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Configure Xsquash4jira in Squash TM

The Xsquash4Jira plugin is a Squash TM plugin dedicated to the synchronization of issues from Jira Server, Jira Datacenter and Jira Cloud. It has three main features:

  • An automatic synchronization module that enables Squash TM to import and keep Jira (Server, Datacenter, and Cloud) issues updated as requirements in the Requirements workspace.

  • A reporting module that enables you to display information in the tickets about the course of acceptance testing in Squash TM. This information can be displayed in custom fields you can add in Jira issues, which Squash TM then completes.

  • A module to create test plans from Jira objects. You can access this wizard from the Campaigns workspace. It enables you to create test plans by filtering delivered versions, sprints, or JQL requests from Jira. All the test cases associated with the issues within the chosen perimeter are suggested to the user to be added to the execution plan.

Most of the Xsquash4Jira's features are automatic and start on their own once the configuration is fully completed:

Name Start Flow direction
Synchronization of Jira isuses Automatic once the configuration is completed From Jira to Squash TM
Squash TM acceptance data reporting Automatic once the configuration is completed From Squash TM to Jira
Create a test plan in Squash TM from Jira objects Manual from the Squash TM Campaigns workspace From Jira to Squash TM

Attention

During these automatic actions, the plugin will never erase requirements synced in Squash TM or issues in Jira. If issues were to be deleted or moved in Jira, the corresponding requirements would remain in Squash TM and would have to be manually deleted by Squash TM users if needed.

Learn More

This page is dedicated to the configuration of the Xsquash4jira plugin from the Squash TM administration.
To learn more about synced requirements and the Jira execution plan designer, please visit the page: Synchronize Jira Agile Objects in Squash

Installation and Prerequisites

Info

By default, the Xsquash4jira plugin is included with the Squash TM Freeware. Therefore, it is already installed in Squash TM.
To learn more, please visit this page: Squash TM plugins

Squash TM/Jira Communication

The Xsquash4Jira plugin is based on a bidirectional communication between Squash TM and Jira. It is a server to server communication that goes through Jira's Rest API. For the plugin to work, the communication must be possible. Often, this requires interventions on the network's infrastructure: opening flows in the firewalls, adding certificates in the JVMs, etc.

If the same Jira server is already used with success as a bugtracker thanks to the Jira Bugtracker plugin, it means that the communication is already possible.

Should there be a problem, you must directly test the Squash TM server to verify if it can access Jira. For this, try to make a request directly to the Jira API or from the server hosting Squash TM using a curl or wget. If it doesn't work, it means it's a network problem.

Jira Technical Account

To work, the plugin must be able to communicate with Jira, or through a Jira user. That user must at least have Read permissions on the API for all the issues to synchronize. If reporting from Squash to Jira is activated, the user must have writing rights on the API for all the tickets in question.

The usual solution we recommend that you create a technical account dedicated to the plugin in Jira with the necessary rights only for the desired Jira projects.

If the Jira server is Jira Cloud, you must generate an API token for the user for them to be able to connect to the API. For this:

  1. Log in with the technical account. In "Profile and settings", click on "Profile";
  2. Click on "Manage account";
  3. Click on "Security";
  4. In "API Tokens", click on "Create and manage API tokens";
  5. Click on "Create API token", then enter a tag;
  6. Enter a tag, then click on "Create";
  7. Copy the token.

You don't have to generate an API token when it comes to Jira Server or Jira Datacenter because the user can use their usual password to connect to the API .

Create the Xsquash4Jira server in Squash TM

To use the Xsquash4Jira plugin, you must declare a synchronization server of the type jira.xsquash in the Squash TM Administration, in the Servers>Bugtrackers and Synchronization servers workspace.

In the popup to create a new server, enter the server name (unrestricted), "jira.xsquash" as the type, and the simplest Jira URL, then click on "Add". The "Xsquash4Jira" plugin is compatible with Jira Server, Jira Datacenter, and Jira Cloud.

Add Xsquash4Jira server

The plugin uses the Jira API to retrieve data with an authentication of the type "Basic Authentication", using the credentials of the Jira technical account.
On the configuration page of the synchronization server, you must choose the option "Use Squash TM credentials" and enter the credentials of the Jira technical account: login/password for Jira Server or Datacenter; login/API token for Jira Cloud.

