Jira Review

Good UI, easy to trace tickets, and very stable

What is our primary use case?

We use it to trace our business needs development.

We have some nice dashboards out there where we can track needs for clients or track internal projects.

How has it helped my organization?

This is our way of communicating with different teams. We are a global company. I am based in San Diego, for example. A lot of the BAs are based in Paris. The development team is based in Minsk. We absolutely need to be in constant communication and on the same page.

With the time differences that we all have, it is very hard to kind of get on a call and centralize the information in person or during meetings. This solution makes it possible. 

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable aspects of the solution is the fact that everything is traced on one ticket on Jira. We know exactly what has been done and what is left and we share the same feasibility we are assigned. We don't have to wait for team updates or emails or calls or even reminders. We just need to look at the same ticket and we know in real-time exactly what is happening. Without Jira, I don't see how we would be able to manage and trace in a very consistent, effective way.  At least, not across all of our development initiatives.

I have never been trained on Jira, to be honest. However, it's easy to navigate. Even for somebody who never is on it, it's very simple to pick up and understand. The only caveat is that when you get a bit more in detail, or you have some business requirements, you don't have documentation that you can just go and consult to enrich your portal or access.

One aspect of Jira that is very nice is that we are able to integrate other tools that our company is using. For example, we do use Salesforce for our support team and that's linked to Jira. Slack, as well, is also integrated into the system. It makes everything so much easier.

What needs improvement?

Jira has recently updated their UI, but more can be done to make it even better.

One thing that is missing is notifications that we can send out in an automated fashion so that we don't have to log into Jira every single time. We do have dashboards on our navigation pages, but we need to log in to see the current status. I can't just click reports every once in a while to trace or track projects, I have to log in to see. I'd prefer it if the data automatically came to me instead of having to go seek it out. 

It's possible the dashboards and the reports are something that can be properly configured on our end. However, I'm not the Jira administrator in our company. I probably just don't know how to do it. Jira may actually be able to trigger these kinds of reports. However, if they don't have this functionality, it should definitely be added.

For how long have I used the solution?

 I have been using the solution for four years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've never experienced any downtime with the app. I can't recall any bugs or glitches. There haven't been any crashes of any sort. It's very reliable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I would say the solution is pretty scalable. Every single project team in our company uses it. Our staff, our BA, our developers. We do also have DevOps teams using it. Everyone uses it for different purposes. Our company, over the past ten years, grew exponentially. We've tripled our size and we never had any downtime with Jira. 

We have business owners, developers, quality testers, business analysts etc. on Jira. We have internal consultants from professional services teams, who trace the needs as well so that they can transmit information to their clients. All the top management personnel go to Jira to consult the dashboards as well. If they wish to trace the progress that their teams are making, they can do so. The solution is basically used in every aspect of the company, and as the company grows, so does the usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never had to reach out to technical support, so I can't speak to how they are.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

When I joined the company, we already had Jira. 

How was the initial setup?

I wouldn't consider it complex at all.

What about the implementation team?

I wasn't here at the initial setup of Jira, however, in our company, we have a Jira administrator. Whenever we have a project to review and need to know how it's laid out and how we can place them better, etc, it goes through this person. She analyzes the needs and does it for us. 

 She knows the tool pretty extensively, but we don't rely on external consultants to do it. We have somebody from our company who does it for us and acts as our own Jira professional. They would be the one that basically helps you with the setup for your project needs.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I don't handle the finance side of our relationship with Jira.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

As far as I know, no other solutions have been considered as we've been pretty satisfied with this tool. 

What other advice do I have?

I'd advise other companies to go for it and try using it. Jira is one of the biggest players in the market. It's a scalable solution and very user-friendly. The onboarding is quite simple. I have never been trained and I've been using it for the four past years. Whenever there is a new release on Jira, we get a guide, which is helpful, and instructions as we use the latest version that comes in the form of pop-ups on your screen. If you want, you can just disregard it, but once you discover them, you can just hover over with your mouse and you can see the new features. If an organization is looking for something that will be easy for its workforce to adapt to, Jira would be a smart choice.

With the communication and the bridges that we've established with other tools, it's helping other teams get the information they need without having to get the Jira license or get them to go onto Jira. They just need to find their tool and they get the update from Jira in real-time.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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