Over a year ago, we launched Tara AI for the first time to the world, with the intention of helping small teams get ship done. We felt that there has to be a better way to collaborate on software projects, that work happens in source control and the best project management software should minimize manual data entry. We asked ourselves, could a ticketless future be possible for engineering teams? Could we build the fastest project management software ever designed for the distributed, product-led era?

With your support, we’re getting closer to this vision. In 14 months, we went from 50 users, to over 30,000 builders on the platform. We’ve seen teams using Tara to build revolutionary products in challenging times, in fields like healthcare, edtech, finance, retail. Your teams shared feedback on the first version of Tara, and we’ve listened. It’s been amazing to see how workspaces have started with one developer, grown to the wider engineering team, until the entire organization is on Tara for mission critical releases.

And so today, we’re announcing a host of new features to help your growing teams git ship done, with Tara AI 2.0. We believe simplicity is a superpower, and so we’ve continued to invest in design and performance while maintaining the simplicity you love. This means major performance improvements, automated workflows, an all-new interface, premium workspaces for multiple teams, and powerful integrations- including our new API. Here’s more:

Automation & tasks

We’ve redesigned tasks for easier access to the information you need. With our new card design, you can update status, assignee, and effort without needing to click into the task – and a simple double-click lets you edit the title.

In lieu of the task modal, selected tasks will now be revealed in the details panel. Located to the right of your sprints, you can view and edit task details with an unobstructed view of the week’s work – so you can stay in your planning flow. Now, you can plan in even greater detail by assigning subtasks to collaborators, or anyone on your team.

Our most exciting task update is the introduction of our new automation sync. Tasks that are linked to Git data will automatically update status based on changes made in GitHub, so developers & teams can save time and focus on building.

The Work Drawer

The brand-new Work drawer brings even more visibility and quick organization to your sprint planning.  Teams can now access requirements, tasks, and issues across multiple pages.

Similar to the backlog in Tara 1.0, you can create tasks at the top of the Work drawer in a quick-fire, ad-hoc fashion – and you can now create them inline inside of your requirements.  The Work drawer lets you see as little or as much as you want to see – with filters at the top letting you display tasks that are already in sprints or done.  The Work drawer is a faster, more intuitive way to keep track of the work to be done.

We’re excited to announce that the Work drawer supports multiple repos, so if you use Git sync, you’ll see your linked repos in the repository section, by repo.  And last but not least, we created an import section for those of you who are still migrating your work over to Tara.

Smart Sprinting

Tara now allows you to create sprints on auto-pilot. Sprints will automatically complete on a preferred day and time, in a specified time zone, as chosen by your team. Other settings such as sprint duration, and whether tasks should automatically roll-over into a new sprint, are also available. These settings are accessible through the new details panel.

Clicking on a sprint activates the new sprint details panel. Goals and objectives for the week can be outlined in the sprint description for a clear vision of the work to be done. The activity feed logs any actions made within the sprint by your team, such as updates in effort estimations or added/removed tasks. Users also have the ability to filter sprints by task status.

Adding to our automation release list, we’re bringing you sprint overload warnings. After just one sprint, Tara will start tracking your team’s average weekly effort based on what you’re able to complete. Any tasks added to your sprints that exceed the recommended weekly effort will automatically issue an overload warning. This setting can also be switched off from the details panel.

Performance

At Tara, we craft with a user first mindset and we think of performance as a feature. When you operate at peak productivity, just being fast isn’t good enough, your tools need to be immediate. Whether you’re queuing up a sprint, running stand-up or detailing your next killer feature, the new Tara 2.0 is designed to perform like a native app. Our engineering team has been focused on performance to keep you in your productivity flow. 

You need access to your data instantly with no load times, and so we’ve rebuilt our data models in Firestore to remove sequential loads. That means any data you need, will be loaded in a single shot. A better data structure means instant access to your data. 

In Tara 2.0, we’ve redesigned a new system we call immediate mode. In immediate mode, we process ACID-compliant transactions synchronously and make the data consistent. This fixes any challenges with Redux, and makes Tara 2.0 respond instantly as you run your projects to git ship done.

Define Mode

By accessing requirements and tasks via dropdown, the work drawer has completely transformed the way teams plan. On the define page, the drawer paints a cohesive picture of all your projects to simplify the process of outlining and delegating work. Define requirements with attachments, links, code blocks, and @mention teammates to drive the conversations around features, specs or objectives.

An All-New API

Our all new back-end in Tara brings more power to your workflow. We’re proud to announce our new Restful API interface, which allows you to send, retrieve and edit core task and requirements data to build custom workflows. 

Workspace admins will be able to retrieve temporary user keys to share with their team. Use keys to create custom integrations using low code tools like Zapier, as well as write custom scripts that allow you to bring in or send out data from Tara into your favorite tools. Some common workflows we’re seeing teams create include bringing in issue data from Zendesk, Sending customer feedback from Productboard into requirements, auto logging issues from sentry- the possibilities are endless. 

The API is currently in beta and will go live by the end of August. We will also be sharing common workflows and API integration scripts from the community. You can easily request access to the API by dropping us a message through your in-app chat, and view our documentation here.

Premium & Co-pilot Workspaces

To support the ever-growing teams on our platform, we are introducing three workspace plans for organizations to choose from: free, premium, and co-pilot.

We believe teams shouldn’t be limited by user count, which is why we’re allowing unlimited users, tasks, and requirements for all workspaces. Our free plan also includes single sprint planning, access to all integrations, and syncing with up to 2 repos.

Our premium plan adds multi-team support, multi-sprint planning, and linked workspaces. Upgrading to co-pilot boosts team threshold, provides unlimited storage, and includes CI/CD sync with GitHub. 
For more details on what is included in each plan, please visit our pricing page.

Through the support of our community, we’ve been able to continue growing and developing Tara AI for teams. Thank you to everyone who has stayed with us on our mission to develop the simplest, most powerful platform in product development. With Tara 2.0 we’re helping teams, big and small, ship quicker and easier than ever before. Stay tuned- we have more planned and coming soon. Onwards and upwards! 🚀

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