Release Notes for 10.114.X


The Atlassian Jira Align team is pleased to announce Jira Align v.10.114

Enhancements and Features

These features for 10.114 were released to environments on the continuous release track on November 18, 2022, in version 10.114.0. The features will then be released to environments on the bundled release track on December 2, 2022, in version 10.114.2:

.NET 6 now required for on-premise instances

As previously announced, Microsoft will soon be ending support for .NET 3.1, which is required to install an on-premise instance of Jira Align. Please upgrade your environments to version .NET 6, no later than December 7, 2022, to ensure your infrastructure can support Jira Align version 10.114.2 and beyond. 

Jira connector: Bidirectional t-shirt sync

We’ve added the ability to sync t-shirt size estimates bidirectionally between Jira Software and Jira Align. This change provides more options and consistency with other mapped Jira fields. Previously, t-shirt estimates only synced in one direction, from Jira Align to Jira.

To enable bidirectional sync, change the Sync direction dropdown found at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup > T-Shirt from Jira Align to Jira sync to Bidirectional sync. Before doing so, please review the warning and example about unintentional overwrites at the bottom of this section. Bidirectional sync will be the default setting for any newly-created Jira connectors. Existing connectors will continue using the Jira Align to Jira sync direction until manually changed.

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A third option for sync direction, Jira to Jira Align sync, is coming soon.

We’ve also added the ability to map Jira Align’s No estimate value for t-shirt estimates with a custom Jira value.

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You have two options for using this mapping:

  • If you would like blank values in Jira to represent an unestimated t-shirt size, leave the mapping for the No estimate size blank in the settings window.
  • If you would like to use a value such as “not estimated”, etc, for representing unestimated items, you may enter that value for the No Estimate size in the settings window.
    • Note that when you map a Jira custom value to the No estimate Jira Align value, blank entries in the Jira field will be ignored during sync, to prevent your Jira Align value from being changed.

Important! If you’re enabling bidirectional t-shirt sync for the first time, you must take care to avoid an accidental overwrite that could occur when Jira data is synced to Jira Align. This situation may be rare, but it could occur if Jira t-shirt size estimates have been set as blank, and the corresponding Jira Align features have not been updated. Consider this example:

Example of unintentional t-shirt overwrites (click to expand)

Existing settings

  • Jira Align is configured to use t-shirt size estimates through the Admin > Platform > Portfolio > Estimation System global setting, or the portfolio is set through the Admin > Platform > Portfolio > Portfolio Specific Configuration > Estimation System setting.
  • A custom field has been created in Jira to represent t-shirt sizes, and has been set as the field to sync with Jira Align at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup > T-Shirt.
  • Inside the t-shirt size setup dialog found at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup > T-Shirt > Configure, the No Estimate row has a blank entry under the Jira Value field.
  • Jira Align contains features with t-shirt size estimates.

Timeline

  1. Prior to enabling bidirectional sync, one or more epics in Jira are updated with a blank value for t-shirt size. Because the connector only synced this field from Jira Align to Jira before bidirectional was an option, the matching features in Jira Align retain their original t-shirt estimates. This mismatch could occur for various reasons:
      1. Features are initially created in Jira Align and given a t-shirt estimate. All additional edits are made in Jira.
      2. Users who knew of the one-way sync direction had a reason to clear the t-shirt estimate in Jira, opting to use another Jira field to represent a different or team-specific estimate.
  2. An admin changes the Jira connector setting found at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup > T-Shirt > Sync direction from Jira Align to Jira sync to Bidirectional sync.
  3. No changes are made to existing features in Jira Align, so no syncs are performed.
  4. A user updates an epic inside of Jira — they might change a title, description, etc.
  5. The update is detected and begins a sync to Jira Align.
  6. The mapping dialog in Jira Align’s connector settings intakes the blank value from the Jira epic, and sets the corresponding feature’s t-shirt estimate to No estimate, overwriting the original value.

To prevent this type of overwrite from occurring, you can perform one of the following actions prior to enabling bidirectional sync:

  • Force a sync from Jira Align to Jira, which will write the existing t-shirt estimate from a Jira Align feature to a Jira epic.
    • You can do this by making a small edit on a Jira Align feature.
    • If you have many features in Jira Align that need to push t-shirt estimates to Jira, consider using a round-trip export and import.
  • Export data from existing Jira Align features with t-shirt estimates and import those estimates into the matching Jira epics.
  • Manually update t-shirt estimates for Jira epics that don’t match with Jira Align features.

 

Jira connector: Restricted Process Step and State fields when synced with Jira’s Done status

As part of resolving a reported defect, JIRAALIGN-3705, we’ve made a change to available selections in the State and Process Step fields for features and stories that are synced with Jira. When a synced Jira Align work item is updated with a state or process step value that is mapped to Jira’s Done status, you will only be able to select different values that are also mapped to Jira’s Done status. This is because the Jira connector can't remove the resolution of a Jira issue. To remove a Jira resolution, change the status inside Jira.

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Jira connector: Changes to Default User settings

To help administrators avoid potential issues such as typos when entering a value, the Default User field found at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup has been changed from a text field to a dropdown. You can search inside the field to locate the account you want to use as the default user. Additionally, to prevent sync issues, the field is now required.

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Jira connector: Enforcing 1:1 mapping between Jira and Jira Align sprints

To prevent sprint mapping issues, we’ve removed the ability to manually map multiple Jira sprints to a single Jira Align sprint on the Admin > Jira Management > Jira Sprints settings page. Jira Align sprints that are already mapped to a Jira sprint will not be selectable and will display an error message.

