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Sprints in Jira BigGantt [2 Ways]

Considered ‘classic’, Gantt charts tend to be rejected by the agile community in favor of roadmaps and Scrum boards. Modern Gantt charts, however, let you include iterations/sprints on the timeline, including Jira Sprints. Let’s go through two methods of adding sprints to the timeline of BigGantt.

Afterward, we’ll show how BigPicture can handle sprints better.

Method 1: Import Jira Sprints

If you wish to use Jira Sprints in BigGantt, you need to tick the checkmark next to ‘Sprints’ in the Scope definition page of your BigGantt program. Have a look at the below screenshot.

Import Jira Sprints into BigGantt

Tick the checkmark next to Sprints in the ‘Task types’ multiple-choice box to have Jira Sprints available in BigGantt.

 

While still in the program configuration, enable the ‘Jira Sprint’ structure builder so that BigGantt bases its work breakdown structure on Jira Sprints.

Make Jira Sprint the first structure builder

 

Enjoy Sprints you have in Jira in the Gantt chart of BigGantt:

Jira Sprints in BigGantt

 

Method 2: Use BigGantt’s artificial tasks as sprints

Let’s suppose we didn’t have Jira Sprints in place, and so we begin with an unstructured or even blank Gantt chart.

To create a sprint in BigGantt, try Task > Create task > Artificial task. It’s how I created Sprint 1, Sprint 2, Sprint 3, and Sprint 4 in the below screenshot. Also, apply the ‘Auto top-down’ task mode for those placeholder tasks that represent sprints (Task mode > Auto top-down).

Create Sprint in BigGantt

 

BigGantt sprints artificial tasks

Now that we have sprints, how do we create sprint goals?

For the upcoming Sprints, use regular Jira stories or tasks, as is the case with Sprint 1 and Sprint 2.

For a more distant future, you can set goals in the form of placeholder tasks (Task > Create task > Artificial task), as I did with Sprint 3 and 4.

Are story points, epic links, and other agile facts of life available in BigGantt? Of course, take note of the column headers in the ‘Create Sprint #5’ screenshot. Add whatever columns you wish by hitting View > Column views > Manage column views.

Sprints (iterations) in BigPicture

If BigGantt can handle Sprints properly, what does BigPicture add to that?

  • agile modules – Roadmap, Board, Reports
  • iterations/sprints are [Boxes] as opposed to placeholder tasks. A particular iteration [box] is then available throughout the modules of BigPicture – Roadmap, Board, Reports, and so on
  • the Gantt chart in BigPicture “officially” supports those iteration [boxes], as evident below (greenish-violetish overlay)

BigPicture iterations overlay

 

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With his automotive background Marcin goes beyond the 'Jira + software development' standard. He likes simple, up-to-five-sentence answers to complex questions.