Xsquash4Jira server page

Learn More

For security reasons, the login and password entered to connect to third-party tools are encrypted in the database with an encryption key. The Xsquash4Jira plugin also has two properties that must be directly configured in Squash TM's configuration file squash.tm.cfg.properties. To learn more, please visit this page: Manage Squash TM's Configuration File

Warning

An Xsquash4Jira synchronization server cannot be deleted if it is being used for synchronizations. You must delete the synchronizations beforehand to be able to delete the server.

Configure Xsquash4Jira for a Project

You can configure Jira issue synchronizations individually for each Squash TM project. For this, go to your project's consultation page, then click on the Plugins anchor Plugins

First, activate the Xsquash4Jira connector plugin to access its own specific configuration page by clicking on the button Configure.

To deactivate the plugin for the project, click on the same button you clicked on to activate it. When checked, the option "Save plugin configuration" enables you to save the plugin's configuration while it is being deactivated, and the project's synchronizations. If unchecked, the project's configuration and synchronization are permanently deleted when the plugin is deactivated.

Deactivate Xsquash4jira

You can access Xsquash4Jira's configuration page clicking on the button Configurer at the end of the Xsquash4Jira Connector row

The Xsquash4Jira configuration page has 5 blocks:

  1. The Synchronizations block enables you to configure the synchronization perimeters.
  2. The Reporting fields from Squash to Jira block enables you to configure the reporting to see the course of acceptance testing with Jira issues.
  3. The Field mappings block enables you to configure the mapping for Jira and Squash TM fields.
  4. The Field value mappings block enables you to configure the value mapping for list-type fields: "Criticality", "Category", and "Status".
  5. The Link between requirements mappings blok enables you to configure the mapping of the links between Jira issues as links between requirements in Squash TM.

Configure Synchronizations

A synchronization is the work unit of the Xsquash4Jira plugin. It represents all the Jira issues defined by a dynamic perimeter that are retrieved by Squash TM. This dynamic perimeter is recalculated every time there is an update. By default, there is a 5-minute delay between each synchronization.

You can define this perimeter from the "Synchronization type". This synchronization type can either be a "Table", a "Filter", or a "JQL Request". For tables, you can refine the filter with the field "Extra JQL" and the option "Limit to active sprint".

Here is the perimeter retrieved according to the chosen synchronization type:

Type Perimeter Note
Table All the issues included in the filter used to build the table in Jira. In Jira, a filter controls the perimeter. This filter is in fact the filter linked to the targeted table. As a reminder, a Jira table is first and foremost a filter, to which are added more filters.
Filter All the issues sent back by this filter call in Jira In Jira, a filter controls the perimeter. If the filter is modified in Jira, the perimeter in Squash will be modified, without any warning nor message. If the filter is deleted in Jira, the synchronization will fail, and you will receive an error message in the logs.
JQL All the issues sent back by sending this to Jira's search API Squash TM controls the perimeter. This is useful when you can't create the right filters in Jira.

Create a synchronization

To create a synchronization, click on the button Ajouter on top of the Synchronizations block.

Add synchronization

This table details the popup fields and how to fill them out.

Name Mandatory Editable Notes
Name Yes Yes Unrestricted name. Must be unique in all of the Squash TM instance.
Target Path Yes No Initial path of the synchronization's target repository. This repository must no be in the Requirements workspace. It is created by Xsquash4Jira during the first update. The path must not begin by a / (ex: folder1/subfolder1)
Server Yes No Xsquash4Jira used in the synchronization. Choose it in the list of configured servers, on the Bugtrackers and Synchronization Servers Administration page.
Select by Yes No Perimeter type. There are three options available: Table, Filter, or JQL Request. The next fields in the popup will change depending on the option you choose.
Table Name Yes Yes Name of the table to synchronize as it appears in Jira. Case sensitive.
Extra JQL No Yes Enables you to refine the perimeter using an extra JQL clause. This clause must not contain any operator (AND, OR...) at the beginning or the end of any clause; it must only contain selection criteria (no ORDER BY or any other clauses...).
Limit to active sprint - No Enables you to keep synchronized only the issues in a sprint with an "Active" status in Jira. This only makes sense for a "Table"-type, which indicates a SCRUM-type table, since the other tables do not have any sprints.
Filter name Yes Yes Name of the filter to synchronize, as it appears in Jira. Case sensitive.
JQL Request Yes Yes JQL request that defines the synchronization perimeter. It must not contain any operator (AND, OR…) at the beginning or the end of any clause; it must only contain selection criteria (no ORDER BY or any other clauses...).

