What is JIRA?
What is JIRA? Jira Software is an agile project management tool that supports any agile methodology, be it scrum, kanban, or your own unique flavor. From agile boards to reports, you can plan, track, and manage all your agile software development projects from a single tool. Pick a framework to see how Jira Software can help your team release higher quality software, faster. Want to learn more about agile? Visit The Agile Coach, Atlassian’s no-nonsense guide to agile development..
According to Atlassian, Jira is used for issue tracking and project management by over 75,000 customers in 122 countries. Some of the organizations that have used Jira at some point in time for bug-tracking and project management and the Apache Software Foundation, which uses both Jira and Bugzilla. Jira includes tools allowing migration from competitor Bugzilla.Scrum is an agile methodology where products are built in a series of fixed-length iterations. There are four pillars that bring structure to this framework: sprint planning, stand ups (also called daily scrums), sprints, and retrospectives. Out-of-the-box, Jira Software comes with a comprehensive set of agile tools that help your scrum team perform these events with ease.
Jira contains four packages:
- Jira Core is intended as generic project management
- Jira Software includes the base software, including agile project management features (previously a separate product: Jira Agile)
- Jira Service Desk is intended for use by IT or business service desks.
- Jira Ops is intended as incident management
Jira is written in Java and uses the Pico inversion of control container, Apache OFBiz entity engine, and WebWork 1 technology stack. For remote procedure calls (RPC), Jira supports REST, SOAP, and XML-RPC. Jira integrates with source control programs such as Clearcase, Concurrent Versions System (CVS), Git, Mercurial, Perforce,Subversion,and Team Foundation Server. It ships with various translations including English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Jira supports the Networked Help Desk API for sharing customer support tickets with other issue tracking systems.