7 reasons to combine Confluence and JIRA Software

7 reasons to combine Confluence and JIRA Software

If you combine Confluence and JIRA Software you are creating a powerful, integrated solution for projects and teams. Perhaps that’s why over half of software teams running JIRA do it. Here are 7 reasons to join them.

1. Everything organised and in one place

In the real-world project information can end up being stored in multiple files on multiple drives and systems. This can lead to delays and confusion when it comes to finding what you need.

Confluence gives you a single place to organise all your content which can then be filed for each project or team. If you connect it to JIRA, issues and tasks can be linked to the relevant requirements and documentation – and vice versa. The hierarchy of content provided in each space is easy to see and saves your teams’ time.

2. Make information more accessible

You can build richer reporting and enhance the browsing experience compared to what JIRA alone offers. Confluence allows the content to be designed and helps your team add descriptions and other context, as well as allowing them to watch and share information. The presentation can be richer than in JIRA and you can structure information with the option to drill down into the detail or across to related information.

3. Greater collaboration and tracking

Confluence’s customisable templates come with a great rich text editor for creating rich documents that can be shared. These enable collaborative editing and you can create JIRA issues from anywhere within the tool. Use JIRA to track elements and create all the required meta data, use Confluence to document and collaborate.

4. Keep everyone on the same page

As multiple stakeholders are often involved on a project – and different people are more or less involved at different stages in the process – it can be a challenge to keep everyone on the same page. The collaborative editor in Confluence means you can communicate with team members and stakeholders via inline comments. When you’re ready, you can convert them into JIRA issues easily.

Integration with JIRA allows you to generate release notes within Confluence with Change Log Reports. This is better than having key knowledge in notebooks, Word documents or inside the developers’ heads.

5. Deliver information to non-developers

Confluence allows your team to present information in a more user-friendly way for all of your team – including non-development folks. Developers may live in JIRA but stakeholders tend to prefer not to go searching through issues. This is where Confluence comes in handy for creating summaries, synopses and reports. This can be built into a Confluence page by mixing writing and JIRA macros to provide dashboards, progress updates or code metrics.

6. Facilitate greater team efficiency

With Confluence, JIRA issues are automatically embedded in your related requirements. This means that product managers can see the development team’s progress being tracked in JIRA. What’s more, developers don’t need to switch contexts as requirements, and any other Confluence pages, are automatically linked to epics and issues in JIRA Software.

7. Improve your retrospectives

Confluence templates can be used when running a retrospective. Do this directly from JIRA Software as soon as you complete a sprint and team members can be invited to provide input and support continued improvements. Combine Confluence and JIRA Software and it’s all documented, shareable and linked to the relevant team members, tasks and documentation.

To find out more about combining JIRA and Confluence, check out the training course or contact Adaptavist to discuss how we can help you improve your process and productivity.