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Synchronizing an Existing Forecast Project with Jira and Changing Jira Prefix Settings

Forecast's Jira integration gives you the ability to seamlessly sync projects between the two platforms.

If you are looking for how to initially set up your integration and sync your very first project between Jira and Forecast, see the Jira Cloud article.

Time to read: 5 minutes

Main takeaways:

  • Synchronize an existing Forecast Project with Jira in a few simple steps
  • Projects and tasks will stay up-to-date as data is added and/or updated in both Jira or Forecast
  • When using Forecast with Jira, your people scheduling, project planning, estimates, time tracking, and high-level portfolio overview will always be synchronized with your current development tasks and issues
  • You can choose to prefix your task titles in Forecast with the ID of their linked Jira issues

 

Synchronize an Existing Forecast Project

Step 1: Go to the project's settings  in Forecast

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Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page, see Apps and Integrations

 

Step 3: Click on sync to Jira cloud

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Synchronize issues between synced projects

Forecast gives you the ability to synchronize issues between the two platforms. To do so you simply need to click on the three dots at the end of one of your Forecast tasks, click on Move to Jira, select issue and Jira subtask issue type and click Create. The video below shows you exactly this.

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Once the issue has been moved successfully to Jira you will see its name carrying the name of the Jira project that is synced to. 

Synchronize milestones between synced projects

From the scoping section of your Forecast projects you can synchronize milestones into Jira. To do so you click on the three dots at the end of your milestone and chose Move to Jira and select Create. If you have set up required custom fields in your Jira project, Forecast will ask you to chose the data input for those fields before you can select Create. The video below shows how to synch a Forecast milestone to Jira.

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It is important to note that synchronizing a milestone will not synchronize tasks under that milestone automatically (to do so see Synchronize issues between synched projects above). When successfully synched, the milestones in Forecast will have the Jira icon next to them.

Change Jira Prefix Settings

Step 1: Go to the Jira integration page in your admin panel in Forecast

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Step 2: Select whether you prefer None, Simple, or Full Jira prefix on your issues in Forecast, i.e. Tasks

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It may take some time before you see the changes in Forecast depending on how many tasks need to be updated.