Pricing Adjustments for TeamCity Integration for Jira

June 30, 2022
#News
4 min

We would like to inform our community and the customers of the TeamCity for Jira Integration app of the upcoming price changes that will affect all hostings (Cloud, Server, and Data Center).

Since the first release of the app, we have extensively invested in the development of new features, provision of timely and effective support, and, of course, collaboration with you on improvements and adjustments within the app. 

Our operational costs have greatly increased since that time, and at the moment we are heavily developing the Data Center infrastructure to ensure the reliability and high performance of our app under any circumstances.

Over the years, we were working to improve services for you and provide the best quality for your satisfaction. Thus, we’ve decided to normalize the existing prices and, in particular, make the Cloud version of the app more cost-effective.

For all hostings, the price change will go into effect on August 1, 2022. Below are the new pricing models.

Cloud Pricing

Data Center Pricing

Server Pricing

Buy at today’s price

You can buy TeamCity for Jira Integration at the current price till August 1, 2022. To save up even more, go with 2 or 3-year licenses — the price will remain the same for the whole maintenance period.

But even after August 1, 2022, existing customers with commercial licenses get a 60-day grandfathering period (till September 30, 2022), so you’ll have 60 days more to renew your license for the old price.

Have questions?

Please, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or need our assistance.

Case Study: How Doutor Finanças Revamped Evaluation of Developer Performance in Jira Cloud

July 20, 2021
#How To#Jira#Case Study
9 min

This case study outlines how Doutor Finanças streamlined performance evaluation of their development teams with our Employee Performance Ratings app.

Employee performance ratings review

About the customer

Doutor Finanças helps Portuguese families balance their finances and save money on regular or one-time payments. The company aims at promotion of financial lifehacks and extensive development of financial literacy of Portuguese people.

They facilitate financial education by posting training articles, financial simulators, and various courses on budget instruments. Our customer aims at letting the Portuguese become more independent and make more informed decisions about their family budgets and financial planning. In addition to education, our customer evaluates and reviews finances of their customers, analyzes their pains and goals, and elaborates solutions for income and expense optimization.

At the moment, Doutor Finanças has more than 100 financial advisors (doctors) that work on home loans, life and property insurance, automobile loans, and consolidated credits. Since the company foundation, they have helped about 50,000 families balance and optimize their finances, reduce expenses, and find financial solutions for their needs.

Case background

Doutor Finanças runs a platform for tracking incoming requests, collecting documents, and collaborating with their customers. The dedicated development team implements new features and works on reliability and optimization of this platform.

As the company is developing its financial advisory platform as a digital product, they greatly value the quality and user-friendliness that’s why the company heavily invests in making it simple and easy-to-use.

In addition, our customer contributes to the training and professional growth of the development team, as well as facilitates and refines approaches to writing high-quality program code. That’s so they needed a tool to evaluate how development processes are evolving over time and how development teams and their processes are improving.

Looking for potential solutions

Evaluation of developers’ performance is not an easy task as it may seem at once. A lot of factors affect the way it is assessed and the metrics that are used. When you are using a SMART or OKR approach for performance evaluation, it may be not so objective as the focus is on the final results and delivery time, while quality is out of focus. In addition, six-month performance reviews performed by HR teams cannot fully reveal all the potential problems that may exist in your development processes.

Our customer wanted to integrate performance evaluation into the existing development pipeline and make it an integral part of developers’ activities. They have reviewed a lot of articles and evaluated multiple approaches of how to assess performance of development teams and what metrics to use for this.

Having tried multiple methods and frameworks, our customer was quite dissatisfied with them. They did not help them reach the defined objectives. The resulting metrics were quite useless in revealing the actual problems and issues of their development teams.

After several attempts to find the solution for their needs, they came to the Atlassian Marketplace where found our Employee Performance Ratings app. Actually, it was not the solution they actually needed, but it was the closest one to their requirements.

