It’s a well-known fact that when teams are allowed to use their most preferred tools to perform project tasks, their productivity rises exponentially. Kovair leverages this fact and helps organizations increase their overall productivity by integrating the best-of-the-breed tools that are used by their project teams. One such tool is JIRA. JIRA is a proprietary issue tracking tool developed by Atlassian. It is widely used by Developers and Testers for tracking defects, managing tasks, planning sprints, managing backlogs, and managing agile projects and workflows.
Kovair Support for JIRA Integration
‘Kovair JIRA Integration Adapter’ lets you maximize returns from your JIRA investment by providing a seamless connection between your JIRA deployment and best-of-breed tools from other vendors like RequisitePro, ClearQuest, SVN, and TFS. This integration ensures that all the artifacts across the development chain are tightly integrated and issues in JIRA can be traced back to their roots regardless of the tools involved in between. For example, you can trace a JIRA bug back to its mother requirement, which is detailed out in TFS.
Kovair JIRA Integration Adapter leverages the vendor-neutral Omnibus Integration Platform to enable synchronization of JIRA Issues with that of disparate ALM tools and ensure cross-lifecycle transparency, macro and micro-level process automation and correspondence of activities across disciplines.
The integration of JIRA with other ALM tools is not a point-to-point integration. Instead, it is based on the robust Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) architecture that requires only one adapter per tool, thereby making the integration environment easy to maintain and readily scalable.
JIRA Integration Adapter offers the followings:
Enhanced CollaborationDefect Management involves recognizing, reporting, investigating, and resolving defects; and all these aspects are often not taken care of by the same team. While identifying and reporting defects are the responsibilities of Testers, defect analysis, investigation, and resolution are the concerns of Developers. In addition, the Project Managers must keep a close eye on the defects because defects, if not identified and resolved timely, can adversely affect the health of the project. Therefore, it is quite evident that all the major stakeholders of a project must have complete access to the defects and they must collaborate to get the defects resolved in due time. Since the various stakeholders generally use standard tools from different vendors, collaboration between the stakeholders can be ensured only by integrating the tools. Kovair JIRA Integration Adapter provides integration between JIRA and the other standard tools to ensure seamless flow of defect information and enhance collaboration.
Integrated Defect Management
Traditional Defect Management, implemented in a single information silo, can no longer address the complexity and agility of modern software development. To ensure project success, Defect Management processes must be seamlessly integrated with all other SDLC processes.
Thus, Integrated Defect Management is integral to all software organizations and Kovair JIRA Integration Adapter helps organizations in establishing the same by linking defects with corresponding test cases, requirements, and relevant design and code files.
Kovair Omnibus’s central framework, in collaboration with Kovair JIRA Integration adapter, allows creation and management of traceability relationships between JIRA Issues and other artifacts from other tools. Maintaining traceability from requirements to defects reflects the stability of requirements and their implementation status.
Kovair Omnibus Integration Platform is capable of integrating tools irrespective of their vendors and platforms. As a result, organizations can enjoy the benefits of tools integration and yet allow their people to continue using their favored tools. This, in turn, improves overall productivity because employees make better use of the tools they already know; and when tool is not the concern, they can focus on other important aspects of their roles. It also avoids replication of effort for entering same data in different tools and cross tool reporting.
Automated Defect Management
Kovair Omnibus integration allows creation and management of business rules through user-friendly Web interface — no hard-coded logic is involved. This feature can be utilized to automate the Defect Management process. For example, rules can be defined so that a defect is automatically added in JIRA when a test case is failed in Quality Center. Also, Defect Management process can be defined so that when a defect is added in JIRA, it follows the workflow defined in the Defect Management process, without any manual intervention.
Management ReportingKovair JIRA Integration Adapter helps in attaining consolidated data about defects and related artifacts. This data can be used for analysis and reporting of defect information to assist the Management with risk management, process improvement, and project management.
Comments and Attachments
While adding a defect in JIRA, a Tester can attach a relevant image file with the defect. While reviewing the defect from their preferred tools, Developers can make comments on the defect. Kovair JIRA Integration Adapter allows such attachments and comments to flow across the integrated tools along with the defect information.
Examples of JIRA Integrations
JIRA-TFS IntegrationAs shown in the above example, you can integrate TFS and JIRA so that requirements in TFS are replicated in JIRA. While creating a bug in JIRA you can link it with the appropriate requirement. The bug, along with the linked requirement is replicated in TFS.
JIRA-HP QC IntegrationAs shown in the above example, you can integrate HP QC and JIRA so that test cases in HP QC are replicated in JIRA and bugs in JIRA can be linked with the appropriate test cases. The bug, along with the linked test case is replicated in HP QC.
Note: The adapter as developed and offered by Kovair follows the subject tool’s standard specifications. Any deviations from the Tool’s typical use pattern may not have been anticipated in our off-the-shelf product. For any customization or special configuration needs, please contact Kovair Sales – email@example.com
- Allows project teams to work on issues from within their preferred tool environment and thereby enhance their productivity.
- Automates actions on issues resulting from other integrated tools.
- Streamlines defect tracking and resolution processes spanning across multiple tools.
- Enforces traceability by linking JIRA issues with other lifecycle resources, such as requirements, test cases, and tasks.
- Facilitates collaboration and keeps all stakeholders in sync with the latest changes and ensures smooth change propagation through lifecycle silos.
- Allows issues in JIRA to flow bi-directionally between JIRA and other integrated ALM tools.
- Allows the issue resolution process to become part of an organization-wide macro process covering the entire SDLC.
- Defect tracking throughout the development lifecycle
- Robust, reliable, and readily scalable enterprise-class architecture
- Bi-directional synchronization of JIRA Issues with other tools from other vendors/platforms
- Bi-directional support for comments and attachments handling to enable collaboration across tools
- Support for complex transformation of data
- Ability to define customized business rules and establish relations between objects of disparate ALM tools
- Easy to configure and customize using web based codeless mouse-click configuration screens
- Conflict detection and mediation
- Web interface for end-to-end traceability, consolidated reporting, and dashboard