Meet our first app, Agile Backlog Tools for Jira!
AxisAgile made an app...?
Yes, that’s right, AxisAgile is moving into the Jira app development space! Whoa! Hang on there, aren’t you an education company that provides training and coaching services, we hear you ask? Why are you changing direction all of a sudden? As educators shouldn’t you stay out of the tooling space to provide a level of impartiality? So does this mean that AxisAgile officially endorses Jira as the Agile product of choice? All very good questions so let’s answer them one by one…
Aren’t you an education company that provides training and coaching services? Why are you changing direction all of a sudden?
We strongly believe that as educators you have to continue to practice what you teach on a regular basis. Sure, we are always out there on the ground helping our clients, but nothing is more in-the-trenches than rolling the sleeves up and building a product (using Scrum of course) on your own dollar! As such, we most definitely see this change of direction as an enhancement to our education services rather than as a distraction.
As educators shouldn’t you stay out of the tooling space to provide a level of impartiality?
Indeed, that was our perspective for a long time. We saw ourselves as sitting ‘above’ the tooling debate, focusing more on the process and people side of an Agile implementation. However, as tooling became far more prevalent, we felt that our perspective had to shift. The reality is that if our students are unable to convert what we teach them into a practical implementation (via their Agile tool that in many cases they committed to prior to our training) then our lofty, stay-out-of-tooling ideals were not helpful at all.
So does this mean that AxisAgile officially endorses Jira as your Agile product of choice?
Nope, it doesn’t, even though it might seem like that on the surface. Jira out of the box (like all the Agile tools out there) has its fair share of odd, confusing quirks that don’t align exactly to what we teach. Jira, in particular, has had to deal with the added burden of having a non-Agile legacy inheritance, that being the fact that it started life as a bug-tracking tool.
That said, Jira, unlike its competitors has a 3rd party plugin marketplace. This means that instead of complaining about its problems, we can actually start to remedy them ourselves! If the other Agile tools also had similar marketplaces then we’d consider developing for those as well.