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March 30, 2017

Seven reasons to combine Confluence and Jira Software

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Adaptavist 3 minute read

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

1. Everything organised in one place

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

Confluence gives you a single place to organise all your content and create files for each project or team. If you connect Confluence with Jira, you can link issues and tasks to relevant requirements and documentation –and vice-versa. The hierarchy of content provided in each space is easy to see and will save your team time.

2. Make information more accessible

By combining Jira and Confluence you can build richer reporting and enhance the browsing experience compared to what Jira offers on its own. Confluence allows the content to be designed and helps your team add descriptions and context, as well as watch and share information. The presentation is richer than in Jira, and you can structure information with the option to drill down into the detail or related information.

3. Greater collaboration and tracking

Confluence’'s customisable templates come with a rich text editor for creating documents to share. These documents enable collaborative editing, and you can create Jira issues from anywhere within the tool. You can use Jira to track elements and organise all the required metadata and use Confluence to document and collaborate.

4. Keep everyone on the same page

Projects can involve participation from multiple stakeholders 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 easily convert the comments into Jira issues.

Integration with Jira allows you to generate release notes within Confluence with Change Log Reports. This is better than having your critical knowledge stored in notebooks, word documents or inside of the developer's head.

5. Deliver information to non-developers

Confluence allows your team to present information in a more user-friendly way for all of your organisation– including non-developer folks. Your developers may practically live in Jira, but stakeholders tend to not go searching through issues. This is where Confluence comes in handy for creating summaries, synopses and reports, you can build this functionality 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 into 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

You can use Confluence templates when running a retrospective. You can do this directly from Jira Software as soon as you complete a sprint, you can then invite team members to provide input and support continued improvements. By combining Confluence and Jira Software, everything i’s  documented, shareable and linked to the relevant team members, tasks and documentation.

To find out more about combining Jira and Confluence, contact Adaptavist to discuss how we can help you maximise your productivity with Atlassian tools.