Reshaping the solution and adjusting it to actual needs

The Employee Performance Ratings app is an extension for Jira Cloud that lets you assess completed issues against particular metrics, like speed, quality, or skills. Our customer was one of the early adopters of the app after its release in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Collaboration with them helped us identify the key scenarios for assessment of developers and existing gaps and flaws in the current user experience. In addition, our customer requested a better way to manage metrics and let several people evaluate developer’s performance on the same task.

Besides the available dashboard with metrics and their trendline, Doutor Finanças needed export of CSV data with ratings for their further evaluation per sprint in MS Excel.

Refined approaches to developer performance assessment

After integration of the Employee Performance Ratings app into the development pipeline, our customer is using a comprehensive approach to evaluate performance of developers in Jira Cloud.

evaluate performance of developers in Jira Cloud

At the moment, they assess every development task against the three metrics (criteria):

  1. first approval: this metric indicates whether the task was approved during the first review. If not, this will decrease the resulting score. It is used as an indicator of how well the requested functionality was implemented and how many corrections were required before it fulfilled all the acceptance criteria.
  2. story points: this metric indicates whether the developer is taking more complex tasks that take more story points or deals with small and simple tasks or bugs. It defines the developer’s contribution to the project development and the introduction of new features.
  3. code quality: this metric indicates the quality of the program code written by the developer and its correspondence to guidelines and code conventions.

assessment of development tasks in Jira Cloud

Every development task is assessed against these three metrics. The developer’s progress is measured based on the sprint-to-sprint approach, so the project managers can see whether the developer improves over time or not and what activities can facilitate these improvements. So that they can elaborate on the adequate approaches to handle such situations. Progress by sprint is calculated in MS Excel on the basis of raw CSV data exported from the app.

jira task with employee performance ratings

Our customer does not leave the text feedback in the app itself, as they comment specific code snippets inline in Bitbucket, so they have no need to duplicate this information in our app.

Main benefits of developer performance assessment

The introduction of the Employee Performance Ratings app for assessment of completed tasks has improved the development processes and made the evaluation process simple and transparent to all. Project managers and team leads can now focus their attention on actual problems of their teams and address them pointwise, and developers receive continuous feedback on their work.

The app’s assessments are used for performance review and promotion of developers on a regular basis. For every evaluation period, the developer has a development plan which includes improvement of a specific metric from one value to another. So now developers are more eager to grow technically and look for more feedback on how they can progress.

Since the moment of integration of the Employee Performance Ratings app into the development pipeline, Doutor Finanças has noticed significant improvements in its development processes, increasing speed and quality of code delivery, and transformation of the performance review into a clear and transparent process for all parties.

How to Effectively Manage Attachments in Jira Cloud

August 27, 2020
#Jira
6 min

A lot of teams are switching to Atlassian Jira Cloud for managing their projects and tracking progress on them. Work on projects is always accompanied by the creation of different artifacts, such as diagrams, mindmaps, prototypes, agreements, spreadsheets, and so on. How to manage attachments in Jira?

Work with all these documents and files can become a real problem for users, as Jira Cloud does not provide any convenient tools for document management.

Out-of-box capabilities

The native capabilities of Jira for managing attachments are pretty simple. You can upload files, preview them, and delete them. This is not pretty much.

attachments in Jira

To extend the capabilities of Jira Cloud you can use other apps that we will cover next.

Bulk Attachment Download

When you keep different documents in Jira issues, once you may need to back up them or download for review. You just need to specify the JQL query and look up for attachments matching this query.

attachment download in jira

Then you just click the icon and proceed to download of attachments from these issues. As a result you will get an archive with attachments from these issues.

Start a free of Bulk Attachment Download.

Smart Attachments for Jira Cloud

The Smart Attachments app firstly appeared for Jira Server. It provided capabilities for categorizing attachments, performing bulk operations, and automating routine operations on attachments. Finally, the version for Jira Cloud has been designed and created. Of course, it greatly differs from the server version, but it allows you to categorize attachments and documents with labels. You can assign labels one by one or with a bulk operation.

manage attachments in Jira

You can further group attachments against labels, uploaders, or upload dates. This way you can instantly see what files were approved, what are drafts, what files were uploaded and by whom, and view when files were uploaded.

