Daily notes

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 18:55

I just realised that I have hundreds of video tutorials on Jira and Atlassian tools. You can find most of my videos on this site if you click on the video link or you can go to my YouTube channel.

I don't feel I have so many videos but it feels good and I will continue making more.

Friday, July 12, 2019 - 07:39

Today I noticed that my podcast has started appearing on Google Podcast on its own. I didn't even submit it. Good.

Here is the link

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 07:51

Recently there are lot of new features release on the Confluence Cloud mostly around the UI. Apart from that there is also an inclusion of Analytics in Confluence which I believe will be really useful.

Here is my latest Podcast on this topic.

Saturday, July 6, 2019 - 19:43

I started podcasting in 2011 but then stopped as I thought back then that I was not good enough. Recently I started podcasting again, it is still not great but I find it as a nice platform or a medium to share your thoughts.

My podcast link

There are some clear benefits of a podcast over videos.

They are easy to create.
Easy to consume.
Can be very casual just like listening to a friend.
Can be longer.
Require almost no editing.
Listen while doing other things

Watching videos has impact on eyes and it sucks your energy, same is true for podcasts but not at the same level. They are easy to consume and you can be driving or walking and enjoying the weather or a sunny day and still learn something by just listening.

My podcasts are of course on topics like Atlassian tools. Pretty much same as my YouTube channel but it will give me one more medium to share my thoughts.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 13:49

I really don't think that there is any specific way to write a blog. Blog is supposed to be like a journal where you can either keep track of what you are doing in life, share thoughts and express yourself or about your brand.

I personally prefer blog that are written naturally. I never plan to write a blog, also I never do iterations to edit my blog. I just write it and share it as it is. Simple. I think this approach works really well for individual blogs but for companies they may prefer doing reviews which is fine but I still feel blog should be free flowing with your thoughts and ideas and it is a place where people connect with you.

So don't follow any rules. Written whatever you feel like writing. Enjoy.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 07:46

The permissions in Jira are quite granular. You can control lot of things that a user can or cannot do. However when a user has a permission to view the project they can also view all the issues under it. You may have a big project with thousands of issues and for some reason if you want to hide a specific issues from a group of people then it can still be donedone using Security Levels.

These security levels can be created and assigned to people and when you edit an issue you can change the security level based on the security scheme used in that project.

Read more.

Enjoy hiding issues.

Hide issues Jira
Friday, June 28, 2019 - 07:51

Very common question people ask, how do we give someone just the read only access to the project. It is actually very simple there is a Browse Project permission. Just modify the project permission scheme and assign this permission to ideally a Project Role like management and let individual project administrators manage people who then want to add in their project for just viewing the data and nothing else.

Simple trick isn't it?

Barbican London
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 07:40

Many years ago when I learned Jira I made lot of mistakes when using the CSV import to migrate issues to Jira. It is a great utility in Jira but it takes time to do proper mapping of fields and process the data in Excel. Even after testing everything on a test project in a test instance I used to still miss something in the CSV. I even wrote macros to process the sheet but still it never always worked perfectly.

So to revert the incorrect import I had to delete or modify those issues and to do that I had to find them using JQL first.

To easily find the recently imported issues I always used a unique label in the CSV file or update any field uniquely to segregate those issue when needed.

This was a little tip. I hope it was helpful. Enjoy.

By the way I recently restarted podcasting, feel free to follow if you want. Link is below 😊


London Tube
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 07:36

It has been raining quite a lot for the past few weeks. Nothing unusual but little inconvenient. Couple of world cup matches were cancelled as well. Trains are also delayed when it rains a lot. Overall it is not bad especially if you have seen the worse but I noticed that it gets a bit depressing when you don't see the sun for few days in a row.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 21:50

I feel Jira Admin exam is not only about "how much you know Jira admin" but rather "the best way of doing Jira admin in different situations". I don't think the existing books (including mine) were written with a purpose of providing a guide to clear the exam. We are anyways not allowed to share sample questions asked :)

Each book is based on experiences of author when they were working as Jira Administrators. You will learn something different from each book. Comparing them is probably not a good idea.

Someone who is already a Jira admin and wants to clear the exam. Here are my tips.

1. Some preparation before you start a proper preparation

Do sample exam, it is short but will help in assessing where you are.
Make sure you already know Jira customisations, if not delay your exam.

2. Based on features of the tool (You don't want to loose marks just because you forgot something).

Get a test instance of Jira Server. No add-ons.
Download the exam topics and print them.
Open Atlassian documentation and read those topics word by word (EXTREMELY IMPORTANT). Everything asked will be somewhere in the documentation.
While you are reading those topics, practice on Jira instance (VERY IMPORTANT). You want to remember different things on the UI. The questions will try to confuse you but if you recently did a hands on then you will remember what you practiced.
Make plenty of notes on paper for each topics (VERY IMPORTANT). This is just to fill your brain with terms, keywords, possible options that appear on the UI. This worked for me, If I write something, most likely I remember it for the next few days.
Before the exam, I prefer reading my notes.
I prefer going to the centre hour in advance, nervousness of the exam, going to the centre helps in keeping my focus.

