How do you use Spikes in Jira?

Hi All

I've just recently come across an agile term called SPIKES.

http://scaledagileframework.com/spikes/

How do you, or how can you, use this in JIRA - specifically within Scrum Boards? 

Benefits...etc?

Any info would be useful.

Thanks!

3 answers

9 votes

Lot of people do this creating an issue type named Spike. This will help you differentiate spikes from actual stories or tasks.

As quoted in the link, "the purpose of the spike is to gain the knowledge necessary to ...". Hence, a story or task will come out of a Spike and and you can link it back to the Spike using the JIRA issue links (for traceability).

Spikes will be estimated for a specific amount of time and can be added into the boards just like you add stories or tasks.

Steven Behnke Community Champion Dec 12, 2014

Great answer

So, what are the different workflow status that can be associated with Spike? Are these the ones Assigned, In Progress, Pending, Review etc. but since it is not deployed or doesn't go to the development what status should we use when the investigation is done on the spike and it is ready to be closed against a story or stories.

Thank you for your help in advance.

Hi Geetanjali,

Spikes are only used with research and documentation of it. That should be pretty much straight with ToDo, InProgress and Done. The output of the spike can be used to create epic and stories. I would prefer separate workflow for spike if you are using more statuses.

Everything is an issue in Jira. Like a story, task, spike is also an issue, whereas a spike cannot be treated as a story because it is termed as a spike because of lack of clarity. The agile team should self-assign the responsibility for investing and conversion of it as a story and the time required. The assignee who investigates the spike allocates the time to resolve (Not Story points). Once resolved it should converted as a story.

Great, thank you for the clarification! I'll create a separate issue type for it.

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