Atlassian Merges Jira Software

During its Team ’24 gathering in Las Vegas, Atlassian revealed its plan to merge Jira Software and Jira Work Management into a unified single product named “Jira” brand.

Jira has evolved over the years; it was initially made for software development and issue tracking. Atlassian expanded its scope to cater to various teams beyond development, such as marketing, sales, and human resources. This expansion led to the introduction of Jira Work Management in 2021, replacing the previous offering known as Jira Core.

In an announcement, Dave Meyer, the head of product for Jira, said, “We believe great teams are built on a foundation of shared goals, coordinated work, and free-flowing information across functions,” He also said, “That’s why the latest evolution of Jira offers a shared place for every team to align on goals and priorities, track and collaborate on work, and get the insights they need to build something incredible, together. We’ve used Jira Work Management and Jira Software to make a single project management tool ready to help any team go from good to great.”

Atlassian’s goal in combining Jira Software and Jira Work Management is to create a tool that supports collaboration among different teams within a company. Even though there were connections between Jira Software and Jira Work Management (and Work Management was already included with every Jira subscription for free), Atlassian believes this merged version will make things smoother. It aims to help teams like engineers, marketers, or designers work together better, sharing common goals.

It’s important to mention that this change doesn’t affect Jira Service Management for IT teams.

AI-Powered Features in Jira

With this update, Atlassian is enhancing Jira with new features to foster collaboration, including several AI-powered tools.

One standout feature is the upcoming AI work breakdown tool, which will be available to Jira and Jira Premium users soon. This tool can automatically break down epics into individual issues (or issues into sub-tasks) with the ability to manually edit them, too. This would organize project management tasks well, allowing project managers to focus on higher priorities.

Another forthcoming capability is the automatic summarization of issue comments in Jira, which will also be integrated into Confluence, Atlassian’s wiki-like workspace tool.

Traditionally, becoming proficient in Jira required mastering the Jira Query Language (JQL) for issue searches. However, with the introduction of large language models, users will soon be able to create JQL queries using natural language, simplifying the process of becoming a Jira power user.

AI-Powered Features in Jira

For moments when you’re unsure what to write, Atlassian is rolling out a new AI writing tool for Jira. This tool can generate, summarize, and enhance descriptions and comments. These capabilities will soon be available in Atlassian’s Trello and Bitbucket platforms, with Jira Product Discovery and Confluence to follow shortly.

Jira’s New ‘Goals’ Feature

As the primary aim of merging these two tools is to enhance collaboration, Jira is introducing a new feature to facilitate team alignment on overarching goals. This “Goals” feature will be introduced in the upcoming month. It’s designed to assist users in “creating goals within Jira’s list and issue views, allowing them to visualize how each task contributes to broader objectives.” Additionally, there will be a directory of goals and progress charts, allowing users to “view goals within the context of their projects.”

Jira's New 'Goals' Feature

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Jira is adding fresh tools to make managing issues smoother and more visual. Now, you can check out each project in a tidy spreadsheet-style list, making it simple to edit tasks immediately. Atlassian mentions that this tweak will also simplify changing multiple tasks at once.

Jira’s ‘Plans’

For those tricky and complex projects, Jira Premium and Enterprise subscribers are in luck with the new “Plans” feature. This practical addition lets you watch issues from various boards and projects in one convenient view. It’s a game-changer for staying on top of complex projects without the hassle of switching between different screens.

Jira's 'Plans'

In an Announcement, Meyer explained, “Now everyone, from leaders to program managers to team members, can estimate release dates for cross-team projects, answer staffing and resource questions, or map out yearly goals, all in a single view.”

Since we are talking about features, let’s not forget Jira’s new calendar view for tracking business projects by their due dates. It’s designed to help teams align their work with upcoming software releases. Even though the feature is months away from being launched, it’s already promising smoother project coordination.

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