Agile with Jira Software Essentials (Cloud)

Agile with Jira Essentials. Learn project management within Jira. Optional 2-day course when combined with Jira Software Administration.


This course is perfect for anyone in an agile team who is new to Jira Software. It covers topics on agile methodologies and provides a complete end-to-end overview


  • No previous knowledge required

Objectives & Outcomes:

By the end of this course, attendees will have a strong understanding of key Atlassian Jira concepts. They will be able to use Jira to work with Issues and provide change tracking control for software development projects using agile methodologies.

Course outline:

Module 1: Agile Concepts

1. Overview and introduction to Jira Agile

  • Introduction to Jira Agile

2. High level concepts of Jira Agile and Agile development terminology

  • Kanban
  • Backlogs
  • Iterations

Lab Exercises

1. Why Agile?

Module 2: Introduction to JIRA

  1. Sign up for Jira
  2. Create an agile board
  3. Explore the interface

Lab Exercises

1. Overview of interface – using Sample Projects

  • Study the sample Kanban project
  • Understand the Jira Agile UI

Module 3: Creating a Backlog

  1. Issue types
  2. Epics
  3. Stories

Lab Exercises

  1. Create Epics
  2. Create Stories
  3. View Versions
  4. Rank the backlog

Module 4: Agile Planning

1. Kanban

  • Iteraton planning
  • Estimating
  • Capacity / WIP

Lab Exercises

  1. Create an iteration
  2. WIP

Module 5: The Visual Board

  1. Intro to workflows
  2. Mapping to board columns
  3. Constraints
  4. Subtasks

Lab Exercises

  1. Identify your current status
  2. Identify possible transitions
  3. Progressing Issues
  4. Working with subtasks

Module 6 (Optional): Working with Tasks

For example:

  1. Logging work
  2. Flagging as important
  3. Attaching files
  4. Requesting notifications
  5. Sharing with others
  6. Copying
  7. Setting due dates
  8. Labels

Lab Exercises

Freeform – facilitator and students can then try for themselves.

Module 7 (Optional): Introduction to Board Configuration

  1. Configuring boards
  2. Swimlanes
  3. Columns
  4. Colours

Lab Exercises

  1. Configuring boards
  2. Swimlanes
  3. Columns
  4. Colours

Module 8: Searching

  1. Searching
  2. Filters
  3. Subscriptions

Lab Exercises

  1. Example searches
  2. Filters
  3. Subscriptions

Module 9: Reporting

  1. Jira reporting
  2. Agile reporting
  3. Dashboards

Lab Exercises

  1. Accessing Agile reports
  2. Making use of Agile reports
  3. Configure a dashboard
  4. Create a wallboard

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