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August 16, 2017

What to Do When Jira Can't Handle Your Workflow Anymore

Application Lifecycle Management

Your developers like Jira for bug tracking because it’s cheap and easy to use. 

You liked it, too, when you had a smaller team and a simple workflow.

But your team grew. Now you’re dealing with more stakeholders than just engineers.

And your workflow became more complex. Now there’s more to track than just bugs.

You have to manage requirements, test cases, and other development artifacts.

Even bug tracking — Jira’s strength — is more difficult, now that they number in the thousands.

Worse yet, you need strong traceability, and Jira can’t do it.

You feel stuck. You can’t dump Jira — the developers would mutiny!

Good news: There’s a way to make Jira fit your workflow without all the add-ons.

Making Jira Fit a Complex Workflow

Whether Agile or Waterfall, your typical development project workflow has five stages: concept, feasibility, development, implementation, and production.

Jira provides decent coverage of the last three, but can’t stretch to the concept and feasibility phases unless you incorporate add-ons.

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Jira's coverage of a sample complex development workflow.

This exposes your project to risk and failures, which can have serious consequences:

  • Defects in the release, potentially causing harm to users.
  • Failure to pass a quality or regulatory audit, delaying time to market.
  • Product failure, wasting significant investment in the product’s development.

Stretching Jira’s Coverage

You need to extend Jira’s coverage to the entire product development workflow. You could try to plug the holes with add-ons from the Jira store, but that approach has problems, too:

  • It can double the cost of your Jira investment, once you tally up all the additional license fees.
  • The setup and maintenance can be so complicated, you need to hire an outside consultant to get things running right.
  • It can create multiple points of failure if the add-ons aren’t updated when a new Jira update rolls out.
  • And when things go wrong, you’re left wondering who to call for support. Atlassian? The add-on’s creator?

If Not Add-ons, Then What?

So if add-ons aren’t the answer, what can you do when Jira doesn’t work for your workflow anymore?

You could jump to a new, more powerful tool, but you’d waste your Jira investment, and tick off your development team.

What if you could stretch Jira so that it could cover the entire product development workflow from the concept phase through the end of the production phase?

  • You’d have a centralized way to access and manage all the artifacts a project generates: requirements, test cases, issues, and other development artifacts.
  • All development artifacts could be automatically linked — from requirements to test cases to issues — giving you backwards and forwards traceability.
  • Stronger traceability would mitigate your quality and regulatory compliance issues.
  • Communication between stakeholders, developers, and QA would be simplified and streamlined.

Well, good news: by integrating Jira with Helix ALM, you can gain all those benefits and more. With Helix ALM, you get complete coverage of your entire product development workflow.

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Helix ALM lets you extend Jira to cover your entire workflow.

Helix ALM integrates with Jira out of the box, with no extra licensing to buy. And Helix ALM is modular; you can buy only what you need.

Download “Beyond Bug Tracking with Jira” to Learn More

Want to learn more about stretching Jira’s coverage? Download our white paper, “Beyond Bug Tracking with Jira,” to learn how Helix ALM integrates with Jira for end-to-end coverage of even the most complex product development workflow.