Have you already tried to set up a hierarchical links between JIRA issues? Then you have certainly been using the native subtasks system and faced its limitations.
In JIRA indeed, there is no feature allowing to map the parent issue with its subtasks fields. Every time you link issues, you need to write manually the inherited content of a field. Tedious, isn’t it?
Exocet – our add-on, not the missile – adresses these limitations. It enables you to easily create linked issues in various ways : single copy, multiple copies, customised mapping…
With its latest release, Exocet makes Copy/Creation simpler and more efficient than ever:
- Create a linked issue from an issue in one click: no need to go through the “More actions” drop down menu
- Show useful data only: custom fields, images, transitions… whatever your users need to execute a request?
Now let’s see how it works.
Create and link issues in a click
Fed up of having to go through a crowded drop down menu to create issues? With Exocet, you can now choose to display your favorite operations as buttons and create linked issues directly from the issue view.
In Exocet administration, you can now find a new “Operation access” menu in the operation creation pop up.
By picking “Actions Menu” the layout will remain identical, but if you tick Issue View the operation will appear as a button directly in the issue.
When “Issue View” is ticked, available operations are now shown directly:
A customised view for linked issues
The linked issues list and the subtasks list, both quite simplistic, have shown their limitations. The “Advanced Data” panel of Exocet adresses this problem and enables you to choose which data of your linked issues you want to display.
In Exocet administration, you can now find an “Advanced Data” panel. Admins are now able to create/modify/delete “Tables”.
In Exocet, a “Table” has a title, a “JQL” query, columns and possibly calculated fields. These tables are then presented as panels in the issue.
Every table with at least one issue matching the JQL request criteria will be displayed in the Issue View of the current issue.
In addition of transferring data of linked issues to a parent issue, we can now “use” this data. Indeed, while configurating a table you can select one or several “Scripted field” (provided by Script Runner) in order to calculate a sum depending on the value of an other field.
Let’s take the example of a parent issue in which 3 issues are shown in “Advanced Data”. These issues have a numeric field called “Price” and a radio button called “Criteria”:
We want to calculate the sum of prices when the criteria associated to the price is “yes”only:
1. Create a “Total Yes” Scripted Field
2. Configurate it with a code as follows:
3. Associate "Total Yes" field to the table:
4. Update the issue and check that the calculation is correct:
These new functions aim at making Exocet more efficient so it can fully meet your needs : make it easy to create linked issues and customise the way they will be displayed in their parent issue. Linking issues in JIRA is now simpler than ever.
Try Exocet, you'll wonder how you ever managed without it !