Jira has become one of the most popular project management tools of the world. Rooted in software development, it helps to plan, track, and manage tasks and guides the daily work of many teams around the world. 

The Workpath Jira Integration, which has just recently received the Jira Data Center Certification, builds upon these capabilities and adds a link to overall company strategy. Jira teams can connect their daily work to their OKRs in one interface and leverage the benefits of Workpath’s analytics capabilities beyond simply tracking their OKR.

If you are not yet familiar with the OKR framework, take a look at our article "Objectives and Key Results (OKR) - A Definition"

OKR in Jira

Several workarounds and integrations already allow to set goals and link activities in Jira to them. This comes in handy for Jira users, because they always have their goals present where they do their daily work and not have to use another tool just to update their goals. It’s also useful to prioritize their tasks according to their goal.

The problem is that everyone in the organization who doesn’t use Jira is left out. Therefore, the transparency and alignment that OKR usually offer are restricted to the amount of Jira licenses. In large organizations where OKR is leveraged across numerous teams and departments, this poses a challenge for cross-functional collaboration and company-wide analytics capabilities, when some teams work in an isolated OKR-environment.

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The Workpath Jira Integration

This is where the Workpath Integration comes in. Just like the OKR plugin, Jira users can link their activities to the respective goals in the Workpath platform. This allows them to track their goals without having to leave Jira and still provide transparency for the rest of the organization as their tasks and activities are collated in the Workpath Platform.

Jira teams can therefore better link their operative tasks to organizational goals and make their work an integral part of the organization’s OKR practice. When collaborating with other teams they can align on common goals beyond Jira. Also, other teams get insights into their Jira initiatives displayed in the Workpath Goal room. What’s more is that this allows the Workpath Analytics suite to gather information from all teams and provide comprehensive insights on goal progress, quality, and confidence across the organization.

Benefits for Teams and Leadership

The integration with Jira and Workpath reduces complexity that comes with tracking your work in multiple tools and facilitates the OKR management for Jira users. It also allows them to make their impact on strategic goals visible and facilitates the prioritization of strategic work by having goals present in day-to-day work. With access to the Workpath Analytics Suite, teams have direct access to data-based insights to make adjustments during the cycle based on the transparency of goal achievement and work done by goals.

Leadership teams benefit from a consolidated view over an otherwise fragmented tool landscape on the operative level that synchronizes work streams around strategic goals. This allows leadership to monitor progress and detect roadblocks on goal achievement, and therefore better support their teams.