Our biggest improvement you'll never see

Two weeks ago we released another large piece of our new backend, "Raptor". Did you notice it? Nothing changed visually but we did see performance improvements across the app, up to 96%! Here were the top 5 most time consuming GET requests.

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With this release, we've also removed the 500 closed Issue limit (self-imposed to stay within GitHub's rate limit) on both the Cumulative flow and Control chart. Want to know more about the technicals? Our Head of Engineering, Ev Haus, explains more about our move to Ruby and Postgres.

What's next? More performance improvements, of course!

Since ZenHub supports both multi-repo and multi-org Workspaces, we show considerably more data than a regular GitHub view. And now ✨with our sparkling new backend ✨ we will continue to add to it by first focusing on progressively rendering dropdowns (assignee, labels lists) followed by progressively rendered Boards, full text search, and completely searchable closed Issues directly within the app.

Stay tuned on our open product roadmap.

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Select all in a pipeline

Today we're thrilled to ship a feature that will surely help with sprint planning and organizing your Board. Once in multi-select mode, you can now select up to 50 Issues in a pipeline!

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With this initial release, we're limiting the amount of selected Issues to 50 as we scale up and improve the queuing system to handle a greater number of requests.

File upload improvements for large files

We're excited to release a bug fix that will now allow file uploads up to 15MB across issue posting and commenting within ZenHub.

Take advantage of the change in the latest version of the extension (v2.42.16) and, if you're a web app user, it's already live!

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Two caveats:

  1. ZenHub allows file uploads up to 15MB, GitHub does not. When viewing large file uploads on GitHub, you may encounter a broken link.
  2. There is still a problem copy+pasting non-PNG images and, unfortunately, we are handcuffed on this one. Both GitHub and Gmail share our headache as pasting JPGs are converted to PNGs automatically by the browser resulting in larger file sizes. To attach larger JPG files, drag-and-drop or click-to-attach to upload.

Roadmap improvements - traffic lights and predicted end date

Red, Yellow, Green Project Status and Predicted End Dates for Epics

We’ve introduced an option to enable color-coded projects, determined by their progress. A red, yellow, or green color instantly indicates status, communicating whether a project is on track (green), at-risk (yellow), or falling behind (red). 

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We’ve also added the option for teams to enable “predicted end dates” for Epics in their Roadmaps. Predicted end dates provide a visual indication when a project is running behind schedule and can help teams proactively have conversations around reducing scope.Read more about these exciting changes here

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As always, share your feedback with us in our product portal here!

Personal Roadmap settings saved between sessions

As of today, your personal Roadmap settings will be saved and updated on every visit to get back to the information important to you:

  • View the timeline between weeks/months/quarters
  • See item progress by story point completion vs issues completed
  • View the Roadmap from your Workspace or across your organization
  • Show or collapse all items on the Roadmap

These changes are live on the web app and extension (for extension users: make sure to update to the latest version, v2.42.10)!

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View Roadmap progress by number of Issues or Story Points completed

You can now customize your Roadmap view so that progress is shown by the number (#) of Issues or Story points completed, or the percentage (%) of Issues or story points completed. Click on the gear icon to toggle between options, then these settings are saved for when you return to the Roadmap or navigate to a different Roadmap in your organization.

Which other improvements would you like to see in the Roadmap? Share your feedback and make feature requests in our product portal.

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Invite your team using the shareable invite link

Invite your team into ZenHub using the shareable invite link!

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Invite large groups quickly and easily by sharing a single link, rather than inviting users one-by-one. Team members who follow this link will be taken directly to your specific ZenHub Workspace.

Still prefer to invite large groups via email? No problem--the invitation field now supports copy & paste for multiple email addresses. Let us know what other invitation improvements you'd like to see in our product portal here.

Learn more about inviting your team into ZenHub.

ZenHub Performance Improvements: Introducing a faster, more efficient ZenHub experience ⚡️

We’ve been working on a ton of performance improvements in ZenHub!

Speedier loading times means you have more time to focus on your most important work. This helps your team get more done and ship software faster!

What have we improved?

  • We’ve made substantial improvements to the initial load time of Workspaces. ZenHub Boards now load 20% faster!
  • By implementing local caching, we’ve improved the loading speed of the new issues dialog. We’ve been able to get the dialog to launch nearly instantly - a ~65% reduction!
  • For our web app users, loading details of existing Issues is 30% faster today than it was in January.
  • We’ve improved the performance and experience of performing bulk edit operations on GitHub data - such as labels, milestones, and assignees - on the Board using card multi-select.

Check our 'Confetti Moments' blog post for more information on these changes!

A big thank you to everyone who has provided us with feedback on performance. Going forward we will continually monitor and improve the speed of our interface and API.

Export your Reports : Analyze and share your data driven information📊

You can now export each ZenHub Report to CSV for a deep dive analysis and customized reporting!

Are you a spreadsheet power user who enjoys nothing more than customizing data by creating line charts, bar charts and pie charts? We have now introduced an export option for all five ZenHub Reports meaning you can easily export your data driven insights to CSV!

Navigate to any one of your Reports where you will see the export option located in the top right of the Report page next to the Report title.

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What does this mean for you?

  • Provide executives and key stakeholders with information and key insights into team progress.
  • Customize your data! By exporting your Reports to CSVs you can create custom graphs and charts to present to your team.

A big thank you to everyone who left feedback on our open roadmap! We appreciate and review every suggestion to inform our decisions throughout the discovery and design phases.

Simplified text styling using our Markdown editor

Quickly and easily format your text with our new Markdown editor

Have you ever forgotten which weird character you need to type to make text bold or italic or create a link? Fear no more! We've introduced a small toolbar on top of all post and comment sections to assist you in your user story and bug reporting endeavours. Screen Shot 2019-12-12 at 4.16.33 PM.png A special thanks goes out to the users who left feedback on our open roadmap! We read, categorize and use all of the comments as the basis for future improvements.

Learn more here about styling with markdown