Every company I've worked at in the last 9 years, from small startups
to multi-thousand-person public corporations, has used Jira for managing software
projects internally. In this post, I want to explain what Jira is and why
interacting with it at work makes me feel frustrated and unproductive.
Looking back over the last decade, I've had a lot of great experiences in the offices
of my employers and for the most part these spaces have been comfortable. However,
there are certain office features that I've encountered at company after company that are not
optimal and end up unnecessarily lowering productivity and happiness. In this post, I want to
call these features out and describe how they can be fixed.
Software engineers are an interesting bunch. While quirks are fine, and I have a few myself,
there are certain traits that show up on the personality side that can be genuinely counterproductive to my team's work. In this post, I want to explain what these are and how I
try to deal with them.