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Job Interview in two days and I'm new to Jira - HELP!

Henry
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March 8, 2022

The job requires me to be comfortable with using project management tools such as JIRA.  Jira is completely new to me but I'm comfortable with Microsoft Planner. I have a 'Prioritisation' test too. If I'm to learn two things regarding prioritisation tools and functions, what should they be? Thank you in advance. 

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Mike Rathwell
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March 8, 2022

Hi @Henry ,

The questions you ask are a bit bigger than a breadbox. Microsoft Planner isn't really in the same league as Jira. What I might suggest, since you have a couple of days, is to see if any of the Atlassian University courses might get you going. There are quite a few free ones that, at least, give you some scope and vocabularly.

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Jimmy Seddon
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March 8, 2022

Hi @Henry,

Welcome to the Community!

As @Mike Rathwell already suggested there are a number of really good courses on Atlassian's University site. 

I would personally recommend the FREE Jira Fundamentals course: 
https://university.atlassian.com/student/path/815443-jira-fundamentals?sid=97bccca4-b58f-4480-b8d9-007955c936aa&sid_i=0

It is a beginner's dream, starting with basic terminology and walking you through the very first steps of starting to use Jira.

However, I'd also like to point out that I think you should be honest with the company that you are interviewing with.  Tell them you aren't very familiar with Jira, but that you have already been on the Atlassian online community getting help learning.

If I were hiring, I'd be concerned about someone that tried to fake knowledge they don't have vs Someone who shows a drive to learn something new.

Just my two cents.

Good luck with the interview!

-Jimmy

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March 8, 2022

Totally with what @Jimmy Seddon has recommended, not only regarding the course, but very much around the "be honest" component. 

Regarding the "priorities test", I can only assume this would be around Prioritised backlog planning and that kind of Agile stuff, but who knows!

Meanwhile, these videos could well be helpful

Atlassian - YouTube

Good luck!!

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joe_robbins March 8, 2022

I would sign up for your own Jira account, start a project, make some tickets, and try to do everything you can to at least look at the project itself.  I've learned much of what I know about Jira from personal experience.  If you understand project management, you'll pick it up!  

Johnny Hermann March 8, 2022

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John Fetzik
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March 9, 2022

I agree that looking at the Jira Fundamentals is a good place to start,. This will get you familiar with the Jira terminology and "out of the box" functionality.

With that said keep in mind that Jira is a flexible tool that can be customized. Between configuration, add-ons and company specific processes, no two Jira instances will be the same.

So learn the Jira basics and keep this in mind when interviewing. Knowing that things can be customized will let you ask a few good questions about how they use Jira.

Do tell them that you have not used Jira, but asking questions like what types add-ons they use, have they customized Issue Types or Workflows, will show that you have at least done a little homework.

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ilia kassianenko March 9, 2022

Hi @Henry , check you Jira advanced roadmaps. There are ways to build it into something similar to MSFT project, by sticking to hours planned per sprint and by having a Team contain a unique assignee.

 

Source: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/guides/roadmaps/advanced-roadmaps

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Joshua Mathews March 8, 2022

Jira Work Management is a simpler way to manage business projects so I'd start there (as opposed to Jira Software).  And then Atlassian University or Udemy course as already suggested. Also lots of stuff on the Atlassian YouTube channel. 

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