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GitHub Integration for Agile Meetings

Bring issues from your Agile meetings into GitHub

Conduct powerful guided retrospectives with Parabol, then add follow-up issues in GitHub without ever leaving the meeting.

Decide on next steps during your sprint retrospective

Parabol retrospective in the Discuss phase

Parabol lets engineering teams hold engaging retrospective meetings through anonymous reflections, multi-player grouping and voting, and guided discussions. Choose from retrospective templates based on best practices or customize your own to suit your team’s needs. 

During your guided discussion, collaboratively decide on next steps – capture bugs, feature requests or needed research. 

Send tasks to GitHub without leaving your meeting

Sending a task from Parabol to GitHub

Many leading teams have a GitHub workflow to manage backlogs, plan sprints and log issues. As a fully-distributed team building an open-source project, we use GitHub at Parabol to do just this – check out our backlog

Avoid managing multiple tools or relying on notes in another tool – create GitHub issues during your sprint retro so they’re ready to be prioritized for an upcoming sprint. Send any card in any view – during a meeting or from your Dashboard – to GitHub. 

Select the GitHub repository and include a title and description

If you’re managing multiple repositories, you can select the right one when publishing an issue. This works for both private and public repositories. 

You can also include additional details on the issue. By default, the first line of your Parabol card will be the title of the issue.  On the task card in Parabol, press shift + enter to break a line and start the description. 

Once you migrate the card from Parabol to GitHub, it’ll be read-only. This means changes can only be made in GitHub, sidestepping the problem of different changes in different tools.  

In future retrospective or team check-in meetings, you can see which tasks are managed in GitHub, and click through to see what progress you’ve made since your last meeting.  

Pull in issues from GitHub, estimate, and sync back automatically

Pull your GitHub Issues into a Sprint Poker meeting, estimate them together, and export your Story Points Estimate right back home to GitHub.

Searching for GitHub issues in a Parabol estimation meeting

Parabol’s two-way integration lets you search for the issues you want using GitHub’s search syntax, then select the ones you want to estimate. 

Once you’ve decided on your final estimates as a team, we’ll take care of exporting them back to GitHub automatically. 

How estimations from Parabol Sprint Poker meetings show up on GitHub issues as comments
How estimations from Parabol Sprint Poker meetings show up on GitHub issues as labels

Let GitHub manage issues – use Parabol to power up meetings

Parabol task board with GitHub issues

GitHub lets agile teams manage their code, but doesn’t provide tools to run retrospectives – a critical component of a healthy team and continuous improvement. 

With Parabol, you can raise the bar for sprint retros and also bring your new powerful insights into your GitHub Issue backlog. Make retrospectives a natural part of your GitHub workflow.