Introducing YouTrack Mobile

We are happy to announce the release of YouTrack Mobile, a native mobile application for iOS and Android.

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Here is a short story behind this app: we presented the YouTrack Mobile project at last year’s JetBrains Hackathon. The idea was pretty popular among our internal users and external customers. After several months of silence, we decided to get back to it as a 20% side project. Today, we are happy to present YouTrack Mobile to all our customers.

What you can do with YouTrack Mobile:

  • Use it on iOS or Android devices.
  • Use it with YouTrack 7+ version.
  • Log in and stay authorized via OAuth 2.0, meaning that you don’t need to retype your login and password if you’re already logged in in your browser. Simply choose Log in via Browser option, or log in with your YouTrack credentials.
  • Enjoy a clean, minimalistic view of the issues list, along with the search box aided by query completion.

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  • Create new issues easily. Select the project, provide a summary and description, set any other fields you need, add attachments and tap Create.

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  • Open an issue to see all its details, tags, links, comments and attachments. All fields are available at the bottom.

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  • What you can do with an issue:
  • Edit issue details by using simple wiki markup
  • Update field values on the fly
  • View tags, issue links, and attachments
  • Add attachments
  • Write comments

What’s not yet available but on the list:

  • Adding tags
  • Linking issues
  • Enable push notifications
  • Increased reliability and performance
  • Known issues

One more great thing behind YouTrack Mobile, this is an open source project. The source code is available under  the JetBrains Repository on GitHub. Thanks to modern cross-platform React Native framework, the app is available on both Android and iOS. The last, but not the least, YouTrack Mobile is really lightweight. It’s only 5 MB for iOS, and 8 MB for Android. You are welcome to contribute to extend its functionality and make it better.

Please note that this is only an initial version of YouTrack Mobile; we are only starting. We do listen and appreciate all feedback, comments and feature requests. Please try it and share your feedback, in the comments below, and submit bugs here.

Download YouTrack Mobile Now

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YouTrack 7.0.28110 is here

Please welcome a fresh YouTrack 7.0 (build 28110).
This build introduces a number of fixes for Agile Board, time tracking, search, and some usability improvements.

For more details, please refer to the Release Notes.

If you use YouTrack 7.0 Incloud, your server was upgraded on November 2, 2016.

Get a a fresh build and enjoy the improvements today!

JetBrains YouTrack Team
The Drive to Develop

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“New Agile Board Concept in YouTrack 7.0 and More” Webinar Recording and Q&A Session

Thanks everyone for joining our live webinar discovering new features in YouTrack 7.0! The recording of the webinar is now available on JetBrains YouTube Channel.

In this webinar we explained the main differences between the old and the new Board, showed enhanced Burndown and Cumulative flow, and introduced the audience to Gantt Chart, Project Templates, and other new features.
If you missed the webinar for any reason, you are welcome to watch it now!

Timeline:

00:00 – Introduction
00:50 – New concept of Agile Board
18:45 – Backlog
27:40 – Cumulative flow & Burndown
33:17 – Examples of Agile Boards
48:54 – Agile Board Templates
51:00 – Project Templates
51:34 – Gantt Chart

New Agile Board Concept in YouTrack 7.0 and More! Q&A Session.

Q: The functionality to automatically add new issues to a Sprint – when you start a new sprint. Do you need to update the target Sprint manually, or is there an option to automatically add new issues to the latest sprint?
A: When you start a new sprint, you can choose an option to add new issues to the sprint, so they will be added there automatically.

Q: Is it possible for the parent work item’s estimate field to be automatically populated with the sum of the child elements’ estimates, recursively? What if I’m not using time-based data type for estimates, e.g. story points?
A: Concerning the first question, if time tracking is enabled, it works that way by default. For the second case, it doesn’t work this way directly, but there is an option to write a workflow for it.

Q: Is there any way to define a default search query / filter for a particular agile board (e.g. show only unassigned issues)?
A: In the new version, the Board is not defined by a search query anymore. You can filter issues on the Board anytime, but it won’t be set up by default.

Q: In the old version we had the general board for all and personal ones for each person. How we can create a board with tasks for one person now?
A: You can make two boards: a general one with sprints linked to version field (if you use any), and another one linked to assignee field. In this case each assignee will have its personal sprint on a second board.

