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December to Remember: 12 Jira features from 2021


At Atlassian, we are committed to delivering a delightful customer experience, which means our engineering and product teams are frequently shipping a flurry of new features. Between all of those releases, some features may have been overlooked or lost in the shuffle.

Over the next 12 days, we are going to spotlight 12 features we’ve shipped in Jira Software over the past 12 months that will hopefully make your holiday season that much more cheerful! Follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or check this post everyday for a new feature!

1. Create additional "Done" statuses

Sleigh what?! 🛷  You can now assign additional ‘Done’ statuses to accurately reflect the status of your team's work


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2. Update issues from list view in issue navigator

Pine-ing for a clean backlog this holiday season? 🌲🪵 You can now work on and delete multiple issues at the same time without opening them!

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3. Drag and drop your issues in your roadmap

We’ve all been there – you’ve set the table with an exact number of 🍽️ and an unexpected guest shows up. Plans change, so we're making planning easier. Drag and drop issues directly from your roadmap!

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4. Copy issue layouts into other projects

At Atlassian, we’re big fans of regifting. 🛍️💝 Bring an issue layout from one project to the next! 

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5. Reopen closed sprints

🎁 What if you could open all your holiday gifts… twice? 🎁 You can now reopen sprints that have previously been closed.

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6. Track progress with estimation feature

Keep calm and shop early. 🛍️

Some teams use story points, others use time. Both techniques help you allocate resources, prioritize work, and get holiday shopping done on time. 🕒

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7. Create different workflows per issue types

Wrapping paper 🎁 Envelopes 💌 Bows 🎀

Different presents go through different processes.

Team-managed project admins now have the ability to set a different workflow for each of their issue types.

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8. Styling updates to context fields

🎅 Claus and effect – you gave us feedback on the new issue view, so we’re making updates.

Users can collapse and expand groups on the right, making it easier to quickly find the information they need.

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9. "Assigned to me" in Your Work dropdown

Here’s a checklist you’ll want to check twice. 📝

Easily access all the issues you’re working on in the “Assigned to me” section of the Work dropdown.

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10. Updates to JQL editor

It’s snow joke ☃️ – our recent updates to JQL editor make it easier for any team to dive deep into data, and build powerful searches.


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11. Announcement banners

You won’t need a red nose to get everyone’s attention this year… 🦌

Jira admins can now communicate directly to their users across their instance by adding a message in a banner.


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12. Improvements to sidebar navigation

No i-deer how you’ll get back to work after the holidays? 🦌❄️

Don’t worry, we improved the navigation experience within projects to help you find your work and the features you need more quickly.

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Great roundup!

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Danno Rising Star Dec 20, 2021

Agreed. this is a good bit of information. There were a few things here that I did not know about.

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Are all of these features in Jira Cloud only or also DC?

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Rachel Tang Atlassian Team Dec 21, 2021

@Doug McCloskey Thanks for reaching out! These features are available in Jira Cloud. 

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Andy Gladstone Community Leader Dec 22, 2021

Well presented and a great recap!

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Very nice~!

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@Doug McCloskey it does look like a number of these are gap-closing to get Cloud to what we can do currently in DataCenter, doesn't it?

Love it, great thread

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Handy information.

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Yes @John Dunkelberg you are correct.  Also note all the improvements are now exclusively in the cloud.  A year ago the differences between on prem and cloud favored on prem, but now, even though some of those gaps remain, their are now other distinct advantages in the cloud that offset some of those differences; the future is clearly the cloud.

We're assessing the Cloud offerings for both Jira and Confluence against possible future transition from Data Center.  It used to be pretty clear cut that Cloud wasn't ready for scale, but that sounds better now.  What tools are available to make that as painless and smooth for our users will be critically important as well.

Jira new view is still a steaming turd after 2 years - everyone hates it. Please enable old view at project level - I shouldn't have to use chrome plugins to get a better/efficient/usable user experience.

Soumen Deb Community Leader Jan 21, 2022

amazing! its December's Spring! 

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Emilee Community Manager Jan 26, 2022

@John Dunkelberg There are migration assistants for Jira and Confluence available to help you move from DC to Cloud as quickly and painlessly as possible. You can learn more about where to start in our migration hub here

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Thanks @Emilee - The article you linked looks like a high level overview of moving from Server to DC.  For other folks reference, I think the one you meant to link was the DC to Cloud article here.

I don't see a reference to maintaining continuity.  For instance, the organization doubtless has thousands of links into Jira and Confluence.  In other product transitions we've seen, all these links were broken at great disruption and cost to the org.  It would be reassuring to know if:

(a) links between Jira and Confluence will be maintained (i.e. link from Jira issue to Confluence page and vice versa). 

(b) links into Jira/Confluence can be transitioned via a referral service.  For instance, since the migration tools had to map that is the same as then can we have a period whereby a user that hits the DC URL is forwarded to the correct Cloud URL.

In any case, a colleague of mine is looking into the DC / Cloud gaps and we'll be discussing over the next months.

Taranjeet Singh Community Leader Jan 26, 2022

@Rachel Tang This article is amazing and summarizes some of the recent features of Jira Software Cloud in an easy to understand manner. Thanks for sharing!

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Is feature 2 available for free edition?


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