7 Ways to Clean up a Polluted Jira Environment

JIRA codeYour Jira server has slowed down and performance has suffered as a result. Cleaning up the Jira environment will fix this problem but there are other benefits to be gained from cleaning your polluted Jira Environment. Other Benefits Include:
  • Avoid data duplication
  • Enhanced performance of the server
  • Teams reaching out to dedicated groups
  • Structured Data dictionary
Here’s a list of 7 ways to effectively clean up your Jira environment and speed things up again:

1. Reduce the Number of Jira Administrators 

For servers, maintain a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 8 Jira administrators for larger environments. For cloud, however, since the user limit is only 2000 users, anywhere between 2 to 4 administrators would suffice. Increasing the number of Jira administrators will increase the complexity of the environment.

2. Limit the Number of Custom Fields

Discourage developers from creating new custom fields with the same configurations, too many custom fields can slow your instance. For this reason, use existing custom fields. It also helps to keep the fields restricted to the projects they’re needed on.

3. Archive Old/Unused Jira Projects

Before deleting old or unused Jira Projects, take a backup of the instance and archive attachments as an xml file. You also have an option to archive the Project without deleting it by removing the Browse Project permission.

4. Workflows

Delete any inactive or unused workflows and their schemes from the system. Before doing so, make sure that the Validators and Post-functions are not configured with custom fields.

5. Screens

Delete any screens that don’t have any issue-type-screen-schemes assigned to them. Look for field-screen-schemes that don’t belong to any issue-type-screen-scheme and delete them as well. You’ll also want to delete any field-screens that don’t have a field-screen-scheme or workflow associated with them.

6. Deactivate Unused Licenses

In order to preserve licenses, deactivate the user licenses which are no longer in use. Never encourage a user to have multiple licenses.

7. Manage Your Add-ons

Plug-in’s can also affect the performance of your environment. To increase performance, be sure to unsubscribe a plug-in when you decide not to use it, even though the plug-in is free. For more information on how we can help you and your project management team, send us an email If you are looking to kick start your project management journey, sign up for our Microsoft Training Classes. We hope you find this blog post helpful.  For more tips and tricks on Project Management, follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram