Agile terms and phrases in Jira

Common terms used in agile projects

If you’re new to Jira (or new to agile methodologies), understanding these common terms will help you on your journey:

  • Scrum: Scrum is an iteration-based approach to reaching goals as a team. Work is completed in sprints. It's generally a good fit for teams developing products and releasing new versions on a regular basis. To dive deeper, check out What is scrum? or explore our scrum tutorial for Jira Software Cloud for web (not mobile).

  • Kanban: Kanban works best as a continuous flow of work for (as an example) service-oriented teams. This constraint-based approach helps prevent teams from being overloaded. Check out our kanban tutorial for Jira Software Cloud for web (not mobile).

  • Sprints: Sprints are fixed periods of time (often two weeks) during which a team completes issues. Sprints are usually planned in advance, in the backlog. (Sprints are part of scrum, an agile methodology.)


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