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Mastering JIRA 7 - Second Edition

By : Ravi Sagar
Book Image

Mastering JIRA 7 - Second Edition

By: Ravi Sagar

Overview of this book

Atlassian JIRA 7 is an enterprise issue tracker system. One of its key strengths is its ability to adapt to the needs of an organization, ranging from building software products to managing your support issues. This book provides a comprehensive explanation covering all three components of JIRA 7, such as JIRA Software, JIRA Core, and Jira Service Desk. It shows you how to master the key functionalities of JIRA and its customizations and useful add-ons, and is packed with real-world examples and use cases. You will first learn how to plan for a JIRA 7 installation and fetch data. We cover JIRA reports in detail, which will help you analyze your data effectively. You can add additional features to your JIRA application by choosing one of the already built-in add-ons or building a new one to suit your needs. Then you'll find out about implementing Agile methodologies in JIRA by creating Scrum and Kanban boards. We'll teach you how to integrate your JIRA Application with other tools such as Confluence, SVN, Git, and more, which will help you extend your application. Finally, we'll explore best practices and troubleshooting techniques to help you find out what went wrong and understand how to fix it.
Table of Contents (25 chapters)
Mastering JIRA 7 - Second Edition
About the Author
About the Reviewer

What is new in JIRA 7?

The much awaited JIRA 7 was released in October 2015 and it is now offered in three different application variants:

  • JIRA Core

  • JIRA Software

  • JIRA Service Desk

Let us discuss each one of them separately.


This comprises of the base application of JIRA that you might be familiar with, of course with some new features. JIRA Core is a simplified version of JIRA features that we have been using up until the 6.x versions.

JIRA Software

This comprises of all the features of JIRA Core and JIRA Agile. From JIRA 7 onwards, JIRA Agile will no longer be offered as an add-on. You will not be able to install JIRA Agile from the marketplace.

JIRA Service Desk

This comprises of all the features of JIRA Core and JIRA Service Desk. Just like JIRA Software, JIRA Service Desk will no longer be offered as an add-on and you cannot install it from the marketplace.

This split of applications was done by Atlassian, keeping in mind the usage of JIRA in various organizations across the globe, and it makes it very simple for the companies to choose the right application suitable for their needs. However, it doesn't mean that all three applications (JIRA Core, JIRA Agile, and JIRA Service Desk) can't be used on the same instance. You can certainly buy JIRA Software and later install the JIRA Service Desk application on it.

Apart from this split, JIRA 7 brings new features such as Release Hub, with real-time status of the versions, an improved sidebar where you can add your own shortcuts, better reporting, and visibility of development tools. We will discuss and highlight these improvements in the relevant chapters in this book.

In this book, we will install JIRA Software that comes in-built with JIRA Agile, and later we will install JIRA Service Desk on top of it.