How To Revert Changes In Jira

Switching things up can be beneficial, as long as it was intentional. However, with a robust platform like Jira, it is possible to unintentionally alter or regret making certain alterations. Fortunately, Jira provides methods for undoing and reversing any modifications that have been made. This article will walk you through these steps.

Understand Jira’s History Feature

In Jira, every issue has a history that shows all the actions that have been performed on it from the moment it was created. This includes status changes, field updates, comments, attachments, amongst others. This history can be your savior when you need to revert changes made to an issue.

How to View an Issue’s History in Jira

To view the history of an issue, you need to open the issue and then click on the “History” tab. Here, you’ll see a list of all changes made to the issue in chronological order, starting with the most recent.

Reverting Changes in Jira

Unfortunately, Jira does not have a built-in feature for reverting changes. This means you have to do it manually. But don’t worry, with the help of the issue’s history, it’s not that difficult.

Here’s how you can revert changes:

1. Open the issue whose changes you want to revert.
2. Click on the "History" tab.
3. Identify the changes you want to revert. Look at the "Change" column for details of what was changed, and the "From" and "To" columns to see what the old and new values are.
4. Based on this information, go back to the issue and manually revert the changes. For example, if a field's value was changed, you can change it back to the old value.

Note: Some changes cannot be reverted, such as deleting an issue or a comment. Make sure to double-check before making these kinds of irreversible actions.

Preventing Unwanted Changes

While it’s useful to know how to revert changes, the best strategy is to prevent unwanted changes from happening in the first place. This can be achieved by setting appropriate permissions and workflows in Jira. For example, you can restrict who can make certain changes, or require approval for certain types of changes.

Jira is a powerful tool, and like any powerful tool, it should be used with care. Mistakes can happen, but with the right practices in place, you can minimize their impact and keep your project running smoothly.