- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Packt Publishing Limited (22 May 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784396516
- ISBN-13: 978-1784396510
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,04,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mastering JIRA Paperback – Import, 22 May 2015
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About the Author
Ravi Sagar is a JIRA trainer, consultant, and Drupal expert with several years of experience in web development and business analysis. He has done extensive work implementing and customizing big JIRA instances for project tracking, test management, support tickets, and Agile tracking. Ravi founded Sparxsys Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (www.sparxsys.com) in 2010, a start-up company that provides consultancy and training services on Atlassian tools and Drupal. He has created accessible websites for blind people, adhering to WCAG guidelines. Ravi's areas of interest include project management and Agile methodologies. His areas of focus in customizing JIRA include topics, such as issue schemes, workflow schemes, field configuration schemes, screen schemes, permission schemes, and notification schemes. He has also worked on Agile tracking projects, such as Scrum and Kanban. He contributed immensely towards setting up JIRA for helpdesk, test case management, bug tracking, and support ticket management. His other areas of expertise include JIRA training, Drupal training, business analysis, project management, and JIRA Agile. Ravi has extensive experience in JIRA installation and configuration and has also worked on Linux and Windows Server. He understands clients' requirements and suggests best solutions to save cost. Ravi has been involved in JIRA support and maintenance and training, including regular upgrades of JIRA and installed plugins, migration from legacy-defect tracking tools to JIRA, splitting and merging JIRA instances apart from bulk actions, such as uploading issues, editing, and user creation. He has also worked on implementing JIRA Agile and its integration with other tools, such as Confluence, Crucible, and Fisheye and has hands-on experience in JIRA REST and SOAP. You can connect with him at http://www.linkedin.com/in/ravisagar or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A few pages later he describes that you can subscribe to filters (i.e. searches) and have them executed at configurable time intervals based on cron expressions and notify you of the results. He then lists three example cron expressions and says what they mean, but doesn't explain the format of the them, so that you could write your own.
The best thing about the book is that each topic lists the URL for that topic in the Atlassian documentation about JIRA, but I didn't buy this book to give me an index into the Atlassian documentation, I bought it to enhance and extend my understanding of the Atlassian documentation.
Achieving a balance in any given book is difficult. If there is too little coverage on a topic, the book does not have enough material to “master” the topic, if there is too much coverage on one single topic, the title is out of reach for someone getting starting and attempting to learn the application. I found that Mastering Jira I found was adept in achieving a balanced approach.
The only area that was covered in perhaps too much depth early was the Jira SDK discussion. Granted a further discussion of this is found at the end of the book, but a user covering the many topics Jira touches (Agile, JQL, Workflows, etc.) will probably have enough to learn and likely will not want to begin building their own plugins right away. On the other hand, a discussion about the Jira installation would not be complete without addressing the issue of development.
Why this book? You can find a lot of information on the web with regard to Jira. The real beauty of this text is all of the essentials are here in one location. As far as some unique aspects to the book, I found the use of graphs and screen shots to illustrate various topics was outstanding. The author also covers (though almost never discussed on the web) how to document your Jira instance and even conduct a business needs (Requirements) analysis that will make your Jira project match up what the user(s) requested. Lastly, the author provides wide variety of ways to create reports and suggests several use cases to assist the user in modelling and integrating Jira into a business environment.
You’ll find once you have completed the book you will be returning to it often as a resource as your implementation grows.