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No, because it's an unmitigated disaster to have more than one person as the current assignee (person ultimately responsible for getting it done). Jira was deliberately designed to avoid that anti-pattern.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with "and go ask these people if the assignee is not available". People add custom fields for that - groups, multiple user pickers, teams, or even use boards (a board = a team, so if the issue is on the board, go to talk to the team that own it)
Hi @Anita King ,
I might have a workaround that is easy to use and implement. Part of our app Awesome custom fields for Jira is a multi-people/group picker you could use.
Adding people there automatically adds them as watchers depending on the setting you choose. You could give it a try.
i am happy to assist if any problems occur.
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@Anita King As mentioned above, no it is not posible.
But i have done some workaround to this on several jira implementations some time a go. Here is the "how to" (workaround):
You/someone assign the issue to a person (group name for example) that has an email that it is actually a mailing list with all the users of that group.
Users of that group will get an email of that new issue and anyone can change the assignee to his personal user if they want to tackle the issue/bgu/feature.