Jira, and its many clones, represent everything wrong about modern software development. AGILE wants a lean team of self organizing experts thinking about the overall picture of the product.

Jira turns that team into zombies that only care to the limit of their assigned issue… an issue that precious hours have been sacrified to, adding detail and estimation that nobody uses (and never stays accurate) but everyone thinks they need. I witnessed a Programming Lead creating a Jira beast that required 1.5 FTEs to feed.

This Lead burnt out (apparently 6 months of Jira babysitting instead of programming will drive one crazy). The beast of burndown charts and dashboards and all other madness ground to a halt… and the only thing anyone noticed was that the team got more productive and the project went smoother.

Fuck Jira.