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Link tasks in automation via comparing custom fields

Hello community,

we have the following problem, maybe someone can help us.

In our project, a ticket with the issue type RFQ is created via automation. We want to link this created ticket to another (already existing) ticket with the issue type Account via automation. 

To do this, we have built an automation that compares the values of two custom fields stored in both RFQ and Account. If the value in these custom fields is identical, the two tickets should be linked.

Unfortunately, all tickets of the issue type account are linked, not just the one that has the same value in the custom field.

Does anyone have a suggestion on what might be the problem here? See the automation below:

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Hi @Tobias Koch 

I believe the issue is your comparison is comparing the issues in the branch to themselves, rather than to the trigger issue.

If you want to compare to the trigger issue, change your advanced compare to testing {{issue.customfield_11019.value}} equals {{triggerIssue.customfield_11019.value}}

Or better still...change your branch JQL to find only what you want:

project = TRAV AND issueType = Account AND name-of-your-custom-field = {{triggerIssue.customfield_11019.value}}


Kind regards,

Hi @Bill Sheboy thanks for the tip! I already tried it with the JQL branch you recommended.

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Unfortunately, I receive an error when the automation runs. Do you have a guess why that could be the case?

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The updated compare is also not working. The problem is, that only one of the Accounts (from TRAV-360 to TRAV-338) has the same value as the RFQ, however, all of them pass?

As you can see, only one of the Accounts has the correct value in the Custom Field Salesforce Account ID, however, both of them are linked.

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Let's pause to check two things:

(1) There is a known issue where the Issue Created trigger can fire very quickly that the data is not ready for the rule to use!  The work-around for this is to add a Re-fetch action immediately after the trigger and before other steps.  That will slow down the rule and reload the data before proceeding.

(B) Are you certain you have the correct custom field id value?  Perhaps writing that to the audit log in the rule will confirm what you expect.

@Tobias Koch , +1 to @Bill Sheboy  view. By looking at the status "No Action Performed" in the logs, seems like Account issues and RFQ issues are being created at the same time

which does not give enough time to execute the rule properly.

You can validate these two things and come back again with your findings.

@Vedant Kulkarni this can't be the case. The account is created when the Epic is created, which also created other issues, like a Line-Item. An RFQ is created when the Line-Item is transitioned into the In Progress status. Or am I missing something here?

Hi, Tobias.  What happened when you tried adding that Re-fetch action I suggested?  Thanks!

@Tobias Koch , can you also validate the custom field ids?

Also, try interconnecting the automation rules if rule actions are dependent.

I was able to fix it now with the {{issue.customfield_11019}} in the first field of the If: Compare two values and {{triggerissue.customfield_11019}} in the second field.

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Hi @Vedant Kulkarni

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This is what I see in the Audit Log. The problem is, that only one of the Accounts (from TRAV-360 to TRAV-338) has the same value as the RFQ, however, all of them pass.

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@Tobias Koch , I have created a similar rule in my test instance and tried it, it worked as expected. Can you check your audit logs


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