Using the Hive Agile Workflow, team members will have greater visibility into their sprints.

  • Epics are large bodies of work that can be broken down into a number of smaller tasks known as Stories.

  • Initiatives or Projects are collections of epics that drive toward a common goal.

  • An organization may also have themes which are large focus areas that span the organization.

Typically, a team will commit to finishing a story within a one- or two-week sprint. Epics, generally, are fewer in number and take longer to complete. Completing epics is usually worked towards per quarter, where a team may aim to complete two or three.

Let's take the below example of an agile working structure including epics and look at how this can be represented in Hive.

Recommendations:

  • Nest your Epic projects under the Initiative projects to ensure your project navigator is well organized.

  • Themes can be presented with Phases or Labels in the projects. This will support filtering and sorting in reports in Summary View.

  • Leverage Action Custom Fields, which include an available date field option, to capture release information. These can also be sorted and filtered for reporting in Summary View.

  • Customize the project Statuses to reflect the different stages of your workflow, including a Backlog status for example.

  • Add a story point to each action, this will carry over into agile reports and help with velocity calculations.

  • Use sprints to pull actions together across multiple projects and quickly see progress.

  • Create Hive Teams for each agile team to enable team reporting and grouping.

  • Create different report layouts (see below).

Epics View Example (Portfolio View):

Create an overview of your Epics to manage Initiatives and underlying projects.

Hive Pages App Example (Pages App):

Leverage the Hive Pages app for a custom dashboard of project visuals and reports.

Initiative View Example (Parent Project / Summary View):

View your Initiative in a visual roadmap using Gantt View.

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