JIRA - the What, the Why and the How

Kosh Sarkar
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A quick look into what Jira is, why you should use it and your options for getting it.

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11:16:33 of on-demand video • Updated May 2020

  • Understand what JIRA is, benefits of JIRA and how to use JIRA
  • Understand Scrum - the stakeholders, events and overall flow of work
  • Understand Kanban flow of work
  • Use JIRA as a user working within an agile team - creating, working on and searching for issues, customizing dashboards etc.
  • Use JIRA as a manager of an agile team - configuring agile boards, managing the backlog, sprints and releases etc.
  • Administer all aspects of JIRA - create users, groups, set permissions, configure issue types, screens, fields, workflows etc.
  • Use examples presented in this course to customize and use JIRA based on your own unique needs
  • Get ideas (through examples presented in the course) on how JIRA can be utilized for different scenarios or situations
  • Learn the basics of Confluence
  • Learn how you can use both JIRA and Confluence together to work better and be more productive in general
English [Auto] Before we get into the nitty gritty business of Jira I wanted to take a quick moment and help out the people who are brand new to Jira. Now if you are already familiar with what year is then feel free to skip this video. But for formality sake let's introduce year and what it is. So just as you would have probably heard is a project management tool for pretty much any team of any size whether it's to track business projects or agile teams to manage software projects. You can even call it a bug tracker issue tracker customer support tool productivity tool pretty much anything you want. It is developed by a company called Lassen that is based in Australia but have offices worldwide and offer a wide range of products that integrate into each other. Now Jira you could say is actually offered up in a few different forms which serve different purposes. However at the core of it all it is basically a workflow engine that allows you to track issues or tasks through customizable workflows which basically determine how an issue can flow from start to completion and what are all the steps along the way. This basic functionality is what you would get with Jira core which is the base barebones Gier tool that you could use for simple business related project and task management. With Jirus software which is what we will be using in this course you have extra agile functionality where you could track software projects using agile methodologies. So in other words Gere's software include both Jira core plus IDL functionality. Some of the other products offered by glassine include years service desk which is basically a help the solution confluence for managing documentation. That ties into Jira and I do have a full section on confluent as part of this course. Stride was actually the launch in 2017 as a team communication tool. I guess you could say as a competitor to SLOC and finally bitbucket allows you to manage your code repository while tying integer. You can see some of their other products on their Web site. Feel free to check them out on al-Asi and dot com. If you just hover around products and I definitely encourage you to check some of these out and also go through the page that they have on your software. Now keep in mind that because I will be going to Gier software this course focuses heavily on that software aspect and how you would manage software projects using Gier. So let's quickly touch on what makes Jira such an effective tool for software products and I believe it is due to their extensive customization capabilities. You will definitely get a much better sense of this as you go through the courts. But the fact that you can create user stories plan and track Sprint's organize reports and releases and create custom workflows that can suit any team or process and then you have the option of integrating your source code documentation team collaboration by al-Asi and other products. All of this makes it arguably the number one development tool out there for agile teams. Furthermore Alaskan has its own marketplace where you can find several third party add ons to add onto the functionality that Jira already gives you. Things like time tracking tools Gantt Chart generation resource allocation the list goes on and you can definitely check out their marketplace as well. So your selected Jira and cloud hosting and you can see that they've got some timesheets they can charge like I was mentioning. So on and so forth you can add checklists. So I definitely encourage you to check out the marketplace as well to see what else is offered in the Alaskan marketplace community. So no how could you start using JUR. Unfortunately the only downside to Jira is that it's not free no matter what option you choose. But there are definite cost effective options that give you everything for a very minimal amount. You basically have two options. If you sign up for cloud it's very easy just create an account and you're good to go and for a small team of 10 users or less that would put you down by $10 a month but you wouldn't have anything else to worry about such as maintenance or setup and it's a very simple process. So if I swing back here to the software page they do offer you a 70 free trial. So if you just click on try and then you go here. Obviously they've got different packages if you want to try out some of the other products as well. But I'll just try a software for now. And all you have to do is just fill out this form so you can select what your site name will be and fill out the form and start. And basically last year and we'll create your site right away your Jira instance and you can log in and start playing around with it. So Option 2 would be the server setup where you essentially install Jira yourself on your own server and access it on that server. This option ends up being cheaper. As for the same small team of 10 users or less all you have to do is just a one time payment of $10 and that's it and even though it's cheaper where you get unlimited access for just a one time fee it is a bit more tedious to set up. But don't worry there are some videos towards the end of the course that show you how to go about installing it yourself on your own computer and even setting up an internal network where you could access your Jira insulation from any other computer within that network. Also something to just make a quick note of this smallest package of up to 10 users is what they call starter packages. These can be used commercially and all proceeds actually end up going to charity. More specifically a non for profit organization called Room to Read which strives to provide education to millions of children in lower income countries. Alas it did at one point offer free lines that licenses up to three users. But they decided to switch to a fully paid model but offering the proceeds up to charity. And I think it is quite commendable of last. So I definitely recommend supporting that as you also get an awesome tool out of it. So we've quickly touched on what Jira is its main benefits and how to get it now before we get into the nitty gritty let's quickly go over some ground rules tidbits and overall structure of the course.