Q: How can I leave the old version of fixed sprints? And how to have an opportunity to select the old sprints on the new board?
A: To link sprints to a fix version, simply select this option in the Board Settings. You can select any previous sprints in the drop-down with a list of sprints.

Q: Does the estimated field on a parent task automatically re-calc from its sub-tasks? If not, how can one do that? We have manually typed in estimates on the original parent. Later we added sub-tasks. Then we changed the sub-task estimates, but the parent estimate did not change.
A: If the field that was set manually in the parent issue is not equal to the sum of the field values of the existing subtasks, then the field value in parent issue will not be automatically recalculated.

Q: Will there be a possibility to make time tracking directly from the Agile Board as in the previous version?
A: You can choose the time tracking field on the card settings right from the Board.

Q: Is there any cloud version?
A: Sure, YouTrack is available in the Cloud, or it can be hosted on your server. Find more information here.

Q: Why does the backlog show some issues that are already assigned to a sprint? Shouldn’t the backlog filter those out, and only show unassigned issues?
A: The backlog is a saved search, so you can configure it any way you want. Click the edit button to define a saved search for it.

Q: Would be useful to have Project as a swimlane option.
A: We actually have a feature request for it. You are welcome to vote for it.

Q: We really need estimates to be recorded and stored in hours (not converted to weeks/days/hours.) Is that possible?
A: Please use an Integer field for it.

Q: Can we remove the weekends from the burndown chart?
A: Weekends are not actually used in calculations, but just shown on the chart.

Q: If you have a single Kanban board for a project, eventually you’re going to want to archive items in the done column. What’s the best way to do so?
A: You can add these items to the state that doesn’t exist on the Board, so all of the items will be removed from Board. Or, you can collapse the column “done” when you don’t need to use it.

Q: When creating a new issue from an issues page, can it be automatically assigned to a board if this board has ‘automatically assign to spint’s setting?
A: Yes, if the state of the new issue matches the state that exists on the Board.

Q: What is different between remaining effort and spent time ? When I create new sprint and back to previous sprint I see that remaining effort expand to new sprint?
A: Remaining effort represents the actual amount of remaining estimates, when the spent time graph displays the sum of all the logged work items as function of time.

Q: Is it possible to “copy” agile board configuration, or to start a new board based on another one ?
A: No, but we’ve created a feature request for it. Please, vote.

Thanks again for joining us for this session, and thank you for your questions and feedback. Try YouTrack 7.0 now if you haven’t yet.

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Fresh bug fix for YouTrack 7.0 (build 27965) is out!

Please welcome a fresh YouTrack 7.0 bug fix (build 27965). This update introduces a number of bug fixes and improvements for Agile Board, Gantt Chart, and some Infrastructure issues. We’ve also added an option to show colors for other custom fields on the cards.

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Please take a look at the full list of the Release Notes for more details.

Download the latest build today and enjoy all the improvements.

JetBrains YouTrack Team
The Drive to Develop

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YouTrack 7.0 bug fix is here (27777)

Good news everyone!
A fresh YouTrack 7.0 bug fix is out (build 27777). This upgrade brings fixes for Agile Board, Reports, Workflow and some usability and performance improvements. For more details, please check the Release notes.

If you use YouTrack 7.0 Incloud, your server was upgraded today, on Monday, October 18, 2016 according to our Maintenance Calendar.

Get a a fresh build and enjoy the improvements today!

JetBrains YouTrack Team
The Drive to Develop

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YouTrack 7.0 bug fix is out (build 27705)

Welcome a fresh bug fix for YouTrack 7.0 (build 27705). This update brings a number of fixes for Dashboards, Agile Board, and some performance and usability improvements.

For more details, please check the Release Notes.

JetBrains YouTrack Team
The Drive to Develop

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Upcoming webinar – New Agile Board Concept in YouTrack 7.0 and More

We are happy to announce our free webinar, New Agile Board Concept in YouTrack 7.0 and More, set to take place on Wednesday, October 26th, 17.00-18.00 CEST .

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This webinar will cover new features in YouTrack 7.0, including the new Agile board, Gantt Chart, Project Templates, and other goodies. We will demonstrate the best practices for using Scrum and Kanban in YouTrack, and answer your questions about the new version of YouTrack.

The upcoming webinar will be hosted by a pair of YouTrack Product Marketing managers, Valerie Andrianova and Natasha Katson.

