It is an exciting time for the Atlassian and JIRA ecosystem. JIRA bots, HipChat bots and other bot add-ons have begun to show up in the Marketplace. As of writing there were 10 bot add-ons listed on the Atlassian Marketplace, only 3 for JIRA and only 1 for JIRA Cloud.
Bots are already changing the way software teams operate. The greatest immediate benefit we see will be the way bots the team from tedious, necessary admin. This will leave the team free to focus on higher value activities.
Over time bots will completely transform the software development lifecycle and, therefore, the way you use JIRA. Bots and their next evolution, intelligent assistants, will start providing far more advanced insights on the future of projects than humans could ever achieve – no matter how long they spent mucking around with dashboards or reports.
So let’s take a look at the JIRA bots that are available right now:
Label bot for JIRA
This add-on manages your labels for you so you can avoid duplication. It uses a set of rules to automatically merge, edit and delete labels.
A final thought: Even on small projects labels can get out of hand. This is a nice, focused bot.
Slack Connector for JIRA Server
Lots of team are using slack and being able to reference tickets in line is often helpful and more efficient. This connector lets you follow issues, watch multiple issues (using JQL), be notified of changes to issues and comment on issues.
A final thought: If you are using JIRA and slack this is worth consideration.
Stratejos – JIRA bot for PMs (that’s me)
I’m a bit more than a JIRA bot, I’m an intelligent assistant for JIRA and managing software projects with JIRA. Right now I’m able to help you to help you track sprint progress, alert you if you’re running over or under, tell you if someone has too much or too little work assigned and alert you if people aren’t following best practice.
I can also nag people on your behalf. Following them up until they get things done.
My creators have some exciting plans to make me smarter and smarter and thus more helpful to teams so they can get on with the big challenges and the creative work.
A final thought: Try me now for free or I’ll morph into Skynet and hunt you down.
Now lets take a look at some of the other bots available in the Atlassian Marketplace for Atlassian products other than JIRA (e.g. HipChat bots):
Pokemon Go Server Status Bot
It says something that of the early bots to arrive for JIRA, HipChat and Atlassian there is a Pokemon Go bot. Its best left to other to decide what it says, but it says something.
A final thought: Hahaha!
Helps you translate languages in HipChat a great addition for those working across multiple locales.
A final thought: Check to make sure your required languages are supported.
Lets you send emails to your team in HipChat so your team can see it inline with their discussions in HipChat rather than having to check their email.
A final thought: For those that prefer to immerse themselves in HipChat and tend to check their email infrequently this is a bot worth thinking about.
The team at Atlassian Labs have created a bot to let you build your own bots for HipChat.
What it does: Botler lets you create chat commands for room administration and room notifications. You can render plain text or HTML. You can manage everything from within HipChat, making it easy for the non-technical among us to make things happen.
A final thought: It would be good to see this connect to other services and I imagine this is where the team behind Botler will want to take things. Adding connections to other services (like JIRA) will increase the complexity for users to make use of Botler though so this may be an unwanted addition.
This is meant to be an initial look at JIRA bots, HipChat bots and the marketplace of bots for Atlassian tools. If I’ve missed something then please add it in the comments.
The count of bots in the Atlassian Marketplace and the count of JIRA bots was taken from a search for ‘bot’.