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Learn Jira with online courses and programs

Software like Jira can help teams manage their projects, track and report bugs, and automate workflows. Discover how to learn Jira with online courses delivered through edX.

What is Jira?

Created by Atlassian, Jira is an agile project management tool used to facilitate the development software and to keep teams aligned. Some of the features that Jira offers include:Footnote 1

  • Support for agile methodologies, such as Scrum and Kanban.

  • Bug tracking tools to capture, assign, and prioritize issues.

  • Customizable dashboards for teams to track their work.

  • Roadmapping software to plan new features.

  • No-code rule builder to automate tasks and processes.

Other features include advanced reports that help teams stay on target and DevOps tools that facilitate collaboration. In short, software teams can use Jira as a “single source of truth” to plan, track, and manage their development projects in one place.

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Jira tutorial curriculum

Like any tool, Jira has an initial learning curve. While using the tool can seem overwhelming at first, a Jira tutorial can help you begin to master its features. A Jira course may teach you how to:Footnote 2

  • Use Scrum and Kanban boards

  • Use templates for different project types

  • Create sprints to focus on specific tasks

  • Create, prioritize, and assign issues

  • Customize workflows for your team

A more advanced Jira course may cover topics like how to create templates, add automations to key processes, and integrate third-party tools like GitHub. 

Develop your skills by earning a Jira certificate. Or build your Jira knowledge to supplement other specialized learning on topics such as digital marketing, user experience, and coding. With edX, you can find a variety of learning pathways ranging from accelerated boot camps to more comprehensive master’s degree programs on topics such as data analytics and data science

Explore jobs that use Jira

Companies in industries like retail, finance, and software use Jira to track issues and manage their projects.Footnote 3 Job roles that may use Jira include:

  • Software developer: Software developers can use Jira to manage their tasks, report on bugs, and collaborate with their teams.Footnote 4

  • IT professional: IT professionals, like computer support specialists, can capture customer issues and assign them to the right team member in Jira.Footnote 5

  • Project manager: Project managers work with clients to define the scope of a project and allocate resources to ensure on-time delivery.Footnote 6

  • Marketing manager: While Jira is quite common in software development, marketing managers can also use it to plan, manage, and implement campaigns.Footnote 7

How to use Jira as a project manager

Projects have many moving parts and just one part “breaking” can result in missed deliverables and unhappy clients. Project managers play key roles in keeping teams on track, performing tasks such as:

  • Communicating with clients to define project goals

  • Creating project plans and assigning tasks to team members

  • Monitoring and communicating progress with stakeholders

  • Identifying potential risks that could delay a project

  • Delivering the final project and evaluating success

In order to successfully complete their tasks, project managers use various tools, like Jira, to help them manage different aspects of a project from start to finish. Understanding how to use Jira can be a valuable professional skill for learners who choose to pursue a career in this field.

To become a project manager, you may need a bachelor’s degree in a field like business.Footnote 8 However there are other learning opportunities that can help you build the skills you will need to perform your duties, such as product management boot camps. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research potential roles and employers and align your coursework with your professional aspirations. 

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