Sunday, January 31, 2010

New release (1.0.1276)

A new release is available:

This release brings a couple of major bug fixes as well as some minor new features. The rest of this post discusses one of the new features. Your life may be made more complete by reading it.

JIRA's standard workflow is a little something like:

  1. Enter issue
  2. Assign to user
  3. User starts progress
  4. User tracks time against issue
  5. User resolves issue (progress implicitly stopped)
  6. Issue is verified and closed

If you're anything like me, you probably forget to do steps 3 and 4 regularly. Worklog Assistant helps you track your time in JIRA by being an interface you can go to to accomplish 80-90% of the work you need to do with your JIRA tickets. Indeed, if all it did was let you log your time worked, it probably would not be very helpful. Some of the things you can do from the Worklog Assistant interface:

  • Issue filtering and free text search
  • Workflow transitions (stop progress, resolve issue, etc)
  • Commenting on issues
  • Issue operations (edit, move, etc)

Typically, when you start tracking time against an issue, you are starting progress on the issue. However, JIRA has no mechanism that I know of (besides writing a server-side plugin) to perform the "Start Progress" transition when you log work.

So now, Worklog Assistant will helpfully execute the "Start Progress" transition the first time you log work against an issue. This means you never have to remember steps 3 and 4 again! One less thing to remember makes for happy people and happy people can only be good for your project.

With that, I bid you good day and hope this coming week sees you make a lot of progress!

Now, if only Worklog Assistant could do my work for me...

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