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Issue Tracking Workflow

We use Bitbucket Issue Tracking for projects that need an issue tracker for Service Providers and CESSDA MO use. Where a product is made up of many components, only one of the repositories will have the issue tracker enabled, to avoid confusion.


The basics are that an issue should be assigned to somebody on creation - its status will be ‘new’ and it should be given a realistic priority (you may only want to use ‘major’ and ‘minor’ to simplify things). The type is typically ‘bug’ for software issues and ‘task’ for content issues.

When the assignee starts work on an issue, s/he should change the status to ‘open’. When they think they have fixed it, they change the status to ‘resolved’. The reporter/creator should decide if the issue has been fixed satisfactorily, and change the status to ‘closed’ if it has been, or ‘open’ if not. There are some other issue statuses, but ‘new, open, resolved and closed’ are the most frequently used.

Some issue trackers have additional fields, such as ‘Version’ and ‘Component’. Please select an appropriate value from the list.