What is JIRA?


The name "JIRA" is inherited from the Japanese word "Gojira" which means "Godzilla". JIRA is a project management tool used for issue tracking, bug tracking, and other project management purposes.

If we talk about its version then the current version which has been running these days is JIRA 6 and it is completely based on Agile Methodology. JIRA  allows the developers to fix the bugs and make improvements via this tool.

How JIRA works?

If we talk about the work process then it permits you to organize your tasks and other priorities. It gathers contextual data or information regarding your tasks from stories, tracks your project progress, report, and tackle all of your bugs, as well as release project versions all when you perceive fit.

Here, the form of JIRA software is a shortened version of the Japanese word for Godzilla (Gojira) - in line with its strong namesake, JIRA itself provides users with few powerful features and some of the various plugins of JIRA that you can choose simply all between the two types of templates naming: classical and next-gen.

JIRA Components

The JIRA project and its components are generic for the issue containers. Components can have component leads as well: the people who are automatically assigned issues with that particular component. Here the components can supplement some of the structure to its projects, breaking up into features, teams, modules, sub-projects, and many more. By implementing the components, you can simply generate reports, gather all the statistics, and display it on the dashboards, etc.

The components of projects can be managed simply by the users and the developers who have project administrator permissions. They should have unique names all across one project. Nothing prevents users from adding an issue to more than one component.

Basics of JIRA Concept

JIRA in its completeness is based on the major 3 concepts.

  1. Issues: Every task, bug, enhancements, request; anything to do be created and simply tracked is considered an issue.
  2. Projects: These are the collection of issues.
  3. Workflow: A workflow is simply the series of steps an issue which goes all through starting from creation to completion.


Core features of JIRA software

There are so many core features JIRA software holds itself. Below we are going to share some of them with you all. So let's take a look. JIRA contains much of the benefits that a developer can find interesting in implementing JIRA by committing changes in tasks and making the projects bugs free.

  1. Beneficial for better visibility: It is the basic and the most essential thing whilst the development of any software. Here the two things that can make the process quite slow and you know what the lack of visibility and the scheduling according to the starting and ending of any of the task.
  2. Better Project Prioritization: In this one, if a developer assigned to create a task or any bugs and if the project is in under prioritization then the main admin would assign the developer through commenting and simply assign the developer to complete under priority task first.
  3. Business project templates: There are out-of-the-box business project templates to manage simple & complex tasks or workflows. You can customize the templates to match how your team works and fit your requirements.
  4. Issue details: Thanks to Jira's issues, the details of every task, plus comments, attachments, and due dates are stored in one place.
  5. Notifications: Use @mentions to get the attention of specific team members and stay informed with handy, detailed notifications. Your users will know right away when something is assigned to them, and when their feedback is required.
  6. Power Search: The search tool helps to find specific answers: a due date, the last update of a task, or tasks still in progress.
  7. Reports and Dashboards: You can create reports and dashboards to help you understand how your team is doing.
  8. Boards (Cloud only): Jira Core Cloud instances have boards that give teams an immediate snapshot of their project. Quickly review project progress and see the status of individual tasks. Boards match the steps of a team's workflow and adapt to how each team works.

Who can use this JIRA software?

  1. Software Project Development Teams,
  2. Help Desk Systems,
  3. Leave Request System etc.

Now, if we talk about its applicability to QA terms, then it is widely implemented specifically for the bugs tracking, environmental issues. Working knowledge of this tool is highly desirable across the industry.

JIRA Labels

Labels, as the name implies, can be thought of like a tag or keywords. They add flexibility by enabling you to follow issues that are not under the same Epic or Story. Anyone can add labels to an issue, as long as the label field is available in the issue.

They can be chosen from a predictive list if one or more is already in use. Where components are a structured grouping, Labels are more of a free association that can be applied by anyone for any purpose and allow for manageable querying and reporting. Some examples you might use could be needs ready for UAT, review, or MVP.  

What is JIRA issue type?

A bug, a story, and a task can be JIRA issue type or any other issue can be represented as a particular issue type. Look at the screenshot below you’ll get more clarity.

Final Verdict

JIRA helps companies in their marketing and compliance domains and it also is quite helpful for many companies. So, This was a blog on JIRA Software and we hope you get all about the issues that you are confronting whilst covering the issues.

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