Martin SeibertThis is a guest post by Martin Seibert. He is the CEO of a German internet agency called //SEIBERT/MEDIA, a specialist in JIRA and corporate communication. //SEIBERT/MEDIA is one of Atlassian’s official partners in Germany and an Atlassian Platinum Expert. This blog post is also available in German at http://seibert.biz/jirareasons.

88 Reasons for JIRA

For quite some time now, //SEIBERT/MEDIA has been using JIRA for both internal and external project management as well as software development. Everyday we see just how helpful and valuable this centralized task management system is, and JIRA 5 is bringing some great improvements to the table. Similarly to our collection of 111 Reasons for an Enterprise Wiki, we want to summarize the facts into tweet-length reasons for JIRA. Here are 88:

  1. JIRA 5 allows you to share issues and search results with the click of a button.
  2. When you mention someone in JIRA 5, they will receive an email notification with a link to the issue.
  3. JIRA 5 comes with a new create issue dialog that allows you to quickly create multiple issues.
  4. JIRA 5 allows you to control the fields that appear in the dialog, so it will precisely fit your team’s needs.
  5. Searching for issues based on past changes to them has been made even more powerful with JIRA 5.
  6. Remote Issue Links in JIRA 5 make it possible to see what external pages link to an issue from that issue’s details screen.
  7. JIRA 5 has an all-new REST API that makes it easy for everyone to develop and consume plug-ins.
  8. JIRA 5’s new activity streams display activity from linked Atlassian applications.
  9. In JIRA 5, you can link apps like Zendesk and Salesforce.com to JIRA issues to see recently updated activity from those apps in JIRA.
  10. JIRA means transparency for all projects and tasks throughout the entire company.
  11. All task descriptions within JIRA – including current status information – are always centrally available.
  12. With JIRA, you won’t forget any tasks that have gotten lost in email inboxes.
  13. With JIRA, it’s always easy to figure out who was given what task to accomplish.
  14. In JIRA, priority levels can be set easily and defined and customized to the requirements of your company.
  15. You can see all information for a ticket on 1 screen: priority level, processing status, agent, and estimated time to completion.
  16. Attachments can be quickly and easily added to JIRA issues by using Drag & Drop.
  17. Status information in JIRA always shows whether an agent has already begun to accomplish a task.
  18. Priority level, agent, and other data in a JIRA ticket can be customized and changed at any time.
  19. JIRA means documentation: even closed tasks remain within the system and can be opened again if necessary.
  20. JIRA shows how much time has already been used for a particular task and how much of the estimated time still remains.
  21. JIRA supports exact (to the minute) documentation of how much time a particular project requires.
  22. Thanks to JIRA, you’ll know what status projects are in and why, and you can immediately act if there’s a problem.
  23. JIRA centralizes everything: brainstorming results, account management, closing of tasks, and quality control.
  24. JIRA has an internal voting system with which your employees can evaluate the relevance of features and ideas.
  25. Using the plug-in Feywa, JIRA gives your company reliable and transparent capacity planning.
  26. Using JIRA, project transfers to another project manager can be accomplished easily during every project phase.
  27. Thanks to JIRA, new employees can replace or step in for colleagues at any point in time because everything is documented.
  28. Individually customizable search filters – which can be saved – makes it easy to find things in JIRA.
  29. You can subscribe to JIRA searches with RSS. The Feed-Reader will inform you when there are new tickets that fit your criteria.
  30. JIRA gives you a powerful quick search function that sifts through summaries, descriptions, and comments of all issues.
  31. With JIRA, you can easily build a picture of complete development life cycles.
  32. In order to simplify the finishing of tasks and to improve scheduling, JIRA allows all elements to be packetized into releases.
  33. With freely definable components, JIRA allows all work to be efficiently divided.
  34. Activity streams show information on which projects in the company are currently active and what’s happening in those projects.
  35. JIRA offers teams with members in different locations a powerful platform for productive and efficient project collaboration.
  36. Task management in JIRA can significantly reduce the internal flood of emails.
  37. JIRA offers numerous useful keyboard shortcuts that can make working in JIRA even more efficient.
  38. Issues in JIRA can be linked and logically connected to each other, for instance: “A depends on B.”
  39. Using metadata like tags, every JIRA task can be easily placed into context.
  40. JIRA works perfectly in conjunction with the enterprise wiki Confluence.
  41. The dream team of JIRA and Confluence is the ideal configuration within the internal enterprise tool landscape.
  42. There are connectors to integrate other programs like Salesforce, MS Project, and SharePoint with JIRA.
