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Integration Hub: Jira and Project Online Integration Scenario

Integration Hub has been designed by the FluentPro team to have your business data flow smoothly and efficiently across the portfolio, project, and work management platforms, as well as have a unified portfolio view of all project-related activities. As a result, Integration Hub helps coordinate and integrate processes across teams, improve cost and schedule performance, and bring your business to a new maturity level.

Being an extensible Microsoft Azure SaaS platform, FluentPro Integration Hub supports connectors to multiple platforms. In this post, we’ll cover the integration scenario between Atlassian Jira and Microsoft Project Online.

Project Online + Jira

In this scenario, project managers use Microsoft Project Online to create and maintain project schedules, as well as for portfolio management, portfolio analysis, and prioritization. At the same time, development teams keep their product backlog and all iterations, user stories, and tasks in Atlassian Jira.

Therefore, there’s a requirement to integrate project plans with projects in JIRA for automated updates and thus eliminate the need for development teams to use Microsoft Project Online for progress reporting. Both project managers and development teams need close-to-real-time updates on project tasks and, finally, teams need to be updated on the prioritized projects, and relevant tasks need to be displayed in JIRA.

The Project Online and Jira integration scenario is a two-way synchronization of Project Online project tasks with Jira issues. During the sync, a Jira issue with the defined type and workflow stage is being transformed into a newly-created project in a Project Online instance. At the same time, a project with the defined project type is created automatically in Project Online once the predefined Jira issue type and Jira issue status are matched for the created issue in Jira.

Both platforms’ fields are mapped in the following manner:

 

Project Online Integration Direction Jira
Custom field: Task.“Jira Issue Type” System field: Issue.IssueType
System field: Task.Name System field: Issue.Summary
System field: UnassignedTask.Work System field: Issue.Estimated
System field: UnassignedTask.ActualWork System field: Issue.Logged
System field: UnassignedTask.RemainingWork System field: Issue.Remaining
System field:Task.Assignment System field: Issue.Assignment
System field: Task.Assignment.Work System field: Issue.Estimated
System field:Task.Assignment.ActualWork System field: Issue.Logged
System field: Task.Assignment.RemainingWork System field: Issue.Remaining
System field: Task.FinishDate System field: Issue.DueDate
System field: Task.Assignment.ActualStart System field: Issue.WorkLog.DateStarted
Hierarchy: Task.ParentTaskId Hierarchy: Issue.ParentIssueId

 

How to Start Using the Integration Hub

Step 1 – Verify “Integration Prerequisites” listed below and install the “Integration Hub” add-on from the Atlassian Marketplace for JIRA.

Step 2 – Configure both Project Online and Jira to work with Integration Hub.

Step 3 – Use Integration Hub for scheduled synchronizations between your environments.

Integration Prerequisites

For Project Online, the following custom fields should exist in the PWA:

  • Project level text custom field with the name Jira Project – this field defines the name of the destination project in Jira. If the project name is not provided, the destination project will be chosen by the name equal to the project name in Project Online.
  • Task level flag custom field with the name Sync to Jira – defines whether a project task should be synchronized with a Jira issue.
  • Task level text custom field Jira Issue Type with a lookup table – it determines the Jira issue type (‘Story’, ‘Epic’, ‘New Feature’, ‘Task’, ‘Sub-task’, ‘Bug’, ‘Improvement’). If the value is not provided, the “Task” or “Sub-task” issue type will be used accordingly.

For Jira, integration prerequisites are:

  • Custom field with the name Sync to PO should exist in Jira – it identifies whether a Jira issue should be synchronized with a Project Online project task.
  • Jira legacy mode – must be disabled.
  • For Jira on-premise – Integration Hub can be compatible with Jira on-premise as well if Jira is accessible from the Internet. Since the Jira app (add-on) is currently working only with Jira Cloud, you will need to use the SharePoint App.

Benefits and Value

Integrating Project Online and Jira helps project managers see all the updates immediately after synchronization, and development teams receive their new tasks and updates instantly as well. This eliminates the need of having as many project meetings as previously, and allows everyone to perform tasks without delays and improve the work focus.

 

If you have any questions, please leave your comments below. For more details or a demo, please contact FluentPro sales team