Sorry for such a 'simple' question but for some reason i am just not getting the whole scheme thing around Jira... is there a place that can describe the ideas in a basic format? Not being allowed to spend money on a course its all self taught so if it doesn't sink it its a tricky to get a different explanation.
Hi @john davison,
I totally understand where you are coming from as I was in the same position a few years back. The links Vitaliy provided are really good resources.
Schemes can be difficult to get your head around here is how I have explained schemes to people I've trained:
The first thing to note is that the driving force behind any project is the Issue Type. Issue Types are what all schemes pretty much revolve around. This is why the first tab in your project the Issue Type tab. This tab will show you at a glance which issue types use which workflows, Field Configs and Screen schemes in that project.
Explain the relationship between screens, screen schemes, and Issue type screen schemes
Take a look at the example below of my testing ABT project where I do all of my playing:
The ABT project has three issue types and is associated with the ABT Issue Type Screen Scheme. This issue Type screen Scheme contains two screen schemes:
The same basic set up for other schemes for a project is the same.
WARNING: As stated above, you may use all of the above across multiple projects. If you decide to do this, please note: A change to one will affect each project it is associated with.
Due to the above warning, a lot of people like to use the same schemes for multiple projects to make them easy to maintain.
Personally, I like to make each project completely unique from all others using individual schemes because very few of my projects are anything alike.
Hope this helps!
Not being able to attend a course does mean that you are exposed to a lot of different approaches. Some good and some not so good.
Here in the UK you can pick up a copy of the book Practical JIRA Administration by Matthew Doar on ebay for about £12 which will give you a great introduction to the different schemes and how they all tie together. Although you need to be careful to make sure you get the one for the latest version of JIRA (7) as there are some older ones advertised which whilst the principles are still the same there are differences.
Another approach is to look at the Atlassian channel on youtube for some of the archived Atlassian University lessons. But these are far from complete course.
Hope these help and I am sure others will have many more suggestions. Not least of which is going along to your local Atlassian User Group and talking to other users. See aug.atlassian.com for details of ones near you.
I started from nice diagram here: https://confluence.atlassian.com/adminjiraserver071/project-screens-schemes-and-fields-802592517.html
Also you can find very simple and visually appealing itro to project schemes here: http://blog.tempo.io/2015/jira-best-practices-screens-and-screen-schemes/
for a more comprehensive but still human-readable explanation I highly recommend to read http://techbus.safaribooksonline.com/book/databases-and-reporting-tools/9781449309701
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