  43. JIRA harmonizes particularly well with Zendesk, which fills the gap between customer service and software development.
  44. With the Gliffy plugin, wonderful diagrams, wireframes, etc. can be put directly into JIRA tickets.
  45. The email integration in JIRA is optimal: you can comment and start tickets using email, and email can be sent directly from JIRA.
  46. In JIRA, you can subscribe to tickets with a simple click; you’ll then be informed by email of every change in that ticket.
  47. Individually configurable workflows allow for gapless quality control.
  48. Workflows are completely customizable for every JIRA project, from simple to complex quality control and approval processes.
  49. Access rights can be fine tuned in JIRA, and sensitive data are secure within the central task management system.
  50. JIRA’s rights access structure allows you to safely integrate customers into project planning.
  51. JIRA Mobile Connect allows you to use mobile devices to integrate customers into the development process.
  52. JIRA can be integrated into existing infrastructure through LDAP and single-sign-on.
  53. JIRA offers a completely customizable user experience.
  54. Employees can approve and share configured JIRA dashboards with their colleagues.
  55. The well-thought-out and easy-to-use web interface allows effective and efficient user experiences within JIRA.
  56. JIRA is customizable: each employee can decide for himself what information should be shown on his overview screen.
  57. JIRA can be customized according to your corporate design so that users can work within a trusted, known setting.
  58. JIRA supports avatars for users as well as for projects, which increases the ‘joy of use’.
  59. JIRA is simple: you don’t need programming knowledge to use it – even administrative work is designed for non-technical users.
  60. JIRA is intuitive and can be used productively without even glancing at the handbook.
  61. JIRA’s excellent usability leads to shorter learning curves and faster acceptance.
  62. Plugins like JIRA Hero combine JIRA use with points and awards (gamification), which makes its introduction easier.
  63. For complete access to JIRA, all you’ll need is a computer with a somewhat modern Internet browser.
  64. There’s also a JIRA client for working offline. Changes are automatically synchronized when you’re online again.
  65. Employees can also connect to JIRA on the road with their mobile devices.
  66. JIRA has an API with which other internal tools can be seamlessly connected to the system.
  67. JIRA can be connected to your existing time measuring system using the programming interface.
  68. Developers can connect their source code repository to JIRA, and new code will be automatically documented.
  69. Software developers can link JIRA issues directly with their source code.
  70. You can connect JIRA to your IDE with IDE connectors for Eclipse, IntelliJ, Visual Studio, and more.
  71. With Bonfire, JIRA becomes a powerful tool for simple, centralized software tests and QC processes for software development.
  72. With GreenHopper, you can digitally map agile projects within JIRA.
  73. JIRA offers detailed graphical project and iteration evaluations with a simple mouse click.
  74. GreenHopper for JIRA provides agile teams with burn-down charts for each sprint within a scrum project.
  75. Comfortable burn-down diagrams within JIRA enable early, proactive reactions and changes within projects.
  76. Within JIRA agile teams can arrange tasks on digital boards with AJAX surfaces using drag & drop – just like with paper boards.
  77. JIRA is a well-arranged, flexible solution for the management of product backlogs by scrum teams.
  78. With the agile Scrum Cards plugin, JIRA tasks can be printed for use on analog boards.
  79. The JIRA Wallboards plugin projects the actual project status onto the Wallboard in the team office for even more transparency.
  80. The plugin repository for JIRA is gigantic and contains expansions for countless use cases.
  81. The number of possible issues within the system is unlimited for all JIRA licenses.
  82. JIRA is dynamic and is always being improved: major releases are usually available twice each year.
  83. JIRA is open-source for licensed customers and can be customized according to their needs.
  84. In addition to the English-language support from Atlassian, partners like our company offer German-language support for JIRA.
  85. The argument of authority: over 17,000 companies and organizations use JIRA: Allianz, BBC, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, eBay, and more!
  86. For individual teams and startups, Atlassian offers a SaaS-Version of JIRA without the hassle of dealing with the IT side.
  87. JIRA stands for operating excellence during the project instead of for planning excellence before the project.
  88. Whoever installs JIRA will probably ask themselves a month later how projects ever could have functioned without JIRA.

So, did we spark your interest in JIRA 5? We’re going to release it soon. Until then, you can try out the most recent release candidate. Atlassian and the Atlassian partners all over the world would be happy to support you with great software and vast quantities of know-how in JIRA adoption.

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