Using Jira for Non-Software Projects: Yes, Your Non-Software Team Should Use It!

As organizations across various industries transition to agile development, you may be questioning if you should follow suit? For many non-software businesses, using Jira for projects may not even be considered. However, even non-software companies should be using Jira, and the time to transition your processes is now. Below, you can find some of the reasons why your non-software team needs agile development offered by Atlassian Jira products.

First off, what is JIRA?

Jira is an Atlassian software platform that helps to expedite and automate workflows, tracking processes through customized functions. Jira works in terms of “projects” where admins can define roles and user permissions. This allows various degrees of exposure to information, based on the preferences you set for your team members. Jira allows users throughout the entire organization the visibility and control needed to track projects in real-time with complete transparency. As an agile solutions partner, change is centralized within Jira. Being able to respond to unwanted change while also creating purposeful change allows dynamic flexibility within workflows.

Realistically reflect your unique processes.

Each team is unique, Jira understands that. Allowing dynamic customization, your workflows within Jira will be reflective of the process in reality. By customizing work items, workflows, and fields, Jira allows non-software teams to customize components to be congruent with the actual processes they go through on a daily basis.

Stop problems, smarter and sooner.

Change is central to agile thinking. The ability to remove or resolve issues has never been faster with the flexibility of agile development within Jira. With disaster recovery functions in place, Jira creates spreadsheets to be obsolete. It can be very easy to remove important data or allow progress to be hindered by problems within workflows, especially when there are multiple users interacting with the same data set. For non-software teams, Jira’s disaster recovery function can help limit the amount of user error that affects your valuable progress.

Real-time reporting, tailored to your audience.

Reports can be rendered at any point within the workflow process to reflect the progress of specific projects. This can be tailored to any level or your organizational hierarchy, allowing varying degrees of visibility depending on the audience viewing the report. This allows real-time progress updates which can be rapidly produced, in order to increase communication regarding project progress.

Cross-department collaboration

In reality, projects are often shared between multiple departments across an organization. This can cause discontinuity within workflows when communication is not abundantly apparent between teams. Jira allows projects to be broken down into smaller boards, based on issue types. This allows users to focus on only pertinent issues to them while also protecting data irrelevant to their work within a project from being accidentally changed or lost. Users will have only relevant information to their section of the project but can still share issues across multiple boards without changing the specific issue’s progress in another. This allows multiple users to more clearly visualize and communicate the work they are doing, across different departments within an organization.

Agile development has become the new normal, not just for IT departments.

Now is the time to transition agile to elevate and progress your processes. Reflect your workflows within Jira, realistically, to help institute positive change and increase cross-team collaboration. Scale agile and Jira across your non-software team to help institute agile development at scale! Our team can help, with our Jira consulting services.

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