February 20th, 2023 by inflectra
We are excited to announce that, following the redesign of the main planning board in Spira, we will be shortly releasing a new beta version of the task board in Spira v7.5. Using the same design principles and concepts as the new beta planning board, the new task board will allow for greater flexibility and customizability and provide multi-dimensional views of Spira tasks.
Firstly, once the new version is released next month, you will need to enable the beta for your users in the Administration > System > General Settings:
Once it has been enabled at the system level, your users can then access the new task board by going to Tracking > Tasks and clicking Try the Beta:
This will then take you to the new beta task board ( and use them for remainder of your session (unless you click on the Exit the Beta button to return back to the old board).
The new agile task board in Spira has been redesigned to have a more consistent user interface across its different views, support multiple boards in a product, provide more customization options, and also allow you to have both horizontal and vertical swim lanes in a single view. Previously we only allowed rows or columns, but not both.
The overall planning board page has these parts to it:
We will now explain the different parts of the board in more detail.
This selector has three basic selection options:
The new task boards have the option to have multiple, separate boards displayed. This is used when you want to display a board for each release, sprint, team, type, status, or priority:
Inside each of the boards, you can choose to organize the cards by row. This is optional, and depending on the grouping selected, the options will vary.
Inside each of the boards, you can choose to organize the cards by column. Unlike groups and rows, this is required and is the minimum level of categorization needed.
In the example below, Spira is displaying tasks grouped by Release/Sprint, with the type of task being the rows and the columns being the task status:
In the example below, Spira is displaying tasks grouped by Release/Sprint, with the parent requirement / user story being the rows and the columns being the task status:
In the example below, Spira is displaying tasks grouped by Team, with the assigned user (in the team) being the rows and the columns being the task status:
As you can see, there are many different combinations and permutations available in the new boards.
Finally, you may have noticed that the task cards on the boards look different. We have taken the opportunity to restyle them a little. The changes also mean that you can now customize what information is actually shown on each card to a much larger degree than before. Previously you could switch on/off:
With the new cards, you can configure each of these individually, as well as show new items such as the status and type that were previously not possible:
If you enable all of the individual options, the maximum display will look like this:
We have made some stylistic changes:
Once you have started using the new boards in beta mode, you will have feedback, suggestions, and questions! That is great. Please send them along to our product team by means of this customized support ticket mail link.
We hope you like the changes and improvements we have made with Spira's new agile task boards. Once we have collected the feedback, we plan to implement the key changes and then release the boards as production boards to replace the current ones.
And if you have any questions, please email or call us at +1 (202) 558-6885
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