What is "Normalization"

Modified on Tue, 06 Sep 2022 at 12:24 PM

In this article, we will discuss what is "Normalization" in Planningboard Widget Parameter settings and how to use it properly.
For this example, we use the default Nextedy Planningboard demo project. 

Let's compare the same demo project changing just this setting and see what happens.

By default, Planningboard shows Polarion Plans as columns. In this case, Normalization is not used. 

Every column now is a plan, so there are 3 different plans for the same Iteration 35 for different teams.

This way you can access the plan for each team by clicking on the column header:

But what if in the project you have:

  • each team has a dedicated sprint;

So you have different plans for each team:

In this case, you want to show:

  • teams as swimlanes
  • columns as virtual (as they do not exist in Polarion) iterations

  • and the PLAN is in this case a cell of matrix team x iteration:

This requires some special settings:

  • the naming convention of Polarion Plan Ids
    • iteration IDs are of the format [IterationNum-TeamId]

  • a work item shall have an Enum field e.g. team

So you have to set the planning board:

  • swimlanes to show the “team”

  • turn plans normalization ON

How does it work now?

Now when you drag a Card from one cell to the other it does not set only the team, but it actually moves the story from one iteration to the other, even though it still stays in one column.

Please contact us at support@nextedy.com if you have any more questions.

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