Jira Tutorial - A Beginner's Guide

In this post, I'll be walking you through a brief Jira tutorial. Jira allows teams of all types manage work using boards, issues, and workflows

Jira Tutorial - A Beginner's Guide
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    In this post, I’ll walk you through a brief Jira tutorial. Jira allows teams of all types to manage work using boards, issues, and workflows. Originally, Jira was designed as a bug and issue tracker. But today, Jira has evolved into a powerful work management tool for all kinds of use cases, from requirements and test case management to agile software development.

    Jira Use Cases:

    • Requirements and test case management
    • Agile teams
    • Product Management
    • Project Management
    • Software Development teams
    • Task management

    3 Step Jira Tutorial

    1. Create a Project

    2. Create an Issue

    3. Work on the issue until it eventually reaches a DONE Status (This will vary by project)

    Next Generation versus Classic Software Projects

    Jira currently supports two types of types of projects: Next Generation and Classic Software.

    Next Generation Jira Projects


    • Easy to manage and setup
    • No Jira Admin Needed
    • Less functionality than Classic Software projects


    • Hard to enforce consistency across projects

    Classic Software Jira Projects

    Classic Software


    • More Functionality
    • Premium Features available
    • Easy to enforce consistency
    • Ability build custom workflows


    • Hard to initialize
    • Requires a Jira Admin most of the time

    Issue Types


    Epics are used to group stories, tasks, and other objects together.


    Stories normally consist of a new body of work or a new creation.


    Bugs track problems or errors.


    Tasks usually are things you have to do to complete a project


    Use subtasks to break up the work of a task into smaller parts or to help divide up the work among multiple people. Subtasks function like independent tasks with all the same fields as a parent task but are embedded within a parent task.

    Board Types

    Kanban Board

    A kanban board is an agile project management tool designed to help visualize work, limit work-in-progress, and maximize efficiency.  Kanban boards use cards, columns, and continuous improvement to help teams succeed.

    Jira Kanban Board

    Scrum / Sprint

    A scrum board allows you to manage stories, tasks, and bugs in sprints.

    Additional Reading