Top 15 Trending Jira Apps in 2020

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What is often described as Jira’s greatest strength is its endless flexibility and the degree to which every aspect of the platform can be customized to the specific needs of teams and organizations. One huge asset contributing towards that is the Atlassian Marketplace that allows admins to pick and choose from a vast range of options, like a variety of Jira apps, to augment and extend their Jira instance.

Jira apps can make an enormous difference to your experience of the platform. And Jira’s plugged-in community ensures that the most effective apps can quickly gain traction with power users.

So in this blog post, we’re going to take a look at 15 of these top trending Jira apps.

Note: To install these Jira apps, the simplest way is by accessing the Atlassian Marketplace via your Atlassian admin console given that you have admin permission. You can go to “Find new add-ons” and then install apps for Jira by simply clicking the “Install” button, and you’re done!

Jira App 1: GitHub for Jira

GitHub is a critical tool for many dev teams. This app allows you to seamlessly bridge the gap between your code repository and your Jira task tracking. Bringing your work together across one or more GitHub Organizations should allow you to save time managing projects.

For example, you can automatically provide context for your Jira issues as well as synchronizing commits, branches and pull requests to the relevant projects in Jira.

You can also update Jira issues from your development workflow. This enables you to close issues, add comments, and update time tracking information. This trending app for Jira currently has over 33,000 active customer installs.

Get GitHub for Jira in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 2: Microsoft Teams for Jira

Microsoft teams jira app

Using this app, you can create and manage your Jira issues from tabs in Microsoft Teams. It makes it fast and easy to collaborate and communicate around tasks and to track progress while staying within the Microsoft product ecosystem. This means you can get work done while staying in-channel.

The app is available for Cloud, Server, and Data Center instances, and it’s free.

Try Microsoft Teams for Jira out in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 3: Issue Checklist Free

Issue Checklist Free app for jira

Issue Checklist Free enables you to add to-do lists to Jira issues with a single click. This Jira plugin is reportedly quick to set up and easy to use, allowing you to create reusable templates and to add default checklists for issues.

In your checklists, you can mention users and add due dates, as well as including hyperlinks and emojis. You can also view and edit checklists from agile boards and using the REST API, as well as search for checklist items with JQL. This Jira app’s makers note that it’s particularly useful for adding detail when it comes to defining recurring processes and completion and acceptance criteria.

For more advanced use cases when adding checklists in Jira, check out the Table Grid app.

Get Issue Checklist Free in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 4: Zephyr for Jira

Zephyr for Jira app

Zephyr describes itself as Jira’s number one test case management tool for scalable, agile software testing with a native experience. This app for Jira enables you to synchronize automated test results with popular open-source testing frameworks and to get results in real-time. A variety of test metric gadgets are on offer, allowing you to plan your test cycles and analyze results via your dashboards.

Integrations with top test automation tools and REST API and ZAPI, meanwhile, further add to the app’s flexibility. All of this should mean you can turn things around faster while keeping your teams closely aligned.

Go to Atlassian Marketplace to get Zephyr for Jira.

Jira app 5: ScriptRunner for Jira

ScriptRunner for Jira app

Scriptrunner enables you to automate actions in Jira. This includes automatically adding issues when projects are created, posting comments to new issues, or sending notifications when issues are transitioned.

Additional powerful features include scripted conditions and validators – which can perform actions such as blocking incorrect transitions – and enhanced JQL functionality. This can help with tasks such as identifying issues that have been set up with insufficient details.

This popular Jira app is available for Cloud, Server, and Data Center and, with more than 26,000 active installs, gets close to 4 out of 4 stars.

Check out ScriptRunner for Jira in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 6: Timesheet Tracking for Jira

Timesheet Tracking for Jira

Timesheet tracking sets out to provide powerful, intuitive, and easy-to-use reports based on user work logs. Filters allow you to narrow down reports by project, user, and group and to generate tables and charts – and everything can be exported as a CSV.

We’ve previously identified this Jira app as one of the best trending apps in the Marketplace and it’s also been awarded a staff pick by Atlassian. You can also read more about time tracking in Jira here.

Get Timesheet tracking for Jira in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 7: Xray Test Management for Jira

Xray Test Management for Jira app

Xray Test Management enables you to manage manual and automated QA tests as Jira issues, with options for customizable screens, fields, and workflows. The app ensures traceability between requirements, defects, and executions and allows you to create templates for test preconditions.

You can also create test plans for tracking sets of tests; you can organize tests in folders and test sets, and you can execute tests in different environments and then consolidate the results.

Read more about Xray for Jira here.

Go to Atlassian Marketplace to try out Xray Test Management for Jira.

Jira app 8: JSU Automation Suite for Jira Workflows

JSU Automation Suite for Jira Workflows app

The JSU Automation Suite is intended to make it fast, simple, and easy to automate workflows, with no coding necessary. This Jira app enables you to automate repetitive tasks, connecting different workflows, creating linked issues, and using linked transitions.

You can also update and clear all issue fields and set up follow-on transitions. Its makers report that the app has 13 million users, with clients including Cisco, Nintendo, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM. And furthermore, the customer reviews are glowing.

Check out JSU Automation Suite for Jira Workflows in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 9: Tempo Timesheets: Time Tracking & Report

Jira Tempo Timesheets: Time Tracking & Report

Tempo Timesheets provides new time tracking functionality to make the process faster, easier, and more accurate. Managers can use this very Jira app to review and approve team timesheets. Reports, meanwhile, can be closely customized to get the details you need and can be tailored to measure productivity or for billing or accounting purposes.

