If you are just getting started, this quick tour guide will help you get to know ZenHub. With links to more in-depth getting started tutorials, get off to the right start with the right amount of knowledge to get your workflow in ZenHub setup and your team off to a great start!
From unorganized lists to prioritized workflows
ZenHub adds advanced multi-repository boards into GitHub. Boards provide total visibility to your projects, making sprint planning and prioritization more transparent and efficient.
Acting as a point of focus for teams, visualizing work to be done helps teams answer important questions, such as: “What are our current priorities?”, “What are our highest priority Issues?”, “Do we have any blockers? Are we on target?”
Boards create a picture of project work and processes. By visualizing work this way, you can create focus, establish flow, and continuously improve. Learn more about what you should know within your first few days.
Using Epics to plan and track work
GitHub Issues have no real hierarchy; they're simply a list. Getting insight into which Issues are related, blocked by each other, reliant on other work, or a sense of everything that is being worked on for a project is difficult to determine.
ZenHub Epics add a crucial layer of hierarchy to your GitHub Issues. With Epics, you get greater control end-to-end over the release process. ZenHub Epics help bundle similar tasks into themes of work, which help you plan and track work against larger goals.
Plan smarter and stay informed easier. Learn more about ZenHub Epics in the complete guide here.
Sprint planning with ZenHub
How much work can we actually tackle? Can we really ship all this work in the next two weeks? What Issues can we potentially remove from scope? All questions that your team should tackle before sprint planning. But how do you get the answers to these questions?
Leveraging GitHub's Milestones and using ZenHub story points your team can leverage the information you are already creating inside GitHub to best answer these questions without having to jump into another tool or duplicate data.
From visualizing your sprint backlog, to seeing how you're progressing towards the end of your sprint, ZenHub helps you stay focused. Learn more about sprint planning in ZenHub in our complete guide to creating your first sprint using ZenHub.
Get indicators of project progression using Burndowns
As an early indicator of how projects are progressing, ZenHub's Burndown Charts help teams meet their sprint goals.
Like every ZenHub feature, Burndown Charts integrate with GitHub activity so there is no extra busy work to get accurate reporting against your goals. Each time your team closes an Issue, a new data point is added to the chart.
Burndowns help teams meet deadlines more predictably by providing an early indicator of how a project is coming along. Learn more about Burndowns in ZenHub in our reporting guide here.
Continuously improve using insight from Velocity charts
In isolation, the amount of work completed in one Milestone isn't very helpful. Factors outside your control – a sick teammate, an unexpected bug – are bound to pop up. Life happens. Viewing work completed over time, however, becomes a valuable piece of insight. ZenHub Velocity reporting provides reporting on how your team's amount of work completed fluctuates over time, giving you instant visibility into work done sprint-over-sprint.
Velocity Charts provide insights on how much work your team can realistically tackle. Learn more about Velocity tracking in ZenHub in our reporting guide here.
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