Maven JIRA Conventions

This document describes how Maven developers should use JIRA, our issue management system.

When To Create a JIRA Issue?

This section discusses when to create a JIRA issue versus just committing a change in Git (eventually through a PR).

  • Minor changes such as code reformatting, documentation fixes, etc. that aren't going to impact other users can be committed without a JIRA issue.

  • Larger changes such as bug fixes, API changes, significant refactoring, new classes, and pretty much any change of more than 100 lines, should have JIRA tickets.

Creating a JIRA issue and referring it in the commit comments simplifies tracking the changes that happen in a release, using JIRA automatic release notes creation.

How To Use Issue Details?

This section presents some conventions about the issue fields.


Committers have the responsibility to realign priority by editing the issue.

Reasoning: having a correct release note


Committers can assign an issue to a specific committer that person seems to be well placed to address it.


Committers have the responsibility to specify the correct component by editing the issue.

Reasoning: having a correct release note.

Affects Version/s

By default, the Maven team considers that an issue which affects a given version also affects preceding versions. For example, an issue that affects Maven 3.6.3 also affects 3.6.0, 3.6.1, 3.6.2. If it is a regression, the committers should specify the affected versions.

Reasoning: having a correct release note.

Fix Version/s

Update to correct version after merging to master.

Time Tracking

The Maven team doesn't use this. Committers can if it helps them.

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