re: Is Jira an antipattern? VIEW POST

re: When people complain about jira, they’re really complaining about how their managers have used jira and similar tools. Definitely a people problem...

I've never met a dev saying "I love Jira, it's my favorite tool" :D

As @preciselyalyss said, it's quite complex (though it got better in the last few years).

I think this complexity is by design though, because Jira is marketed to managers, not to developers.

I think a large part of the problem with JIRA is that there's simply too many options - they're trying to please everyone (and his dog) which just ends up creating about a trillion possible horror configurations for every sane configuration.

I've recently switched to an ultra simple workflow, fields, statuses, etc. - and don't really hate it so much anymore. But the thing is, a tool with about 100 times fewer features could have done exactly what I'm doing with it. And it took 4+ years to work out the details.

So who's winning with a tool like this really?

It just seems, in trying to make it right for everybody, they actually managed to build something that isn't right for anyone at all, because it's simply too complex for most people to understand.

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