TheJira Project Reporting Academy has begun, the first lesson of a series of articles that will show how to build a dashboard of project reports in Jirausing the integration between eazyBI and Projectrak (formerly Profields), as it's the most effective and organic way to tracking Jira projects.
Besides what you'll learn on this lesson, which is how to set Projectrak as a source for project and cross-project information in eazyBI, throughout the 4 fascicles you’ll learn how to obtain the best from Jira projects data visualization:
In this first lesson we’ll explain how to create the first report on eazyBI with data from Projectrak. Every article is designed as a step-by-step guide. By enrolling to the Academy, you'll additionally receive a DIY Checklist to help you create your own set of project reports, independently of my particular choices.
In future classes I’ll show how to create different graphs and grids to represent Jira + Projectrak data and combine them into a dashboard that helps you with project planning and decision-making. Here’s the full syllabus.
Next steps to integrate eazyBI and Projectrak
Keeping your budget under control.
Combining different project variables in one chart.
Creating Gantt chart views of your project portfolio.
Entering different charts in a project Dashboard.
If you're a newbie...
Start by discovering how to leverage the Atlassian marketplace to transform Jira into a project tracker. Independently of whether you are a project manager, a product manager, or any other type of role with Jira projects, you should know that Projectrak will help you centralize and manage your project level data.
For example, you can store important information about your projects, including:
Start Date/End Date.
Any additional project information required.
The immediate win is to have that information displayed in the Project Navigator.
With good data comes good Reporting
Having information that is accurate and permanently updated is important, but probably not and end in and of itself. The real need is... reporting.
Put succinctly, one of the main needs of a project manager is:
To have reports that can be used to keep projects under control.
It’s so easy to miss something important in a project when you’re not the only person running it! Additionally, your boss will likely want to see objective data about the project that explains how the project is doing and whether it will be successful.
That’s why having a dashboard like this is the dream for every project manager: with it, anyone can see the evolution of a project at a glance and take corrective actions when needed.
There’s a bunch of reporting apps in the Atlassian marketplace, but eazyBI is the must-have tool for Business Intelligence: it’s flexible, versatile, and sophisticated.
If you ever get lost with eazyBI (particularly if you don't follow my exact steps because you want to implement different metrics), feel free to browse eazyBI's amazing documentation. Here's the article on the main terms and concepts.
Combining eazyBI with Projectrak, project managers are allowed to:
Read information from Jira and use it for Business Intelligence.
Leverage Projectrak’s data to create reports at project and cross-project level.
Enjoy the visual cues of different kinds of charts.
Combine multiple dimensions in one chart to create new insights and compare.
Ok, let’s get started with what’s probably the most important dimension for controlling projects:
Keep your budget under control
If you have a project for a client, probably the first thing you’re looking at is the budget line... and how you’re going to spend it. In this section we’ll see all the steps required to configure a project with all required data so that we can then configure eazyBI to show the results!
We start by defining the following Projectrak fields:
Cost per hour.
Below you can see the field page of Projectrak with those two fields.
Next, we create a project Layout with both fields. This layout is already associated with my projects.
Now let’s switch to eazyBI and define how we want to import data and define which project fields we want to manage in eazyBI.
Since Projectrak has a native integration with eazyBI, you can simply go to the apps tab in the Jira import options.
First we’ll set the two project fields of Projectrak to be imported both as measure and property. You can check the documentation here for other available options.>
After the import, we’ll define our report with the measures eazyBI makes available.
...and include all this information:
Total hours spent.
Cost per hour.
Total cost spent.
Difference or Usable budget. This is a calculated measure. Use the code in the following image to define it.
Finally, we’ll place the report in our own dashboard, where we can see immediately how the project is progressing.
This is the first step of this journey. In the next article you'll see how to create the first chart and other pieces of the Project Manager dashboard.
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