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JIRA – An Introduction

by Ibukunoluwa Ogundare
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Jira is a proprietary issue-tracking product. What does this mean you might wonder? It means Jira is a software application used for issue tracking and project management. It provides a central hub for development teams to discuss, work on, track and resolve issues on the product. 

Furthermore, the software can keep your team up to date about bug additions, status changes, comments, and code updates. It was developed by Atlassian to aid agile product management. Atlassian introduced it in 2002 as an issue-tracking tool for software companies. According to Wikipedia, It is used for issue tracking and project management by over 180,000 customers in 190 countries. Jira was named after “Gojira,” which means Godzilla in Japanese. The idea for the name came about because, before they developed the tool, Atlassian’s coders used a bug-tracking software tool called Bugzilla.

Jira is offered in four packages. 
  • Jira Work Management which is intended for generic project management.
  • Jira Software which includes the base software and agile project management features (previously a separate product: Jira Agile).
  • Jira Service Management which is intended for use by IT operations or business service desks.
  • Jira Align which is made for strategic product and portfolio management.

As the agile development methodology became more widely used by software companies, Atlassian expanded the platform to offer services to different teams like the product team. 

Jira and Product management. 

Product management is one of the common use cases for Jira Software. By integrating it with a product roadmap, a product team can sync the status of its day-to-day tasks with its big-picture strategy. Likewise, A Jira roadmap integration can also help your product team pull Issue-Completion Updates from it into your Roadmap. The product team can automatically sync updates of tasks in the product with its roadmap. Consequently, this allows you to display an up-to-date picture of your development progress. 

A Jira roadmap integration can also help your product team prioritize Issues. That is, it will help you weigh the costs and benefits of initiatives and decide which one your team should work on first. Furthermore, if your team maintains a list of epics, stories, and other projects you’d like to work on, but you’re not sure which to work on next. You can also import all of those items into your roadmap app, then use the app’s Parking Lot platform to create side-by-side comparisons of the items and weigh them against each other according to factors such as Customer value, Implementation effort, Operational costs, Potential revenue, etc. 

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