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Cross-Project Planning for Iteration Planner and Kanban

Keep track of cases in multiple projects at once

Life is complicated, isn’t it? While we might like to compartmentalize different aspects of our lives, in reality, things rarely fit neatly inside the little boxes we carve out for them. And our work lives are no different. When it comes to planning, it’d be nice if a single project captured all the aspects we might need to organize work for a product or across teams, but often that’s not possible.

This meant at times, working with the Iteration Planner and Kanban boards in FogBugz could be kind of awkward. What if you maintain two different products and each one has its own project? You’d want the Planner to show both at the same time, but it couldn’t. Or, what if several teams had projects relating to a single product? You couldn’t plan without affecting the other teams.

Well, such things are no longer a problem! With the new cross-project planning capabilities in Iteration Planner and Kanban, you can keep track of cases in multiple projects at once.

That means you can view all cases relating to a product on one board, even if they’re in separate projects. And multiple teams can plan things without disrupting or being blocked by others.

Here’s how it works

Site admins can create a new planner and associate it with one or more projects. And each planner can contain any global milestone and any per-project milestone for its projects. You can also optionally filter by project or area, and filtering down to multiple projects is allowed too.

For existing customers, we’ve already migrated each of your single-project planners to the new version. If you would like to add additional projects to a planner, view that planner and click “Edit Planner Settings” in the top-right, then “Add Another Project”, select additional projects and click “Save”. With that done, you can add milestones from those projects and any global milestones, and the filter columns shown will include cases from your selected list of projects.

If you use our Kanban board, the project selections for your planner also apply to each milestone when you click through to the Kanban view.

Take a look at our help site for more details. If you have any questions or feedback, please get in touch!