Why Visor?

Top product leads, unable to find a better tool, plan using spreadsheets that look something like this:

These sheets quickly become unruly with information, merged cells, and conditional formatting – a tedious pain to update and a task to share with others.

These sheets are typically used as a compliment to an issue tracker, like Jira, but don’t communicate with any other tools. All of the overlapping data must be added separately, manually, creating twice as much data entry (and running the risk of updates falling out of sync).

Visor vs Other Planning Tools

Visor was built on the foundation that there’s a reason why teams are defaulting to spreadsheets; spreadsheets are flexible and familiar. They let you organize your data how you want, and they're easy for your team to adopt.

Other products on the market, the non-spreadsheet solutions, are opinionated on the “right way” your team should organize. They force you to learn, then adapt their way of doing it, which doesn't work for most established team leads.

Visor uses the familiarity of spreadsheets to get you + your team up and running quickly, with the flexibility you need to continue planning they way that works for you. Where Visor wins out over the other planning tools, including Google Sheets and Excel are:

  • Visor allows you to view and edit your data in two ways – Table and Timeline. If you create a table of projects, a timeline view is generated automatically (and vice-versa).
  • Regardless of how many tabs you create in a Workbook, all project metadata is shared between them. This means that you need only to update project information once, like the status or end date, and all tabs that share this project will update automatically.
  • Visor allows you to label, color, and filter your projects and data based on any criteria you'd like (even data that comes in directly from Jira). This means you can easily manage what and how you share with different viewers/ collaborators.
  • Visor’s bidirectional syncing with Jira is direct, reliable, and breeze to connect. This means that your data is always up-to-date (and only needs to be updated once, either in Jira or in Visor) to be reflected in both.

Key Features

1

Multiple views of your data

A guiding principle when building Visor was: one source of truth, multiple ways to view it. Visor looks like a common spreadsheet, but a major difference is how all tabs share the same underlying data. This allows you to create different views for different stakeholders (without updates in one tab falling out of sync with the others).

With each new tab you can decide to view projects as a Table or a Timeline, as well as how you’d like to color, label, or filter your project data.

2

Tables

If you can create a spreadsheet you already know how you use Visor. Visor Tables over a compact view of your data, allowing you to sort, filter, and format any way choose.

3

Timeline

Timelines are the most visual way to plan, making it easy to assess your team's bandwidth & velocity.

Visor’s Timelines allow you to plot your projects based on any two date fields that you choose. In one-click you can create multiple views that plot:
• ‘Build date’ to ‘QA’ for your engineering team
• ‘Design date’ to ‘Launch’ for your CEO
• ‘Spec date’ to 'Launch' for your clients

4

Connecting with Jira

Connect projects in Visor to Jira with a few clicks (not code). You can link Epics, Stories, Tasks, Subtasks, and more, automatically pulling fields like Status and Due Date into Visor.

Never worry again if your information is up to date, and never again update the same information twice in both systems.