Is it time to move beyond Jira?
Atlassian's Jira is one of the most commonly used defect tracking tools, especially among small teams and newer companies. As companies grow and the products being developed become more complex, however, defect tracking alone begins to fall short. You may want test case management and requirements management, for example. Maybe you need stronger traceability for regulatory compliance or to solve quality issues.
The best thing about Helix ALM and Jira is that it's no longer an either/or proposition; you can use them together with Helix ALM's Jira integration — included with every license!
Helix ALM Offers the following
Reduce Product Development Risk
Boost Overall Productivity
Increase Visibility into Project Health
Streamline Development and QA Processes
Enable Collaboration across Disparate Teams
Automate Traceability across All Work Items and Data
Support for Complex Software Development
Helix ALM has a wealth of features to manage requirements, test artifacts, and issues. With strong linking and reporting capabilities, end-to-end traceability is easy. And Helix ALM's extreme flexibility makes it simple to configure for your team's unique process.
Integrated Bug Tracking, Test Management, and Requirements Management
Helix ALM's strong integration allows you to track every development artifact, not just bugs. In turn, this helps you expose the true cause of project delays, reduce problems with communication and hand-offs, eliminate duplicated effort, and establish a repeatable process for better compliance.
Linking and Traceability
Helix ALM's dynamic linking capabilities allow you establish traceability across the full development lifecycle—from requirements through test cases, test results, resolutions, and source code. Traceability is vital for ensuring product quality in any industry, but it's critical in regulated industries.
Traceability matrices can show you information about all of the items you're tracking in Helix ALM. If you are linking items — for example, epics to features, higher-level requirements to lower-level requirements, or requirements with associated test cases and test results — you can now see all of that data in one report. You can even use trace matrices as failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) reports, viewing features and their associated risks and mitigation.
You can use forward impact analysis to determine the child requirements and other dependent items that may be affected by requirement changes. For example, a change to a high-level business requirement may affect all child functional requirements or a change to a requirement may affect all test cases linked to it.
Backward impact analysis can be used to determine the parent requirements and other dependent items that may be affected by requirement changes. For example, a suggested change to a child requirement may conflict with its parent requirement or a feature request may affect the requirement created to address it.
Folders and Private Folders
Folders let you group items together for any reason, whether it's to create time buckets for a release or sprint, or for organizing collections of items like test suites and feature requests. Public folders can be accessed by other users and are helpful for organizing items for your team. Access to public folders can be limited to specific security groups. Private folders cannot be seen or accessed by other users and are helpful for organizing items related to your own work. You can also use private folders to "bookmark" items in public folders that you want to find quickly.
Support for Hybrid Agile Teams
Helix ALM's flexibility means you can use it to manage every project, from the smallest to the most complex. Because of Helix ALM's strong linking and traceability features, you can even use Agile methods in a regulated environment and still maintain compliance.
Helix ALM's native clients handle large data better, requiring fewer hops, less network traffic, and no browser overhead.
Jira integration is Helix ALM feature that's available "out-the-box" for customers using Helix ALM 2016.1.0. Jira integration allows a user to associate a Jira issue to a Helix ALM item. The details of the Jira issue remain in Jira. This integration is not an add-on; it's included with your Helix ALM license. It's easy to configure, too, so you can be up and running in no time.
With Helix ALM's Jira integration, you can attach Jira issues to Helix ALM items and open attached issues from Helix ALM. You can also create new Jira items from Helix ALM and automatically attach them to Helix ALM items.
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