The Axosoft Dashboard allows you to create visualizations of your Axosoft item information and is great for users, project managers, or anyone interested in overviews of Axosoft information. It allows for 5 different chart types to be dragged and dropped right onto the Dashboard, as well as each individual chart can be customized to report on the data you want to view or analyze.
- Click on the add button in the Dashboard toolbar to add new gadgets to the Dashboard.
- Click on the gear button to access more options and change Dashboard settings.
- Click on the name of the Dashboard at the top to create a new Dashboard or switch between dashboards.
- Click on the hyperlink button to access and copy the public dashboard link.
- Click on the arrow button in the upper right to pop the Dashboard into another window.
Once a gadget is added to the Dashboard you can drag and drop it to move, or drag any of the edges to resize.
The Burndown, Required Velocity, Current Velocity, Projected Ship Date and Work Remaining gadgets are all options for viewing work log data from a release, normally available as a burndown chart in the workspace, but can be displayed as separate gadgets for easy viewing here.
The Plain Text gadget to add any info you would like on the Dashboard as well.
The Estimated vs. Actual gadget displays a bar chart comparing the estimated work for each item with actual work done, which is great for sprint retrospective meetings and reviewing past work.
The Twitter gadget allows you to retrieve and display up-to-date tweet data from Twitter.
Item Chart Gadget
Probably the most powerful gadget in the Dashboard is Item Chart, where you can filter to create a chart for any items in a particular project or release, or use any of your custom filters.
To group by different fields select the option under Group Data By. Select the Aggregation Type to select from a count of items, or total of Initial Estimate, Remaining Estimate, or Actual Duration.
You can also select between different chart/graph types like column, pie, bar, line, and area to change how the data is displayed.
One very helpful gadget would be to show current user work load. For this, Group Data By the Assigned To field and for Aggregation Type select Remaining Estimate.
Dashboard Global Settings
Dashboard settings control the public access options and any global settings for gadgets.
To modify the dashboard settings, hover over the dashboard toolbar, click the gear icon, then select Dashboard Settings.
Global dashboard settings can be configured here to be used for gadget defaults.
When adding a gadget to the dashboard, 'Use Global Settings' can be used for fields including: Releases, Item Type, Time Units, and Day settings.
When enabled, the gadget can then dynamically show data refined to global dashboard settings.
Dashboard URL Public Access
In dashboard settings there is the option to make a dashboard public to only other team members and public to anyone with a shared link.
To create a public dashboard link, click the public dashboard URL button to generate an address.
When enabled, click the 'Show Dashboard URL' button or the hyperlink button on the main Dashboard Toolbar. This address can be shared or accessed without user authentication to show off Axosoft data.
For additional protection, there is the optional setting to require a password for accessing the publicly available dashboard.
Use of the public URL for dashboards will only be allowed while your Axosoft API is enabled. To enable the API, go to Tools System Options and click on Axosoft API Settings on the left.
Note: dashboard gadgets like Twitter which are subject to external authentication will not be available for public dashboards