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Jira mention · April 12, 2019

How to Turn Google Forms Entries Into Tasks and Projects

Because it comes with your Google account, Google Forms is an easy way to ask people for their information or opinions, but how can you ensure you'll act on that information? By sending every response over to your to do list or task manager as a task or project...read more
Jira mention · April 8, 2019

Organize Your Life with the Agile Method

A to do list can help you keep track of the tasks you need to complete. But when it comes to actually completing those tasks—that's a different story. It's hard to decide which tasks to take on first, and it's tempting to start with whatever's...read more
Jira mention · March 7, 2019

How to Create a Project in Jira

Regardless of your intent for adopting Jira—to use it as a to-do list, to manage software development projects, or to track tickets for your support team—taking advantage of the tool starts with creating a project. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to select the right project...read more
Jira mention · February 27, 2019

How to Create a Filter in Jira

If you have tons of issues in your Jira projects, it's easy for tasks to slip through the cracks. Jira filters help you sort your issues to quickly find your most important tasks. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create a filter in Jira. What Are...read more
Jira mention · February 26, 2019

How to Create an Issue in Jira

Planning project work in Jira starts with creating issues. In Jira, "issue" is an all-encompassing term that's used for any work your team needs to complete, including to-dos, stories, bugs, incidents, epics, and improvements. How to Create an Issue in Jira There are a lot of different ways to...read more
Jira update · August 22, 2018

New for Our Jira Integration: Update Issue Status Automatically

Zapier's Jira Update Issue action lets you automatically track your team's progress in solving your app's crucial issues. Now you can include more details with the Status field. You can have Zapier set the correct status for any updated issue automatically so your team knows at a...read more
Jira mention · August 2, 2017

Snap Kitchen Automates Customer Care and Saves Hours Every Week

Eating healthy has its share of challenges: From the cost associated with natural, organic, and/or local products to the amount of time you might spend shopping for ingredients–and then chopping, dicing, mixing, baking, grilling, and eating the food. Your entire evening or weekend could easily revolve around the...read more
Jira update · March 20, 2017

New for JIRA: Kick off Zaps When Issues Are Updated

Whether you're launching a new product or iterating on current features, communication is key. Now you can kick off Zapier workflows to notify your team when an issue is updated in JIRA. With your team on the pulse of the latest changes, you'll be in sync as you...read more
Jira update · December 21, 2016

New for JIRA: Use Zaps to Find and Update Issues

Keep your development cycle on track by managing issues as they arise. Now you can use Zaps to find existing JIRA issues - using its key or summary - and then update the issue automatically. With all the information on hand to squash a bug or fix a feature, your team will...read more
Matthew Guay
Written by Matthew GuayLast updated July 6, 2018

Simple, routine tasks need a simple checkbox, while slightly more advanced processes might need a few kanban columns to stay organized. But for large development projects, you need space to list everything that needs fixed and added, plan the work out into compatible chunks, ship the changes, and track what's changed over time. You need a development workflow.

That's why Jira is one of the more popular project management tools for software development. Jira focuses on helping you ship complete tasks as releases, with the standard release notes the App Store has made so familiar. And with deep integrations with its parent company Atlassian's other apps, including Confluence documentation, Bamboo tests, BitBucket repositories, and Stride conversations, it's a tool that fits at the center of your workflow if you're already using those tools.

It starts with your issues, the things that need fixed or added. They don't have to be problems—you can create any issue you need to list new features, routine tasks, improvements, bugs, and more. Categorize the issue, with priority levels, statuses, and resolutions. Statuses are a quick way to set a task's stage in a workflow, perhaps listing the things you're working on or planning to do next, while resolutions let you mark duplicate tasks, finished items, or tasks you'll skip. There are also components, a way to group tasks into smaller sections—perhaps putting writing tasks together in one component, code tasks in another.

Then, it's time to pull the tasks into a workflow. Assign each issue to a project, where you'll arrange tasks either in Scrum sprints or Kanban lists. With scrum, you'll drag tasks into a sprint from the backlog list, then work through them on an organized kanban list. Kanban boards, on the other hand, let you make a workflow of your own with as many columns as you need, each divided into "swimlines" to bring the highest priority tasks to the top.

As you work, tasks will move over to the Done column—and you'll get closer to releasing a new version of your product. Just click the Release link in the top of your project, add release notes, and Jira will clear those completed tasks off of your boards, and archive them under a release for quick reference later.

Everything in Jira is customizable. You can add custom fields to your issues, tweak your workflows and boards, and configure automatic status changes as you move tasks through your processes. Need more features? Jira offers hundreds of add-ons to bring Gantt charts, help desks, diagrams, time tracking, and much more into your projects. That's in addition to the Atlassian app integrations to start Stride conversations from tasks, and link BitBucket builds to your new Jira releases.

There's a lot to tweak and configure—and multiple ways to keep your tasks organized. It all might be too much for smaller projects. But for long-term, ongoing development projects where you're never done but are always working towards the next release, Jira can help keep your team on track and make sure no issue or task falls through the cracks.

Originally published March 28, 2016; updated July 6, 2018 with new screenshots and pricing.

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