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One of the great things about JIRA is the ability to visualize data in many different ways. Dashboards and gadgets are a big part of that strategy, but are there other ways to see and understand your data? Of course there are! JIRA ships with a number of preconfigured reports that emulate many of the gadgets. What’s the difference between reports and gadgets? Two main differences:
- Reports have a unique URL which makes direct linking easier
- Reports are also in a printer friendly format to to print directly or export as a PDF.
JIRA’s reporting framework is also extensible. That means there are add-ons that you can install to add additional reports from the Atlassian Marketplace. How do you access these reports? Just go to the projects drop-down in JIRA’s header. Then, click the particular project you want to report on.
From here it depends what version of JIRA you have. In JIRA 6, reports live just below the created vs. resolved gadget. If you don’t see it on the screen directly scroll down a bit and you’ll see it below the red and green chart.
In prior releases of JIRA (5.2 and earlier) there is a reports drop down in the upper right-hand corner of the project overview screen.
Let’s take a look at two of the reports that ship with JIRA. The created vs. resolved gadget and report share a number of the same features. The report version however is more focused on detailed review whereas the gadget focuses on a quick glance. Let’s take a look at the report output:
The report shows the chart and a table with detailed data for each interval. Note that the gadget does have the same detailed functionality. Just click the expand icon in the gadget’s header.
The single level group by report organizes issues by a configurable field. It has a progress bar displaying how many of the issues are resolved within each group. I have found this report useful when looking at a release and seeing how my team is tracking against that release. I scan the right-hand column looking for large areas of red as I get close to release. In the same vein, I run the same report using priority. I focus on open issues in high-priority areas.
The number and types of reports depends whether you have JIRA OnDemand or the download version. The Atlassian Marketplace has a number of additional reports for installation into your JIRA. Interested in learning more? Check out reports in your own JIRA instance or look at the reports at https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/jra/ and create reports on data from the JIRA development program!
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