Top 5 Benefits of using Jira
Jira is a software tool created by atlassian. This was created as bug tracking system, but now it’s a full fledge project management tool that not only capable of holding scrum based release but it can also be applied for general purpose target/goals. Jira is a cloud based software as service product that is hosted by atlassian. Although it can be hosted as any URL as well. If you take enterprise license, then you can have it on any custom URL. You can also customize their theme.
Benefits of using Jira:
- Linking of task: We can link tasks with other related task that would be easy. Because sometimes two dependent tasks/duplicate tasks might run parallel. So in order to avoid rework we can link more than one task with each other.
- As Project Management Tool: Jira is widely used as PM (project management tool) as it provides the way to follow all agile ceremonies through it.
- API Support: Jira has REST/Web service based API, by invoking the APIs you can further utilize all Jira data within your application itself. This way its open for all.
- Plugin Support: Jira support more than 2000 external plugin that can be easily integrated with third party software/applications. For example, you can use Jenkins plugin of Jira to support. This way it’s acceptable to all.
- Chart based reporting: Jira provide almost 10 different types of charts that not only provides clear picture about our current progress towards goal but also gives a clear direction for future. In the next section I have listed down important charts.
By default, Jira provides different types of charts, each chart shows sprint based data from current sprint. These charts is based on real data that you have consumed during the sprint. Management can easily decide the good or bad into the current sprint based on real data. Below are list of the important charts that is provided by Jira.
- Burndown Chart: This chart tracks the total work remaining and project that gives likelihood of achieving the sprint goal. This helps your team manage its progress and respond accordingly.
- Sprint Report Chart: This chart provides understanding of the work completed or pushed back to the backlog in each sprint. This helps you determine if your team is overcommitting or if there is excessive scope creep.
- Velocity Chart: It tracks the amount of work completed from sprint to sprint. This helps you determine your team’s velocity and estimate the work your team can realistically achieve in future sprints.
- Cumulative Flow Diagram: This report shows the statuses of issues over time. This helps you identify potential bottlenecks that need to be investigated.
- Version Report: We can track the projected release date for a version. It helps you monitor whether the version will release on time, so you can take action if work is falling behind.
- Epic Report: It gives full understanding of the progress towards completing an epic over time. This helps you manage your team’s progress by tracking the remaining incomplete/un-estimated work.
- Control Chart: This cart shows the cycle time for your product, version or sprint. This helps you identify whether data from the current process can be used to determine future performance.
- Epic Burndown: It is used to track the projected number of sprints required to complete the epic . It helps us to monitor whether the epic will release on time, so you can take action if work is falling behind.
- Release Burndown: It is used to track the projected release date for a version. It helps us to monitor whether the version will release on time, so you can take action if work is falling behind.
How to access/use Jira in free:
Although Jira is paid application still you can try the same application in free by going to the link (https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/pricing?tab=cloud).