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Atlassian's Godzilla Son Spawns GreenHopper

Collaboration specialist Atlassian is using an appearance at the Agile 2012 Conference in Dallas to unveil its GreenHopper project management and planning system.

Logically built to work with the firm's Jira issue-tracking system, Atlassian is championing descriptive terms for GreenHopper including "visibility" and "predictability" as it shines a light on new reporting capabilities for Scrum and Kanban Agile methodologies.

NOTE: The firm's capitalization of its product appears to be potentially superfluous. The product name is not an acronym but rather a truncation of "Gojira", the Japanese name for Godzilla.

Atlassian says that distributed teams can collaborate best if they leverage the visual power of Agile planning. As such, the new product release works with a "single view" digital whiteboard to plan, work, and report on the numerous items in a backlog.

GreenHopper's reporting function is driven by visual indicators to identify scope risk, remaining work, timing issues, and team progress. GreenHopper boards can be created from any Jira project and users can jump between the two with a single click.

According to Atlassian, "The latest release focuses on providing visibility into team performance through sprint retrospective reports, managing work via swimlanes and improving predictability on delivery dates with automated measurement of cycle time. Team Calendars display sprints so teams can plan around schedules. Instant filtering improves team visibility and inline editing lets users make changes on-the-fly."

"This release caps a huge year of innovation for GreenHopper," said Audra Eng, Atlassian's vice president of product management. "It's slick, sexy, and chock full of goodness."

As of today, more than 650,000 individuals at 6,300 companies use GreenHopper as their Agile project management and planning system.

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