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Atlassian has given Jira, a project management tool, a makeover. Accessibility plays a major role in this, says Silicon Angle. Actions that previously required knowledge of Jira’s query language or permission from the technology department can now be carried out in just a few clicks.

“The Jira Software you needed in 2002 is not the Jira software you need now,” says co-CEO Scott Farquhar. “The worfklows you built in 2010 are not the workflows you need now. That’s why our teams have completely redesigned the product to focus on easier use and more power for modern software teams.”


Many of the updates are inspired by Trello, which was acquired by Atlassian for 425 million dollars last year. The company states that the updates are partly designed to make Jira more accessible to non-technical employees. Many users have access to a new configuration mechanism, which allows advanced adjustments to a board without the help of the technology department.

The most modified function is board creator, which allows teams to organize tasks that still need to be done in a list consisting of several columns. Users can now create new columns and drag a task between existing columns. In addition, there is a simpler search function, which allows you to search for specific information without using special queries.

The issue view has also changed. This part of the interface allows developers to view and share detailed descriptions of software problems. This plays an important role in the program, as following bugs is one of the most important use cases of the program.

New features

Furthermore, the update offers the possibility to add attachments to messages about problems. It also adds navigation tags and the ability to create visual representations of important information. This should make it easier for developers to fully understand a bug they are trying to solve.

Users can now also use Roadmaps to view outstanding tasks in a graph.

It remains possible to use the previous Jira interface. In the future, however, the new version will become the standard interface. It is not yet known when this will happen.

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