JIRA is the Worst Possible Choice

A rant, with evidence, on why electronic tools in general, and JIRA in particular, are anti-Agile. Participants will use the Agile Manifesto to evaluate the electronic tools they are currently familiar with. JIRA is used as a case study.

NOTE: Scrum asks us to have courage. The Agile Manifesto asks us to value individuals and interactions over processes and tools. I hope the organizing committee will consider this proposal despite the risk that it might offend some tool vendors. If we can't speak freely about our experiences with tools, we will fail as a community.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

  1. The problem: JIRA has taken over.
  2. The theory: Agile-supportive vs. enterprise-ready.
  3. The practice: evaluate your tool.
  4. The future: an ideal electronic Agile tool.

NOTE: At the end of the workshop I will provide a link to downloadable electronic copies of the presentation and worksheets so that you can re-use them.

Learning Outcome

Participants will learn to:

  • evaluate candidate electronic tools for their Agile teams and organization, and
  • explain to others why JIRA is a bad choice of electronic Agile tool.

Target Audience

managers, project managers, agile coaches, leaders, procurement people, and tool vendors

Prerequisites for Attendees

Have some hands-on experience working in an Agile team.

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