Agile development has become the new normal for software development across various industries. As more teams begin to adopt agile processes, entire enterprises are now able to effectively scale agile development across an entire enterprise. Before you begin your trial and error with Agile, learn some of the Jira hacks and tricks we have found. These hacks and best practices will help scale Jira projects to promote agile development across an entire organization.
1. Design boards to meet your goals.
Configuring boards in Jira can be an incredibly useful process. It is easy to become overcomplicated as Jira can recognize issues shared across multiple projects. Data can also be excluded from certain boards so information will not become watered down based on the issues you are viewing. Tailoring boards to meet their ultimate end goal gives more consistency and clarity when rendering data. The fewer issues a board has, the faster Jira can render reports. Selecting issues that are relevant to the goals of the board allows for faster, more consistently clear rendering of your important data.
2. Break down large workflows.
Many Jira users often place Quick filters on larger boards, monitoring complex workflows. Jira’s Quick filter function chunks larger boards into smaller subsets of issues to deliver closer inspection of only relevant issues. It is important to look across various Quick filters that have been set in Jira in order to simply large workflow boards. If the same or similar issues appear across multiple Quick filters, it might be time to create a separate board. Breaking down large workflows into smaller, more manageable boards helps to increase the relevancy of issues within a workflow as well as evoking a more in-depth focus on pertinent issues. A simple way to clean up inactive issues is to utilize the Jira Query Language, known as JQL, to search issues under “time since last update” to understand which issues are underutilized or irrelevant within your board.
3. See through your client’s eyes
Understanding the client’s perspective when interacting with the platform will help to improve user experience. Often times, it can be frustrating for customers to access large boards. Depending on their network connectivity and the device they access from, large boards can be difficult to render. Knowing how your clients are accessing your platform will help to meet their needs. Tailoring your platform to function within your clients’ typical methods of communication will help to elevate and improve the overall user experience for your clients.
4. Your team is unique, why isn’t your system?
Large teams can often have subsequently large boards, which can create delays when rendering important reports in real-time. Understanding the dynamic between team members and the work they produce will help to customize boards to fit their needs. Creating sub-team boards off of large team projects promotes heightened visibility and awareness of problems as they arise. This will allow Project Managers to see the project overview through an aggregate board of “Stories” from all sub-team boards. The visibility of workflow issues can also be elevated through the use of heavy-handed implementation of unique customization. For example, adding strong customization to Swimlanes can promote critical or unassigned issues to top priorities when processing through a workflow.
Implementing agile development across your enterprise is very important when trying to keep up to date with advancing technology standards. As your company grows, institute system processes that will scale with you. The Oxalis team can help – we offer Jira consulting services to help you scale your efforts.