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How JIRA bug tracking software helps you monitor project issues

Atlassian's JIRA bug tracking software provides DevOps teams with an interactive database for reporting defects and changes, as well as project management and planning tools.

The JIRA bug tracking program allows users to track defect information and any related changes and updates to their ongoing software projects. Atlassian's issue tracking tool provides teams of developers and testers a centralized environment to manage and track bug status and repairs on projects and application development initiatives.

How does the JIRA bug tracking software support application testing?

JIRA bug tracking software allows developers and testers to report, track and detail any defects and actions taken before, during and after an app's development. However, the program is not designed with any tools to diagnose or debug a developed application or software. Streamlining bug tracking tasks with JIRA software's collaboration, reporting and management features helps to reduce delays in deployment and prevent post-launch downtime.

The most beneficial feature that JIRA Software provides developers and testers is, of course, its issue-tracking database. The database allows users to input a variety of information on the defect, including title, issue type, summary, priority, due date and more. JIRA Software also allows users to screenshot an identified software bug or defect and then insert the captured image into a new or existing bug report using the Capture for JIRA add-on available from Atlassian.

JIRA Software's project management and planning tools allow organizations and teams to schedule, track and review ongoing and completed debugging initiatives on all reports within the database. The software features interactive Kanban and Scrum workflow boards that allow teams to create team and planning structures that take into account sprints and existing and future backlogs. These structures are fully customizable, allowing users to add or remove team members and change workflows quickly and easily at any time in the bug tracking process. Additionally, the JIRA defect tracking tool comes standard with a number of Agile reporting tools that help provide teams with real-time insights on the progress of debugging initiatives and other related tasks to help them improve day-to-day operations and prevent log jams.

The JIRA software also offers enhanced capabilities through over 950 add-ons available from the Atlassian Marketplace. The JIRA bug tracking software application program interfaces allow users to develop their own integration with the programs they use or have developed themselves. These integration and expandability options help make the JIRA issue bug tracking software an extremely practical choice for organizations that deploy several tools as part of their software development initiatives.

Who benefits most from using the JIRA bug tracking software?

Organizations involved in app or software development would benefit most from integrating the JIRA bug tracking software into their development workflow. It would be best deployed by organizations with teams of developers and testers due in large part to its interactive Kanban and Scrum workflow boards, as well as its reporting features that promote continuous integration and project efficiency. Also, because of its ease of use, the software can be employed by all DevOps personnel involved with resolving the defect documented in the system.

How is the JIRA bug tracking software licensed and priced?

The software is available in three offerings: Cloud, Data Center or Server. JIRA Software Cloud is scalable from one to 2,000 users, making it a viable option for organizations with DevOps teams of all sizes. The Data Center and Server options are scalable from one up to 10,000 users. Subscriptions for all three offerings are available on a per month and per annum basis with tier-based pricing that reflects the number of users. Information on pricing tiers is available from Atlassian. A free seven-day trial of the software is available.

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This was last published in February 2016

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