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JIRA Reporting: How to Boost the ROI of Your JIRA Data

Hundreds of thousands of people use JIRA, which means there is even more JIRA data generated every day. How are you leveraging your JIRA data and conducting your JIRA reporting?

Most JIRA users struggle to answer these questions. It’s a commonly-shared challenge to make better use of your JIRA data.

For some organizations, this could mean finding better ways to query, track, or report on JIRA data. For others, it comes down to optimizing how their team uses JIRA data.

In this guide, we’ll be addressing what it means to better leverage your JIRA data and gain more ROI from your JIRA software.

What’s everyone doing with their JIRA data?

Let’s circle back to our initial question. It’s an important one: What the heck do you do with all that JIRA data?

It’s one thing to use JIRA but another thing entirely to effectively use the JIRA data you’ve stored. So, if you think there might be room for improvement, you’re not alone.

Just a few years back, Bain & Company surveyed executives of 400+ companies worldwide. Here’s what they uncovered:

“[Bain and Company] found that only 4% of companies are really good at analytics, an elite group that puts into play the right people, tools, data and intentional focus.”

That’s right—only 4% of organizations are optimizing how they’re using their data. Needless to say, there’s tons of room for improvement—and that’s a good thing. Fortunately, with the right approach to creating JIRA reports, you can make the most of every data point available to you. Here’s how.

How to Boost the ROI of Your JIRA Data with JIRA Reporting

1. Automate administrative tasks.

Story points and burndown charts. Exciting, right? Maybe not, if that’s what you’re working with day in and day out.

Compiling and wrangling all this data is often a drag. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss!) But, it’s critical to your team’s operations. Fortunately, a huge part of boosting the ROI of your JIRA data has to do with prioritizing.

When you’re able to spend less time achieving the same (if not better) results from analyzing your JIRA data—that’s where you win. With that said, automating administrative tasks like compiling story points and creating burndown charts might be the solution.

WorkMarket’s 2020 In(Sight) Report paints a vivid picture of how this could be effective:

“If you consider that the conventional work week is 40 hours, the data reveals that automation will save employees 6 weeks of time per year, and a full 9 weeks of time for business leaders.”

That’s time that could be used on other priorities, strategic goals, and personal development. If you’re currently compiling all of your JIRA data out of Google Sheets or Excel, it’s time to make a change.

Use Kloudio to automate JIRA reports and queries and have them run every week or day for a live spreadsheet.

2. You don’t have to be a data scientist.

JIRA software houses and organizes your data so cleanly that you may not even realize there’s much more that can be done with it. You might use JIRA but lack the expertise on your team to report on so much data.

Our 2021 Data-Driven Decision-Making Report found that many people face the challenge of having too much data. Get the report here for more insights.

Luckily, you can pull JIRA data into a reporting platform of your choice. Some of our top picks are Google Sheets (free and reliable), Microsoft Excel, and Kloudio’s report builder.

If you’re not a data expert, Kloudio’s report builder connects to JIRA and helps guide you through creating a quality report.

Over to You

If JIRA is crucial to your everyday operations, consider how you’re making use of your JIRA data. JIRA reporting and data analysis may seem time-consuming, but the outcome is often invaluable knowledge that helps inform your organization’s strategic decisions.

Is your team currently managing and reporting on your JIRA data? If so, are you doing so manually or using a tool to help? Kloudio can help you save time and boost the ROI of your JIRA data with easy analysis and reporting. Create a free Kloudio account today.

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