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Getting Started with JIRA

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JIRA is a project management, bug tracking, issue management, and reporting software. It’s commonly used by software development companies and teams working in an agile development environment. The software is currently being developed by Atlassian.

Learning JIRA isn’t only useful for software developers but also admins, QA/QC, software testers, and even students willing to start a job or internship in a startup in the technology field. Knowing JIRA is a requisite for most software companies/startup jobs nowadays.

The aim of this post is to present and compare between free online sources that beginners can rely on to learn JIRA, the sources stated here are full-structured courses that beginners can follow along.

If you just want the bottom line (the road map to learn JIRA) and you don’t wish to read the entire article then go to the “Bottom Line” section at the end of the article.

Getting Started with JIRA from Scratch

Guru99

Guru99 is the first free online outlet where beginners can start learning JIRA through a text-based tutorial, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 8 lessons, each lesson covers a certain aspect of the software, some of the lessons are divided into multiple sections.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the lesson/section you’re interested in learning and you’ll be directed to the page where the lesson/section resides.

Guru 99 Jira Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured and organized for complete beginners.
  3. The training covers more topics than just an overview/getting started.

Cons

  1. The training is only in a text which might be a problem for many beginners who prefer video tutorials.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through text-based tutorials.

Tutorials Point

Tutorials Point is the second free online outlet where beginners can start learning JIRA through a text-based tutorial. You don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 30 lessons, each lesson covers a certain topic in JIRA.

Interface: The interface is quite simple, just click on the lesson you’re interested in learning and you’ll be directed to the page where the lesson resides.

Tutorials Point Jira Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-organized for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover as many topics as the first outlet.

Verdict: This is an excellent free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through a text based tutorial.

Software Testing Class

Software Testing Class is the third free online outlet where beginners can start learning JIRA through a text-based tutorial, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 14 tutorials, each tutorial covers more of a wide aspect of JIRA, unlike the above outlets where each lesson covers a single specific tool/aspect of the software.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the tutorial you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the lesson resides.

Software Testing Class Jira Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training is well-structured for complete beginners.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover as many topics as the first outlet.

Verdict: This is a very good free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through a text based tutorial.

Letz Do Testing

Letz Do Testing is the fourth free online outlet where beginners can start learning JIRA through a text-based tutorial, you don’t have to register to have access to the training as with the above outlets.

Structure: The training is divided into 12 tutorials, each tutorial covers an introductory aspect of the software, this is good for making JIRA beginners dip their toes into using the software.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the tutorial you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the tutorial resides.

letz do testing Jira Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.
  2. The training covers the basics beginners should be familiarized with in order to start using the software.

Cons

  1. The training doesn’t cover every aspect of JIRA.

Verdict: This is a good free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through a text based tutorial.

Software Testing Help

Software Testing Help is the fifth free online outlet where beginners can start learning JIRA through a text-based tutorial, you don’t have to register to have access to the training.

Structure: The training is divided into 6 tutorials, each tutorial is an overview of a certain aspect of the software.

Interface: The interface is very simple, just click on the tutorial you’re interested in and you’ll be directed to the page where the tutorial resides.

 

Software Testing Help Jira Training

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.

Cons

  1. The tutorials are more of an overview of the software.

Verdict: This is a good outlet to have an overview of JIRA.

Atlassian YouTube Channel

Atlassian YouTube Channel is the sixth free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through video tutorials.

Structure: The training on the playlist entitled “JIRA Software – Tutorials”  is divided into 21 video lessons, each video lesson covers a certain aspect of the software (Some f the videos are just keynotes and infomercials).

Interface: Standard YouTube interface.

Atlassian YouTube Channel JIRA Tutorials

Now the pros and cons:

Pros

  1. Free.

Cons

  1. The training is more of a how-to than a complete and fully structured training for complete beginners.

Verdict: This is the best free online outlet where beginners can start learning to use JIRA through video tutorials.

Bottom Line

The recipe for learning to use JIRA:

  1. Guru99 is the best outlet for beginners to start learning to use JIRA through text tutorials.
  2. Atlassian YouTube Channel is the best outlet for beginners to start learning to use JIRA through video only tutorials.

Remember that the first step is always the toughest step, and the aim of this post is to provide you with resources that will help you take your first step in learning to use JIRA.