In Jira Kanban, do we change assignee as a work item goes through the workflow?



  • Let's say our workflow is like this: DEVELOPMENT, CODE_REVIEW, TESTING, DONE. Developers get assigned to work items and start working on them.

    When an item is implemented it needs to be reviewed by another developer from the team - should we change the Assignee field from the developer who was implementing it to the developer that will be reviewing it?

    And the same question when an work item needs to go from CODE_REVIEW to TESTING - should we assign it to a tester?

    If we don't change the Assignee field filed then the item becomes kind of un-owned when it transitions from DEVELOPMENT to CODE_REVIEW (or from CODE_REVIEW to TESTING) - nobody will consider themself responsible for this item (especially when they have their own unfinished work items).

    But if we change the Assignee field then we lose the information about the original developer - it doesn't seem to be convenient.



  • Jira items have a history. When you move items from one column to another, that change is recorded and you have the history. You can find out who all the assignees were.

    And to be honest, that goes for your people too. If you move one item from "development" to "code review" and you re-assign the Jira issue, you still know who developed the code, don't you? That person doesn't develop amnesia once the issue was just developed. People still need to communicate with each other on issues and they need to know about each other for the development, review and testing to go well, with the issue assigned or not. That goes even for people who are remote. They can't just receive work on one side and pass it on once they are done with it. You need collaboration.

    If you think people are more responsible with their work if it's assigned to them, then assign the issues as they move through the workflow. Jira will give you the history, maybe even notification emails, etc.


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