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Why Your Team Should Use Jira

Atlassian’s Jira is the best issue tracking software that exists today. 

However, it wasn’t always meant for project management. It actually originated as a bug tracking tool. Like many other developers at the time, the Atlassian team originally used a different bug tracking tool named Bugzilla (an obvious ode to Godzilla).

In Japanese, Godzilla is actually pronounced ‘Gojira’. Around the Atlassian office, the team realized they could create something more useful. As the bug tracking tool evolved into an issue tracking tool, they dropped ‘Go’ from the name. And thus, Jira was born. 

Today, Jira is used as the primary issue tracking and project management tool for over 65,000 customers. At this very moment, 83% of Fortune 500 companies are using Atlassian software like Jira. It streamlines operational workflow for offices of 3 people and offices of 3000 people. 

Why does your business need Jira?

If your intention is to plan and release great software, then you need to be tracking development issues. Your business projects are too complex to live in your head alone. You need to understand how issues develop, when problems will be solved, where trouble areas are located, and who your most valuable employees are. Issue tracking offers a simple way to access instant answers to these questions.

So how does Jira do this?

Jira allows users to create stories and issues around new or existing projects. From there, Jira prompts users to assign these tasks to everyone in the team. It also lets these tasks be ranked in order of priority and scope. Jira lets any team member get a snapshot of developments and progress. Anyone on the team can have instantaneous insight into these issues.

As our workforce becomes increasingly remote, tools like Jira are vital to stay on the same page. With employees spread throughout different states and countries, it can be challenging to communicate – let alone get everyone on the same conference call. 

Jira records how long it takes for certain issues to be marked completed. If you have an employee that blows smoke when issues arise or is slow to finish projects, you can easily access their progress for quarterly reports. 

Founders who aren’t exactly tech-savvy can now easily understand development life cycles. New employees can instantly replace OOO colleagues at any point in time because everything is dated, documented, and recorded. 

When the whole team is in the know, a business just operates more smoothly.

People can be hesitant to use software like this – to add a new daily process and a new website to live out of every day. People like their freedom. Ironically, a structured schedule is the most effective way to actually gain freedom in a company. Such a structure promises accountability. While some employees might dislike that, it will highlight the performance of your 10x developers.

Jira means transparency for all projects and tasks throughout the entire company.

How We Help

It’s worth noting that Jira is an example of software that functions best when consistently used by the whole office. If you half-ass issue tracking software like Jira or a CRM like Salesforce, the tools don’t work as intended. Enter Nextup. We integrate Jira with Slack. You don’t need to live out of a new tool like Jira. You can stay on Slack.

Now employees can’t make excuses about why the issue tracking wasn’t updated. If someone can update their progress in 3 seconds with Jira Integration+ on Slack, your company can guarantee consistent issue updates.

Other Issue Tracking Systems Fall Short

A lot of issue tracking systems exist nowadays. It’s a highly competitive market because issue tracking provides an easy way to monitor progress. This realm of software drastically improves productivity. It creates an understanding of the steps needed to reach a goal. It turns the hundred+ processes working in our brains into a tangible order of events.

If your team needs to do a better job with productivity, click here to see a side by side comparison of the different issue tracking systems. As is evident by the charts, Jira consistently offers more benefits than it’s peers. 

Conclusion

Project management is complicated enough when multiple developers are working together. When you put product managers, designers, developers, marketing, and sales into one team, that process becomes even harder. For the companies that use Jira, the tool gifts a roadmap of their development schedule that everybody can easily use.

It’s hard to understand the full context of a project in your email chain. Slack and Jira make it easy. Our Jira Integration+ offers all your important information (priority level, processing status, individual responsible, and estimated time to completion) in one place. When your team installs the software, you’ll ask yourself a month later how projects were ever completed without Jira.

Logan Vantrease

Customer Success Manager at Nextup.ai