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Jira Software best practices
The ability to customize Jira Software to fit your team's needs is the reason it's the #1 agile tool for software teams. With so many options, it can be hard to know where to start. Here you'll find a collection of best practices, curated from Atlassian employees, customers, and subject matter experts to help you get started with Jira Software.
Jira project best practices
Once you've set up your first project in Jira, these articles will help you define and structure those projects so you can get your team working.
How to define your Jira project
There is no “right way” to organize Jira projects, but there are some best practices. See a few common strategies that work well for other teams, and three additional tips you should definitely consider.
How to structure your Jira project
A clean and efficient Jira instance depends on organizing work properly. This tutorial covers best practices for Jira project structure.
Jira workflow best practices
Every team has its own definition of ‘Done’ and how to get there. A workflow in Jira Software is represented on a digital board and displays the statuses and transitions of every item of work. As your work progresses, team members can access the most accurate information anytime, anywhere. Use these resources to build the perfect workflow for your team.
What is a workflow in Jira?
Jira workflows empower teams to move projects from "Not Started" to "Done" efficiently and transparently. Learn more about what a Jira workflow is and how you can build yours.
Building an awesome Jira workflow
The perfect workflow is definitely key to getting the most out of Jira. The process requires some trial and error, but it’s worth it in the end.
Get started building an agile workflow
Agile workflows help bring structure to scale your software development process. Learn more about workflow management to support your agile program.
How to standardize workflow processes
A Jira workflow has three basic components: statuses, transitions, and resolutions. Best practices for Jira workflows include keeping your workflows simple, not edit live workflows and not confusing “resolution” with “status.”
Best practices for epics and stories in Jira
In agile project management, an “epic” is a large body of work that can be broken down into smaller tasks. Those tasks are “stories,” or “user stories,” that represent requirements or needs from the perspective of the user. These articles will help you structure and break down your work using Jira issues, epics, and stories.
Roadmap best practices in Jira Software
A roadmap is a shared source of truth that outlines the vision, direction, priorities, and progress of a product or team over time. Roadmaps in Jira Software help teams plan smarter, communicate better, and release more predictably.
Use these resources to get starting building your roadmaps in Jira Software:
Stay on target, achieve your goals with roadmaps in Jira Software.
Getting started with roadmaps in Jira Software
Roadmaps in Jira Software provide quick and easy planning and dependency management practices across your team.
Get started with Advanced Roadmaps
Advanced Roadmaps are built to help multiple teams collaborate, track the big picture, identify dependencies, and plan team capacity.
What is a product roadmap?
A roadmap is a plan of action for how a product or solution will evolve, provide context for the team's everyday work, and be responsive to shifts in the competitive landscape.
Short videos to help you get started with Advanced Roadmaps
After you’ve read the Advanced Roadmaps Guide, these videos will walk you through creating your plan, configuring your hierarchy, and capacity planning across company-managed projects.
Agile roadmaps: build, share, use, evolve
A roadmap is every bit as important to an agile team as it is to a waterfall team because it provides context.
Learn how to use epics in Jira Software
A guide on how to use and create epics in Jira Software directly from your roadmap, backlog, or board.
Best practices for Jira users and roles
Jira offers unparalleled flexibility for user roles and restrictions. These are often created by the Jira Administrator, or the person that sets up and manages your Jira instance. These best practices are tailored for your Jira admin get your entire team set up with the features and functionality they need, without the distractions.
How to add new Jira users
Jira lets you add new users directly, or allow new users to add themselves. This step-by-step tutorial shows you how.
Jira permissions made simple
The main concepts of permissions in company-managed projects revolve around Users, Groups, Global Permissions, Permission Schemes, and Project Roles. Learn about each one and see sample best practice scenarios for each.
Managing project roles
Project roles are similar to groups, but they are project-specific. Learn how to use, view, add, delete, and edit project roles in company-managed projects for great efficiency in Jira.
Jira status and reporting best practices
Reporting in Jira software helps you track and analyze your team's work throughout a project. Jira Software has a range of reports that you can use to show information about your project, versions, epics, sprints, and issues. These resources will help you set up your reports for better status meetings. Learn more about reporting features in Jira Software.
Track and analyze work with Jira reports
Learn about the different types of reports available in Jira software to help track and analyze your team’s work.
How to create reports in Jira
Learn how to configure and use various reports for people, projects, versions, issue and more.
How to use search for better reporting and dashboards
Basic and advanced search functions in Jira are key to making the most of reporting. Get a list of best practices for search here.
Working with dashboards in Jira Cloud
Learn more about how dashboards in Jira Software help you organize projects and track achievements in a single view. with dozens of built-in gadgets, easily customize dashboards for teams, stakeholders, and leadership.
Gain key project insights with Advanced Search and JQL
Turn work across tasks, projects, initiatives into custom reports that can be saved, shared, or added to a dashboard. Advanced search is a powerful tool for getting project data right at your fingertips. Search issues across projects using the Jira Query Language (JQL)
How to create more efficient dashboards with gadgets
Dashboard gadgets help visualize project activity for easier consumption and reporting. Learn how to make the most of them
Five agile metrics you won't hate
How to use agile metrics. Learn about sprint burndown, epic and release burndown, velocity, control charts and the cumulative flow diagram.
Agile best practices for Jira
Agile is a philosophy, a methodology. Jira is a family of software platforms that help agile teams do what they do even better. The more agile your team is, the more Jira will be able to help.
The Agile Coach
The Agile Coach is our complete collection of agile best practices. From scrum and kanban, to DevOps and scaling, this collection of best practice guides and tutorials will get your team ready to scale Jira to fit your teams needs.
Your guide to scrum
Scrum is a framework that helps teams work together. Learn what it, how it works, and why it's awesome in this comprehensive guide.
Your guide to kanban
How the kanban methodology applies to software development. Learn everything you need to know about kanban to get your team up and running.
Jira admin best practices
A Jira administrator is the person (or people) that sets up and manages your instance of Jira Software. Whether you’re a seasoned Jira admin or just getting started, this collection of additional resources will help you create a powerful Jira Software instance for your team. Don’t forget to bookmark Jira Software Resources before you go!
Be a Jira Hero: A guide for admins, by admins
Learn tips, trick, and strategies curated from actual, real-life Jira admins
Gain confidence and strengthen your product skills
Tutorials, courses, and certifications to help you go from “I’m new here” to “I’m a pro” with Jira, Confluence and more.
The Jira Software Cloud Administrators Guide
A guide to understanding concepts, strategies, and best practices for an efficient Jira Software environment.
Make your team more productive
Jira Software integrates seamlessly with the tools you already know and love. Find the right app for your team today.
Connect, share, learn with other Jira admins.
Atlassian’s free online community is a big, wonderful world full of helpful advice and tips from thousands of users.
Get (and keep) your team humming along
FREE learning paths to help you train teams at scale. From beginner to expert and everything in between.
IT best practices
Can your IT team really be agile? Absolutely! It’s not only very possible, it’s often one key to better company-wide performance overall.
This collection of agile IT best practices includes:
Team best practices
You can't run a great software team with tools alone, you have to have great practices. That's why we developed resources just for you and your team.
You're not alone on your agile journey. We are here to help. The Agile Coach distills decades of agile software development experience into easy lessons for beginners and pros alike.
Get step-by-step instructions for tracking your team's health, and new ways of working ("plays") that build your Get $#!τ Done™ muscle. Use the plays on their own, or in concert with Atlassian tools.