Dependencies can exist for a variety of reasons. Recognizing, identifying and correctly mapping them are crucial. In Kendis you are empowered with the ability to create multiple dependencies on its board that allows effectively managing them. It assists in tracing to exactly what is wrong thereby giving a sense of accountability for why a task is not being completed.

Difference between Kendis and Jira Dependencies

Dependencies at Kendis have additional information

  • Team names: "Who" is dependent on "Whom"
  • Sprint Labels: By what time the dependency needs to be resolved
  • Status: Whether the dependency is "Open" or "Resolved"

Dependencies at Jira are merely managed as a "Link Type". Kendis offers the options to enable the dependencies sync with Jira.

How to Enable Dependencies?

The user has to first enable the Jira Dependencies. 

  1. Edit Board Settings then Additional Fields 
  2. Click on the Check Box to Enable Jira Dependency

Select Dependency Link Type

A drop-down will be displayed that will show a list of all the link types that are available in your Jira instance. Select the link type you are using for dependencies.

Important Note:

Jira link types are also used between features and stories as “parent-child” link. At Kendis, a link type can only be used either as “dependency link” or “parent-child”. 

Once the dependency link type is selected, it will not be used to bring new child stories through Jira Filters. 

How are Jira Dependencies Imported?

Jira Dependencies will be imported automatically when a new Project is fetched through the filters. If there is a board that already exists in Kendis, then selecting the "Resync" option under settings will fetch the new Jira dependencies. 

Using Jira Dependencies

Once the Dependencies have been enabled, simply create a dependency amongst two features by dragging a line from the dependency counter of one feature to the next. Once the dependency is created, the popup for the Dependency will open. JIRA dependencies are just a sub section under "Dependencies" for each feature. From here follow these steps to create a dependency:

  1. Select a Link Type from the Link Type Dropdown.
  2. Choose from your selected Jira Link Types. 
  3. Give a Description. 
  4. Select a Status. 
  5. Click Save. 

Once a dependency has been created amongst Jira Items in Kendis, the same change will be updated in Jira. 

Note: If a dependency has been made with one feature from Jira and one from Kendis, then the changes will not be synced to Jira.

Viewing the Dependencies

Dependencies are displayed as red lines on the board. The dependency can be viewed on all three views (Phoenix, Griffin and Alicanto).
Kendis dependencies contains information about team and sprint, while the Jira dependencies are just a "link" between 2 items.
To handle that difference, the same dependencies is shown in 2 tabs 

  • Kendis Dependencies
  • Jira Dependencies

Individual Item dependencies view

View All Dependencies

Jira Dependencies at Reports

Jira Dependencies can be seen both in Data and Comparison Reports. In order to view the Jira Dependencies in the Reports, follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on Reports from the Left Nav.
  2. Create a Data Report or a Comparison Report
  3. Once the report has been created, hover over to Columns 
  4. Scroll down and check the Jira Dependency option
  5. Jira Dependencies will now be shown

Deleting Dependencies

Dependencies for Kendis and Jira needs to be deleted individually.

Delete Kendis Dependency

Open the dependencies view by clicking on the dependency line or just the counter at the feature card. 

To delete the individual dependency click on “Delete Link” and the dependency will be deleted.

Delete Jira Dependency

Go to Jira dependency section at the dependency view and click on the delete icon to remove the link at Jira that represents the dependencies between 2 items.

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