Ah, December! The month where, as an Atlassian admin, ‘reports’ isn’t just a word, but a way of life.

In this guide, we’ll dive into the world of Jira reports. Forget the yawn-inducing data dumps of old; we’re talking about transforming numbers into project-saving insights. From agile tracking to managing your team’s workflow, let’s unravel the magic of Jira reports and how they can be your secret weapon in navigating the project management battlefield. Ready? Let’s turn those data nightmares into strategic victories!

Jira Standard Types of Reports

In Jira, each report type offers distinct insights:

Jira Reports for Scrum Teams

For Scrum teams, Jira offers specialized reports that help in tracking and improving the efficiency of sprints:

  1. Sprint Report: Provides a snapshot of what was completed and what wasn’t during a sprint. Useful for evaluating team performance and planning future sprints.
  2. Burndown Chart: Visualizes the amount of work remaining in a sprint, helping teams understand if they are on track to complete their goals.
  3. Velocity Chart: Shows the amount of work a team completes during each sprint, aiding in forecasting future sprint capacities.

These reports are essential for Scrum teams to monitor their progress, understand their velocity, and make informed decisions for future sprints.

Jira Reports for Agile Teams

Agile teams in Jira have access to reports that support their iterative and flexible project management approach:

  1. Cumulative Flow Diagram: Tracks the status of issues over time, highlighting potential bottlenecks in the workflow.
  2. Control Chart: Analyzes the cycle time for issues, helping teams understand process stability and predict future performance.
  3. Release Burndown: Monitors progress towards upcoming releases, showing work completed and what’s left.

These reports are crucial for Agile teams to monitor workflow, predict performance, and track progress towards releases.

Accessing and Generating Reports in Jira

To access and generate Jira reports, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Your Jira Project: Go to the main dashboard of your specific Jira project.
  2. Find the ‘Reports’ Section: Typically, this is located in the project menu(left side).
  3. Choose the Report Type: Select from various report options like Agile, Issue Analysis, etc.
  4. Customize the Report: Configure the report settings to match your specific needs.
  5. Generate the Report: Run the report to view the latest data.

Remember, the key to effective reporting is asking the right questions. Define what you want to know – whether it’s about sprint progress, issue resolution, or team velocity – and choose the report that best answers these questions.

Enhancing Data Visualization with Jira Dashboards

Combine and visualize data from multiple reports, adding reports to a Jira dashboard for easy access and overview. Have everything in a single place:

  1. Create a New Dashboard or Use an Existing One: Navigate to the Dashboards menu in Jira.
  2. Add Gadgets: Select and add various gadgets that display different report data.
  3. Configure Gadgets: Customize each gadget to display specific report types or data sets.
  4. Arrange for Optimal Viewing: Organize the gadgets for a comprehensive overview.

By using Jira dashboards, you can combine data from various reports for a unified, easily accessible, and visually appealing overview of your project’s status and progress.

Managing and Customizing Reports

To effectively manage and customize Jira reports:

  1. Edit Reports: Access the report settings to make necessary changes, adjusting filters or timeframes as needed.
  2. Print and Share: Use the export options in Jira to print reports or share them digitally with team members.
  3. Regular Updates: Regularly refresh your reports to reflect the latest data.
  4. Organize in Report Manager: Arrange reports in the Report Manager for efficient access, categorizing them based on project needs.

These steps ensure your reports remain relevant, accessible, and tailored to your project’s requirements.

Custom Reports and Plugins in Jira

Jira allows for the creation of custom reports and the integration of custom plugins to meet unique project needs:

  1. Creating Custom Reports: Utilize Jira’s built-in functionalities or advanced querying (like JQL – Jira Query Language) to create tailored reports.
  2. Using Custom Plugins: Explore Jira Marketplace for plugins or develop custom add-ons for specific reporting requirements, example EazyBi for Jira
  3. Integration: Seamlessly integrate these custom solutions into your Jira environment for enhanced reporting capabilities.

These options provide flexibility and depth, catering to specialized reporting needs that standard reports might not cover.


As we wrap up this guide on Jira reports, I’m curious to hear from you. How have you been using these reports? Have they brought clarity and efficiency to your project management? Your experiences, challenges, and successes with Jira reports can provide valuable insights for others navigating similar paths.

So, let’s start a conversation – share how Jira reports have impacted your projects and any creative ways you’ve found to leverage this powerful tool.

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