With all the excitement and buzz surrounding the JIRA 5.0 release last week, you might have missed a killer new feature that brings Confluence and JIRA closer together than ever before – Remote Issue Links.
Finally, complete traceability between JIRA and Confluence
Issue links give you complete traceability between the wiki pages you create in Confluence and the related issues you track in JIRA. There are two easy ways to create issue links between Confluence and JIRA instances that are connected via Application Links:
1. Automatic links
Whenever a JIRA issue is mentioned in a Confluence page using the JIRA Issue Macro, JIRA will create an issue link to that page for you, automatically. Specs to issues, knowledge base articles to support tickets, project outlines to tasks – it all works.
2. Ad-hoc Links
Create links between issues and related wiki pages whenever you like with the Link dialog in JIRA. It’s perfect for referencing a knowledge base article that’s related to a bug report, or user stories and requirements for a new feature request.
2 easy ways to get JIRA issues into Confluence
1. Paste issue links or saved filters into the editor with Autoconvert
Autoconvert makes producing reports of issues, backlogs, and tasks as easy as copy and paste. Provided that you’ve connected JIRA and Confluence using Application Links you can paste individual JIRA issue or JIRA query URLs into the editor and watch them immediately transform into the JIRA Issue macro. Seeing is believing…
2. Create new and insert existing issues from the Confluence Editor
Link the specs you collaboratively develop in Confluence to actionable JIRA issues without leaving the editor. With the Insert JIRA Issue dialog you can:
- Create new issues
- Insert recently viewed issues
- Search for existing issues to insert using JQL
That’s right folks – if you’re already running Confluence 4.0 or above and JIRA 5.0 or above , when you upgrade to JIRA 5.0, Remote Issue Links will just start working. It’s like magic. No Confluence plugin is required – just ensure you’ve connected the two via Application Links.
For those of you using Atlassian OnDemand you’re already running the latest versions of JIRA and Confluence, so try it today. You don’t have to lift a finger.