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Welcome to the JIRA 101 guide! This is a hands-on tutorial. You'll be setting up your own JIRA site and trying it out, as we take you on a tour of the basic concepts in JIRA. Along the way, we will highlight some of the key JIRA features and point you to a number of helpful resources.

Roll up your sleeves. We're about to get started!

 Wait! I don't know what JIRA is...

Watch this video for an overview of JIRA in 4 minutes:

Using this tutorial

This tutorial will teach you about the basic concepts in JIRA. It is ideal for someone who is evaluating JIRA for purchase, but anyone can use it. Throughout this tutorial we will highlight whether you need to be a JIRA administrator to complete a stage, or whether it is available to all JIRA users.

  You must be a JIRA administrator to complete this stage.

  Anyone can complete this stage.

We recommend that you do each of the stages in order. It will take about an hour to complete this entire tutorial. However, you can stop after any stage and resume it later, if you don't have time to complete the tutorial in one go.

Other resources

If you are already comfortable with the basic JIRA concepts, try these other resources:

  • Atlassian University: Atlassian University is a paid learning resource for you and your organisation. Each course uses hands-on interactive tutorials to walk you through key functionality in JIRA, like inline editing or issue filters.
  • Atlassian Answers: Got a question about JIRA? Atlassian Answers has a large community of users that can help you find an answer. Atlassian staff are also active on Atlassian Answers.


So what is a 101 anyway?  

In US universities a "101" course is a general course that is often used as an introduction to a particular subject area - it covers the basics, and gives you a taste of what you're in for... just like this tutorial!