Easy Agile is excited to announce date syncing with native Jira date fields for Jira cloud and Jira Server/DC (from Programs version 5.0.0 and above).

What is date syncing?

Date syncing provides even greater integration between Easy Agile Programs and Jira.

Without date syncing, changes made to the Feature (Jira epic) roadmap were only visible within Programs.

When an increment has Start date and End date fields configured, Programs will automatically update these fields when a Feature is scheduled or moved on the roadmap. Additionally, Features will automatically display in the correct increment and sprint(s) when these fields have been populated outside of Programs.

Features that do not have these dates will appear on the Roadmap backlog and will need to be manually scheduled into your Increment Roadmap.

How to configure date syncing

To enable date syncing, simply select which Jira date fields are used to schedule features on your Program Roadmap.

On the Create Increment screen:

  1. Select the Start Date and End Date field used

  2. Click on the Update Increment button to save your changes.

When both dates are selected, Date syncing will be active for that new increment (or increment being edited).

Editing an increment requires manage programs or Jira administrator permissions.

Frequently asked questions

Can I continue without using date syncing?

Yes. Simply leave these fields blank when creating a new increment. Any scheduling changes made to your feature roadmap will not be reflected to the rest of Jira. Additionally, any scheduling changes to the feature made outside of Programs will not be reflected on the Program Roadmap.

How to disable date syncing?

  1. Navigate to the Program Roadmap

  2. Click on the ... menu button.

  3. Click Edit Increment.

  4. On the Edit Increment screen click on the clear icon for both fields

  5. Click on the Update Increment button to save your changes.

These steps will need to be repeated for all increments you wish to disable date syncing for. Editing an increment requires manage programs or Jira administrator permissions.

Why are the date fields not updating for my feature?

Things to check if date fields are not being updated:

  1. The configured Start date and End date fields are on the appropriate screen. Programs will display a modal containing information that can be shared with your Jira Administrator to resolve.

    More information can be found in the Atlassian’s Manage issue screen documentation.

  2. The increment has the Start date and End date fields configured.

  3. The current user has sufficient permissions to edit the issue in Jira.

Example modal containing field and increment information

Why do my features appear in the Shared Features swimlane?

Programs will place features in the Shared Features swimlane when Programs is unable to determine which team a feature belongs to.This occurs when:

  1. Start and End fields have been configured for an increment

  2. An issue has these fields populated

  3. Programs is unable to determine which Team board an issue belongs to.

To resolve, drag the issue to the correct Team Swimlane.