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Make JIRA work for you
Software suites like JIRA are complicated, and each company needs it to do something just a little bit different. Atlassian knows this, which is why JIRA is relatively barebones: They expect you to supplement it with some of the hundreds of plugins available in the Atlassian Marketplace.
Here are 10 plugins that are sure to add much-desired features to any JIRA setup.
One of the trickiest things about project-based work is managing it and tracking what employees are working on. Tempo Timesheets simplifies that process by adding time tracking and approval right into JIRA.
Tempo Timesheets is available for both JIRA Server and JIRA Cloud.
Commit Policy Plugin
Version Control Systems are an essential part of software development, and the Commit Policy Plugin makes managing it a bit easier. When a change is committed the plugin checks it against a set of configurable commit policies, and if any of them is violated it kicks the change back for modification.
The Commit Policy Plugin works with Git, Bitbucket, GitHub, GitLab, Subversion, and Mercurial. It’s available for JIRA Server.
JIRA Automation Plugin
Software that helps with work is great, but software that automates it away is even better. The JIRA Automation Plugin can be configured to automate tons of simple tasks so that developers can spend more time doing what they’re good at: developing.
The JIRA Automation Plugin is available for JIRA Server.
Planning Poker 3.0
Looking for a novel way to expedite the planning phase of a project? Planning Poker 3.0 is a plugin you need to check out. Each person in the discussion–both local and remote–submits a card with an estimate of the amount of work a strategy will take. Once all the cards are in they’re revealed and discussion can begin.
It’s a unique strategy, and it’s only available on JIRA Cloud.
This plugin is pretty simple, but it can make issue history tracking much simpler. Stateoscope gives a quick and easy view of issue histories and their current states. Response times are tracked as well: A great metric to add to performance tracking.
Stateoscope is available for JIRA Server.
PDF Automation Plugin for JIRA
This plugin does just what its title suggests: It automates the creation of PDFs from JIRA issues. PDF Automation Plugin for JIRA can be set to periodically generate PDFs, generate them each time changes are made or when statuses change, or anything else you want to configure. It can also email them.
PDF Automation Plugin for JIRA is available for JIRA Server.
Suite Utilities for JIRA
If you feel constrained by workflow conditions, validators, and postfunctions Suite Utilities for JIRA is the plugin for you. It adds a variety of variables, an Issues tab with a transition summary, and the ability to specify Google Maps locations and directions.
Suite Utilities for JIRA is only for JIRA Server.
Draw.io Diagrams for JIRA
Want a robust diagramming plugin for the more visually inclined on the coding team? Draw.io Diagrams for JIRA calls itself the #1 JIRA diagramming solution. If that’s true, you should give it a look, especially since the Marketplace reviews are so positive.
Draw.io Diagrams for JIRA is available on both Server and Cloud installations.
JIRA Threaded Comments
Sometimes an incredibly simple feature is overlooked, like being able to reply to comments and seeing them in a nice, threaded layout. JIRA Threaded Comments adds that missing functionality and will have you wondering how your team ever lived without it.
JIRA Threaded Comments is available on JIRA Server.