Zoho Sprints' New Epic Feature

Friday, June 1, 2018
Catherine Morin

Multinational software developer Zoho just released a new feature for its Zoho Sprints application. Users can now plan and track their work in a more structured way by employing Epics.

Zoho Sprints is an online agile project management solution designed to help teams plan tasks, track their progress and deliver the appropriate product on time. Agile project management is an administration methodology that uses short development cycles called “sprints” to focus on continuous improvement.

Zoho Sprints applies the agile approach to planning and execution, and takes care of keeping timesheets, preparing meetings, monitoring tasks and producing analytics charts. The software helps increase users' productivity by breaking down projects in multiple sprints that are intended to take weeks instead of months or years.

Its features include drag-and-drop planning tools, customizable boards, timers and a team activity feed. It is part of the suite of software solutions designed by Zoho to help businesses in different aspects of their operations. The platform can integrate with Zoho's other applications in sales, marketing, customer support and accounting.   

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In agile methodology, every client requirement is developed into a user story and used as a way to plan out the work for upcoming sprints. A user story is a description of a product from the perspective of an end-user that agile teams employ to determine the relevant tasks of a project.

The story typically describes the type of user, what they want and why : “As a product manager, I want to track my customers' purchases, so that I can market specific items to those people based on previous purchases.” This kind of statement helps create a simplified version of a requirement, which will be the starting point of a sprint.

Zoho's latest feature makes it easy to manage all user stories in one place. When a set of interrelated stories cannot be completed in a single sprint, teams can now create an Epic to group all relevant units under a single larger theme.

When a story is more complex and cannot be resolved in a single sprint, businesses can break it down into multiple smaller stories that will be grouped under one Epic.

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An Epic can therefore be defined as a collection of user stories that spans across several sprints. By using Epics, team members can organize all their work items and group them under a common topic or problem statement.

The flexible structure of Epics allows teams to respond and adapt to changing requirements easily. It is possible to add new stories to an Epic and to move existing Epics to active or upcoming sprints anytime.

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The ability to stay open to change at any stage of a project life cycle can help employees be more productive and complete projects faster.

Founded 1996 in California, Zoho now has offices in seven countries with its global headquarters in Chennai, India. The company serves over 30 million users worldwide.