Jira versus Bugzilla

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Federal government department: Awesomeness Canada
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Medium-sized development project (15 team members)
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Mix of expert and intermediate developers
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Ad hoc methods of change management
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A tool to facilitate issue tracking and change
management
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Possible use of tool for future projects
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Facilitate change management
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Controlled / rigorous process for resolving
issues and tracking their progress
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Aid in focusing maintenance and support
through the entire project lifecycle
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Decide on the best tool between Jira and
Bugzilla
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Must have
› Integration with CVS
› Integration with Eclipse
› Ability to track individual issue progress
› Ability to generate meaningful reports on project
progress for project introspection
› Bilingual (English / French)
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Configurability for different projects (custom fields, different
notification schemes, workflow)
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Completeness of issue tracking capabilities
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Ease of installation
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Maintainability (maintenance and administration)
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Financial costs (value to tax payers)
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Usability
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Integration with other tools (multiple input / output methods,
plugins…)
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Installed and used for mock
development projects
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Scored tool out of ten points for each
criterion
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Add scores for each tool
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Compare totals
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Free and Open Source Software (MPL)
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Well established and widely used
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Primarily a defect tracking system
https://landfill.bugzilla.org/bugzilla-4.0branch/
Integration with CVS
Integration with Eclipse
Track individual issues
Meaningful reports
Bilingual
ž
ž
ž
ž
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Configurability for multiple projects
Completeness of issue tracking
Ease of installation
Maintainability
Financial costs
Usability
Integration (other tools)
6
6
7
7
10
7
8
Score
95
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Commercial product ($1000 - $8000)
› Free for open source and non-profit
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Wide usage
› Used by many companies and open source
projects (ASF uses Jira)
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Issue tracking with project tracking
elements
http://jira.atlassian.com/
chrisd/chrisd
Integration with CVS
Integration with Eclipse
Track individual issues
Meaningful reports
Bilingual
ž
ž
ž
ž
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Y (10)
Configurability for multiple projects
Completeness of issue tracking
Ease of installation
Maintainability
Financial costs
Usability
Integration (other tools)
9
9
8
7
8
10
9
Score
101
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Jira - 101
› Completeness of issue tracking
› Ease of use
› Granular configurability for multiple projects
› Features are a super set of Bugzilla
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Bugzilla – 95
› Free
› Great for tracking defects
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Questions?

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