RealtimeBoard + JIRA  — collaborate on issues together with a distributed team

Natalie Nedre | 2 min read

Almost every product team has it’s magic formula to get things done. However, at least one component of the formulas stays permanent — you’d better know what do you want to get done, formulate it, assign and track. In the online world, Atlassian calls these issues, and helps over 35000 customers, supplying benchmarking JIRA Software.

Unfortunately, design iterations and team discussions, which are also vital to the overall result, usually stay behind task-tracking software. Where do they happen? Well, co-located teams are lucky to have meeting rooms for live kickoffs, stand-ups, whiteboard prototyping sessions and chats. Remote and distributed teams are not so equipped.

Oh, that’s a mistake: they were not so equipped.

Thanks to RealtimeBoard and JIRA integrations, teams can solve tasks together in a collaborative space, where Designers, Product Managers, Scrum Masters and Developers are involved and engaged in creating the next big things or minor updates for their product.

JIRA add-on keeps every stakeholder on the same page

According to the RACI formula, different team members need different access to a project:

  • a responsible person handles all the hard work;
  • an accountable person needs all information possible to provide approvals;
  • consulted people are only focused on leaving essential comments;
  • and informed team members stay apart of active interactions while keeping an eye on progress.

RealtimeBoard boards are endless collaborative whiteboards, where all team members from the RACI matrix can access the project in real-time according to their needs.

We were struggling with sharing large design artifacts like Journey Maps, because 70% of folks who needed to see it were remote. RealtimeBoard was the first place we housed our Journey Map! Now our extended team can add comments, duplicate and extend this map. It’s a living, breathing, shared, collaborative document. Now we have every Upworker able to use Realtimeboard.
Shipra Kayan,
Director of Product Design Research at Upwork

An example of the research project in RealtimeBoard

After you authorize RealtimeBoard to your JIRA account you can attach boards to JIRA issues in either RealtimeBoard or in JIRA. Once you do this, all concerned stakeholders can be updated on the progress any time they open a JIRA issue. To access the board from JIRA, they just need to hover over the board cover and choose whether to view or edit the boards. All the changes they make on the board are visible for the entire team and saved in real-time.

Get RealtimeBoard for JIRA addon

RealtimeBoard for JIRA Addon is available on the Atlassian Marketplace. We would highly appreciate if you could write a review for RealtimeBoard add-on for JIRA after you try it.

JIRA cards helps to engage remote Agile team in conversation

Any of your JIRA issues can be placed on a board as a card to become a part of collaborative retrospectives, story sizing, backlog prioritization, story mapping and other team activities.

Our team uses RealtimeBoard as a virtual white board for scrum. It makes doing scrum with remote teams much easier.
Patrick Treese,
Software Engineer at Trimble

A JIRA card is a board widget available after you sync RealtimeBoard with JIRA. Each card represents a JIRA issue and indicates its Type, Priority, Key, Summary, Description, Status, and Assignee.

Jira cards

To add a JIRA card to the board, copy the issue’s URL and paste it to the board, or open the list of issues by clicking the JIRA icon in the RealtimeBoard library.

To edit the card, use its Source button to open the issue in JIRA. After the issue changes in JIRA, the card is automatically updated in RealtimeBoard.

Thanks to this integration, any distributed team can organize collaborative story mapping sessions, seeing everyone engaged in the process — moving items around the board. And when it’s over, the team is ready to start the next sprint, already with a single shared understanding of what needs to be done.

Start free trial to enjoy JIRA cards

If your team is using JIRA and you need to communicate on user stories, collaborate on prototypes or brainstorm new ideas, just give RealtimeBoard integrations a try and let us know what you think in comments below.

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