In addition to grouping and categorizing, you can search for specific attachments by name, file format, and uploader. So that you can quickly find the required file and view it within the issue context.

search attachemnts in Jira

The app greatly simplifies the categorization of attachments and lookup for specific files.

Start a free trial of Smart Attachments for Jira Cloud.

Google Drive & Docs for Jira

This app does not directly deal with Jira Cloud attachments but allows you to connect your Google Drive for showing attachments from it. You just need to authorize the app within your Google Drive account, and that’s it.

You can add files from your Google Drive and your colleagues will be able to view these files and download them if needed.

google drive and docs for jira

This vendor also provides other solutions to integrate your Jira Cloud with Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and other services.

Start a free trial of Google Drive & Docs for Jira.

What’s next?

As it may seem, there are not many solutions for the management of attachments in Jira Cloud. So if you have some specific cases or need some specific solution for managing attachments and documents, please address your requests to tech-support@stiltsoft.com

Learn more about document management in Jira with the help of Smart Attachments. Keep following our blog updates.

Manage Issues in Jira Cloud Like a Pro!

August 6, 2020
#How To#Jira
8 min

Atlassian is actively developing Jira Cloud, making it more convenient and tailored to the real needs of end users. More and more features and improvements are appearing for effective issue management and task tracking.

We continue our series of blog posts dedicated to Jira Cloud. This time we will present a robust set of apps that you can use to manage Jira issues like a pro.

Issue Checklist Pro

The Issue Checklist Pro app lets you create handy checklists with small tasks within your Jira issues. Now instead of creating sub-tasks for tracking the progress on a complex task, you can create a checklist and mark completed sub-tasks.

jira Issue Checklist Pro

The overall status is shown on the progress bar. Moreover, you can format the checklist with additional elements (dates, mentions, links, and so on). You can also re-use checklists by adding them to templates and further selecting them for new tasks.

Any item from the checklist can be converted into a generic Jira sub-task on the fly. If needed, you can set up permissions for the checklist or block issue transition if the checklist is not completed yet.

The app is easy to start even for Jira Cloud newbies, and can be activated only for specific projects if needed.

Spreadsheet Issue Editor for Jira Cloud

Spreadsheet Issue Editor is an inline issue editor which lets you see specific issues in the spreadsheet. You can instantly change values in different field types and see the whole list of issues at once, so you no longer need to open issues one by one.

Spreadsheet Issue Editor for Jira

This way, you can quickly change the issue status, update issue summary, assign tasks, adjust the priority, transition to the next status, pick the due date, set story points or other values, manage labels, or add issues to different sprints.

The app is ideal for backlog grooming, task prioritization, and sprint planning. Viewing all issues on a single spreadsheet allows you to better understand the project context and act accordingly.

Structure – Project Management at Scale

Structure – Project Management at Scale is an app that helps you organize issues from one or multiple projects in a single manageable and adjustable structure. You can create hierarchies of the required complexity and depth to present all tasks in an easy-to-track way.

structure for jira

The app allows you to move tasks and issues between two structures, add automations for grouping, sorting, and updating the current list of issues, edit task details and adjust the look of your structure to better visualize the project progress.

This solution is a must-have for managing complex software projects when you need to combine data from multiple projects into a simple and traceable structure.

Issue Merger for Jira

Sooner or later, every project manager encounters a situation when the backlog contains duplicated issues and it is necessary to do something about it. The Issue Merger for Jira app lets you seamlessly merge Jira issues with all their attachments, comments, and metadata.

issue merger for jira

You just select the target issue for merging, choose fields, and other attributes to merge, and that’s it. After the merging, you can close the duplicated issue as all the relevant information is transferred to the target issue.

