Migrating any application carries an element of risk – even those that are not directly involved in line of business operations. The same is also true of JIRA migrations – they can (and do) fail without proper planning and execution.
Define security frameworks early
Whether you need to protect corporate IP or customer information, securing your JIRA install must be a priority. When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force next year, losing personal data could result in a fine of up to 4% of your global turnover.
Take the time to plan your security structure in advance, taking advantage of JIRA’s ability to limit access to data on a user, group or project basis. By building security into the platform from the outset, you are much less likely to encounter problems and gaps following completed migration. You can solve the security problems that affect your current project management system at the same time too.
Performance tune regularly
The performance of your new JIRA project management system will be critical to uptake and the overall perception of migration success. You should arrange to have your JIRA install benchmarked and tuned (preferably on a regular schedule) to ensure that the system continues to offer peak performance.
Use workflows to streamline operations
Your development teams have established ways of working, and a JIRA migration project offers a unique opportunity to monitor and assess them all. These observations can then be used to build optimised workflows that streamline development operations, saving everyone time and effort.
Effective workflows will be crucial to improving development outcomes and maximising the return on your JIRA investment.
Extend the JIRA platform to add functionality
Although JIRA is incredibly effective for managing projects, there may be times you discover a “missing” feature that would further improve your outcomes. This is especially true if your existing management platform uses plugins for specific functions that are not available in a vanilla JIRA install.
Work with your JIRA migration partner to identify these functional shortfalls and the third party plugins that will give you what you need.
Give users what they need with dashboards
The ability to access key metrics can help developers and project managers make decisions more quickly and effectively. JIRA’s dashboard feature is designed specifically for this reason, so make sure you identify the information each user needs, then build a dashboard to display it.
You will probably find that the specific metrics are identified as you are building the workflows required to keep projects moving forwards.
Get specific with customisations
Sometimes you will find that the specific requirements of your projects require features that cannot be bought off the shelf. In order to save money in the short term, many businesses try and force their processes to match the software.
This is a false economy that leads to mistakes, inefficiencies and a lower return on investment. Instead you should invest in the additional customisations that will make JIRA match your operations – the ensuing improvements in performance, efficiency and output will quickly recoup the costs.
With so many factors to consider, it is easy to make mistakes with your own JIRA migration, particularly if you’ve never worked with the platform before. Accxia’s team of Atlassian experts have many years experience in JIRA migration projects – give us a call today and let us help you avoid these pitfalls and complete your deployment successfully.
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