Introduction to JIRA – Overview
Introduction to JIRA is a one day training course is for people that want to use JIRA Software to support their implementation of agile and to help manage a product backlog.
By the end of the course, delegates will be more confident in the following key areas:
- Creating projects in JIRA for Scrum and Kanban
- Creating a product backlog in JIRA and adding detail to backlog items
- Understanding how items flow through Scrum and Kanban Boards
- Understanding how JIRA supports forecasting, reporting and dashboards
- How to extend JIRA functionality though plugins.
The course is built around developing a project backlog in a JIRA instance and then flowing that backlog through JIRA boards to done.
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The agenda for the course is as follows:
Delegates will create both Scrum and Kanban boards to explore how each is treated differently by JIRA. Understanding the limitations of the tool for each.
Create a backlog
Probably the most frequent activity for JIRA users is to create backlog items and to update them with additional detail. The following will be explored:
- The difference between epics, stories and tasks
- Adding estimates using points and time
- Adding acceptance criteria
- Allocating a backlog items to a release
Adding backlog items to a sprint
Delegates explore the sprint board functionality in JIRA:
- Set a sprint goal
- Assign backlog items to that sprint
- Take ownership of sprint backlog items
- Move items to done
- Review the sprint burn down chart
A team dashboard will be created using out-of-the-box components showing tasks complete, days remaining and other key metrics.
Using JIRA’s advanced reporting tools delegates will be able to extract data relating to the product backlog and combine data across multiple backlogs.
After JIRA has sufficient data points to be able to extrapolate, a release burn up chart can be used to help forecast when a product may be shippable. Delegates will explore how JIRA uses velocity data for forecasting.
There are many free and paid for plugins that can be easily added to extend JIRA functionality. Some of JIRA’s most common plugins will be discussed and how they may help support a team’s adoption of JIRA.