Ceptah Bridge - project management using JIRA and MS Project

JIRA and Microsoft Project integration

Build an effective project management solution by connecting MS Project with Atlassian JIRA at almost no additional effort. Make the tasks of your projects available to JIRA users for browsing, updating and progress reporting and transfer changes back from JIRA to the original MS Project documents.

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Key features

Task publication JIRA issues can be created based on the Microsoft Project tasks.
Synchronisation Changes in both project tasks and JIRA issues can be synchronised in both directions at any time.
Import from JIRA Existing issues, optionally including subtasks, can be imported from JIRA into an MS Project document.
Supported JIRA fields
  • Summary
  • Description
  • Project key
  • Issue type
  • Priority
  • Due date
  • Assignee
  • Tempo Fields
  • Comments
  • Status
  • Resolution
  • Resolution Date
  • Created
  • Updated
  • Time spent
  • Estimates
  • Worklog
  • Any custom fields
  • Security level
  • Environment
  • Versions, Labels
  • Components
  • Reporter, Votes
  • Links
  • Sub-tasks
  • Watchers
JIRA Agile
  • Issue Ranks
  • Epic links
  • Sprints
Events Customise the product even further by running your own VBA macros at different stages of synchronisation.
Microsoft Project Server
  • Works with projects stored in any version of Microsoft Project Server, including Project Online (Project Pro desktop client is required).
  • Supports custom enterprise fields in Microsoft Project Professional 2003-2016 (Microsoft Project Server 2003-2016).
  • Sub-tasks are imported into Microsoft Project as child tasks
  • Child tasks are published in JIRA as sub-tasks
JIRA users import Existing JIRA users can be manually or automatically imported into Microsoft Project as resources. JIRA user and MS Project resource names can be different.
Preview of changes Preview and confirm the changes the Bridge is about to make in your tasks and issues before applying them. If the connector is not going to act the way you would expect it to, the settings can be adjusted to ensure the desirable behaviour.
Customisation Define the mappings between MS Project and JIRA fields that suit best your management process. The settings apply to publication (issue creation), synchronisation and import.
JIRA Cloud 100% compatible with JIRA Cloud. The software does not need to be installed on the server.
Resolved issues Review resolved issues submitted to you by your resources and close or reopen them.
Command-line mode The import and synchronisation can be launched using a command line tool included in the software package.
Software requirements JIRA: 3.13 and higher, including JIRA 7.
Microsoft Office Project: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.
Microsoft Project Server (optional): 2003-2016.

Screenshot: Project Settings

Mappings between JIRA and Microsoft Project

JIRA to MS Project Synchronisation Rules

The rich set of mappings allows tailoring the product for the specific needs of each project or business process. The mappings define how particular issue fields, links and worklog entries are synchronised, including the direction of synchronisation.

Exporting Settings

The settings can be saved in a file and imported into a new project or used to run the tool in a command-line mode.

Screenshot: Synchronisation Window

Microsoft Project and JIRA Synchronisation

Import and Synchronisation

Depending on the business scenario, issues can be imported into Microsoft Project and/or MS Project tasks can be published in JIRA. Then the data can be synchronised as required.

Preview of Changes

Ceptah Bridge shows a detailed preview of all the changes that it is going to make. You can even reverse the direction of synchronisation for a particular field on the spot if required (the Due Date is crossed out in the screenshot and the Finish field on the MS Project side is added instead).

Screenshot: User Import

Import users from JIRA into Microsoft Project

JIRA Users Import

JIRA users can be imported into MS Project as resources and assigned to selected tasks. Ceptah Bridge retains the association between the original user and the new resource and uses it during subsequent issue synchronisation.

Screenshot: Closing Issues

Close JIRA issues

Workflow Support

Resolved issues submitted for review to the manager can be browsed and closed or reopened from Ceptah Bridge.

JIRA project management

When it comes to managing a project, Microsoft Office Project is a de facto standard tool for developing and maintaining a project plan, managing costs, working with dependencies and levelling resources, while Atlassian JIRA is a powerful issue tracking system boosting your project teamwork by ensuring effective team management and progress tracking. Using the Ceptah Bridge plugin, you can make the two systems work together at almost no additional effort.

You create and maintain the project plan in MS Project, while the team members you manage use JIRA to browse their assignments and report the progress of the tasks. Our connector will take care of transferring the data between the systems, including reflecting the progress information back to your Microsoft Office Project document.

After being installed, the Bridge extends the MS Project main menu with its own items to expose the synchronisation features. Technically, the connector is a Microsoft Project add-in and has to be installed on each MS Project computer where synchronisation with JIRA is needed.

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