Logos for Jira, representing building Jira dashboards.
How to Create a Jira Dashboard (2 Methods)
Logos for Jira, representing building Jira dashboards.

How to Create a Jira Dashboard (2 Methods)

It can be tough to know what’s going on when you just open a Jira project full of issues. That’s why a lot of the work product managers, team leads, and other leaders do centers around making the hard work of their software development team more visible to other stakeholders. One of the ways they do this? Jira dashboards.

There are two main ways you can create a Jira dashboard; one relies on built-in Jira features and the other needs a little help from Unito.

First method: Use Jira’s built-in dashboards

Creating a built-in Jira dashboard is pretty simple; there’s a Dashboards tab specifically for doing that!

A screenshot of Jira software, with the Dashboards tab visible.

Click on the Dashboards tab and you’ll see this menu.

A screenshot of the dashboard menu in Jira.

Just hit Create dashboard. Then give your dashboard a name and a description before hitting Save.

Congratulations, you’ve just created your first Jira dashboard! But you’re not done quite yet. Now you have to choose the gadgets you want to add to your dashboard.

Gadgets represent charts, visualizations, and other aspects of your dashboard. By adding them to your dashboard, you can customize the kind of data you want to pull out of your projects to share with your team and other stakeholders.

This dashboard, for instance, has the Average Age Chart, Pie Chart, and Issues in progress gadgets.

A screenshot of a Jira dashboard with gadgets added.

Building your first dashboard in Jira is that simple! And when you add a gadget to it, you can set it up to refresh automatically after a certain delay, meaning your data is always up to date!

Limitations of this method

So while built-in dashboards are a great Jira feature, they’re not always the best way to share important Jira data. Here’s why.

  • You can only see them in Jira: You can only share Jira dashboards with your organization, groups in Jira, or project members. Need to work with people who use other tools? Too bad! You’ll have to find some way to export your Jira issues to another tool.
  • They only take in Jira data: Sure, this isn’t a limitation if you only want your dashboard to represent data from Jira. But if you’re working on cross-functional projects with other teams, you might want to show this data as a piece of a greater whole, which means you’ll need data from multiple tools in a single dashboard.
  • They might not have the visualizations you need: Jira dashboards do have about 30 gadgets with all sorts of visualizations, but you can bet it’ll probably be missing the one you need for that one dashboard your boss asked for.

Jira’s built-in dashboards definitely get points for how quick they are to set up, but they’re still not the best solution for every purpose. So what’s the other way?

Second method: Create custom Jira dashboards with Unito

Unito is a no-code workflow management solution with some of the deepest two-way integrations for the most popular tools on the market, including Jira, Google Sheets, Asana, Excel, GitHub, and more. With a Unito flow, you can automatically sync Jira issues with custom dashboards built into tools like Google Sheets, Excel, Airtable, Notion, and more.

The best part? Whenever that Jira data changes, it’ll be kept updated in both tools. Here’s why Unito is the best way to build dashboards for Jira issues:

  • They’re more shareable: Tools like Airtable and Notion let you customize who has access to your dashboards, even if they’re not working in these tools. That means you can create read-only views of your dashboards that anyone can see, even if they don’t have an account for the tool you choose.
  • They can take in all sorts of data: You’re not stuck with Jira data. If you’re working on a bigger project that needs to pull in data from multiple tools, you just need a few Unito flows to keep it all in one place.
  • You get the visualizations you need: Instead of being limited to Jira’s gadgets, you can use a dedicated database tool like Airtable and Notion to build the exact dashboard you need and trust Unito to fill it with your data.

Need help making your dashboard?

Unito’s Project Progress Report template is perfect for creating a Jira dashboard that communicates a project’s progress with burndown charts, sprint velocity graphs, and more.

You can get this template for Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel.

Ready to start? Here’s how you can build the Unito flows you need to make your Jira dashboards work, using Google Sheets as an example.

  1. First, connect Jira and Google Sheets to Unito.

    At this stage, you’ll also pick the Jira project you want to pull data from and the spreadsheet your dashboard will be in.

  2. Use rules to filter out the Jira issues you don’t want in your Google Sheets dashboard.

    With Unito rules, you can exclude specific issue types, issues with certain assignees, and more.

  3. Now map your Jira issue fields to fields in Google Sheets.

    Field mappings tell Unito where your Jira data needs to go. That means matching up column headers in Google Sheets with fields in Jira issues.

And that’s it! Now launch your flow and watch as your new Jira dashboard is automatically populated with data.

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