JIRA & GreenHopper starter tutorials

17 08 2013

I found two very useful short screencasts presenting how to use GreenHopper in JIRA. These show the full Scrum workflow: Plan – Work – Report.┬áThis is a good starter introduction, however adjusting and configuring JIRA according to your needs may be required. To get started, firstly watch the videos below.

This video has short theoretical introduction, then Demo and after that Q&A session. If you’re not interested in Introduction, just skip to demo (7 min). Demo lasts only about 15 minutes.

The second screencast is quite similar, however, if you feel that you are not enough with GreenHopper then it is also definetely good to watch it:

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Connect JIRA with Mercurial Repository

3 08 2013

JIRA has free useful plugin to connect with Mercurial repository. After connecting them team members can see commits connected with particular issue. Here is how to install and configure the add-on

1. Download and install it

Download it by JIRA’s Add-on site on your instance (Administration -> Add-ons). Search for ‘Mercurial Plugin for JIRA‘ By ServiceRocket. Install it. Note that it requires generating licence key (it’s free, however you have to register and purchase it in Marketplace on ServiceRocket site).

2. Configure

To configure Add-on you have to follow instructions from here.

3. Troubleshoot

Since configuration is quite simple, it also causes problems that you have to troubleshoot :) In my case the problem was reported earlier and manual cloning the repository helped. My JIRA instance could not access the Mercurial repository. I just followed solution from here. Basically the same is instructed on this site.

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Installing JIRA & GreenHopper on Linux

27 07 2013

JIRA with GreenHopper is software that facilitates issues and Scrum Projects management. It has tools to maintain Product and Sprint Backlogs. Here is instruction how to install it on Linux platform.

1. Install JIRA on Linux machine

Everything is well described here, so just follow these instructions. After this step you can open the web interface at localhost:port.

2. Set up your MySQL database

JIRA requires DB to store its data. It has some built in DB but it is no recommended to use in production.┬áSo after you installed JIRA and opened its Web UI, you have an URL that points to the instructions how to set up JIRA’s DB.

Instructions specific for MySQL are here.

3. Configure JIRA using Wizard

Go to your web UI and follow the instructions on wizard. You can find Help here.

4. Install GreenHopper

GreenHopper is installed by wizard from MarketPlace when you first create Agile Scrum project.

Integrating JIRA with Apache

I wanted my JIRA to run on port 80 to make sure that it won’t be blocked by firewalls. I couldn’t set up JIRA itself to behave so, so I used CentOS Apache with Proxy configured. Thanks to this, JIRA still runs on port 8000, however it is accessed through Apache on port 80. This Integration is also well described here by Atlassian.

Uninstalling JIRA

Can be done with just one command. Follow instructions here.

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