How Git and Project Management Go Together

Git is a great platform that helps make project management easy, especially if teams use the Agile methodology. It’s useful for teams that want to work closely and stay in constant communication for project management purposes as it allows easy collaboration on coding. 

As Git and GitHub have become so prevalent in development circles, project management companies, like Jira, have worked to piggyback on its design to bridge gaps between development and management teams.

Git and Project Management

The issue is that Git is designed for development and not necessarily for project management. Project management tools tend to live outside of the Git platform and, in the past, would require developers to “leave” Git to do tracking work for project managers (such as to provide updates, etc.).

However, as mentioned, many third-party tools now exist that allow developers to stay within the Git environment while still “reporting” to project managers that can more transparently see what’s happening, where, and by whom.

For example, Bitband has created various apps that marry Jira with GitGitLabGitHubBeanstalkBitbucket, and a variety of other Git-related tools so that friction is removed, and developers never have to leave their Git environments to “update” separately within Jira.

The result: developers don’t get sidetracked by context switching (which disrupts flow). Project managers still get the information they need to ensure the project is running on time and important issues (such as bug fixes) are getting addressed timely by the correct personnel.

What Areas Bitband Can Automate for Git/Jira Teams

Using Bitband as a third-party app integrator, teams in GitHub and Jira can:

  • ​​Automatically sync GitHub repos in real-time
  • Add Jira issue IDs to Git commits (with commit details instantly visible inside Jira)
  • For each project and issue, users can view:
    • All commits
    • Number of lines added and deleted
    • Files that have been updated
    • Users that have submitted work
    • Date/time work was committed
    • First commit
    • Last commit
  • Allow project managers inside Jira to view and create
    • Branches
    • Pull requests
    • Tags
  • Use the Repo Explorer to navigate and edit repos inside Jira
  • View detailed logging of repo indexing
  • See all commit details inside Jira, including source code diffs
  • And more.

What if I Don’t Use Jira? Project Manage Right in Git!

If your team is looking for a way to project manage more effectively within the context of Git, you don’t necessarily need to be married to Jira (although it’s a great option!).

GitHub Issues exists right in GitHub and has some great project management features, including:

  • Tagging (to help with organization and prioritization and to help with searching)
  • Multiple Assignment capabilities (assign to users in bulk to save time)
  • Commenting (discuss progress/results)
  • Listing Tasks (break down larger issues into stages)
  • Security (the entire project management process is safe a secure right in Git)

This includes Kanban-style boards to help your team organize their work into projects. Users can create as many projects as they require in each repository. Projects can be sub-divided into columns, and each column can be organized in whichever way the team decides. For example, a column can represent a project phase or a type of issue. As work is done, pull requests and issues can be moved around to corresponding columns. Everything can be customized and color-coded for easy organization.

Users and project managers can organize columns according to their current status when stakeholders need visibility and share task cards via unique URLs. You can also switch activity views to review progress to report to stakeholders effectively.



Other Project Management Tools

Slack

If you don’t want to use Git’s internal project management options and don’t have Jira to help you project manage, Slack is a great option. With Slack, teams can easily stay in the loop, even working from multiple locations. It also has various GitHub add-ons to make collaboration and integration even easier.

ZenHub

ZenHub can add an enterprise-grade project management tool into GitHub directly via a browser extension. Teams can use it wherever they are to gain visibility into their entire workflow.

HuBoard

HuBoard was built using GitHub’s public API and designed to keep issues in the same repository as the code the issues refer to. If you need a solution that stores all of your data in the same place, this is it.

Conclusion

When it comes to Git and project management, you have options. Your team can manage your project with ease whether it’s third-party integrations or working with tools right within Git.

Are you ready to take your project management to the next level? Find out how Bitband can help. Try our apps for GitHub, Git, GitLab, Bitbucket, Gitea, and Beanstalk – all of which allow for easy integration with Jira!



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