Next Decision for Jira

Backlog Prioritization making only "this or that" decisions between pairs of issues
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How to create a new decision session

  • The main screen of Next Decision for Jira is used for starting a new prioritization session or to join an existing one.
  • Each decision session happens in a live room. Each room has a 6-digit Room ID.
  • To join an existing session, paste or type the 6-digit Room ID in the box and click “Join”.
  • To start a new room, click “Start a Prioritization session”.
Next Decision for Jira - Main screen
  • A new decision session is created by giving the room a name, specifying the issues to prioritize, the decision type and the desired decision accuracy.
  • Issues can be selected manually from a list (BASIC mode) or using a JQL query, typed or by choosing a filter.
  • A minimum of 4 issues is required to start a new session
  • Decision Type:
    Win-Lose – a forced decision between two options

    Win-Draw-Lose – a draw decision will be allowed in the voting session.
  • Accuracy – higher accuracy may need more decision rounds
  • The session name can be any text. We suggest phrasing it as a question when it makes sense.
  • Decision Process – Real-time or Self-paced. Real-time requires all participants to be in the room at the same time. In Self-paced mode, each person votes separately when they can. If all voters can be online for a real-time session, this is preferred, as the final ranking will be more precise.
  • Click “Create” to create the decision and the live room
New decision form in Next Decision for Jira

How to manage a real-time decision session

The top of the room management screen shows the following information:

  • The name of the session
  • The current round and total number of rounds
  • Room ID. Click the icon before the number to copy the Room ID, to share with other participants
  • The “Close Round” button that changes to “Start Round” when the current round is closed
  • All the participants in the room are shown below
  • A participant who cast their vote has a checkmark over their profile picture
  • Administrator’s profile picture has a crown on it
  • The administrator votes from the bottom section of the admin page (under Vote Here section)
  • When all the participants cast their votes (including the admin), click “Close Round”.

Next Decision for Jira Admin screen

After a round is finished, Current Standing section on the page will show the sorted list of the issues, along with their score.

After the final round is closed, this table will show the final standings.


Next Decision for Jira Standings

To start a new round, click “Start Round”.

When clicked, all the participants and the administrator will see a new list of pairs of issues to vote on.


Next Decision for Jira Start Round

To go to the next round, click “Start Round”.

When clicked, all the participants and the admin will see a new list of pairs of issues to vote on.


Next Decision for Jira Start Round

When all rounds are complete, Decision Status changes to “complete” and a new button, “Adjust and apply ranking to Jira” appears.

Click this button to preview the final standings and adjust them, if needed, before applying the rankings back to Jira. 


Next Decision for Jira Voting end

Preview Result screen presents the final standings after all the voting rounds are complete. 

Drag and drop the issues, if manual change to rankings is needed.

When done, click “Apply to Jira”, and the application will save the ranking in the issues. The rankings affect the relative order of issues in an unsorted list. If the issues were part of a backlog, for example, they’ll appear sorted according to the list in this screen.


Next Decision for Jira - Review Rankings screen

Running a self-paced decision session

A self-paced session runs similarly to a real-time process with the following differences:

  • Each vote can join the room number at any time. When they join, the admin can see it on their screen, but the voters only see themselves in the room.
  • The next round starts immediately when a voter finishes sending their votes for a round.
  • When the last round for a voter finishes, they can close their session window. The administrator will see a checkmark on the avatars of voters who finished their voting rounds.
  • The administrator can close the decision at any time. After the admin closes the decision, further votes will not affect the results.

Prioritize your Jira backlog

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Making decisions is never easy, making them as a group is even harder. We are here to provide you with tools to help you make better, quicker, more transparent decisions. Next Decision uses a proprietary algorithm to match the best options to create the most accurate decisions.

Next Decision – Simplifying Decision Making!