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JIRA Integration with GitHub

JIRA integration
The integration of JIRA with GitHub and Jenkins gives the project management team complete control over the codes being committed in the source code repository. It also creates complete traceability for all workitems in JIRA. With complete traceability for each workitem in the ecosystem, it is easier for enterprises to fulfill compliance requirements.

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JIRA GitHub Integration Overview

In an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) ecosystem, the choice of systems and the collaboration between the cross-functional teams play a great role. While the choice of systems impacts the productivity of a team, the cross-functional collaboration helps the teams get complete context of the business requirements.

Best-of-breed systems such as JIRA, Jenkins, and GitHub bring rich functionalities to the ecosystem. When GitHub is integrated with JIRA and Jenkins, all stakeholders have real-time visibility into the commits made by the development team. It is also easier to enforce authentic commits against each work item, and access the changes/edits made to the commit files from JIRA itself.

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How JIRA – GitHub integration is beneficial for an enterprise

  • Track commit volume, track commit trends and edits/changes to commit files in real time
  • Enforce authentic commits to make sure each commit is happening against a scheduled and open workitem
  • Eliminate manual effort to close JIRA workitem by automating the state transition on GitHub commit

With JIRA + GitHub + Jenkins integration, enterprises can:

JIRA GitHub Integration

How OpsHub Integration Manager integrates JIRA, GitHub, and Jenkins

OpsHub Integration Manager integrates JIRA with GitHub and Jenkins bi-directionally. It ensures that all historical and current data is available to each user, in that user’s preferred system, with full context, in real-time. All the details related to a commit made against a work-item in JIRA can be tracked from JIRA itself. For example, for each commit that development team makes in GitHub, GitHub synchronizes a ‘commit entity’ linked to the specific requirement id back to JIRA. Each ‘commit entity’ includes information such as ‘who did the commit?’, ‘when was the commit done?’, and ‘which part of the code was committed?’. The integration of Jenkins also ensures elimination of developer’s effort to close JIRA workitem by automating the state transition on GitHub commit.

Popularly synchronized entities

JIRA GitHub Entities Mapping

Use Case: JIRA integration with GitHub and Jenkins

Problem statement: No control on backlogs getting committed – therefore, anyone can commit on a defect that is not even present in the active sprint.

Solution: If JIRA, GitHub, and Jenkins are integrated using OpsHub Integration Manager, then OpsHub Integration Manager can put a check that user can only commit on a defect that is present in active sprint.

  1. A developer works on a ‘defect’ in JIRA and runs a test case against it. The test case passes.
  2. The developer then commits against the ‘defect’ in GitHub.
  3. As the ‘defect’ against which the developer has committed is not in active sprint, when Jenkins runs a pre-scheduled test on it, the commit fails.
  4. The status of the commit synchronizes to JIRA.
JIRA Integration with GitHub

Benefits of integration for JIRA and GitHub users

JIRA users

  • Complete traceability from JIRA to source code in GitHub
  • Visibility into the volume, quality of commits, and commit trends in real-time
  • Reduced dependency on manual communication to track the completion of a task

GitHub users

  • Each commit can be traced back to its respective workitem at any given point in time from GitHub itself
  • Enforced checkpoints ensure that no mandatory steps/checks are missed while making a commit – this leads to high success rate for commits