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Maegan Wilson
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How to use Notion as an Issue Tracker

First off, this is a video on YouTube. If you like it and watch it, please head over to YouTube and give it a like.

Alright, if you're reading this it's because you want to read the points in the video. Here are the two major topics:

  • What is Notion
  • Why I use Notion as an issue tracker

What is Notion

Notion.so website before logging in

Notion brands itself as an "All-in-one Workspace" and as a major tool for teams. It's a web app that can be used to create a "wiki" style document. You can add links to other notion documents, photos, and website links as well. YouTube videos can also be put in to the documents, which is pretty neat.

Why I use Notion as an issue tracker

The main reason I like to use Notion as an issue tracker is the database feature. Another reason I like using Notion is that I can share a page quickly to the web.

Databases

My issue tracking for iHog

This database can be setup with whatever properties you want. The choices I use are:

  • Text: Enter whatever text you want
  • Number: I use this to associate to a GitHub issue
  • Multi-select: Think of these as chain-able tags
  • Select: Think of these as non-chain-able tags
  • Links: Put a link to anywhere on the internet

Another bonus to the database feature is that you can have different views to present the data.

View options

Once you create a view, then you can sort and filter the data based on the databse properties. I have a property called progress and a Board view that has the columns based on the progress. The progress is a select since an issue can only be in one state at a time.

Progress view

Then utilizing filters and sorts you can quickly see specific issues for a release or any other property in the database.

Using filters

These filters and sorting capabilities make Notion such a great tool for me.

Sharing a web page

You can share a web page with the internet if you need to. Anyone can access it and click on links. This makes it quite easy to make a one page website and share to other places.

Another nice thing is on that page, you can add a linked database that can be filtered and used in the page. In the image below, I have 2 views of the issue tracker. You can click on the image and see it live.

Release notes page


That's what I have about Notion!

Links as a thanks for reading!


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