Please register now to learn about the exciting features in YouTrack 7.0.

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Fresh bug fix for YouTrack 7.0 (build 27676) is here

Grab the latest bug fix for YouTrack 7.0 (build 27676) and upgrade today to enjoy the latest version.

This build brings a number of fixes for Agile Board, usability problems and some performance improvements.
Check the Release notes for more details.

If you use YouTrack 7.0 Incloud, your server was upgraded today, on Monday, October 10, 2016 according to our Maintenance Calendar.

JetBrains YouTrack Team

The Drive to Develop

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Bug Fix for YouTrack 7.0 is available

Welcome a fresh bug fix for YouTrack 7.0 (build 27588).

Some of our users have experienced difficulties upgrading to YouTrack 7.0 with the MSI distribution. We’ve successfully fixed this problem.
Please, download a new build and enjoy the upgrade!

We appologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced. Our support team is here to help you, so feel free to contact us.

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New Agile Board Concept in YouTrack 7.0

We are proud to introduce a brand new Agile board in YouTrack 7.0. We’ve completely revamped it to improve usability, design and concept, and most importantly, the way it’s used to visualize your team’s progress and track personal tasks.

Welcome the brand new Agile board

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If you’ve already tried the new version, the usability and design changes are pretty obvious. However, I would like to explain the new concept in more detail.

Previous Agile board concept

Agile board is not new to YouTrack; it’s been with us since YouTrack 4.0. This functionality has always been popular among our customers. And for a while now, we’ve been carefully analyzing how it is used and what is missing.

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Let’s look at the main principles of the old board and highlight its advantages and ‘pain points’:

  • A board is defined by a search query. Everything that fits the search query automatically appears on the board.screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-12-41-25

 

Advantage: The board is just another view of the Issue list. The concept is very clear.

Disadvantage: There is no way to explicitly add an issue to the board, if it doesn’t match the search query. Not flexible enough for cross-project boards and personal task boards.

  • Sprints are tied to Fix version values. When you define the Fix version value, the issue is added to the corresponding sprint automatically.

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Advantage: All issues added to a certain Fix version appear on the board automatically.

Disadvantages:

  1. The same set of Fix version values must be shared across multiple projects if you want to add several projects to the board.
  2. You cannot configure your own personal sprints, as the Fix version values are used across the whole project, or even several projects.
  • Unscheduled sprint (used in Kanban) is treated as ‘no fix version’ value.

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Advantage: Every unresolved issue without Fix version value is added to the board automatically.

Disadvantage: Default backlog is defined as: unresolved issues without fix version value, which matches the Kanban board query. In this case, the backlog is the same as the board and is not available from the board.

New concept

The tricky part in creating the new concept was to keep the advantages of the previous model while eliminating its disadvantages.

  • Issues are now explicitly added to the board, so you have much more control over its contents. Click “+” and enter the following command: Board name sprint name, and then click Apply.

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However, an option to add new issues to the board automatically is also supported, as is synchronization with various issue fields.add-new-issues

 

  • Sprints are now independent (per board) attributes. You can include any projects in the board, without synchronizing their Fix versions; and you can create as many personal boards as you need. Sprints are only tied to the specific board and are not related to issue fields.

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However, we’ve supported an option to link sprints with issue fields, so you can still use Fix version values to add the issues to the board automatically.synchronize

 

  • Backlog is now separated from sprints. It’s still created based on a saved search, which can be treated as a full-featured Issue list right from the board, i.e. you can apply filters, commands, add issues, reorder them, apply shortcuts, change hierarchy, etc, and drag issues to the board and back to the backlog. You can even change your backlog by choosing another saved search on the fly.screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-14-40-54

When you create a new board, YouTrack suggests a default backlog, with the following search query behind it: project: name has: -{Board name} #unresolved. It contains of all unresolved issues in the project(s) that are not added to the board.

Try the new Agile board!

With the new Agile board concept in YouTrack 7.0, we aim to take your agile experience to the next level. We hope it will help you stay on top of your team’s activities and your own tasks, and save your precious time for more development. Track smart, fast, and get updates in real time!

Try YouTrack 7.0 today – download a new version or sign up for InCloud trial. It’s free for up to 10 users. We wish you pleasant tracking and look forward to hearing your feedback about the new Agile board!

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