I am looking for a good textbook that can help me gain more skills and also help me prep for the ACP 100 exam. Ideally a book would also cover Scriptrunner, but so far I've only seen one book, Mastering Jira, and that didn't exactly have the best review. Any ideas?
Many new and experienced JIRA Administrators find the JIRA Admin Strategy Workbook to be quite helpful. It's written by Rachel Wright, a well-seasoned JIRA adminstrator (who is currenty touring the country speaking to user group meetings and conferences) for other JIRA adminstrators and is full of "from the trenches" information. I don't believe Rachel's book covers ScriptRunner.
I feel Jira Admin exam is not only about "how much you know Jira admin" but rather "the best way of doing Jira admin in different situations". I don't think the existing books (including mine) were written with a purpose of providing a guide to clear the exam. We are anyways not allowed to share sample questions asked :)
Each book is based on experiences of author when they were working as Jira Administrators. You will learn something different from each book. Comparing them is probably not a good idea.
Someone who is already a Jira admin and wants to clear the exam. Here are my tips.
1. Some preparation before you start a proper preparation
2. Based on features of the tool (You don't want to loose marks just because you forgot something).
3. Based on your experience
4. For exam
Having successfully endured ACP-600 and ACP-120 I have to say with pure sincerity that there is a nearly unforgiveable lack of prep material.
Sorry, but experience is not enough. The prep courses are not enough. Seriously, the prep classes are not prep material AT ALL. They should be available to all at no charge in their current form. There needs to be written study material with images and exampes. There need to be detailed labs with documented solutions. There need to be practice exams. Multiple, full-length exams with documented answers.
But @Ravi Sagar _Sparxsys_ to be perfectly honest, I would argue - vehemently - that they are NOT courses. At best they are lengthy, extended outlines. Courses provide guidance - they teach. This was beyond minimalist, and seriously rushed. That's fine for free, but for the $ charged there should be so much more content.
@Ravi Sagar _Sparxsys_ - not to put you on the spot but I do feel I got an enormous amount of info from your videos on YouTube, for which I really do thank you. Also I didn't make the connection until after I entered my last post.
The level of detail, the time you take to properly explain complex ideas, and the care you take while crafting your instructional material - I wish the official prep material was crafted in this way.
I've personally read (cover-to-cover):
For me, I used the Cookbook more as a reference guide, almost like a 101 for admins, while the Workbook was definitely more practical, with battle tested examples of what to do in specific situations.
If you're looking for one book, I'd learn towards JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook
Have you read either of them? I'm just wondering which would be better. The Atlassian documentation... I find it to be lacking. Badly.
Atlassian's documentation is like a cookbook where they give you copious amounts of detail about specific ingredients and leave out the recipes, and the exam is all about the recipes. (the exam is all about best practices and solving scenarios, none of which are covered by the official documentation as far as I can tell) How to make a cake: get some flour and oh but what kind of flour? "There's wheat, but you might be gluten intolerant so theres all sorts of other flour like oat and rice and" - 50 pages later after exhaustively talking about the ingredients "Now that you've gathered all your ingredients you can make a cake. Byeeeeeee!"
Congrats on your ACP-100 certification. I am planning to appear for the same in the coming months. I am confused with which book to buy:
2) Mastering Jira 7 by Ravi sagar 2nd edition.
I have few questions if you could answer:
Were you able to attempt all the question in the given time?
How useful was the Atlassian documentation?
Did you use any dumps for practice or did you take the atlassian training course for the same?
Please , do let me know.
I would recommend JIRA Strategy Admin Workbook. Rachel approach is Jira best practice.
Yes, I was able to answer all the questions. Not all were correct :). I had a strategy for the exam.
I took the Jira Certification Administration prep course. https://training.atlassian.com/elearning/jira-administrator-certification-prep-ondemand. This was very useful. This is free if you are a solution partner. There are a lot of sample questions which will give you an idea what to expect at the exam.
I used the Atlassian docs for quick look ups when practicing. It was OK. But I do recommend you practice a lot and think best practice all the time.
How can I think best practice when there is literally NO SOURCE of best practice documentation ANYWHERE?
Seriously, I have Rachel's book. I studied it. HARD. I have been an admin for years. I took the test, and all I got was a loss of money - BECAUSE THERE ARE NO ACTUAL STUDY GUIDES THAT SPEAK TO HOW THESE QUESTIONS ARE FORMULATED.
Sorry, I'm just beyond frustrated at this point.
You are right, there is no Jira Best practice guide. But I have used the Atlassian Community A LOT to see how problems are solved and questions have been answered regarding Jira. So this have been my way of thinking Jira and getting the idea of what is best practice.
The Jira Certification Prep course has a lot of example questions that are very close to the real thing. I think I went through these questions three or four times in order to understand what to expect.
The exam is tough and I really had to focus on reading the questions fast and understand.
I failed the first time I took the exam. I had been a Jira Admin for six month at that time and only 5-8 hours of professional Jira work each week, so I kind knew I would fail the first time. I mostly develop software but as an Atlassian Solution partner our company Netic had to have some Atlassian specialist, so I signed up for the certification program.
My best advice is to sign up for the Jira Certification prep course. Study the questions.
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