Is jira suitable for agile projects?
Nic Brough · 120,864 karma · Dec 03 '11 at 09:29 AM
I would add though - it's actually quite hard to implement because Jira has a lot of shared stuff. Amending a field can affect every project (e.g. rename "start date"). Similary for workflows, screens, and everything else.
A word of caution on the human side too. In places where I've worked with tools that do allow project managers to have a lot of control over their project configuration, you rapidly end up in a complete and utter mess. If you've got 500 projects all doing things slightly differently, you can't get coherent reporting, control, or vision. It might sound lovely to let teams do things the way they want to, and it works well in small organisations or when you've got independent products and teams. But it simply doesn't work in medium/large organisations, no matter how flexible your tools are.
Jobin Kuruvilla [Go2Group] · 79,978 karma · Dec 02 '11 at 08:33 PM
A good starting point will be:
Greenhopper a plugin for JIRA and is used for Agile Project Management.
Jurica Jurjevic · 15 karma · Dec 03 '11 at 04:36 PM
Thanks Nic and Jobin. Your are both mentioning the problem with project specific workflows. Thats not our experience yet - our company has more then 500 employees and we are developing at least 50 customer projects in parallel. For the last 13 year's we had a central approach - and we are not happy with it. There are to many restriction if we want to change something, because of the side effects for other projects.
The centralized approach may be good for product development - but customer project development is different. And agile / lean means also to improve itself (Kaizen) in high frequence, which could result into e.g. workflow changes.
Don't get me wrong - I think jira should support both (central und project specific) customization as options. Attlasian should improve the support for agile project development. Let the us choose and don't paternalism.
The issue https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/JRA-3156 address the problem is very old. Is there a official statement about it, whether there will be support for it soon - or do we realy need to wait for more than 2 years?