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Jira connector: Renamed settings and options

We’ve made some updates to the names and tooltips inside Jira connector settings to help administrators better understand the behavior of each setting:

Settings found at Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup

Old setting name New setting name

Timer on Jira Boards

Timer for Jira boards, sprints, and fix versions

Sprint Buffer Days

Jira sprint mapping buffer days

Timer on Jira Issues

Timer for Jira issues

Timer on continuous push to Jira

Timer for continuous push to Jira

Email address list to use for alerts

Send alerts if Jira Align cannot connect to API

Issue Type Epic Name & ID

Feature issue type

Issue Type Story Name & ID

Story issue type

Issue Type Sub-Task Name & ID

Task issue type

Issue Type Defect Name & ID

Defect issue type

 

Settings found in the Team-managed project settings tab (Admin > Jira Settings > Manage Projects > [Name of project])

Old setting name New setting name

Story and feature points custom field

Story Points

Parent work item custom field on features

Parent Feature Name

Capability parent custom field

Capability Parent

Program increment custom field

Program Increment

T-Shirt custom field

T-Shirt

Why? details custom field

Why? Details

Acceptance criteria custom field

Acceptance Criteria

Feature 'portfolio ask' date custom field

Feature 'Portfolio Ask' date field

Feature 'start / initiation' date custom field

Feature 'Start / Initiation' date field

Feature 'target completion' date custom field

Feature 'Target Completion' date field

 

Sync dropdowns (Admin > Jira Settings > Jira Setup)

We’ve also changed the values found in dropdowns that control sync direction to be more clear. Instead of Yes and No, administrators can select either Bidirectional sync or Jira to Jira Align sync for the following settings:

  • Permission to Edit Initiative Name
  • Permission to Edit Epic Name
  • Enable Epic Sync
  • Enable Feature Sync
  • Enable Story Sync
  • Enable Defect Sync
  • Enable Task Sync
  • Enable Epic State Sync
  • Enable Feature State Sync
  • Enable Story State Sync
  • Enable Defect State Sync
  • Allow Jira Align to create Jira issue web links

Administrators can select either Bidirectional sync or Not synced for these settings:

  • Allow release vehicles to sync with Jira Fix Versions
  • Enable Rank Sync

API 2.0 support for the DELETE method

We’ve added API 2.0 support for the DELETE method for the following items:

  • Cities
  • Customers
  • Goals
  • Ideas
  • Products
  • Regions
  • Risks
  • Snapshots
  • Sprints

Objectives tree (new experience): Status counts

We’ve added status counts to the four quick-filter status cards displayed at the top of the new objectives tree experience.

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These counts show the total number of objectives or milestones with a specific status. The counts are tied to the selections made in the Configuration bar and page-level filters. 

Defect Fixes

The list of defect fixes will be updated to reflect changes in weekly maintenance releases. You can see the contents of individual maintenance releases in the Supplemental Release Notes section.

Key Summary Release Version
JIRAALIGN-2033 Backlog: Push/Pull rank to external system doesn't work for kanban teams 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-2795 An "Internal Server Error" message is displayed when creating a Dependency from the Epic Details panel 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-2943 Strategic Backlog: Epic is duplicated for each distinct T-Shirt estimate 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3299 Ideation: New User and Password Reset emails aren't getting sent 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3357 Jira stories state changes to accepted not being displayed on audit logs 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3448 Owner Column does not show up in Feature Backlog List View 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3571 Objective Filtering Clears After Saving 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3615 Program Board: Objective is Red when everything is fine 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3705 Process step changes do not sync to Jira when moving out of a "Done" status 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-3809 Team States(Sprint States) report is cut off 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4004 Import work items produces 500 error - potential performance error 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4014 Objective: description longer than 2k chars will display the error banner but save the content 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4070 Setting a Single PI on the Configuration Bar of a Program Board fails to show a Red Status for a Feature 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4199 Jira Align is incorrectly saving Capability Links into tblAgileLinks with ObjectType = 1 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4346 Ranking ideas on the Manage Enhancement Requests page is not sticking its prioritized order after page is refreshed 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4347 Backlog view: Process Step Column Name no Longer Available in Columns Shown for Features Backlog View 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4366 Setting Committed By date to the same date as Needed By date doesn't move the dependency to committed automatically 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4386 Product filter is not applied to Burndown charts 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4394 Team Dependency Map: Sprint/Date field shows 'NONE' as a value in the REQUESTED column 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4395 Program Board: Dependencies in the Program Board showing the wrong color (RED) with no planning issue 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4404 Program Board: Committed by Column displays Sprint Prefix from PI that has no relation to Dependency (Kanban teams) 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4415 Objective Tree: Column "Target Completion" is not showing after being selected 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4416 Objective Tree: "Target Completion" sometimes appears duplicated 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4424 Objective Tree (new): Long titles are not being wrapped up correctly 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4439 Making a change causes objective level filtering to be lost 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4469 API: Feature Hypothesis and Prototype field length doesn't match the UI 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4479 Internal Server Error on Loading Administration-Activity Page 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4491 Updating a Theme's name or description creates two entries in tblAgileThemeAudit while only generating one Audit Log entry 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4501 Forecast: 'Total Team Capacity' displays under the wrong team 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4506 Feature: Product Objectives field is not appearing after assigning product 10.114.0
JIRAALIGN-4556 RPM_GET_MILESTONE_LIST function datatype limitation is being reached 10.114.0
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