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Atlassian Jira/Confluence gantt chart and dashboards
Hello everyone!
Currently our teams are utilizing Atlassian Jira for Agile scrum projects and Confluence for some documentation. We are looking for recommendations on dashboard modules that would detail status of projects or help us produce reports for management. Does anyone use Atlassian Jira solely for PM or do you combine multiple products to display dashboards and reports?
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Kathy -

The issue with JIRA and similar work management tools is that they usually won't contain sufficient holistic data about your project to provide a single source of truth so combining data from a few sources and adding "color commentary" to provide context for readers is a good idea.

For example, cost data is not well handled by JIRA...

Kiron
The key here is not Jira. It is the way of working has to be change to work with the approach you state above. Then, this type of tools are aligned with that approach. It has no sense (generally speaking) try to use gantt charts with Scrum. The same it has no sense to do things like try to translate story points to time, just in case somebody use story points. With that said, can you create gantt charts when using Scrum? Sure. I do that because it was impossible for me to convince people in my actual work place do not do that. Then, instead of wbs we have fbs (features breakdown structure) and we create schedules. But in tools like MS Project which support that, not in Jira, Miro or MS Azure Devops which is the tool we are using today, after we use all the others. Hope this helps. So, if you ask me, what you are asking about the tool is the effect of a more important cause that I think has to be reviewed.
Thank you for your feedback. We have transitioned to Scrum from Waterfall method and there seems to be a desire for the scrum teams for a hybrid type of approach for projects. This information is very helpful.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Jun 22, 2021 11:05 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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You are welcome. My recommendation is do not fall in the trap of hybrid. If you use Scrum as your method for creating solutions then follow it, do not try to adapt it. With the information you get from Scrum then create the reports in the way other people like to see it but in the middle try to demnostrate that new ways to visualize the information are more valuable (or not, obviously). In my case, while I was in charge to implement this type of things, I will not able to convince people from corporate audit to accept other things than schedules (MS Project) when we work with Scrum. The reasons? A lot. But the important thing is we still are presenting schedules to some people while we are working with MS Azure Devops (before with Jira and MS Teams) to support our Scrum process.
I do agree with Sergio. The key point is not Jira itself. It is probably your approach on how to use these tools and/or techniques.
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1 reply by Kathy Phelps
Jun 22, 2021 9:06 AM
Kathy Phelps
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Thank you for your feedback. I agree we need to modify our approach and mindset to the Jira Agile environment.
Jun 22, 2021 8:25 AM
Replying to Abolfazl Yousefi Darestani
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I do agree with Sergio. The key point is not Jira itself. It is probably your approach on how to use these tools and/or techniques.
Thank you for your feedback. I agree we need to modify our approach and mindset to the Jira Agile environment.
Jun 22, 2021 8:19 AM
Replying to Kathy Phelps
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Thank you for your feedback. We have transitioned to Scrum from Waterfall method and there seems to be a desire for the scrum teams for a hybrid type of approach for projects. This information is very helpful.
You are welcome. My recommendation is do not fall in the trap of hybrid. If you use Scrum as your method for creating solutions then follow it, do not try to adapt it. With the information you get from Scrum then create the reports in the way other people like to see it but in the middle try to demnostrate that new ways to visualize the information are more valuable (or not, obviously). In my case, while I was in charge to implement this type of things, I will not able to convince people from corporate audit to accept other things than schedules (MS Project) when we work with Scrum. The reasons? A lot. But the important thing is we still are presenting schedules to some people while we are working with MS Azure Devops (before with Jira and MS Teams) to support our Scrum process.
Great advise Sergio! I will definately keep that in mind. I will also be taking a look at MS Azure Devops and MS Teams.

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