How To Watchers In Jira

Jira, Atlassian’s tool for managing projects, is a powerful platform that enables teams to efficiently monitor, handle, and document their tasks. A particularly advantageous aspect of this tool is the ‘Watchers’ functionality. With this feature, you can monitor the development of specific issues that are of interest to you. By utilizing the Watchers function, you can receive notifications for every update related to the issue you are watching. Now, let’s explore how to make use of this feature.

Adding a Watcher

To add a Watcher to an issue in Jira, follow these steps:

  1. Firstly, navigate to the issue that you wish to watch.
  2. On the issue page, find the ‘People’ section located on the right-hand side.
  3. Click on the ‘Watchers’ link and type in the name of the user you want to add as a watcher. Note that you can also watch an issue yourself by clicking on the ‘watch’ icon at the top right of the issue page.

Managing Watchers

Managing Watchers in Jira involves adding or removing watchers, and it’s quite straightforward:

  1. Go to the issue for which you want to manage watchers.
  2. Click on the number next to the eye icon (this represents the number of watchers).
  3. A ‘Watchers’ dialog will appear, showing you who is watching the issue. Here, you can add new watchers or remove existing ones.

Receiving Notifications

Once you’re watching an issue, you’ll start receiving notifications for any changes made to the issue. This includes status updates, comments, attachments, etc. However, you can customise your notification preferences in Jira to only alert you about specific updates.

To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Click on your profile picture at the top right of Jira, then click on ‘Profile’.
  2. Click on ‘Preferences’.
  3. In the ‘Email Notifications’ section, choose your desired settings.
  4. Click ‘Update’ to save your changes.

Remember that the ‘Watchers’ feature is a powerful tool that can be used to keep you updated on issues that matter to you or your team. It can effectively enhance your team’s communication and collaboration, making issue tracking more efficient.