Jira Server in release Apr 14 2019

The new release is out and it contains 2 major and long anticipated improvements like the JQL bookmarks and Jira Server as well as some minor bug fixes.

New Features

Jira Server

The Jira Server is finally approved and available for installation on your Jira Server instances The marketplace link is here.

When installed, the add-on behaves like the well known Jira Cloud add-on. There is still no Confluence integration with automatic summary generation though.

Jira Server add-on

Recent queries and query bookmarks

Finally, we introduced a great improvement on the way how JQL queries are maintained (same for GitHub and GitLab queries).

The drop-down box for the queries now shows the recent queries, the bookmarked most-often used queries and example queries which can be used as a starting point. Note that the bookmarked queries are excluded from the recent queries to save space in the drop-down box.

Bookmark queries and recent queries

Bugfixes

Gravatar sign in

The Gravatar sign in now works again. It works by first entering the e-mail address of the profile, then the avatar appears on the right side of the e-mail box and then when pressing this button with tooltip “Sign in as <your user>”, the Gravatar profile is used.

Add To Home Screen

Sometimes after installing the Scrumpy Planning Poker as a mobile application, starting it leads to infinite loop. Now the most recent room is open and the application starts immediately.

Disabled cookes

Navigating to a room with the local storage (cookies, etc.) disabled caused by add-blockers, anonymizing tools, etc. lead to inability to enter the room. Now Scrumpy can be used with those tools.

Happy voting!

All those nice features (and fixed bugs) have been completed thanks to our users – they have requested and we have implemented them. Please help Scrumpy Planning Poker become even more convenient for you by submitting a feature request/bug to our Feature Requests page or up-vote an existing feature that you find useful. Thank you!

GitHub and GitLab integration in release Apr 07 2019

Introduction

In this release there are quite some major improvements. A lot of work has been done to improve the performance and add support for new platform integrations.

New features

The quite big set of new features include GitHub, GitLab, Confluence summary improvements and complete refactoring of the code to allow great performance in the browser.

GitHub support

Now it is possible to integrate with GitHub directly and using GitHub queries it is easy to list and add stories for estimation. Both issues from free public repositories as well as private repositories can be estimated.

Sign In with GitHub

Signing in Scrumpy Planning Poker can now be done with GitHub. Just select the button from the list of social sign in and you’ll be listed in the planning poker room with your GitHub avatar and name:

Sign In with GitHub

After signed in, others will see your GitHub profile, but access to issues is still not set up.

Integration

To complete the configuration, go to the Settings page and set the GitHub access token that was previously created.

Configure GitHub integration

To create a personal access token for access with GitHub, go to your settings page and choose Personal Access Tokens.

As in the Jira Cloud integration, there is an option to add comments to issues that are being estimated. The comment includes a link to the poker room as well as the result of the estimate.

Listing issues

To find the issues that will be estimated and add them to the list of planned story, as usual, search for the issues in the query box. The queries supported are GitHub queries which can be used to find any issue in both public and private projects. For example, to list only issues in a particular project, use the repo: prefix, for example repo:scrumpypoker/test. You can list stories assigned to a user, created by a user or just do a free-text search for example Abracadabra+repo:scrumpypoker/test will search for all issues that have Abracadabra in the summary or description and belong to the scrumpypoker/test project. More information about the GitHub queries can be found in the GitHub Search documentation.

In case you forget about this link, it is always accessible from the story context menu (About GitHub queries):

Show more information about GitHub queries

Editing issues

The collaboration editor is integrated with GitHub so you can edit in-place the GitHub summary, description and labels as in the Jira add-on.

In-place GitHub issue editing

Estimating the stories

Since there is no field that is designated to story points in GitHub, this is done using labels. The label estimate:<points> is used to mark the estimate of a story. Any previous estimate is removed prior to assigning a new estimate.

Estimate story through the labels

GitLab support

Now it is possible to integrate with GitLab directly and using GitLab project-based free-text search, it is easy to list and add stories for estimation. Both issues from free public repositories as well as private repositories can be estimated.

Sign In with GitLab

Signing in Scrumpy Planning Poker can now be done with GitLab. Just select the button from the list of social sign in and you’ll be listed in the planning poker room with your GitLab avatar and name:

Sign In with GitLab

After signed in, others will see your GitLab profile, but access to issues is still not set up.

Integration

To complete the configuration, go to the Settings page and set the GitLab access token that was previously created.

Configure GitLab access token and project

Except the personal access token, the GitLab integration needs also a root project that will be bound to this planning poker room. All queries for issues from now on will be for this project only. This is a bit different from the GitHub integration due to the GitLab specifics.

