On the second point - one of the best addons for JIRA has always been Jamie Echlin's "Script Runner". That was effectively a one-man shop for many years, and was never a cause for concern because of his dedication to maintaining it. There are other addons which see that level of support from a small vendor, so I wouldn't rule it out *just* because it's a one-man shop. It *does* mean you should think carefully before taking on a small vendor (One thing to do is get the agreement that if they do stop support, you get the source code) (Although Jamie joined Adaptavist a few months ago, so the rule no longer applies)
My second point was more addressed to commercial plugins. Yet it calmed our managers now that script runner is now in the hand of a reputated company (with a genius behind ;-) We wouldn't even mind to pay for the plugin or parts of it like the JQL functions so i have enabled them now.
Absolutely, I'd always look at the size of a vendor as part of the evaluation process. I still owe Jamie a lot of beer for the script-runner. I'm hoping to be able to spend more time with him when the current project finishes, so far, it's been the Christmas party and one afternoon when I popped into the office.
Robustness and stability, support, internal and by vendor, interaction, and of course, the cost.
The first two of those are quite hard to determine, especially for addons that don't have a wide usage. Check the reviews in the plugin marketplace page, check the vendors documentation (especially the issue trackers) and look here in Answers for questions that mention the addon. Do you get the feeling that they are well liked and don't cause people problems?
Internal support is easier - are you happy to install it and look after it when users have questions, and when you upgrade? In the future, the functions might end up being implemented by Atlassian, or become redundant, so are you also happy to take on migration if the plugin becomes obsolete?
Vendor support is also an easy principle - are you confident in the vendor's support for the addon? This biases the decision a little in favour of the well-established addons that Atlassian like, and the ones produced by Atlassian partners who have demonstrated longevity and on-going support. (The only time I remember there being a big issue with vendor support was when the author of an addon fell out with Atlassian, pulled the (free) addon and made 3/4 of the user-base howl with anger because it was the most useful one ever written, and one of the three I instinctively install in every JIRA I get my paws on. Resolved by him handing it over to a company who were happy to keep it going). Pretty much all of the "big name" addons fall into this category now though, so I'd only be worrying about risks on the small vendors who haven't been around for long. The main question for you is "how well is it supported by the vendor and can I rely on them in the future?"
By "interaction", I mean will the addon play nicely with the other addons in the system? Does it overlap with other functions?
Cost is not as simple as just the £ price. You need to think about
Close. First, always * Toolkit * Suite Utilities * Calendar Then I look at * Charting * Script Runner I caveat the Script Runner though - because it effectively opens up the internals of JIRA, your admins need to be at least aware that they could make a mess and hence be careful (and I've done a lot of cleaning up of data damaged by well-intentioned but broken scripts) Misc Workflow Extensions is not on my list because it's paid, and I usually find the Script Runner lets us do the functions it has already. But it's ideal for the risk-averse users who don't want Script Runner, and I always mention it as an alternative to doing stuff with Script Runner (just to save the development time)
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