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Jira Basics – Module 6: Custom Dashboards and Filters

July 23, 2019
Custom Dashboards and Filters There's no point putting all this data in and organising everything if you can't see where you're up to on your projects. Jira provides you with dashboards that can be customized to your requirements and filters you can setup and save. Both dashboards and filters allow you to see exactly where you are with your particular project. The start of all this is then is the System Dashboard. This is the dashboard you're presented with when you log in and when you select the 'View System Dashboard' option. Each dashboard is just a one page container for a number of gadgets. Where a gadget is a panel that displays a particular set of informations. Some dashboards...
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Jira Basics – Module 5: Versions & Components

July 9, 2019
Versions & Components The other major features in Jira that lets us group and categorise our issues are Versions and Components. Both of these features provide us with useful ways to visualise the status of our projects and the work/issues that we need to be focusing on. Each Project you define in Jira can contain many 'Versions' and many 'Components'. Before we look at what Versions and Components are though lets just recap on what a project is. A project in Jira is just a container for a lot of issues. It's the top level container. Every issue must be assigned to one (and only one) project. With a project we can also create Component and Version identifiers. The issues...
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Jira Basics – Module 4: Workflow and Status

June 26, 2019
Workflow & Status If you're looking at tracking work tasks the simplest way of categorising the pieces of work you have is with a few simple status values like 'To Do', 'In Progres' and 'Done'. In Jira terms you'd have your issues tracking those pieces of work. Each issue then would be set with a status value of 'To Do', 'In Progress' and 'Done'. When you haven't yet started a piece of work the status is set to 'To Do' on the issue. When you pick up the piece of work and start working on it you move the status value for the related issue to 'In Progress'. And obviously once you've finished the work you move the status value...
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Jira Basics – Module 3: Labels and Priorities

June 14, 2019
Lables and Priorities In the last module we saw how to create and structue our Jira Projects. In this module our objective is to understand why we need labels and priorities. We'll also look at setting project priority values and label values. Finally we'll see how we can search for issues based on labels and make bulk updates to our Jira issues.  Why Do We Need Labels and Priorities? There are two other properties of an issue that will help you organise and track your issues. One is the ability to give an issue a priority category. The other is to give your issues one or more labels. Assigning lables and priorities helps you look, for example, for all...
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Jira Basics – Module 2: Jira Projects

October 18, 2018
We’ve looked what an issue is in Jira and how to create them. It’s great to be able to track our work as issues in Jira but the real power comes from Jira’s ability to group, organize and categorize these issues. When you start to get into 100’s, 1000’s or even 10,000’s of an issue the ability to focus just the issues you need becomes absolutely critical. Each Jira issue records a number of key pieces of information that allow us to categorize the issues. Those pieces of information can include the following: Project Components Releases Priority Status Labels Assignment So, for example, you might have an issue that is part of a particular software project, that is related to...
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Jira basics – Module 1: An Introduction to Jira

October 17, 2018
We’ve put together a series of 6 training modules that make up an introduction to Jira course. This course is focused on the basics of Jira. We’re covering the core concepts, the building blocks, that makeup Jira. This isn’t focused on any particular development methodology (like Agile) and we don’t go into configuring/using Jira to manage Agile projects here. We’re leaving that for a separate course. What we are doing is going through the core components of Jira and showing you what Jira is built on. It’ll give you the knowledge you need to deal with Issues and see how those issue records can be managed. We’re going to start out looking at what an Issue is (not any specific...
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SVN Basics – Module 5: Tagging and Branching

June 12, 2018
On to tags and branching then. Tags allow us to give a more human-friendly name to a specific revision of our folders/files. Branching gives us the capability to create a copy of the folders/files in our repository and have a different copy to work on - without fear of corrupting our main copy. As you've probably already grasped every time you commit a changed file to the repository SVN gives the repository a new, incremented by 1, revision number. In a reasonably sized project, over a year or two, it's not long before those revision numbers get into the thousands or even tens of thousands. So you're likely to get to the point where you have a stable set of...
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SVN Basics – Module 4: Managing Conflicts

June 4, 2018
We know how to create a repository. We know how to set up our SVN client and import our initial set of files. And in the 3rd module in this series, we saw how to check out and commit changes from/to the SVN repository. All pretty straightforward and easy to follow while just one user is working on one file. It won't be long though before you start getting warning messages from SVN that you have a conflict. It's how you should go about handling these conflicts we're looking at in this module.   What you'll find is that two people will be working on the same file and try to commit changes to the same file to the repository...
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SVN Basics – Module 3: SVN Check out

May 30, 2018
At this point, having completed module 1 and module 2, we have an SVN server, a repository in that server and we have files/directories in that repository. The whole point of this is to share files and version control them between different users. The next step then is for you to check out the files from the repository. From here we can simulate another user checking out the files from that same repository. In this way, we can see and learn how SVN deals with two people editing the same set of files at the same time.     In the last module, we created two user accounts (user1 and user2). With your first user account then (the one that...
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SVN Basics – Module 2: Setting Up the Tortoise SVN Client and SVN Import

May 14, 2018
In the first tutorial we looked at why we need SVN and setting up our own Visual SVN server. When working with your team at work or collaboratively over the net, you probably won't need to setup the server. This will probably already be in place and you'll be given an account that allows you access. We've setup our own Visual SVN server instance because it's the quickest way to get started and to help us learn. Your own SVN server gives you an environment in which to practice and experiment. ` Once the server and repository are configured we need to setup our client to access this repository. The client allows us to pull files out of our central...
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