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Jira Quick Start Guide

By : Ravi Sagar
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Jira Quick Start Guide

By: Ravi Sagar

Overview of this book

Jira is an issue tracker and project management system. With their latest release, the Jira team has now expanded their user base to agile teams as well as business teams. This book provides a comprehensive explanation covering all major components of Jira, including Jira Software, Jira Core, and Jira Service Desk. This book starts with an introduction to Jira's unique features and how it can be used as an issue-tracking tool. It will then teach you about how a new project is created by a Jira administrator, what responsibilities there are, and using correct and relevant schemes in your project. You will then learn how to configure project workflows and fields for project screens. You will understand the various permissions used in projects and the importance of project roles in Jira. Then, the book talks about the concepts of versions acting as milestones and using components when handling issues in your projects. It will then focus on analysing data using built-in reports and creating dashboards in Jira. At the end, it will discuss various best practices for users as well as project managers or project administrators.
Table of Contents (10 chapters)

Deployment options

Primarily there are three ways to use Jira, each with its own benefits:

  • Cloud
  • Server
  • Data Center


To get started quickly, you can use the Cloud deployment option where you just need to sign up online and you can be up-and-running with your Jira instance within a few minutes. There's no installation required when using Cloud deployment. After signing up for Jira on the Cloud, just create your users. Your Jira instance can be accessed by a unique link that can be shared among your team.

  • Atlassian sets up and hosts the instance
  • There's no server, no storage, and no maintenance

Jira deployed on the Cloud can always be migrated to the server version; it also depends on what apps you're using and whether the app data supports the migration from Cloud to server.


If you want to set up and install Jira on your own server running on premise, then you can download the Jira setup files and do the installation as per your needs. In terms of functionality, the server version of the application is more or less the same as the Cloud version:

  • You set up and host the instance
  • You manage the installation
  • You maintain the instance

Jira installed on the Server can also be migrated to the cloud. An important thing to keep in mind is support for the app data.

Data Center

This is targeted at, and suitable for, big enterprise deployments of Jira. It's basically the Server version of Jira but installed on multiple nodes. The main benefits of Data Center deployment are high availability, disaster recovery, and scalability. This deployment is recommended if your organisation can't afford any downtime of Jira and it's mission-critical for your business.