When adding a new synchronization, you can simulate it before confirming its creation.

For this, click on the [Simulate] button in the "New synchronization" window. This enables you to view the number and details of the tickets the synchronization contains. Thus, you can verify that they belong to your desired perimeter.

Simulate synchronization

Track Synchronizations

Once you have configured the synchronization, an additional row appears in the synchronization table. During the next update, all the synchronized requirements corresponding to the perimeter will be created. If the synchronization fails because of an error, nothing is created in Squash TM. The status of every synchronization is displayed in the synchronization table.

The button Refresh enables you to refresh the configuration page to see if the status of the synchronizations was updated following the update.

Force a Complete Synchronization

By default, the plugin only updates the synchronized requirements that were modified in Jira since the last known update, and that are in success.
In the case of a change of field or value mapping in Squash TM, you must resynchronize all the requirements in Squash TM, even if nothing has changed in Jira.

The button Force synchronization enables you to force the update of all the synchronized issues in the current perimeter of one or multiple synchronizations.

Info

To avoid useless updates, we recommend that you do the mapping before declaring the synchronizations.
If the mapping must evolve afterward, we recommend that you first do all of the evolutions of the field, value, and link mapping, and then force all of the project synchronizations just once.

Deactivate a Synchronization

The radio button at the beginning of each row enables you to deactivate or reactivate a synchronization without deleting it. When a synchronization is deactivated, the issues in its perimeter are no longer synchronized. The row is grayed out and can no longer be edited, but you can still delete the synchronization.


When it is reactivated, the issues are synchronized again in Squash TM and retake their synchronization attributes, as well as the mapping and reporting defined in the other blocks.

Delete a Synchronization

The button Delete enables you to delete one or multiple synchronization. In keeping with the non-deletion policy, synchronized requirements are not deleted but transformed into Squash TM native requirements (displayed in black). They are no longer updated from Jira and behave as any other Squash TM requirement would. It is the same for synchronized repositories (target and sprint repositories).
If you to delete these requirements, you must do it mannually as you would for any Squash TM requirement.

Configure the Reporting from Squash to Jira

The Xsquash4Jira plugin is able to transfer information related to acceptance in Squash TM to Jira. This information is directly reported in Jira issues, more precisely in the custom fields especially configured for this purpose.

There are 7 types of information: 3 acceptance progress rates (Writing of test cases, Verification of Jira issues, Validation of Jira issues); 3 ratios using these progress rates as well as the number of tests involved; and 1 field, "Acceptance Status", presenting a summary analysis of these 3 rates.

This reporting is optional. You can configure Xsquash4Jira to not retrieve anything in Jira or only part of all this information.

Focus

The fields "rates" and "ratios" contain similar information. Therefore, it is useless to synchronize all of them, and more interesting to choose only one of the two.
La différence se fait sur la forme. Les champs "taux" renvoient un nombre simple compris entre 0 et 100.
Les champs "ratio" reprennent dans une chaîne de caractères le nombre remonté dans le taux avec le symbole % suivi du nombre de tests concernés (X/Y tests).

Create Reporting Fields in Jira

In Jira, reporting is done thanks to custom fields you can add directly in the Jira issues involved in the synchronization:

Acceptance information Custom fields to create in Jira
Progress rate (Writing, Verification, Validation) In Jira, you must create a numerical custom field for each of the three rates suggested by the plugin you want to retrieve in Jira. The name is unrestricted.
Progress ratios (Writing, Verification, Validation) In Jira, you must create a custom(single-line) text field (mono-ligne) for each of the three ratios suggested by the plugin you want to retrieve in Jira. The name is unrestricted.
Acceptance status In Jira, you must create a custom (single-line) text field for this field. For this field, you must choose this type of browser engine Dans Jira, il faut créer un champ personnalisé de type texte (mono-ligne) pour le champ "Statut de la recette". Le type de moteur de rendu pour le champ doit être "Wiki type of rendering engine" to activate the icon display. The name is unrestricted.

Then, you must create Jira custom fields. They must:

  • Be assigned to every type of issue that is likely to be synced in Squash TM;
  • Be accessible in the editing screens of the issue types and relevant projects;
  • Be editable by the technical user declared in Squash TM.