3. Based on your experience

If you have been working as a Jira admin then you probably know when not to create another set of configurations or better ways of doing things to save time and optimising existing configurations.
Just use your best judgement

4. For exam

Round 1: Spend one hour answering simple questions, that requires no further thinking. That you can answer straightaway. Less than 1-2 mins per question max.
Round 2: Answer questions that requires some thinking, in those cases reading answers will give you some clue.
Round 3: Review
Answer everything (last time I checked there was no negative marking)
Bonus tips: Don't drink too much water before/during the exam ;), wear relaxed clothes and be your best to feel confident.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 20:00

Today in the library I saw BBC micro:bit kit and I am quite excited about it. I have few weeks to play with it. I know it is a tiny micro programmable computer. Not sure how it works but looking forward to explore it.


BBC Micro:bit
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 20:31

I have been making lot of videos lately on my youtube channel and few other channels. I like making videos but I was thinking will people consume content in only video format in future? I doubt it. You never know but there is a something about writing that videos can never replace. Do you agree?

Friday, March 8, 2019 - 13:18

I bought my first Mac in 2013 but honestly I never used it a lot. I bought it to create a mobile app for a client and then later to watch movies and youtube videos but for the past 2 years I have been using Mac as my main computer and I am by no means an expert on using Mac but everyday I learn something good.

Today I was wondering how can I quickly view the directory structure of a folder. After doing a quick google search I found on utility called tree. Yes simple tree command that you can run on your mac but you need to install it first.

Just type the following command. I am assuming you have brew already on your mac. If not then go to https://brew.sh and download it.

  1. brew install tree

That is it really. Now go ahead and try this command.

  1. $tree
  2. ├── LICENSE
  3. ├── README
  4. ├── pom.xml
  5. └── src
  6.     ├── main
  7.     │   ├── java
  8.     │   │   └── com
  9.     │   │       └── atlassian
  10.     │   │           └── tutorial
  11.     │   │               └── myPlugin
  12.     │   │                   ├── api
  13.     │   │                   │   └── MyPluginComponent.java
  14.     │   │                   └── impl
  15.     │   │                       └── MyPluginComponentImpl.java
  16.     │   └── resources
  17.     │       ├── META-INF
  18.     │       │   └── spring
  19.     │       │       └── plugin-context.xml
  20.     │       ├── atlassian-plugin.xml
  21.     │       ├── css
  22.     │       │   └── myPlugin.css
  23.     │       ├── images
  24.     │       │   ├── pluginIcon.png
  25.     │       │   └── pluginLogo.png
  26.     │       ├── js
  27.     │       │   └── myPlugin.js
  28.     │       └── myPlugin.properties
  29.     └── test
  30.         ├── java
  31.         │   ├── it
  32.         │   │   └── com
  33.         │   │       └── atlassian
  34.         │   │           └── tutorial
  35.         │   │               └── myPlugin
  36.         │   │                   └── MyComponentWiredTest.java
  37.         │   └── ut
  38.         │       └── com
  39.         │           └── atlassian
  40.         │               └── tutorial
  41.         │                   └── myPlugin
  42.         │                       └── MyComponentUnitTest.java
  43.         └── resources
  44.             └── atlassian-plugin.xml

Cool. Isn't it?

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 19:58

Not really, writing has always been my favourite thing to do. these days although I have been making lot of videos. Reason is simple. I am liking it and I realise that videos are the future. That doesn't mean that people will stop writing or reading it will stay forever.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 08:18

I started creating tutorial videos for Structure app in Jira. It will be a series of videos which I will organise in a playlist.

Check here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_E9T0Z4ua15Dnv8IhB9H8fX23Gd_jRdP

This is the link to the playlist. I have tried creating short videos so it is easy for everyone to follow and at the same time you can just watch videos relevant to you.

If you have no prior experience on using Structure then start with the first video in the playlist.


Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 08:33

So this is my first post in 2019. Happy new year to myself 😊 have fun Ravi in 2019. Lately lot of changes happened in my life. Overall life is good and relaxed as of now. I hope it stays the same. I still need to finalise my 2019 goals. I can share some of them here like - writing one more book, make lot of videos, expand my technical knowledge, become fluent in French, exercise and stay happy.

I will share the exact list.

Recently I started making lot of videos. I never bothered about YouTube all these years but now I think it is a good idea to share. Above all it is my own personal record of things happening in my life that I can share. I have few channels now - Ravi Sagar which is for tech stuff, Desi BlackBerry Boy is for personal videos fory near and dears, Planet Unveiled is for travel and Desi Boys Fitness is for sharing fitness journey. My friend Vinod and I will be working on the last 2 channels.

I am creating a section on this site to easily find my tech and educational videos. I will organise them properly here. You can check them at https: //www.ravisagar.in/videos

I hope you like them 😊

Let's see how it goes.

Happy new year.

Welcome 2019
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 - 23:03

Big, really big cloud.

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 00:07

Have you been to Mindrolling Monastery in Dehradun? #dehradun #planetunveiled

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - 10:32

So many Christmas tree everywhere. #merrychristmas

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 - 10:32

One more Christmas tree #merrychristmas

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