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Planning a sprint in JIRA Agile involves assigning issues. You want to spread the load fairly, not overburdening or underburdening workers. To complicate matters, some issues take longer than others (with more Story Points or greater Time Estimate), and the capacity of each worker varies per week, as they may have time off or other responsibilities.

To meet this planning need in a simple way, we have developed the Sprint Capacity Report, a Confluence-based SQL report showing issues grouped per assignee, showing time estimates vs. assignee capacity.



The sprint to show is selected in a drop-down. Here we can see, for instance, that Dave is able to work 10 hours this sprint, is assigned one issue (SKP-14), which is estimated to take 30h, so Dave would be at 300% capacity unless we change things. There are 49 hours' worth of unassigned issues.


The report is implemented as a giant parametrized SQL query running within a Confluence page, with the SQL running against the JIRA database.

User capacities are stored as user properties in JIRA. E.g. clicking 'Edit' in the Capacity column for Dave brings up:


Install the SQL plugin

Install the SQL plugin in JIRA.

Define a Datasource to access JIRA

First we need to allow Confluence access to our JIRA database, via a datasource configured in Confluence's conf/server.xml file.

                     <Resource name="jdbc/JiraDS" auth="Container" type="javax.sql.DataSource"
                            validationQuery="select 1"/>

Restart Confluence. Afterwards, a simple query like select count(*) from jiraissue against the JiraDS database should work.

Sprints drop-down

Create a macro listing all Sprints in JIRA, most recent first:

The contents of this macro can be found on Bitbucket.

Define a Param user macro

Our query must be parametrized with the user's selection. Do this by creating a 'param' macro that uses $req.getParameter() to fish out the sprint parameter.

TODO: link to Velocity definition.

Define a SQL wrapper macro

We can't just use the SQL macro here, as we want to embed our Param macro in it. See Allow macro content inside any other macro for a SQL wrapper macro that gets around this.

Query SQL

Create a page in Confluence called Sprint Capacity Planner, with contents:


TODO: clean up and put SQL on bitbucket

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