fish-logo-2By using Atlassian JIRA (Core or Software) every day, I became crazy about “jiralyse” everything. As the product moves to be less and less linked to IT software development, it’s becoming easier and easier to use JIRA not only for workflows and customer relationship but also for data analyse.

I like being in quiet and wild places sometimes and I practice carp fishing at least once a month. It’s just a simple way for me to relax and think about projects and ideas. So I asked myself: “how can I be able to combine my two passions: using JIRA and carp fishing?”.

I was testing and giving feedback on the brand new JIRA mobile application (I was a beta user, lucky me! If you missed it, the app is available on the app store now: it’s here!) and it made me think on futher mobile needs for JIRA users as I am.

Well, my need was quite simple and may evolve in a near future, but here is how now I manage my fish catches using Atlassian JIRA Software with an Atlassian onDemand account: let’s build a JIRA-based carp catches inventory system!

Set this up

I didn’t use any add-ons on this FISH project. It was mandatory for me to have dedicated fields to save the needed datas, I just created and added them to my project fields configuration and screens: catch date, fish type, spot type, spot name, spot location, hookbait name, priming details and finally the fish weight.

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I needed a very simple workflow for now: I simply catch a fish, take some informations from it (and a picture most of the time) and then release it back in the water. All the spots I’m visiting are “no-kill” zones. I will be able to evolve my workflow easily later so first things first, keep things simple.

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Step back a minute

What I need to know as carp fisher is: how many fishes did I catch? what’s my best hookbait? what time of the year is the best for going fishing? where did I catch the most fishes? I want to “optimize” my fishing sessions and make the most of it and what’s really interesting now: I’m able to list all my fish catches and make statistics of them using a dashboard!

Total fish catches

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Sorted by month

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Sorted by fish type

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Sorted by spot name VS fish type

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Sorted by hookbait

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Going forward

So far it’s working well for me, all my fish catches are tracked and I already have the most important statistics. darwyn is working on an add-on linked to this fun idea in order to have another cool display on my dashboard. I sent feedbacks to Atlassian on the JIRA mobile app: be able to add custom fields on the create screen would be great as well as the “out-of-network” support (being able to create a ticket without being connected to internet, but once you are connected, tickets are sent and created on the server).

Now I can start thinking about my strategy to beat my own record: catching a fish that weight more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds)!