Atlassian Revamps Jira into the Modern Jira Software Cloud

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The Jira was initially developed in 2002 for a project management system for one team as it started with the intention of tracking issues.  In 2012, it added the workflow module.  Now with the advancement of cloud technology and the needs of rapid release of software development, Atlassian overhauled its Jira software to accommodate the market needs. 

According to Sean Regan, Atlassian’s head of growth for Software Teams, “One of the key things that guided our strategy is really bringing the simplicity of Trello and the power of Jira together.” Inspired by the latest board design, the “Build-your-own-boards” is a key feature, where you can customize your own workflow, issue types, and fields for the board.  Best of all, it is very flexible and does not need to tight with strict Scrum or Kanban processes. This flexibility was a relief because Regan had noticed an ongoing debate between developer group and management control, and this feature allows the teams to figure out what’s best for them, and board view can be customized to the needs of the teams.  For existing customers, the good news is that you don’t need to write JQL to do the filters since there are out-of-the-box filters to help you to do the filters and searches.  However, the JQL feature is still there in case you want to run your own query.

Another noticeable difference in this new version is their open and forward thinking, where now allows 3rd party integration with new APIs.  This innovation opens up new opportunities and expands its features. The new APIs aim at areas of Design, Feature flagging, Productivity tools, source code, and Monitoring, which include integrations with GitHub, InVision, Gmail, Slack, Facebook for Work, Optimizely, Rollout, LaunchDarkly, New Relic, and more. Now the trend in the digital age is to work together to make great products.

Here are some links on feature flagging:

  • https://docs.launchdarkly.com/docs/jira

  • https://www.optimizely.com/customers/atlassian/

  • https://rollout.io/integrations/

Moreover, the Roadmaps is also a new feature in this release where it allows users to easily to sketch out steps of strategy with a timeline that capable of dragging left to right so team members can get a quick sense of the project in a big picture. 

The new Jira is available to users.