This app will greatly help you during the backlog grooming and triaging in Jira Cloud.

BigPicture – Project Management & PPM

The BigPicture – Project Management & PPM app is a solution that lets you manage the project portfolios, plan tasks on the Gantt chart, compare the original estimates against the time spent, plan resources, create roadmaps, manage teams, and develop risks.

This solution is versatile and allows you to plan projects comprehensively, track their progress, and manage the available capacity to complete the project on time.

big picture for jira

You can plan and track tasks on the board, as well as see their cross-dependencies. This gives project managers sufficient capabilities to manage projects and plan all the related activities on them.

big picture for jira board

The app is ideal for managing complex projects and getting the overall overview of projects in Jira Cloud.

What’s next?

You can find the right tool to effectively manage issues in Jira Cloud and start a free trial. Everything primarily depends on your use cases and the tasks that you want to accomplish. That’s why be careful when selecting the appropriate tool.

In the next blog post, we will review the tools to assess the performance of your support team in Jira Service Desk. Keep following our blog updates.

Getting the Most From Jira Cloud

July 7, 2020
#Project management#How To#Jira
5 min

Hey All! We are starting a series of blog posts that will unveil all the tricks and hints on how to effectively use Jira Cloud. If you get interested in specific things, feel free to comment on this post. And we start…

Starring filters, dashboards, and projects

Most time we open our Jira Cloud, we deal with the same projects, filters, and dashboards. To simplify the opening of the frequently used objects, Atlassian has added the functionality to star projects, filters, and dashboards. This way, you can easily star the recently used ones, or star them while using them in context.

Your work in one place

Atlassian has reimagined the entire dashboard for tracking your latest activities in Jira projects. And, frankly speaking, they really succeeded in it. The new dashboard shows the issues you worked on, viewed, or those ones that are assigned to you. Altogether with issues, you can view all the starred projects, filters, and dashboards. Additionally, you can transition to boards or queues of your projects or view all open issues or issues assigned to you in particular projects.

Next-gen projects

Jira Cloud received support for a new type of projects – next-gen projects. This project type is available for Kanban and Scrum templates only.

Now instead of spending plenty of time on configuring the project and all its permissions, custom fields, attributes, and metadata, you can proceed to work in it. Unlike, classic projects you can quickly connect all the necessary features and leave the unnecessary features disabled.

Building roadmaps

The next-gen projects provide the capability to build roadmaps without using any additional apps. You can drag epics across the timeline and create inter-dependencies between them. The roadmap shows all the essential information to understand the current progress on tasks; if needed, you can filter them by status or assignee. You can also switch between different views (weekly, monthly, or quarterly). If required, the finished roadmap can be exported to the image format when you need to show it to your company leadership.

Backlog management

Backlog management has also changed in the next-gen projects of Jira Cloud. Atlassian has added a series of improvements that allows you to easily plan sprints from items stored in the backlog. Now you needn’t drag issues one by one, just drag the line to the necessary point of your backlog list, and all the selected issues will be added to the sprint. You can instantly view the progress on each epic or version while planning a new sprint. Additionally, you can filer issues by the assignee to more precisely distribute workload between different developers.

If needed, you can create a bulk of stories or tasks by copying multiple text lines, which simplifies the overall process of creating issues in Jira Cloud. Click + Create issue and paste your list of task summaries.

Jira Cloud and new experience

Jira Cloud has included all the best user experience improvements that greatly simplified interactions with the basic functionality. Even if you start with Jira Cloud, you can quickly pick up all the basics of managing projects and issues within them.

For those who need more, try our new Cloud apps for Jira Cloud.

7 Must-have Apps for Managing Jira Projects Like a Pro

June 25, 2020
#Jira
15 min

Project management is complicated. That’s why many PMs rely on software like Jira to plan and coordinate projects more efficiently. However, built for software teams, Jira isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for most organizations. With each company having its unique set requirements, Jira’s default capabilities may not be sufficient.