The field names declared in Jira are unrestricted. However, be careful that all the Jira issues involved in the synchronizations of one single project all have the same fields since in Squash TM, it is the project you have to configure.

These fields will be completed by Squash TM according to the acceptance's progress and transfered to Jira during each update cycle if needed.

Configure Reporting Fields in Squash TM

In Squash TM, to configure the reporting, go to "Configure the Xsquash4Jira plugin", and then to the second block "Reporting Fields from Squash to Jira". To configure them, complete the case-sensitive fields corresponding to the data you want to retrieve.
Once you have configured the block, don't forget to force the synchronization so that the changes you made are taken into account.


If you do not want any reporting in Jira, please leave these fields empty.

Reporting fields from Squash to Jira

Display Reporting Data in Jira

When reporting fields are correctly configured in Jira and entered correctly in Squash TM, Xsquash4Jira automatically completes these fields during synchronizations and updates if needed.

Squash reporting fields in Jira

Writing Rate:
This rate enables you to see the progress of the test case writings. For a synced requirement, this rate is equal to:
Number of test cases covering the requirement or one of its children with the status "To be validate" or "Validated" / Number of test cases covering the requirement or one of its sub-requirements no matter their status.
If a requirement is not covered, this rate equals 0.

Writing Ratio:
This field uses the value of the writing rate followed by the numbber of relevant test cases (X/Y test cases).

Verification Rate:
This rate enables you to track the execution progress of the test cases linked to a requirement or one of its children. For a given synced requirement, this rate is equal to:
Number of ITPIs linked to a TC covering the synced requirement or one of its children with a final execution status (Blocked, Failed, Untestable, Success, Settled), only taking into account the last execution (or last fast pass) / Number of ITPIs linked to test cases covering the synced requirement or one of its children

Verification Ratio: This field re-uses the value of the verification rate followed by the number of test cases involved (X/Y test cases).

Validation Rate: This rate enables you to track the validation of a requirement. For a synced requirement, this rate is equal to:
Number of ITPIs linked to a TC covering the synced requirement or one of its children with a validated execution status (Success or Settled), only taking into account the last execution (or last fastpass) / Number of ITPIs linked to a TC covering the synced requirement or one of its children with a final execution status, only taking into account the last execution (or last fast pass)

Validation Ratio:
This field re-uses the value of the validation rate, followed by the number of test cases involved (X/Y test cases).

Acceptance Status: It's a synoptic field that summarizes the different possible acceptance statuses for a given requirement.
The calculation method is as follows:

Writing Rate Verification Rate Validation Rate Acceptance Status
0 0 0 Not initialized
0 < Writing Rate < 100 0 0 Design in progress
100 0 0 To execute
All 0 < Verification Rate < 100 100 Execution in progress
All 0 < Verification Rate Validation Rate < 100 Not validated
All 100 100 Validated

You can display only this field in Jira if it was configured separately. The rates will be calculated but not transmitted to Jira.

Configure Field Mappings

For Squash TM to display the information contained in the fields of Jira issues, you must configure the field mappings. For this, go to the 3rd block on the Xsquash4Jira configuration page.

The button Add on top of the block enmables you to add a new mapping.

Field mappings

The Squash TM fields available are in a drop-down list. You can add more fields to this list by adding custom fields to the project's requirements. For most cases, we recommend that you use "Simple text" Squash TM custom fields to retrieve the data from Jira issues. To map Jira "Multi-line (Advanced) Text" fields, we recommend that you use a "Rich text" Squash TM custom field.

Learn More

To learn more about custom fields, please visit this page: Manage custom fields.

Jira fields must be entered with their name as it appears in JQL for native fields. Jira native fields, i.e. "Type", "Status", and "Priority" must be entered in English using lowercases in the mapping table: issuetype, status, priority.

Once you have configured the block, don't forget to force the project's synchronization for your changes to be taken into account. You must also force the synchronization after deleting a mapping in the table. Otherwise, errors will appear in the logs.

Info

If a mapping does not work, check how the Jira name is displayed in the JQL requests, then try again with that value.

Configure Field Value Mappings

If a field value mappings was configured for the Squash TM fields "Criticality", "Category", or "Status", you must configure the field value mappings to get a complete mapping. For this, go to the 4th block.

To configure them, you must use YAML syntax. You must follow this format, which is explained in the Configuration help.

