New View on Project Configuration

JIRA Project Configuration Interview

Jessica Thornsby

JIRA Project Configuration plugin: “simplify and speed up the configuration and management of projects in JIRA.”

Earlier this month, Atlassian released a JIRA Project Configuration prototype that replaced the existing project details page in the JIRA admin. In this interview, Product Marketing Manager for Atlassian JIRA, Ken Olofsen, tells us more about this project……

JAXenter: What is the JIRA Project Configuration prototype?

Ken Olofsen: The JIRA Project Configuration plugin prototype is our first public release of a new plugin designed to simplify and speed up the configuration and management of projects in JIRA.

The plugin provides a simple, intuitive view of key project configurations – including workflows, permissions, and notifications. The plugin is intended to help both new and existing JIRA project managers quickly understand their project setup and make changes with ease.

JAXenter: What issues does it seek to correct, in JIRA’s existing project administration interface?

Ken Olofsen: At times, one of JIRA’s greatest strengths can also be its nemesis. The flexibility and sophistication of project configuration is so extensive it becomes a challenge to wrap your head around it and make even the smallest changes. The goal of the JIRA Project Configuration plugin is *not* to remove any of these features or to change the object model. Instead, we visualise relevant settings and how they relate to each other while hiding the underlying complexities. We also built this as a plugin – instead of directly into the UI – so we can release updates to customers for feedback with greater frequency outside of the normal JIRA release schedule.

JAXenter: What functionality is being planned for the final version of this tool, that is not included in the prototype?

Ken Olofsen: The current prototype of the JIRA Project Configuration plugin is just read-only, allowing you to view your project configuration. We intend to add the ability to update settings, taking into account the ability to copy and / or share settings with other projects. We’re always looking for feedback, so please feel free to provide us your ideas.

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