Fortunately, the Atlassian Marketplace offers thousands of project management apps to help you manage projects in Jira like a pro. You can power up your Jira with these seven must-have apps for successful project management:

  1. Easy Agile User Story Maps for Jira by Easy Agile
  2. WBS Gantt-Chart for Jira by Ricksoft
  3. Smart Attachments for Jira by Stiltsoft
  4. Custom Field Option Synchroniser by Bitvoodoo
  5. Pivot Report by Colined
  6. Jira Workflow Toolbox by Decadis AG
  7. User Profiles for Jira by Communardo

Let’s discover more about these Jira solutions.

1. Easy Agile User Story Maps for Jira by Easy Agile

A story map is a visual representation of your customer’s journey with the product or service you are developing. It includes the actions taken by customers and their desired outcomes summarized through a user story.

Thanks to Easy Agile User Story Maps for Jira, your team is able to visualize their project backlog in a story map format. That way, everyone is aligned on a shared project vision.

Story maps transform the way your traditional backlog is presented. (Source)

Compared to flat backlogs, story maps add context to your issues. With a groomed backlog, your team can execute projects by putting themselves in the customer’s shoes. Thus, your project development efforts will be focused on providing value to your customers.

The app will auto-populate epics when it’s opened from your agile board. You can then arrange epics in chronological order, or in any order that suits your customer journey.

Hosting options: Cloud, Server, and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 10 per month for up to 10 users.

2. WBS Gantt-Chart for Jira by Ricksoft

Jira and Gantt charts bring out the best of agile and waterfall approaches for any project.

WBS Gantt-Chart for Jira transitions your existing Jira issues into a Gantt-based timeline, allowing you to break down issues into manageable tasks, track project progress, and allocate resources more intuitively. That way, you can gauge your team’s capacity and assign issues accordingly, so work is distributed evenly across your team members.

Need to view your linked issues in a Gantt-based timeline? This add-on lets you visualize and manage dependencies, so you can identify bottlenecks that impede your project’s execution.

Gantt charts are vital in visualizing high-level roadmaps of a project’s plan. Some of the key features that are highly rated by PMPs include milestone tracking and a critical path view. The app essentially turns Jira into a powerful MS Project alternative.

Break down projects into sequential issues and monitor their progress through Gantt charts. (Source)

Hosting options: Cloud, Server, and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 2.50 per month for up to 10 users.

3. Smart Attachments for Jira by Stiltsoft

To ensure all your project stakeholders are aligned on the project scope, it’s crucial to make attachments such as requirements, risks, and resources accessible.

While you can attach files directly from the issue screen, there’s still a lack of attachment management capabilities. For example, it’s a hassle to track the latest updates with multiple documents shared in a single Jira ticket.

The Smart Attachments for Jira apps addresses this issue by giving your team a better way to search and manage project attachments so that they can easily retrieve and refer to essential project documents.

Team members can add labels to documents, thus improving content discoverability in Jira Cloud. You can then group these labels into categories to sort files in a particular way. These categories are accessible from the Attachments section of your issue screen. That way, you can upload files directly to designated categories.

Tagging documents with labels helps users filter and access the right files.

A valuable feature of this app for Jira Server and Data Center is version control. This is especially useful for revised versions of contracts and change request management documents. You can upload revisions and map them to the original file. It then groups together all versions for you to keep track of it all.

Multiple versions of the same file are organized into groups.

Hosting options: Cloud, Server, and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 1 per month for up to 10 users.

4. Custom Field Option Synchroniser by Bitvoodoo

Custom fields allow you to modify your Jira fields to suit your project needs. Since every project is different, you may need to track information that is unique to your organization.

Jira gives you the flexibility to create custom fields, but there are limitations. While it provides standard fields such as issue titles and statuses, it doesn’t retrieve custom fields (e.g. customer requirements, budgets, and performance metrics) created from other databases.

