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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


Gadgets are like mini-applications that live on a dashboard in Jira. They are similar to widgets in most of the smartphones we have today or portlets in most portal applications. Each gadget has its own unique interface and behavior. For example, the Pie Chart gadget displays data in a pie chart, while the Assigned to Me gadget lists all the unresolved issues that are assigned to the current user in a table. Gadgets are another way for you to use search filters, by visually presenting the results to end users. Jira comes with many useful gadgets out of the box, and you can add more gadgets to Jira from third-party apps. We will cover how to install and manage third-party apps in Chapter 12.

Let’s start by looking at how to add a gadget to your dashboard.

Placing a gadget on the dashboard

All gadgets are listed in the gadget directory. Jira comes with a number of useful gadgets, such as the Assigned to Me gadget that you see on the System Dashboard. The following...