Hi there, Jira community. I’m Bree, a Product Manger who looks over Jira Software. Firstly, I hope everyone is keeping safe wherever you are in the world right now.
I’m writing today to share two changes rolling out to Jira in the next few weeks. I want to dig into what’s changing, why we’ve invested in these updates, and how we believe they’ll make working in Jira easier for you. We know change of any kind is, at best, an adjustment. So my goal is to be as transparent as possible so you are ready for rollout at the end of the month.
Start your next project in the Jira template library
Soon, when you create your next project in Jira, you will do so from a new template library, where you can browse a variety of different templates across all the Jira products you own (Jira Software, Jira Service Management, and Jira Core). This update is all about getting you started successfully in your next Jira project; nothing is fundamentally changing within the templates themselves. In the template library, you’ll find information and best practices about each template to help you select the optimal template for your next project, the first time. Our goal is to eliminate the frustrating scenario where you get started in one template and later realize you need to start over in a template better suited to your needs.
Next-gen and classic are now team-managed and company-managed
I am a Product Manager and worked hard on the launch of next-gen in October 2018. But since that time, we’ve been hearing that the name “next-gen” was confusing. We’ve taken this on board and we’re now renaming next-gen and classic in way that is much more clear and descriptive of the project type. I am excited to share the new names with you:
Next-gen projects will be named team-managed projects. The functionality itself remains the same and will continue to be ideal for independent teams who want to control their own working processes and practices in a self-contained space.
Classic projects will be named company-managed projects. Setup and maintained by Jira admins, company-managed projects will remain the best choice for teams who want to work with other teams across many projects in a standard way, such as sharing a workflow.
We have carefully (some might say excruciatingly so) chosen names that are descriptive and grounded in our long-term vision for Jira: we are working toward a world where the only fundamental difference between team-managed and company-managed projects will be how they are administered.
What’s next: more investment in both team-managed and company-managed projects
We recognize there is value in both project types and see customers achieve great success in both, and will continue to innovate and ship new features to both team-managed and company-managed project types. And, as Jira continues to grow and innovate, watch for new templates being added across all types of departments and teams. Change is an adjustment, but we hope you’ll be excited about what these updates mean for the future of Jira: a robust library with out-of-the-box use templates for every type of team and project. I can’t wait for what is to come and above all else, I look forward to listening to your feedback along the way.
As always, feel free to share your thoughts below!