In the configuration help:

  • squashfield corresponds to the name of the Squash TM field in english and in lowercase, as displayed in the list of fields and values available at the end of the help.
  • jiravalue is the value of the Jira field as displayed in JQL requests or in Jira issues on Jira.
  • squashvalue is the value of the Squash TM field as displayed in the list of fields and values available at the end of the help.

Here is an example to configure these 3 fields:

Field value mappings

Once you have configured this block, don't forget to force the project's synchronizations for your changes to be taken into account. You also must force the synchronization after deleting a mapping.

Learn More

You can associate an information list to the "Category" field of the project's requirement to retrieve the value of Jira issues in Squash TM as in the example above.
To learn more about custom list, please visit this page: Manage Custom Lists.

Warning

The statuses "Approved" and "Obsolete" block all requirement changes.
If you do a mapping with these two statuses, the requirements that will automatically get these statuses will no longer be updated afterwards.
You will have to manually modify the status 'Writing in progress' ou 'To be approved' to reactivate the requirement's update.

Xsquash4Jira also enables you to retrieve links between issues from as links between requirements in Squash TM. You can configure this in the 5th block of the Xsquash4Jira configuration page.

Requirement link mappings

All the Squash links between requirements automatically appear in the mapping table. These are the links configured in the Squash TM administration workspace "Entities > Links between requirements".

Learn More

You can add new links between requirements from the workspace "Entities > Links between requirements".
To learn more about links between requirements, please visit this page: Manage Links Between Requirements.

The Jira link between requirements must be refered to by its name, as displayed in the part "Create links between demands" in the Jira Server/Datacenter administration or in the Jira Cloud "Link issues" workspace.

Jira links

Once you have configured the block, don't forget to force the project's synchronizations for your changes to be taken into account. You also must force the synchronization after modifying a mapping.

Simulate a Synchronization

When you are adding a new synchronization, you can simulate it before confirming its creation.

For this, use the button [Simulate] in the window "Add synchronization". This button enables you to view the number of issues the synchronization contains and their details to verify that it corresponds to the desired perimeter.

Synchronization simulation

Xsquash4Jira Configuration in Project Templates

You can configure Xsquash4Jira in a project template. Thus, you will be able to share it with the projects associated with the template or created from the template. After, at the project level, this configuration can be transmitted to the template or evolve independently from the template.

This feature is useful when you want to configure the Xquash4Jira plugin for multiple Squash projects and the Jira issues to sync come from Jira projects with the same configuration (custom fields, types of issues, priorities, workflow, etc.)

Configure Xsquash4Jira in Project Templates

The Xsquash4Jira plugin configuration page for templates is similar to the projects one, except for the Synchronizations block which is not there for project templates.

For templates, you can configure mappings between the Squash and Jira fields, namely: - Reporting fields from Squash to Jira; - Mappings between fields; - Mappings between field values; - Mappings of the links between requirements.

Create a Project Using the Template's Xsquash4Jira Configuration

When creating a project from a template, the option "Xsquash4Jira configuration" enables the administrator to use the template's Xsquash4Jira configuration.

Use template's Xsquash4Jira configuration

Thus, in the created project, the Xsquash4Jira plugin is already configured, except for the synchronizations which will have to be added by the project manager or administrator. At the project level, Xquash4Jira's configuration can be transmitted to the template or evolve independently from the template.

When Creating a New Project

When creating a project from a template, an option allows the administrator: - To link the project's Xsquash4Jira configuration to that of the template (checked option): - The configuration at the project level is transmitted to the template, except for the synchronizations; - All the changes made in the template will be transmitted to the linked projects. - Not to link the project's Xsquash4Jira's configuration to that of the template (unchecked option): - The configuration at the project level can evolve independently from that of the linked project; - All configuration changes made at the template level will not be transmitted to the linked projects.

Link Xsquash4Jira configuration

When Associating an Existing Project with a Template

You can also link Xsquash4Jira's configuration when associating an existing project to a template.

In this case, if the Xsquash4Jira plugin was already configured at the project level, this configuration is replaced by that of the template. This will only have an impact on mapping settings, the synchronizations will not be deleted.

Associate Xsquash4Jira configuration

Deactivate Xsquash4Jira in the Templates

Deactivating or deleting the configuration in the template deletes the configuration in the linked projects, except for the synchronizations.

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