Additional features include the option to segment reports as required (for example between billable and non-billable hours) and to populate timesheets using Google Calendar and Microsoft 365 Calendar. You can also set reports up to run automatically.

You can read a complete guide to this very Jira app here. And to find out more about top Jira time tracking apps, you can check out this blog post.

Get Tempo Timesheets in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 10: Zeplin for Jira

Zeplin for Jira app

Zeplin for Jira enables two-way collaboration between the platforms. This allows you to view issues in Zeplin and to attach Zeplin designs to Jira issues (including screens, sections, and projects).

This Jira app reportedly makes it easy to review cross-platform information as well as to jump from one platform to the other, while it’s simple to filter screens and sections in Zeplin based on the Jira issues that they’re attached to.

Try Zeplin for Jira out in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 11: Structure for Jira

structure for jira

Structure for Jira is a project portfolio management tool that allows users to organize issues in multi-level hierarchies on a spreadsheet-like canvas (a “structure”). This popular Jira app allows you to visualize issues and their relationships across projects and to create hierarchies of any depth that you need – whether handling personal backlogs or company-wide projects. You can then view aggregated metrics, such as progress and time taken, at all levels.

It also comes with powerful automation functionality, grouping, sorting, and filtering options available to build dynamic structures. This means that structures can be updated in real-time, tracking the relationships between issues as they change.

This Jira app is available for cloud, server, and data center and can be trialed for free. Read more about Structure for Jira here.

Get Structure for Jira in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 12: BigGantt

BigGantt app for jira

BigGantt adds Gantt functionality for Jira, providing a flexible drag-and-drop interface that makes task management simple and easy to understand. Features such as smart issue linking, auto-scheduling, and customizable views – and the ability to export data – all add to the Jira app’s power and utility.

This Jira plugin is also ideal for Agile teams. BigGantt is available for Cloud, Server, and Data Center instances and you can get started with a free trial.

You can learn more about BigGantt here and find it in the Atlassian Marketplace here.

Jira app 13: Project Configurator for Jira (PC4J)

Project Configurator for Jira (PC4J)

Project Configurator for Jira helps admins to manage changes in their Jira instance. You can stage, approve, and push Jira changes live and automate the process of copying projects and configurations. Simulated imports can also be set up to detect errors and ensure that processes run without a hitch.

The app also comes with granular controls for transferring Agile boards, dashboards, and filters, while moving only what is needed PC4J is also particularly useful when migrating from Jira Server to Data Center and provides a toolset that will cut mistakes while accelerating the task.

Check out Project Configurator for Jira in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 14: Email This Issue

jira appEmail This Issue

Email This Issue does exactly what it promises to – allowing you to email issues to whoever you want, directly from Jira. This Jira app enables you to specify which elements are added to the email, and you can also include issue attachments.

Issues can also be set to alert specified recipients with automated notifications when triggers are hit, such as when issue events, workflow actions, and workflow transitions take place. All of this can significantly augment Jira as a support desk application. The app is available for Cloud, Server, and Data Center instances, and a free trial is on offer.

Get Email This Issue in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Jira app 15: Insight – Asset Management

Insight - Asset Management app for jira

This trending app for Jira allows you to access your Insight assets directly from within Jira, with specific assets being connected to Jira issues. You can navigate directly from the Jira ticket to the Insight asset database and back while tracking everything from hardware and software to facilities, contracts, and more.

All of this should drive proactive asset management and improved asset utilization – and clients apparently include eBay, Lufthansa, Google, Spotify, and Porsche.

Check out Insight – Asset Management in the Atlassian Marketplace.

Summary

In this piece, we’ve covered the following apps:

1. GitHub for Jira – synchronize your GitHub and Jira installations – in the Atlassian Marketplace

2. Microsoft Teams for Jira – create and manage Jira issues in Microsoft Teams. – in the Atlassian Marketplace

3. Issue Checklist Free – easily add to-do lists to Jira – in the Atlassian Marketplace

4. Zephyr for Jira – a leading test case management tool – in the Atlassian Marketplace

5. ScriptRunner for Jira – automate actions in Jira – in the Atlassian Marketplace

6. Timesheet tracking for Jira – create easy-to-use reports from user work logs – in the Atlassian Marketplace

7. Xray Test Management for Jira – manage manual and automated QA tests as Jira issues – in the Atlassian Marketplace

8. JSU Automation Suite for Jira Workflows – automate workflows without coding – in the Atlassian Marketplace

9. Tempo Timesheets – innovative time tracking functionality – in the Atlassian Marketplace

10. Zeplin for Jira – connect Zeplin to Jira and view Zeplin designs – in the Atlassian Marketplace

11. Structure for Jira – hierarchical project portfolio management – in the Atlassian Marketplace

12. BigGantt – adds powerful Gantt functionality for Jira – read more here

13. Project Configurator for Jira – manage Jira changes – in the Atlassian Marketplace

14. Email This Issue – send emails from Jira – in the Atlassian Marketplace

15. Insight – Asset Management – connect Insight to Jira and access Insight assets – in the Atlassian Marketplace

We’ve listed 15 apps here that are currently trending on the Atlassian Marketplace, but obviously, there are thousands more Jira apps that we haven’t covered. What are some of the hottest apps for Jira that you’re using right now? Let us know if there are other key contenders that you’re using to get work done better, faster!

 

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