What is the best textbook for Jira Administration?

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?

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Ann Worley Atlassian Team Apr 26, 2017

Here are a couple of recent releases:

JIRA 7 Administration Cookbook, 2nd Edition

JIRA 7 Essentials, 4th Edition

For Atlassian certification, don't ignore the product documentation: JIRA Core documentation

JIRA Software documentation

JIRA Service Desk Documentation

Ann Worley Atlassian Team Apr 26, 2017

I am curious what other folks in the Community suggest.

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!"

The Essentials book looks like a good resource for end users, but perhaps not as much for admins.  

Thank you for the links!

Oops, didn't mean to reply on a thread - see my "answer".

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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'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

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