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Can Jira Software Cloud be used by a solo developer?

Can it be done where a solo developer uses Jira for managing his or her personal software development projects or even for solo freelancing software developers? If so, how should Jira Software Cloud be used in this situation? Thanks.

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Hi @rajn2020

There is nothing stopping you using Jira as a To Do list or for your own, personal Kanban.

It's up to you how you structure your work - use Jira how you work as a developer. An example of how you could do this as a To Do List:

  • Project: One project to house your "To Do" list 
  • Epics: For large tasks which require further breakdown into smaller pieces (stories) - or use this as categories of work
  • Stories / Tasks: For the tasks themselves
  • Components: To categorise your work into the types of work you're doing - eg. personal, sprint, skill uplift, etc.
  • Priorities: If you're using a board this could be the backlog - or you could use priority to show expedited tasks you need to complete!

And an example of how you could do it as a Freelancer:

  • Project: One or multiple projects to visualise each product you're working on. If you wanted clients to have access to see work for their product, multiple projects means you could allow them to only see their work!
  • Epics: The big deliverables for this project - chunks of value you can build into the final product.
  • Stories / Tasks / Bugs: The small, valuable building blocks you need to deliver to show progress to the client. You might demo these - or the Epics.
  • Components: To categorise your work - eg. prototype, MVP, etc.
  • Labels: To categorise your work across all projects - eg. website, back-end, etc. You might use this to help with efficiency - if two products have a similar piece of work to complete.
  • Priorities: You could use a Kanban Board with a Backlog to show importance of work to do? Or a Scrum Board to timebox work to be completed? Or just use the priorities field to show urgent, expedited tasks to do.

This is to just get you thinking of how you could present the data based on your needs, outside of the basics (Summary, Description). You'll find as you begin to work other fields might become more relevant - think about what makes sense to visualise or perhaps what you or a client might use from a progress reporting stand-point to help evolve how you use the system.


Thanks for the reply. 

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