About features

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A feature is a software increment that solves a customer’s problem and adds value to a product. You can use CloudBees SDM to organize and track the features for your products. The feature overview provides an at-a-glance view of how your product’s features are progressing. You can quickly see the number of Jira epics and tickets, open branches, open pull requests, and policy violations that are associated with each feature.

Different areas of an organization can track various aspects of features. For example, a product team might link Jira epics to a feature to track all the tasks that need to be completed to deliver the feature. Cross-functional teams, such as user experience, documentation, or marketing, might track the progress of a feature to plan their work around that feature.

You can track features in the following stages:

  • Upcoming - The work that you want to work on next. This is the default stage.

  • In progress - The current work.

  • Recently released - The work that was delivered.

Adding a feature

When you add a feature, you can associate issues with it to track all related Jira tickets. Additionally, you can link related resources, such as design mockups, architecture documents, user documentation, marketing materials, or any other resources.

To add a feature to a product:

  1. From the Product hub, select a product.

  2. In the left pane, select Features.

  3. Select Add new feature.

  4. In Name, type the name that you want to appear on the features overview.

  5. In Stage, select one of the following:

    • Upcoming - This feature is scheduled to be worked on in the next sprint This is the default stage.

    • In progress - This feature is currently in development.

    • Recently released - This feature is complete.

  6. In Description, type a description of the feature. This description appears on the feature overview.

  7. To link a Jira issue to this feature, next to Jira issues, select Add, and then enter the issue ID that you want to link. If your issue is an epic, Product hub will track all stories within the epic.

  8. To add a related resource, do the following:

    1. Next to Resources, select Add.

    2. Type a name for the resource. For example, Invision mockups or Architecture document.

    3. Type the URL to the file you want to link to the feature.

  9. Click Add.

Editing a feature

When you update a feature, you can change the name, description, or stage. Additionally, you can add or remove related resources or Jira issues.

To update a feature:

  1. From the Product hub, select a product.

  2. In the left pane, select Features.

  3. Select the feature you want to edit.

  4. Select Edit.

  5. Make the changes.

  6. Click Save.

Deleting a feature

As a best practice, consider deleting features from the Recently released stage regularly so that the list of recently released items stays relevant and does not become too long.

To delete a feature:

  1. From the Product hub, select a product.

  2. In the left pane, select Features.

  3. Select the feature you want to delete.

  4. Select Edit.

  5. Select Delete.

  6. Select I acknowledge that this feature and all data associated with it will no longer be available.

  7. Select Delete to confirm that you want to delete this feature.

Moving a feature to a different stage

As a feature moves through the development cycle, the feature card can be moved to a different stage in CloudBees SDM. The simplest way to move a feature card is to drag and drop it into the appropriate stage and position.

However, each feature card also includes menu options to move the feature to a different stage and select the position of the card in the stage to which it is being moved.

To move a feature to a different stage using the feature card menu:

  1. Select the three horizontal dots at the top right of the feature card you want to move.

  2. Select Move to stage.

  3. In Stage, select the stage to which you want to move the card.

  4. Select Move.

Feature overview and contributions

For each feature, you can drill down to see an overview of the Jira issues that are associated with the feature and details about the contributions being implemented to deliver the feature. From one central location, you can see all current progress and activity around the feature. This central location helps you understand the overall status of a feature, find contributions that need attention, remove blockers, and improve the efficiency of your delivery process.

From the top right of both the Overview and Contributions tabs, you can quickly see the status of the feature and any linked resources.

The Overview tab also provides a summary of the Jira issues that are associated with the selected feature, including the number of:

  • Open Jira isues

  • Issues that need to be worked on

  • In-progress issues

  • Done issues

  • Stale issues

  • Blocking issues, which are pulled from the "Blocked" status in Jira tickets.

Additionally, you can see details about linked Jira issues, which are issues that are not in an epic or are associated with an epic that is not linked to the feature.

From the Contributions tab, you can view a list of the tasks and activities that contribute to the delivery of the feature.

The contributions list shows the:

  • Issue number

  • Type of issue

  • Summary of the issue

  • Status of the issue

  • Name of the person who is assigned to the issue

  • Policy violations

Select any issue to see the details about the pull requests that are associated with the issue and the Jira comments that were added to the issue.

Viewing the feature overview and contributions

To view the overview and contributions for a feature:

  1. From the Product hub, select a product.

  2. In the left pane, select Features.

  3. Select the feature for which you want to view overview and contribution details.

  4. Select Overview to see a summary of Jira issues associated with the feature.

  5. Select Contributions to see details about the Jira issues associated with this feature.

    1. Select a Jira issue to see details about the pull requests associated and comments from the issue.

    2. Select View ticket to see the issue in Jira. This opens Jira in a new window.

  6. To see the resources that are associated with this feature, under Resources, select the icon for the type of resource you want to view. Then, select the link for the resource.