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Traceability matrix output in JIRA or confluence


I have captured requirements in JIRA that are linked to other requirements ("relates to link), and linked to mitigation means ("is mitigated by" link) and also linked to test protocols ("is verified by" link). Each of these have separate issue types (Requirements, Risk Mitigation, Test Protocol) and therefore have unique Issue Keys. I'd like to export a table that lists the following information:

Column 1: Requirement Issue Key

Column 2: Requirement Summary

Column 3: Risk Mitigation Issue Key that is linked to the particular requirement Issue key ("is mitigated by" link)

Column 4: Test Protocol Issue Key that is linked to the particular requirement issue key ("is verified by" link)

I have used JQL queries to display all the requirement issue keys and I can include the column titled "Links". However, "Links" displays all the linked issues under the "Links" column. 

I would like to be able to separate these columns out. 

I explored traceability matrix plug ins that work on jira software cloud and there really are none available. Links Explorer was the only one I found, but the cloud version is still in "nascent" stage and does not output information correctly. 

I explored using JQL queries "issueLink" and "issueLinkType", but these only filter the issues out. 

I have not found a method to create and display separate columns as listed above. 

Can you please help?



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You may to check if the traceability report produced by the Better PDF Exporter app fits your needs:


(Discl. I'm a developer working on this paid app, but it can definitely be a potential solution.)

Hello Aron,

Thank you for your suggestion. I installed a trial and I am testing this plug in at the moment. Do you know if there is a way to separate out columns for each link? I see that the report publishes a row for each link. I'd like to visualize this as a column for each link. Is that possible?



What does "to separate out columns for each link?" mean precisely? Can you draw a quick sketch to illustrate this requirement?


See screenshot 1 below - this is an export from Better PDF exporter. 

See screenshot 2 below - this is my desired output format. 

Can Better PDF exporter export a file that looks like screenshot 2? If so, how would I go about doing that?



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It's totally doable, but - being a different layout - you have to create a custom PDF template to produce this output.

See the customization guide.

Thank you. This works as well. 

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This is an alternate option if anyone is looking for a solution in the future -

I recommend that you explore the products listed on the Atlassian Marketplace under 'risk'.

David Pinn
Vendor of Risk Register app

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