A large number of companies integrate Aha! and JIRA to keep product management and engineering teams in sync. It’s critical to keep everyone on the same page, especially when deciding on what the development team is working on. Without knowing which features provide the most business value you can quickly build yourself to nowhere.
By taking a “goal-first” approach in Aha! and then linking those priorities to JIRA, you can eliminate uncertainty around what the team should be working on. In Aha! features are prioritized within a release on the Features -> Board by dragging and dropping features. The order on the board is captured in Aha! as the Rank value of a feature.
When first sent to JIRA, Aha! will rank issues in JIRA on the backlog sprint planning board as they are set in Aha! for a particular release. This ranking in JIRA will only be performed when the issue is first created by Aha! and is set on features in relation to one another. Changes to the rank in JIRA, or changes to the rank in Aha! will not be reflected in the other system for the backlog order moving forward as they are only set once.
However, if you want to track the rank as changes occur in Aha!, this value can be sent to JIRA as a custom field so development teams can view the backlog in a sorted order based on the rank the product team defines. This field will update when changes are sent from Aha! to JIRA after rerank or drag-and-drop feature card order changes like any other mapped custom field.
- In Jira go to your Settings -> Issues -> Custom Fields section and click "+ Add Custom Field".
- Create a new custom field that is the Number Field type. Note: only the Number Field type will work.
- Name the field "Aha! Rank" or "Aha! Position". The name needs to be exact and is case sensitive.
- Next, go back to Aha! and in your integration configuration for the JIRA integration click 'Load project data'. The Load project data action refreshes the fields that are available to integrate with through the API.
The integration will automatically map to the custom field you created in JIRA. You are now set up to send the Aha! Rank to JIRA!