Just Launched! — Enhanced Aha! + Azure DevOps Integration Supports Agile Sprints

Custom sprint field in Aha! features

Many of you rely on the Aha! integration with Azure DevOps to coordinate plans with your engineering teammates. Today’s enhancement improves release syncing between both systems. The integration now keeps features in their planned Aha! release, even as engineering moves them into sprints in Azure DevOps. This will help both teams work together closely as you go from planning to building. 

Now when you send a release from Aha! to Azure DevOps, features will remain in that same Aha! release throughout development. 

When you send a release from Aha! to Azure DevOps, it maps to an iteration. The engineering team then creates child sprints within the iteration and moves the features you prioritized in Aha! into each one. Before this enhancement, those sprints were then sent back to Aha! and mirrored as releases.

Now, sprints in Azure DevOps will no longer be pulled into Aha! as releases. Features will stay grouped together in the same Aha! release that you sent over. You can track which sprint a feature belongs to by using a custom field in Aha! — this provides greater control over how you organize work in each application. 

Here is how to sync releases in Aha! with sprints in Azure DevOps:

Plan releases in Aha! 
Prioritize features within releases in Aha! as you always do. Use the bi-directional integration with Azure DevOps to send the planned work to your engineering team. As engineering assigns features to sprints in Azure DevOps, the integration keeps those features in the release in Aha! — making it easier for you to track progress.

Release details in Aha!
See which iteration in Azure DevOps your Aha! release maps to.

Receive sprint information from Azure DevOps
Create a custom field in Aha! to capture sprint information within an editable choice list. Then, modify your integration field mappings to set a one-way link from the iteration level you use to organize sprints in Azure DevOps to your new custom field.  A customizations administrator in Aha! can create the custom field. Product owners can modify integration settings.

Custom sprint field mappings
Customize your feature cards in Aha! to make the new sprint field visible.

Track release progress by sprint
Include your new custom field in list reports, pivot tables, and roadmaps. In the example below, we created a pivot report to track features grouped by the engineering sprint in Azure DevOps for a specific release. This way, we can see exactly when features will be developed and the status.

Track the progress of features by sprint
Add your report to an Aha! presentation or share it with the team as a webpage.

Keep track of all the awesome work that is happening during development directly in Aha!

Now you can easily track release updates. Sync your features in Aha! with sprints in Azure DevOps to quickly see what will be delivered and when.

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The enhanced Azure DevOps integration is available to all Aha! customers. If you are not already an Aha! customer, you may want to sign up for a free 30-day trial or join a live demo to see why more than 250,000 users trust Aha! to build and market lovable products. 

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    1. Claire George Post author

      Hi Tessa — thanks for your question. This update applies to both on-premises and cloud-based implementations of Azure DevOps. Let us know if you have another other questions!

  1. Jonathan

    I also need to know if this applies to Azure DevOps Server (on-premise), or just Azure DevOps Services (cloud). And more specifically does this work with Azure DevOps Server 2019.1?

    1. Claire George Post author

      Hi Jonathan — great questions. This update is available for both on-premises and cloud implementations. It will work with any version of Azure DevOps Server. Note that if the version your team uses does not provide the ability to map an “iteration level” field, you can map to the full iteration path. Hope this helps! Let us know if we can be of further assistance.

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