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Expand your Jira hierarchy and sum up numerical fields with our new apps

Adam Wignall
1 February 22 Jira
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Adaptavist’s newest apps allow you to gain a more granular view of your Jira issues and sum up numerical fields

Ready to make your Jira easier to use - and view - than ever? Our new apps help you do just that. Introducing Hierarchy for Jira and JQL Sum Up, two Jira Cloud apps we’ve acquired from Sydney-based engineer Rhys Diab.

If you’re a project manager, product manager, or simply someone who wants to get more from Jira, these apps are for you. Here’s what you need to know:

The apps in a nutshell

Hierarchy for Jira (formerly known as Agile Docs) lets you visualise Jira projects, releases, and filters in a tree view. It extends the default Jira hierarchy and gives you the power to create new levels of hierarchy wherever you like, as well as showing summed-up story points and time-tracking progress reports for epics. 

JQL Sum Up is a simple yet powerful tool that sums up estimates and numerical fields in JQL queries using filters. 

Why they’re a great fit for Adaptavist

These products have been on our radar for some time now. They align closely with our suite of Jira apps and our mission to help users maximise Jira. We pride ourselves on our ability to understand what our customers are struggling with, then helping them overcome those obstacles and achieve their goals. That’s why when we came across these apps, we knew we had to build a relationship with Rhys.

A quick chat with app creator Rhys Diab 

To help introduce the apps we spoke with Rhys, who’s joined Adaptavist as a Senior Software Engineer:

What do these products do? 

“Hierarchy for Jira lets users visualise their issues in a tree, right down to the subtask level. It helps users track the progress of their issues and filters in terms of their estimates, rather than the number of issues. It also gives users the ability to extend Jira’s default issue hierarchy. JQL Sum Up does what its name suggests: helps users sum up numerical fields in their filters.”

Why did you build them? 

“In my previous role, I noticed there wasn’t an easy way to visualise how all the parts of a project fit together in Jira. When I checked in the Atlassian community, I noticed people complaining about the lack of tree view in Jira. This led me to build what is now known as Hierarchy for Jira. When I saw users asking the community about being able to sum numerical fields in their filters, I built JQL Sum Up”.

Who are they for? 

“Predominantly product managers and project managers who want to get a comprehensive view of their project, track the progress of their team in a more granular way or more easily break down their tasks into smaller, more manageable parts.”

How can they help Jira users?

“These apps offer visibility and precision. Anyone who wants a bird’s eye view of their projects, or to create their own issue hierarchy will benefit from using Hierarchy for Jira. It’s particularly helpful for managers who want to track the progress of epics, or even entire projects in terms of their estimate progress, rather than simply looking at the number of issues completed. 

It also allows users to export their issue hierarchy to a CSV for use in Excel. Meanwhile, JQL Sum Up can help users who want to tally numerical fields in their filters.”

How can users maximise them?

“The more you break down your work, the more benefit you’ll get from Hierarchy for Jira. I recommend using tasks instead of subtasks where possible and making the tasks children of stories. While subtasks can’t be added to sprints on their own, using tasks gives you the flexibility to add issues across multiple levels of your hierarchy to sprints.

You’ll also find the apps more useful if you make use of estimates, like story points or time-tracking in your workflow. JQL Sum Up allows you to easily sum these estimates to filters and Hierarchy lets you track the estimate progress of each level of your issue hierarchy."

What do you hope being part of the Adaptavist family will mean for the apps?

“That we’ll have greater resources to grow the products’ functionality and make sure they’re constantly getting better for users. We’ve got lots of plans for the products and will continue to seek out user feedback to help drive improvement.”

Try Hierarchy for Jira and JQL Sum Up now

Ready to start making your Jira Cloud more functional than ever? You can try JQL Sum-Up here. For Hierarchy for Jira, click below to start using it for free.

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