Oftentimes, you have to get your Jira Administrator to manually create custom fields that are tailored to your project’s needs. Unfortunately, this is a time-consuming process – especially if you have numerous fields to be replicated, delaying the smooth start of your project.

Here’s where Bitvoodoo’s Custom Field Option Synchroniser comes in. It lets you retrieve custom fields created in other databases such as MSSQL, Oracle, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

By synchronizing custom fields in existing databases, it saves you the hassle of recreating them on Jira.

Synced custom fields ensure consistency across systems used in your organization. This helps avoid potential discrepancies caused by free-form text errors.

The Custom Field Option Synchroniser also supports other multi-value custom fields on Jira such as checkboxes, radio buttons, and lists.

Maintain the consistency of your multi-value custom fields with Bitvoodoo’s Custom Field Option Synchroniser. (Source)

Hosting options: Server and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 180 per year for up to 50 users.

5. Pivot Report by Colined

As a project manager, it can be challenging to keep up with all the projects under your supervision. Pivot Report is a handy tool to gain a quick overview of all your Jira projects. It shows you the big picture of your issues in a pivot table format.

Stay on course with your projects by having an overview of its progress through a pivot table. (Source)

Having your issues presented in this format makes it easier to analyze core data pertaining to your projects. So you can gain better visibility over a project’s progress, from the estimated time taken to the remaining time to completion.

The reports are customizable using JQL to view progress displays according to assignees, sprints, issue types, and more.

Pivot Report even has a warning tab to flag flawed issues (e.g. overdue items or issues with no assignees). This way, you’ll be able to identify blockages in advance and take the necessary steps in overcoming them.

Hosting options: Cloud, Server, and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 5 per month for up to 10 users.

6. Jira Workflow Toolbox by Decadis AG

Workflows tie your project components together. In fact, establishing a workflow is one of the first things you should do before executing your project.

On a basic level, Jira workflow maps your issue statuses and transitions, which is reflected on your scrum or kanban project boards. For example, after an issue is completed it transitions from In Progress to Done. This, however, is done manually. Given the number of different projects under your belt, you may find updating issue statuses a repetitive task.

The solution is workflow automation. The Jira Workflow Toolbox does exactly that and more.

The Jira Workflow Toolbox’s automation feature reduces the time taken in creating workflows by executing transitions directly from your issue card. With flexible conditions, triggers, and validators, you’ll be able to automate customized processes based on your project management requirements.

On top of that, you can automate custom post functions to tailor to your project completion needs. For instance, notifying the issue reporter by adding a simple comment once the issue is marked as done.

It also caters to more complex workflows that can be configured using parser expressions, which you can then save and replicate for future project processes.

Jira Workflow Toolbox enables you to configure your workflows with specific transitions, conditions, and triggers from your Jira issues. (Source)

Hosting options: Cloud, Server, and Data Center.

Pricing: USD 5 per month for up to 10 users.

7. User Profiles for Jira by Communardo

With multiple team members collaborating across different project stages, internal communication is key to ensure a smooth workflow. But for larger organizations with distributed teams, this can be a challenge.

Your team may not know who to get in touch with immediately, which may delay task coordination.

Communardo’s User Profiles for Jira app provides teams with a faster way to get in touch with one another.

The app displays dynamic contact information when you hover over your team member’s names in a workflow.

The click-to-call feature makes it even more convenient for team members to collaborate synchronously and solve time-sensitive blockages.

Get in touch with anyone within your organization instantly with User Profiles for Jira. (Source)

Along with customizable fields such as languages and personal skills, team members are able to quickly find experts and identify reporting chains.

If your organization currently uses an existing employee directory, this tool can be synced to Active Directory and LDAP.

Hosting options: Server and Data Center.

Price: USD 10 for 10 users.

Take Jira Project Management to the Next Level

Jira on its own does wonders for project management. But it’s even better with the addition of apps to further streamline your project management processes.

Discover our comprehensive list of applications to boost your project management capabilities here!