Organizations around the world increasingly entrust their projects to JIRA, even though we only get limited visibility on issue relationships. If issue relationship and task dependency information is so critical to the successful management of our projects, what if we made that information visible at will, always available like a trusty co-pilot? What if JIRA did this instantly for us, saving valuable time otherwise spent on detective work, each and every day? A visualization that eliminates all of the steps normally involved in tracing issue links and parent/sub-task relationships in aggregate, and the work of compiling all of that information into a larger, usable picture.
That could be a lot of information, and could get overwhelming fast. We need to be able to understand the relationships quickly, so the information display needs to be brief. Simultaneously informing and concise. There have been attempts, such as by taking relationship information from its natural graph-based world and forcing it into a tree format, but those methods still demand dull and error-prone mental olympics with no promise of imparting the correct conceptual model about your data.
At Vivid, we designed Vivid Trace to fulfill these needs, and we care about getting it right.
Issues are displayed in individual lozenges, by default with issue type and issue key.
Issue types are shown using JIRA's issue type iconography.
Lines connecting issues indicate a direct relationship between the issues with issue links or as parent/sub-tasks.
Relationships are labeled with the nature of the relation. Additional, overlapping relations between the same two issues are denoted with
Resolved issues are shaded and their issue keys are struck through.
The current issue (if any) has a halo.
Quickly navigate to another issue by clicking or tapping it.