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Last week, GitHub announced that they have built a new integration to enable software teams to connect their code on GitHub.com to their projects on Jira Software Cloud. This integration updates Jira with data from GitHub, providing a better visibility into the current status of your project.

What are the advantages of this new GitHub and Jira integration?

No need to constantly switch between GitHub and Jira

With your GitHub account linked to Jira, your team can see the branches, commit messages, and pull request in the context of the Jira tickets they’re working on. This integration provides a deeper connection by allowing you to view references to Jira in GitHub issues and pull requests.

Source: GitHub

Improved capabilities

This new GitHub-managed app provides improved security, along with the following capabilities:

  • Smart commits: You can use smart commits to update the status, leave a comment, or log time without having to leave your command line or GitHub
  • View from within a Jira ticket: You can view associated pull requests, commits, and branches from within a Jira ticket
  • Searching Jira issues: You can search for Jira issues based on related GitHub information, such as open pull requests.
  • Check the status of development work: The status of development work can be seen from within Jira projects
  • Keep Jira issues up to date: You can automatically keep your Jira issues up to date while working in GitHub

Install the Jira Software and GitHub app to connect your GitHub repositories to your Jira instance. The previous version of the Jira integration will be deprecated in favor of this new GitHub-maintained integration. Once the migration is complete, the legacy integration (DVCS connector) is disabled automatically.

Read the full announcement at the GitHub blog.

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