Confluence and Jira Software are like bacon and eggs, Simon and Garfunkel, wine and cheese. Separate, they’re good. Together, they’re real good. In fact, over half of Jira Software teams already use Confluence as a complement to Jira and their agile development toolset.
There are several good reasons to add Confluence to Jira Software, but here are five of them:
1. A single place for all your documentation
Tons of work goes into a software project – product requirements, project plans, technical documentation, design specs, sprint meeting notes… the list is almost endless. While Jira is great at helping your team plan and track all the work that goes into your software, Confluence gives you a single place to organize all of this additional content that’s created along the way.
Confluence eliminates the need to store documentation in multiple places like shared drives or Word folders. With Confluence, you can organize your documentation into spaces for each of your projects or teams and link those spaces to your related projects in Jira.
Each space has a hierarchy of content that makes sense, plus spaces are accessible to anyone on the team. That means your team always knows exactly where to look when it needs something. Plus, onboarding new members is easier because all your historic documentation is right there.
2. Break down communication barriers
When developing software, finding consensus isn’t always so easy. Especially when it comes to technical decisions or product requirements. With many stakeholders involved, maintaining speed, transparency, and quality becomes increasingly difficult. This difficulty is magnified when team members get sucked into debating issues via email where valuable information gets buried and context is lost.
Confluence keeps your team on the same page – literally! With the ready-to-go requirements blueprint, you can gather your requirements from the team using the collaborative editor and negotiate details with stakeholders using inline comments. When you’ve all agreed on the final requirements, it is easy to convert them into Jira issues with just a few clicks directly from Confluence.
Instead of collaborating on design mockups in one tool, development tasks in another, and user stories in something else, you can bring all of this work into Confluence.
3. Keeps you (and your process) moving forward
While Jira ensures your team has standardized workflows to keep your team and processes running smoothly, Confluence helps keep your team aligned along the way.
Most agile teams go through four main stages when developing software. Here’s how you can use integrations between Jira and Confluence to make the transition between them seamless.
- Define – Standardize product requirements in Confluence, and track and manage the changes as they evolve over time.
- Plan – Turn requirements into Jira stories with a single click to jumpstart development, while maintaining traceability back to your requirements.
- Release – Make and document technical decisions in Confluence and publish automated release notes and change logs that reflect releases in Jira.
- Improve – Reflect on and improve your process by running retrospectives with a Confluence template as you complete sprints.
In each step you have traceability across your work and proper documentation when needed.
4. Reduce time-wasting context switching
Confluence helps keep your team productive. Confluence automatically embeds newly created Jira issues in your related requirements documents, so it’s easy for your product managers to keep up on the progress of the development team’s work being tracked in Jira.
Conversely, your requirements, and any other Confluence pages, are automatically linked to your epics and issues in Jira Software, so developers can get all the context they need without breaking their flow.
No matter which tool you live in, you have the context of what you’re working on, and full traceability. That means fewer headaches keeping track of everything, and greater efficiency for your team, day in and day out.
5. Provide visibility into your software projects
No one wants to spend their time constantly reporting out the status of their software project. Our Jira Reports templates makes it easy for development teams to create ad-hoc reports in Confluence that detail their latest releases tracked in Jira. You can create a dynamic status report that shows the progress of the current release, or a static change log that displays what’s changed between your latest releases.
These customizable reports give stakeholders a snapshot of your development team’s progress, with just a few clicks.
Together, Jira and Confluence obviously offer one powerful, seamlessly integrated solution for your next software project. Together, they can help your development teams work faster, communicate more effectively, and keep documentation organized and easily accessible.