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13 reasons why Jira is so popular 📸

 

According to the 2021 State of Agile Report, Jira is the most highly recommended Agile tool in the world! 

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Now, Jira is popular for many reasons but for the sake of simplicity, let’s stick to 13! 🤩

 

1. Made for agile teams  🛸

Jira is based on Agile project management, which allows companies to update products often! Jira can be used for Scrum, Kanban or a hybrid like Scrumban

 

2. Good at tracking projects  🚂

Jira offers visibility over ongoing projects, at any stage, by allowing you to track all activities, including issues and their updates, people assigned, team comments, and so on.

  • JQL to filter issues based on criteria.

  • Jira sidebar for immediate access to planning, releasing, tracking, and reporting.

  • Flexible planning to create tasks and stories from any screen.

  • Drag and drop to simplify creating sprints and epics in the backlog.

 

3. Track time with colors  🎨

Jira uses 3 colors (blue, orange and green) to track time spent on an issue:

  • Blue: estimated time until completion of issue

  • Orange: time left for fixing the issue

  • Green: actual time spent resolving the issue

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4. Search options are many  🗂️

Find what you’re looking for easily by saving specific filters for later, or by using Jira search functionalities: simple search, quick search, export search, configurable search results, advanced search, search status history, and refine searches. 

 

5. Jira reports are the bomb  📊

Get project statistics the way you want them: pie chart report, user workload report, cumulative flow diagram report, sprint report, burndown chart report, and so on.

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6. Jira add-ons are endless  ♾️

Customize and extend Jira’s possibilities thanks to 1,000+ Jira add-ons and plugins available in the Atlassian Marketplace, so you can control everything about your project or product. 

 

7. Jira integrates with other products  ✔️

Jira integrates well with so many products: GitHub, Slack, Trello, Salesforce, Balsamic, Zendesk, Tempo, Confluence, and Bitbucket amongst others.

 

8. Jira is good on mobile  📱

Jira’s native mobile apps are compatible with Android and iOS devices, meaning users are engaged no matter where they are.

 

9. Assign based on your team  🔒

Security levels and permission schemes ensure that the right people have access to the right information, with no mixups!

 

10. Roadmaps make things simpler  🛣️

With Jira roadmaps, you can create, manage and visualize epics in a simple way; access issue stages, see what’s missing, and know when bugs are scheduled for fixing.

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11. Save time with Jira templates  🗄️

Use predefined templates for processes and tasks (if you’re working with team-managed projects), or customize your own type of Jira issue and save it as a template to be used later.

 

12. Customize your Jira dashboard  🪡

Customize your dashboard in a way to display elements that can give you access to the info you need to support your team members in tracking their progress.

 

13. Manage portfolios with Jira  🔮

Portfolio for Jira offers a bird’s eye view of all projects (including tasks, sprints and so on), and allows you to arrange the work by themes and initiatives (in a hierarchy), and plan work based on team capacity. 


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Project management can be a complicated process, with many variables at play but one thing's for sure, Jira makes it much easier! 

 

This article is a mini extract from a beginner's guide to Jira kind-of blog I wrote; you can read it here if you want... 😇 



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