Redmine Backlog Tweaks (via Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey): Highlight My Backlog

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My coworkers wrote a script that, via a Chrome/Firefox plugin (Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey respectively), highlights the items on a Redmine backlog that belong to you and also puts in parenthesis at the top how many of the points on the sprint are yours.
Before:Screenshot from 2015-07-30 14:53:50After:Screenshot from 2015-07-30 14:53:27The scripts, written by Tom and Abra, can be found at https://arvados.org/projects/arvados/wiki/Highlight_my_backlog , and my version (combining the two and adding in a strong orange color + larger and different font) can be found as follows:

Step-by-Step Greasemonkey Install

1. Install Greasemonkey: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/greasemonkey/

2. Create a file with the contents above ending in “.user.js”

3. Double-click the file and Greasemonkey will install it

For more details, see http://www.orangenarwhals.com/2015/02/step-by-step-greasemonkey-script-to-remove-ui-elements-for-screenshots/ .

Step-by-Step Tampermonkey Install

1. Install Tampermonkey: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/tampermonkey/dhdgffkkebhmkfjojejmpbldmpobfkfo?hl=en

2.  Go to the tampermonkey icon and click “Add a new script…”Screenshot from 2015-07-15 05:10:49

3. Copy-and-paste the code in and ctrl-s to save (or click the floppy disk)

Screenshot from 2015-07-15 05:11:31

If you want to edit the script, just go to Dashboard and click the script name to open up the editor.

Screenshot from 2015-07-15 05:11:11

Backstory

At work (Curoverse), we are all Arvados contributors (and open-source data and computation workflow management platform) and use the open-source Redmine to keep track of our open issues, tickets, and bugs.

We chose to use Redmine and merely mirror on Github, instead of using Github Issues, because Github itself is not open-source and we prefer to own our own data. In particular, since we operate in sprints, we use the backlog feature a lot. However, I’d been struggling to adopt Redmine, since it was impossible to use as a to-do list.

But my co-workers made a greasemonkey / tampermonkey browser plugin that highlights your tasks & how many points are assigned to you, which makes the whole system way more usable.

See the original link, https://arvados.org/projects/arvados/wiki/Highlight_my_backlog, for more details about the Redmine API and features you could add  to this script :)