Jira 8 Recipes
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- Create and deploy your own JIRA plugins on the Atlassian Marketplace
- Extend the default functionality provided by the latest version of JIRA to meet customer project requirements
- Manipulate essential workflows programmatically with ease
- Create new custom reports that provide insights about JIRA issues and objects
- Extend existing reports to show important data and statistics
- Build useful gadgets in JIRA and enable them on a user's dashboard
Learn the skills of effective issue management by understanding the Issue lifecycle and learning the steps in creating, managing and searching issues.
• Understand JIRA issue types
• Perform issue management by creating, importing, and exporting issues
• Search and filter issues using both basic techniques as well as advanced techniques using JQL
Lay the groundwork for beginning with JIRA plugin development by setting the prerequisites in our development environment followed by understanding the JIRA plugin marketplace and exploring the types of plugin modules.
• Look at the prerequisites for working with plugin development for JIRA
• Explore JIRA plugins
• See the types of plugins in JIRA
Explore the steps of creating a skeleton plugin which is the first step in creating plugins in JIRA using atlas commands.
• Utilize atlas command to create a skeleton plugin
• Set the parameters for the skeleton plugin wizard
• Explore the artifacts of the skeleton plugin created by the atlas command
Explore the steps of adding a web item plugin module to the skeleton plugin in JIRA using atlas commands.
• Utilize atlas command to add the plugin module to the skeleton plugin
• Set the parameters for the plugin module wizard
• Explore the artifacts of the web item plugin module created by the atlas command
Explore two techniques to deploy a JIRA plugin using the atlas command and the universal plugin manager.
• Utilize atlas command to deploy the plugin to JIRA
• Explore the app on the JIRA server to enable and disable the plugin
• Utilize the universal plugin manager to install the plugin
Understand the different types of resources that can be added to a JIRA plugin and explore adding a localization resource to the JIRA plugin.
• Explore the types of resources available for JIRA plugins
• Learn about the resource definition and properties of a resource element
• See an example localization resource
Explore the steps to add issue types and add custom fields to handle custom requirements for the project then enable time tracking to enable the team to log work against issues in the project.
• Add a custom issue type to the project
• Add custom fields to issues in the project
• Enable time tracking and add time tracking fields on issues
Explore user management in JIRA by learning to administer user accounts, managing group and project roles and finally monitoring user logins and activity.
• Create, edit, and remove users in JIRA
• Assign users to group and project role
• Monitor user login and activity
Understand how JIRA stores data and familiarize with the JIRA database schema, run queries against tables and use the REST API to access the data.
• Explore the H2 database and locate the database file
• Fetch data from the database using DB Browser plugin
• Use REST API to get data and provision objects in JIRA
Explore the steps to create a custom field programmatically so that you can create fields to support functionality that is not available in JIRA out-of-the-box.
• Create skeleton plugin
• Add custom field plugin module
• Cleanup the project code and deploy the plugin
Explore the steps to customize the custom field by manipulating the values in the custom field programmatically. We will see an example of returning the username of the logged in user in the custom field.
• Add the authentication context
• Add the variable names in both the class and velocity files
• Cleanup the project code and deploy the plugin
Learn to set default values in system fields so that users are presented with pre-filled fields when working with system fields in issues.
• Understand the need for setting default values in system fields
• Configure the field configuration section and edit the description field
Understand how JIRA formats dates using the relativize property which renders relative dates and then format dates in custom fields using the moment.js library.
• Explore date formats using relativize property
• Create date custom field
Explore how workflow triggers work and setup a workflow trigger from GitHub events, so that we can trigger workflow updates on development events like committing a change to the repository.
• Learn about the workflow trigger
• Connect JIRA with GitHub
• Setup workflow trigger from GitHub
Explore the steps to restrict issue operations based on workflow status using workflow properties to prevent users from certain functionality at a workflow status
• Edit the workflow
• Add a new property for the status
• Publish the changes to the workflow & test to see if the changes are active
Understand the various reporting features provided by JIRA and learn to effectively use reports for tracking and monitoring project progress.
• See the reports for Agile projects
• Explore the reports for Issue analysis
• Look at the reports for forecasting and management
Extend the custom report by adding data validation for the inputs provided from the report configuration page before running the report.
• Understand why we need to validate input values
• Override the validate method from AbstractReport class
• Add the validation criteria for the selected project ID
Understand the various gadgets provided by JIRA out-of-the-box and learn to effectively use gadgets and dashboards for tracking and monitoring team and project progress.
• Use gadgets to learn what’s happening in the sprint
• Use gadgets to track how the team is progressing on the project
• Use gadgets to track the workload against each team member
Understand the functionality of internationalization and localization in JIRA gadgets, and learn to enable custom gadgets to leverage the flexibility to change its content according to the user’s language preferences.
• Look at the elements which can be changed using internationalization and localization
• Go ahead with exploring the Locale element and SupportedLocales directive
• Add a new locale file and test the changes after deploying the package
- Familiarity with software project management and basic computer operations is assumed.
Jira is an issue and project-tracking application, and one of the most popular software development tools utilized by Agile teams. Jira 8 comes with performance improvements to meet the demands of ever-growing enterprise teams. This one-stop resource will get you started creating (and working with) Jira plugins and customizations. We will be using Jira 8 throughout this tutorial.
You’ll begin your journey by learning to develop and deploy plugins and then modify them to suit your needs. You will learn to customize the look and feel of your Jira UI, and then perform a detailed configuration of Jira Issues for administrators. Then you’ll learn to create and manage custom fields in JIRA efficiently, and operate with workflows by learning to manipulate them programmatically. Finally, we cover how to build useful gadgets and prepare reports.
By the end, you will have built a solid foundation in Jira and will be equipped to use it efficiently to improve your team’s productivity.
About the Author
Afsana Atar is an accomplished test engineer with over 10 years' extensive experience in software testing. Her recent book Hands-on Test Management with JIRA was rated the #1 best new software testing book in 2019 by BookAuthority .org. Her expertise has been honed and deployed in a variety of domains, including digital advertising, education, healthcare, and financial sectors (including banking, insurance, and trading). She has worked for various organizations including Google, IBM, Principal Financial Group, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Currently, she works for Susquehanna International Group, a financial trading firm.
Afsana is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), an Agile scrum practitioner, and part of the scrum alliance community. She has managed and worked on projects worth over a million dollars in various capacities, ranging from Quality Assurance Engineer to QA Manager. She believes in sharing her experiences with the testing community to help foster greater learning and innovation.
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