On the hunt for a Jira Project Management tutorial? Before diving into eight training videos below, consider some ‘secrets of Polichinelle’ of Jira. This way, you’ll allocate your learning time properly ;)
Simply put: Jira itself is not that great project management tool. Sure, it’s trending as PM software, and for two reasons: (1) it can easily store gazillion of tasks, (2) can share them across thousands of users. But: Jira wanes when you need to track overall progress (of a project, product, or a portfolio). Or when you want to visualize those sticky notes.
What does it all have to do with the tutorials? First, decide on this: will I do my project management with Jira alone? Or perhaps with a project management plugin on top of my Jira instance? Different tutorials will apply in the latter case.
Some Jira project management study materials that you can google, already involve a plugin, and the trainer, won’t even let you know. When you see a beautiful Gantt chart, high-level roadmap, heatmapped risk matrix, or a resource management module, it rather comes from a third-party plugin. Why are project management apps, that you add to your Jira, so “invisible”?
- Atlassian welcomes third-party developers through Atlassian Marketplace – Jira is the opposite of Microsoft Project. Integration with Jira is relatively easy from a developer’s standpoint
- vendors try to blend in, to look like part of Jira
Research ‘jira project management tutorial’ if you want to learn how to run projects in general, with any software.
If, however, you are in a hurry, google phrases such as: ‘jira align tutorial, ‘jira bigpicture tutorial’, ‘jira portfolio tutorial’, ‘jira structure tutorial’, or ‘jira tempo tutorial’. These are the names of the most popular project management extensions for Jira.
Tutorial 1: Project management with Jira BigPicture
Tutorial 2: the whole workflow one more time, with another trainer
Jira Scope training session – Work breakdown structure
Roadmapping in Jira tutorial
Program Board tutorial
Resources in Jira tutorial
Managing Risks in Jira tutorial
Project reporting webinar
Agile, hybrid, or waterfall Project Manager? What exactly should you study?
Now, which project management tutorials to focus on and which to skip, depending on whether you practice a hybrid, waterfall, or agile project management? Have a look at this training plan as a starting point.
Example 1 – a free video webinar: Say, you want a tutorial on Risks. Just look up ‘jira bigpicture risks’ on Google, and you’ll spot a four-minute free video, recorded by our support team member.
Example 2 – in-depth tutorials: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, to purchase a series of longer tutorial videos recorded by an experienced Jira BigPicture trainer.
|Overview module: creating portfolios, programs, phases, ARTs, PIs, Iterations|
|Program and Portfolio in BigPicture – different approaches and recommended setup|
|Gantt chart module key points and use cases|
|Scoping a project (work breakdown structure)|
|Keep BigPicture in sync with Jira. Automatic synchronization for Gantt chart, Scope, and Board 2.0 modules|
|Agile schedule for Board 2.0, Roadmap and Gantt modules|
|Resources Module and Team Module with administration settings influencing capacity and skills|
|Resources module key points and use cases|
|Roadmap of a project|
|Program board, dependency board|
|SAFe® approach key modules and how to use them|
|BigPicture Enterprise features explained|
|BigPicture Admin and Jira Admin settings; Security settings|
Or learn by yourself. You can try BigPicture 30 days for free and play with the included sample dataset.
Context menus are coming to BigPicture and BigGantt. Change statuses from ‘In progress’ to ‘Done’ by right-clicking a task or project. See context menus in action.
Atlassian launches ‘Apps for every team’ campaign (#appsforeveryteam) to spread the word about the Atlassian Marketplace and inform Atlassian customers on how apps and integrations can help enhance and extend their Atlassian experience. BigPicture is featured in the ‘Software teams’ category, but we would add ‘Business’ and ‘Design’ categories as well :) More
Books stay alive ;) Rynder Roy Klomp showcases BigPicture in his new ‘Jira More’ book, available from Amazon. Project management and Portfolio management is where BP flourishes (Chapter 1 of the book).
Are you on Jira Cloud and governed by GDPR or under a US privacy regulator? You’ll soon be able to select where (geographically) your BigPicture data is stored. Read more.
See you at:
- European SAFe Summit in The Hague, Jun 10-11, 2020
- catworkx Midsummer Day, Hamburg, Jun 23-24, 2020
- Global SAFe Summit in Denver, Sep 23-24, 2020