Note: you cannot start estimating stories until both the token and the project is selected. You can generate a personal access token from the GitLab settings page. Just make sure you give it API scope.

Listing issues

Issues can be listed from the search query using free text and wildcard matching as described in the GitLab search documentation. For example, exception free text pattern matching, you can use #1 for for issue number 1, #2453 for issue with IID 2453, etc.

Search for issues in GitLab project

Editing issues

The collaboration editor is integrated with GitLab and the currently focused issues can be edited as usual. Additionally, comments can be viewed (only the ones added by real people, e.g. excluding the system comments) and labels can be edited.

In-place editing of GitLab issues

Estimating the stories

As in GitHub, story estimation happens in the labels. When a story is estimated, a label is created with the value estimate:<points>. When the story is estimated again, the old estimate is removed and the new one is added.

Estimation in the labels

As in the GitHub and Jira integrations, when the Add Comment option is checked, a comment is added in the issue after each successful estimate:

Comment generation and history record from the issue

Manual Confluence summary generation

Now there is an easy shortcut to generate a Confluence summary page after the refinement session is over. Previously, this was done automatically. From now on, this option is available only for manual trigger. The generation can be triggered from the … context menu of the refinement session when the root Confluence Page that will hold the reports has been assigned from the Settings page.

Generate Confluence summary page

Fixed Bugs

Together with the features, several bugs have been fixed.

Social login not working

Due to Twitter requesting extra information and Google migrating away from Google Plus, those two social login buttons did not work. Now they are back in order.

Social login working again

New Room creation not always successful

Sometimes, creating a new room required you to manually refresh the page to see the cards. Now this is no longer required and the room is open as soon as it is created after pressing the Poker Now button.

Confluence not able to select a root page

The configuration to choose the root Confluence page in the settings was gone and now it is back in place:

Select Confluence page for summaries

Simplified cards in release 04 Nov 2018

Introduction

The new release of Scrumpy Planning Poker includes some minor bug-fixes as well as few new features which includes something requested for quite some time – simplified cards.

New features

Simplified card images

Now it is possible to use 2 more type of card images – gray-scale and monochrome. This was asked quite some time lately – why not just use simple images to allow better concentration on the game itself. For most users though it’s still fun to use the original images so now the images style is available as an option in the settings. The images are changed for the current user only and do not affect the rest of the users in the room. This way, participants can use color, gray-scale or monochrome images depending on the personal preference.

Different card styles
Different card styles

The gray-scale images for cards reduce a bit the color saturation of the whole application and look like this:

Gray-scale card images
Gray-scale card images

For users who want even more simplified card images, which include only the schematics of a card, the monochrome option is ideal. When monochrome card images are chosen, the cards look like this:

Monochrome card images
Monochrome card images

Fun factor: zero 😋 but it definitely looks more serious… uh.

Micro-voting

It is convenient from time to time to ask simple questions like “shall we re-vote?”, or “Do you agree with adding a new acceptance criteria?”. Now you can turn any chat message into an up-down vote poll or simple like-only counter and check the team preference on a particular question. The chat message can be converted to a poll using the three vertical dots context menu of it on the upper right corner as follows:

Micro polls
Micro polls

The up-down vote can be used to collect pros/cons and check if the positive votes prevail over the negative votes:

Up/down vote
Up/down vote

The simple like-only polls can be used to check how many participants like the question from the poll:

Like-only question
Like-only question

Refine again

It is now possible for our Jira-integrated users to move an already refined story back to the list of stories to refine. This can be done from the left pane using the small arrow below:

Refine again
Refine again

Happy voting!

All those nice features (and fixed bugs) have been completed thanks to our users – they have requested and we have implemented them. Please help Scrumpy Planning Poker become even more convenient for you by submitting a feature request/bug to our Feature Requests page or up-vote an existing feature that you find useful. Thank you!

Let’s make refinements great again!

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What is Scrumpy Planning Poker?

Scrumpy Planning Poker is a web application which can run in your favorite web browser. It looks and feels like a native application. By installing it on the desktop with the Add To Desktop menu it will become part of your day-to-day work. It is ready to start a refinement session anytime you need it.

The application works equally well on different platforms including smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TVs. It adapts well to the screen dimensions and makes the best use of the host device.

The Planning Poker application uses funny images and jokes for the estimations. It makes sure that your team will not get bored again during the refinement sessions. We believe that planning and refinement sessions must be fun, keep everyone involved and provoke collaboration during the estimation. Our application aims at this goal and helps you have productive meetings.

Last, but not least, we’ll be glad if you spread the word about the Scrumpy Planning Poker. Let others have fun with it too!