I have a project with an external outsource company, and I want to assign some of the tasks to developers in that company. These users cannot access and will never access our Jira, but I want to assign them the tasks to keep the tasks clear and organized.
How do I do that?
Thanks a lot in advanced!
You can't do this. The assignee field can only work with users. So if you want to assign an issue to someone, they have to be a user.
Two options spring to my mind (there may well be others) - implement a form of "dummy user" system with other fields (you'd have a user for the assignee field with a name like "please see text field X for the external user"), or create users for these developers, but do NOT put them in the "can log in" group, so they don't actually take up any licences...
Not quite, but you're on the right lines "Assign issue" permission means "this user can set the assignee field". It's the other one - The assignee field displays all the users that have the "Assignable user" permission for the project selected. Make sure the dummy user is in the group/role/rule for "assignable user". Also, make sure that they are not a "disabled" account.
It's evolved into an "application access" group. Check Admin -> Manage Apps to see what group(s) are the "can log in" groups for each application.
The "solution" remains the same - you have to give the person an active account, with "assignable user" permission in the project, in order to assign issues to them
The Assignee field is to track who is in charge of the task. If no inside user is in charge of the issue, how is the issue going to progress? Who is in charge?
I suggest creating a Custom field "External Assignee" and fill in that on every issue with the external user or email. It can even be a multiple select option. Then you'll have the real Assignee inside JIRA that controls the "External Asssignees" and transitions issues or contacts them to keep track of them.
This seems a little odd to me. All people/companies (inside/outside) need someone in charge to ensure tasks progress. That is the project manager. But we use the Assignee to track "who" is doing the task, not who is in charge of the task. Even inside users fall under the same argument of "how is the issue going to progress?"
It's not a "klduge", it's "using software properly". If you need to assign issues to people and track those issues, then that person should be represented in the tracking system.
So use it properly, give them an account and assign the issues to them. Don't "kludge", just use it properly.
If you create an External Assignee Field and put in email address; is there any way via some sort of JIRA UI that the external user gets notified? and if they want to update the task, how can they do so?. Looking at Smart sheet as a possible solution since its free licensing, but then we have to buy an integration tool to sync between JIRA and smartsheets; and even that has limitations as far as assignee and syncing attachments. Looking for a JIRA option. Thanks
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