space pages and there were no items to display according to this filter, the group names and the overall number of items within each group were still shown. 

Also, if there were any items to show according to the filter, they were displayed as a list, and the group names and the overall number of items within each group were still shown.

Now: If there are no items to display according to the filter selected, the ‘Results not found’ message will appear. 

Also, if there are any items to show for the selected filter, the number of the items on the list only will be displayed next to the group name.

Please note: The ‘Results Not Found’ message was added to all pages and sections in case the filter was applied and there are no results to show.

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PPM Express Digest: What’s New in August 2022?
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