Workflows for opening issue tracker pages
Being a tech lead means going through a lot of JIRA tickets: epics, features, stories, defects. In this post you will learn some of my productivity hacks to speed up the process of opening issue tracker pages.
Let's assume I want to look up ticket
JIRA-1234. The usual way is to first open your issue tracker and then type the ticket number in the search field. I skip the first step by using a custom browser search engine. I only need to type
jira 1234 in the browser address bar and press Enter:
Open Settings → Search engine → Manage search engines (or paste
chrome://settings/searchEngines into the address bar) and click the "Add" button.
- Search engine:
You'll need to replace the JIRA instance and the ticket prefix within the URL with your project-specific settings.
Adding a custom search engine in Firefox is more difficult. But there's an alternative using regular bookmarks. Right click the bookmarks bar and select "New Bookmark...". The settings are similar to Chrome:
To wrap my head around all the tasks I'm involved with, I keep a daily journal markdown file, including a lot of ticket numbers. Instead of keeping the whole URL, I only write the ticket number and let VSCode create a clickable link to JIRA:
I achieve this with the linkme VSCode plugin. You need to specify a regex pattern and a target URL:
JetBrains IDEs support issue tracker links out of the box. After defining the pattern(s), issue links will appear everywhere in the version control context, e.g. in the Git log:
Settings → Version Control → Issue Navigation
- Issue ID:
- Issue link:
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