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Jira 8 Essentials - Sixth Edition

By : Patrick Li
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Jira 8 Essentials - Sixth Edition

By: Patrick Li

Overview of this book

This new and improved sixth edition comes with the latest Jira 8.21 Data Center offerings, with enhanced features such as clustering, advanced roadmaps, custom field optimization, and tools to track and manage tasks for your projects. This comprehensive guide to Jira 8.20.x LTS version provides updated content on project tracking, issue and field management, workflows, Jira Service Management, and security. The book begins by showing you how to plan and set up a new Jira instance from scratch before getting you acquainted with key features such as emails, workflows, and business processes. You’ll also get to grips with Jira’s data hierarchy and design and work with projects. Since Jira is used for issue management, this book will help you understand the different issues that can arise in your projects. As you advance, you’ll create new screens from scratch and customize them to suit your requirements. Workflows, business processes, and guides on setting up incoming and outgoing mail servers will be covered alongside Jira’s security model and Jira Service Management. Toward the end, you’ll learn how Jira capabilities are extended with third-party apps from Atlassian marketplace. By the end of this Jira book, you’ll have understood core components and functionalities of Jira and be able to implement them in business projects with ease.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Introduction to Jira
Part 2: Jira in Action
Part 3: Advanced Jira


The dashboard is the first page you see when you access Jira. Dashboards host mini-applications known as gadgets, which provide various data and information from your Jira instance. Jira is able to present many of its features, such as filters and reports, on the dashboard using these gadgets, so it is a great way to provide users with a quick one-page view of information that is relevant or of interest to them.

When designing a dashboard, you should always consider the target audience and choose the most appropriate gadgets for the job. For example, a dashboard for the management might have more charts, while a dashboard for a support team can make use of more list-style gadgets.

Managing dashboards

When you first install Jira, the default dashboard you see is called the System Dashboard, and it is preconfigured to show some useful information, such as all issues that are assigned to you. Here’s how you can manage dashboards:

  1. Since everyone shares...