[jboss-as7-dev] IMPORTANT New JIRA Policy & Massive JBAS JIRA Reorg/Cleanup

Jason T. Greene jason.greene at redhat.com
Tue Mar 22 17:17:36 EDT 2011

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure many of you will agree that the JBAS jira has had a very poor 
signal to noise ratio for awhile now.  his has been a problem since 
important issues often go unnoticed, and it's extremely time consuming 
to do any kind of release or organization.

Our release model is such that we only focus on one major release at a 
time. Once that happens it typically becomes part of the enterprise 
product line which has it's own JIRA project (JBPAPP). Since we have a 
very new architecture with 7, there isn't much value in keeping around 
hundreds of stale issues which may not be relevant any more.

So, I have /closed all issues that were not assigned to an as7 release/ 
as out of date.

I have also renamed all components that are no longer relevant to be 
prefixed with z - Legacy (to sort at the bottom).

 From now on JIRA should accurately reflect our 7 timeline and work queue.

I am asking for everyone's help though in keeping this manageable by 
doing the following:

1. When creating an issue that you intend to assign to yourself, pick a 
fix-for release version that you can commit to achieving. Please be 
realistic in making this choice, as very few of our issues do not get 

2. If you can not commit to a point in the schedule, but you just want 
to log the issue to be worked on, then leave it unassigned and set the 
fix-for to be "Open to Community". I am hoping this will be an easy 
place to point people that want to jump in.

3. If you have an issue you know you cant work on, but think it is 
timeline sensitive, then leave it unassigned and let me know about it. 
We will figure out a way to resource it.

4. If you validate that a bug is valid then please schedule it or leave 
a note so that when I go through them I can find a place for it.

5. If you are a component lead you will probably get auto-assigned. The 
intention is that you will either take on the issue, delegate it to 
someone else, verify it and unassign, or in the worst case just unassign.

Also note that I may close issues that are continually not resolved when 
scheduled, so if you really care about the issue please schedule it 

If we do this right, we should start to see that each release has a 
manageable number of issues on it, and that everyone has a reasonable 
number assigned to them.

If you have any questions or any other ideas on how we can get a more 
accurate reflection of our work in JIRA, then let me know.


Jason T. Greene
JBoss, a division of Red Hat

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